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From neuronal networks to Eco-Cities: Three FRIAS Project Groups during the Academic Year 2015/16

Chemical epigenetic, Eco-Cities and Neuronal Networks: During the Academic Year 2015/16 FRIAS supports three project groups with a broad range of subjects, each of which will focus on a highly topical research question for a period of 12-15 months. Four to six researchers from the University of Freiburg will use this project group format for research collaboration at an early stage.
From neuronal networks to Eco-Cities:  Three FRIAS Project Groups during the Academic Year 2015/16

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The project group “Chemical Epigenetics” with the professors Bernhard Breit (Organic Chemistry), Oliver Einsle (Biochemistry), Manfred Jung (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Stefan Günther (Pharmaceutical Sciences) has set itself the goal of broadening the existing focus on medical epigenetics at the University of Freiburg to include observations on chemical and biochemical mechanisms. At the same time, the four group members aim to enhance the degree of international networking in the field of chemical epigenetics.

The interdisciplinary project group “A Green City Mandate” is organized by the professors Sabine Dabringhaus (East Asian History), Tim Freytag (Environmental Social Sciences and Geography), Annika Mattissek (Economic Geography and Sustainable Development), Christoph Mauch (Founding Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society), as well as Dr. des Simone M. Müller (North-American History) and Dr. Philipp Späth (Environmental Social Sciences and Geography). The group analyses how and if actors of urban planning respond to environmental challenges such as pollution, sanitation, and energy sustainability.

The project group „Neuronal Networks“ will investigate neuronal networks underlying motor control and motor learning in order to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms of human movement control and how neural activities relate to behavior. The group consists of the professors Ilka Diester (Neurosciences), Christian Leukel (Sports Science), Carsten Mehring (Biophysics), Stefan Rotter (Computational Neuroscience), Cornelius Weiller (Neurophysiology) and Dr. Robert Schmidt (Neurosciences).

With the new format of project groups FRIAS promotes research collaborations at an early stage. Funding is intended to support scientific events, travel expenses, invitations of guest scientists etc. as well as administrative costs. For the Academic Year 2016/17 FRIAS calls for applications for up to three project groups. Further information on the application process can be found here and the Call for Applications can be found here. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2015.


Fig. 1: recognition mode of a trimethyllysine peptide (Project Group Chemical Epigenetics)