Mechanisms of Human Diseases
What bearing does our research have on medicine? Do we gain a better understanding of disease, and are we thus better able to treat patients?
This main research focus addresses these key questions. Some examples are mechanisms and signal processing in cases of heart failure (cardiac insufficiency) and blood clotting (blood platelets), but also in cases of heart development and new blood vessel formation.
Another area deals with cancer research, such as melanoma and lung cancer.
Other key contributions of the Biocenter are disease prevention and human genetic counselling. In particular, we are researching defects in RNA metabolism (splicing), both with reference to neurological diseases and also in a general sense, such as what effects small genetic changes (SNPs, gene deletion and mutation, etc) have on the body and how these can systematically be analysed.
Further information can be found on the websites of the respective working groups (in the right-hand box).