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From sheet metal elements to host cells: DFG launches 10 new collaborative research centers
Date:12/2/2008

f oxidative stress in disease development. Understanding reactive oxygen species as signal molecules for the physiological functions of a cell, in contrast, is a relatively new field of research. This is precisely where Collaborative Research Centre 815; "Redox Regulation: Generator Systems and Functional Consequences", comes in. The objective is to better understand the role of redox signals in physiological processes and in the transition to pathophysiological processes. Research approaches for the targeted treatment of a variety of diseases will be developed from the information gathered. (Host university: Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main; Spokesperson: Professor Bernhard Brne; also involved: Chemotherapy Research Institute, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Frankfurt am Main)

Collaborative Research Centre/Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 71, "Geometric Partial Differential Equations", studies a whole series of high-calibre mathematics problems. In it, mathematicians from various disciplines study analytical problems in geometrical contexts, together with mathematical physicists. These can either be based in differential geometry or involve applications requiring geometrical modelling. The geometrical problems originate among others in geometrical measure theory and the calculus of variations. The planned work on the so-called Willmore Functional may prove to be particularly important in this respect. In terms of applications, topics ranging from quantum dynamics to the mathematical principles of solid-state physics will be tackled. The main objective is to study geometrical partial differential equations using analytical and numerical methods and computer-aided simulation, and to describe geometrical and physical phenomena. (Host university: Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg; Spokesperson: Professor Ernst Kuwert; other universities involved: Eberhard Karls University of Tbingen; University of Zurich)

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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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