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Research in the working groups and the departments

On this page you will find information on the research areas of the working groups at the Medical School EWL. Click on the image or the name of the respective working group to visit its research page.

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    AG 1: Sustainable Environmental Health Sciences

    Claudia Hornberg

    Health burdens and care requirements of certain population groups, e.g. women affected by violence, women and men with chronic illnesses and disabilities, as well as the question of health resources, mark an important focus of the work content both in teaching and research.

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    AG 2: Medical Assistance Systems

    Britta Wrede

    Based on a deep understanding of social interaction and human cognition, we develop effective intelligent assistance systems with the flexibility to co-construct interaction with different user groups.

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    AG 3: Anatomy and Cell Biology

    Björn Spittau

    The focus of our research group is on how microglia, as resident immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS), influence the development, functional maturation, physiological functions and the emergence and progression of brain diseases.



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    AG 4: Digitale Medizin

    Sebastian Kuhn

    Die AG 4 Digitale Medizin befasst sich mit der Digitalen Transformation als einem fortlaufenden, in digitalen Technologien begründeten Veränderungsprozess, der das Gesundheitssystem, die beteiligten Kliniken, Universitäten und Professionen verändert. Sie bietet eine große Chance für eine bessere Gesundheitsversorgung. Dies setzt jedoch sowohl die Entwicklung und Evaluation digitaler Technologien, die Schaffung innovativer, digital unterstützter Behandlungsabläufe in Praxis und Klinik als auch die adäquate Qualifizierung der beteiligten Menschen voraus.

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    AG 5: General and Family Medicine

    Christiane Muth

    The research group General and Family Medicine focuses on people with chronic multiple illnesses and frequent multi-medication. These people often have intensive care needs and are particularly at risk from acute illnesses. The research group conducts research to improve their care and integrates relevant content into general medical education and training.

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    AG 6: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

    Sven Thoms

    The department for Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine conducts research into rare inheritable brain and muscle diseases caused by defective formation and function of cell organelles. We are also investigating a novel gene regulatory mechanism based on translational readthrough (stop codon suppression). We are employing methods and techniques from biochemistry (proteins, lipids, in vitro systems), cell biology (iPSC, CRISPR/Cas, advanced microscopy), and cell and animal models.


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    AG 7: Medical Education

    Hendrik Friederichs

    Our research group is active in the areas of lifelong learning and medical decision making. We conduct progress tests of our medical students and help them identify strengths and weaknesses in their medical/clinical learning. We also research the evolution of medical decision making and seek to optimize its integration into the medical curriculum.

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    AG 8: Cellular Neurophysiology

    Erhard Wischmeyer

    The research focus of our working group is in the area of excitation disorders of nerve and muscle cells, which are caused by altered membrane proteins (ion channels and receptors) and can, for example, cause mental illnesses or cardiac arrhythmias. The teaching content covers the areas of physiology and pathophysiology.

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    AG 9: Physiology and Pathophysiology of Cells and Membranes

    Wing Kee-Lee

    Lipid membranes form barriers, gateways, specialized compartments and microenvironments to permit physiological cellular functions. Our research focuses on the role of sphingolipids, membrane transporters and receptors in carcinogenesis and the development of oncogenic multidrug resistance.

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    AG 10: Sex- and Gender-sensitive medicine

    Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

    Different persons can be affected differently by diseases. This can be attributed to biological causes (sex-related factors) as well as to different behavioral patterns or different access to medical care (gender-related factors). The work group is dedicated to sex- and gender-sensitive medicine and we support future doctors in the person-centered communication, diagnosis and therapy of all patients.

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    AG 11: Biophysical Chemistry and Diagnostics

    Tilman Kottke

    Our interdisciplinary group deals with the perception of light. We analyze the structure and function of receptors, which among others govern the daily rhythm and are applied in optogenetics. We develop infrared spectroscopy in aqueous media as a diagnostic tool for living cells and human cell lines.

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    AG 12 Biostatistics and Medical Biometry

    Annika Hoyer

    The working group biostatistics and medical biometry generally deals with statistical theories and methods for describing, analysing and interpreting data and questions from life sciences and medical research. Our focus is on the development of statistical methods for meta-analyses and survival time analyses, as well as on the modelling of disease dynamics.

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