Medicine: Nobel laureate becomes researcher in Berlin

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Nobel Prize in Medicine is visiting researcher in Berlin

Nobel laureate in medicine Thomas Südhof has been coming to Berlin Charité for three years as a visiting researcher from autumn 2014. The renowned brain researcher from the United States' elite Stanford University will in future do research together with Berlin neurobiologists.

Nobel laureate in medicine to conduct research in Berlin The Nobel laureate in medicine from 2013, Thomas Südhof (58), will come to Berlin from autumn 2014 for a period of three years as a visiting scientist ("visiting fellow"). The Berlin Institute for Health Research (BIG) and the Charité Foundation announced this on Thursday. The professor of cell physiology from Stanford University in California will support a working group on the Charité campus and will commute between Berlin and Stanford to coordinate his activities there. The renowned brain researcher had been researching in the United States for a short break over the past 30 years.

150,000 euros per year From autumn, the Nobel Prize winner in Berlin will work closely with the Charité brain researcher Christian Rosenmund. The two scientists have known each other for 17 years and have often exchanged views, especially during Rosenmund's research in the United States. The Göttingen-born Südhof receives 150,000 euros per year for his commitment. Both sides reserve the right to extend their stay in the capital by another three years or even to remain permanently with the top researcher.

Researching the genetic basis of autism Professor Christian Rosenmund explained what should be researched: “In our work we want to find out how the contact points of the brain cells, the synapses, work. For Südhof, this is an interesting landscape of researchers, all of whom work with synapses. "This task is to be combined with the topic of autism and the question of the genetic basis of this developmental disorder."

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded in December 2013 together with two US colleagues to the German health research company Südhof. The scientists researched human vesicle traffic, i.e. transport within cells. Disorders in this system can lead to diabetes or neurological diseases. Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka made a positive statement about the Nobel Laureate's appointment: "Professor Südhof is a great asset for health research in Germany." And BIG CEO Professor Ernst Rietschel said: "At BIG, we are encouraged that it is attractive for such people is to come to Berlin. ”Thomas Christian Südhof (born December 22, 1955 in Göttingen) is of German descent but is a US citizen. He previously worked as a biochemist and researched synapses, the central switching points of the human nervous system. (ad)

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