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May • Four more years: Collaborative Research Centre 1218 enters its second funding phase!

We are very happy to announce that the German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the CRC 1218 for another 4 years! „We are very happy for this recognition. During the last four years, our collaborative research has increased the visibility of Cologne as a hub for mitochondrial research. Mitochondria have been in the focus of research for many years, and are known as the powerhouse of the cell. Our CRC investigates how mitochondria communicate and signal to the cells to adapt their function to changing physiological conditions. Understanding this novel and dynamic aspect of mitochondrial function is crucial to unravel how these organelles affect several disease conditions. The strength of our consortium is that it brings together scientists with different backgrounds and technical expertise. We are very excited to be able to continue our studies and explore new hypotheses in the next four years“ says Elena Rugarli, spokesperson of CRC 1218. In addition to the University of Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Aging, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolic Research and a project at the University of Bonn are involved. The funding for the next four years amounts to approx. 9 M€.
Press relase DFG
Press release, University of Cologne


January • Interview with Thomas Langer (A01)

Kölnische Rundschau, 3. Jan 2019: "Die Mitos und die Geheimnisse des Alterns"


February • New associated CRC 1218-project by Ulrich Brandt

International Faculty: Ulrich Brandt, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen
We are pleased to announce that the group of Prof. Ulrich Brandt is associated to our CRC 1218. We are looking forward to a lot of scientific interactions! Ulrich Brandt is an expert in the assembly of respiratory complexes. More information on Ulrich Brandt and his project "Structure, function and dynamics of mitochondrial complexes" can be found here.

January • Thomas Langer (A01) became director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. New Coordinator of the CRC 1218 is Elena Rugarli (A05)

MPI for Biology of Ageing, press release (05.02.2018):
Just in time for the new year Dr. Thomas Langer starts his ageing research at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne
As one of the leading scientists in mitochondrial research Dr. Thomas Langer was selected as the fourth director starting in January 2018; thus filling the last open position as director at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. The scientist from southern Germany is already well known in the field of ageing research and has been working in close contact with the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne for several years. Read more


09.06.2017 • Thomas Langer receives the Max Delbrück Prize for his research on aging and mitochondria

CECAD Research Center, press release of 09.06.2017:
Individual excellence is at the core of scientific progress and must be rewarded – that is why the University of Cologne awards Research Prizes to excellent researchers. This year, Prof. Thomas Langer of the Cluster of Excellence CECAD receives the Max Delbrück Prize in the life and natural sciences.

Thomas Langer conducts research on mitochondria, the energy suppliers of our cells. With increasing age, their function decreases, which causes problems in tissue with high energy consumption like muscles or the brain. The team around Thomas Langer is working on quality control and regulation during the aging process. Read more

02.06.2017 • EUROMIT 2017: Largest conference on mitochondria in Germany for the first time

CECAD Research Center, press release (02.06.2017):
EUROMIT is the most important scientific conference on mitochondrial disease research. This year’s meeting will take place in Cologne from 11 to 15 June.
A team of researchers headed by Aleksandra Trifunovic and Elena Rugarli from the CECAD Cluster of Excellence on Aging Research at the University of Cologne is hosting this year’s EUROMIT conference.
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EUROMIT 2017 | International Conference on Mitochondrial Pathology, Cologne, June 11-15, 2017


07.06.2016 • New SFB 1218 at CECAD receives funding for next four years

CECAD Research Center, press release of 07.06.2016:
Mitochondria play an important role in cells for the production of energy. Latest findings suggest that their role is more complex than previously thought. Therefore, their physiological integration in the surrounding of cells is explored in greater detail. At this point, the new Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1218) named „Mitochondrial regulation of cellular function“ comes in. The aim is to study how mitochondria influence activity, differentiation and survival of the cell. Read more

28.05.2016 • DFG to Fund 20 New Collaborative Research Centres

German Research Foundation, press release No. 20 of 27.05.2016:
Topics range from hepatitis viral infections and quantum systems to the adaptability of plants / Around 174 million euros in funding for initial four-year period

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish 20 new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs). This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee during its spring session in Bonn. The new CRCs will receive a total of 174 million euros in funding. There will also be a 22 percent programme allowance for indirect project costs. Six of the 20 networks are CRC/Transregios (TRR), spread across multiple research sites. All of the new CRCs will be funded for an initial four-year period, starting on 1 July 2016. Read more

27.05.2016 • Vier neue Sonderforschungsbereiche an der Universität zu Köln

University of Cologne, press release of 27.05.2016:
Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fördert vier neue Sonderforschungsbereiche (SFB) an der Universität zu Köln. Alle vier sind in der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät verankert. Bei einem handelt es sich um einen SFB/Transregio, der sich auf mehrere antragstellende Forschungsstandorte verteilt. Die neuen Sonderforschungsbereiche werden ab dem 1. Juli 2016 für zunächst vier Jahre gefördert. Read more