Press releases

Please note that some press releases of the IUF are of local interest and are therefore only published in German. They can be found on the German version of this site.

Press releases 2021

Düsseldorf, 26. November 2021
New Leibniz Research Alliance Resilient Ageing: Healthy aging by strengthening adaptive capacity
The IUF is part of the new Leibniz Research Alliance Resilient Ageing. More details can be found in the press release of the FLI.

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Press releases 2019

Düsseldorf, 25. October 2019
Food additives in nano size affect nutrient uptake – midget particles lead to midget worms
Researchers from the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf showed that particular nanoparticles affect nutrient uptake in the roundworm. The study was recently published in “Nanotoxicology”. →Continue reading ...

Düsseldorf, 22. August 2019
Clean air for a sustainable future
The IUF jointly participates with two more Leibniz institutes in a BMBF funded project for the improvement of air quality in Manila. Within this project, the group of Dr. Tamara Schikowski coordinates and conducts the work package on health effects. Please find more details on the project in the press release of the TROPOS published on August 22, 2019.

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Press releases 2018

Düsseldorf, 23. November 2018
Newly developed eczema during aging: What influence do genes and air pollution have?

Little is known about eczema in the elderly. New insights on this topic were recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. They are based on a two-step investigation of researchers from the IUF in Düsseldorf, Germany. →Continue reading ...

Düsseldorf, 21. November 2018
More insights into healthy aging mechanisms from the roundworm

What mechanisms ensure healthy aging? Researchers from IUF and HHU in Düsseldorf investigate this in the roundworm, an established organism for aging research. A study which was recently published in EMBO Reports provides new insights into the mechanisms of longevity promoted by reduced mitochondrial activity. →Continue reading ...

Düsseldorf, 30. August 2018
More than just a DNA repair deficiency syndrome – impaired acetylation in Cockayne syndrome B
By studying the skin phenotype of the hereditary disease Cockayne syndrome researchers at the IUF and HHU Düsseldorf have found a mechanism which can prevent the loss of subcutaneous fat, i.e. one of the cardinal symptoms of Cockayne syndrome. This study was now published in “Science Translational Medicine”. →Continue reading ...

DFG Animal Welfare Prize goes to researcher from IUF
Prof. Ellen Fritsche from IUF will be awarded the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The award ceremony will take place in Berlin on 23rd of November 2018. More information is provided by the press release of the DFG published on 27th of July 2018.

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Düsseldorf, 22. June 2018
Caffeine from four cups of coffee protects the heart with the help of mitochondria
PLOS has chosen the following article to publish a press release: Ale-Agha N, Goy C, Jakobs P, Spyridopoulos I, Gonnissen S, Dyballa-Rukes N, et al.: CDKN1B/p27 is localized in mitochondria and improves respiration-dependent processes in the cardiovascular system - New mode of action for caffeine. PLoS Biol 16(6): e2004408, 2018.

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Düsseldorf, 15. March 2018
Cognitive impairment in the elderly – What is the role of air pollution and lung function?

A study from scientists at IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf, Germany, published in the „European Respiratory Journal“, indicates that poor lung function is not only a risk factor for cognitive impairment in elderly people but also partially mediates negative effects of air pollution on cognition. →Continue reading ...

Press releases 2017

Düsseldorf, 13. September 2017
Tracking the effects of air pollution on the brain
Researchers from the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf (Germany) showed in collaboration with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven (The Netherlands) and with the Division of Molecular Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany) that traffic-related airborne pollutants accelerate the formation of amyloid plaques and enhance motor function impairment in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. The corresponding study was recently published in the international journal „Particle and Fibre Toxicology“. →Continue reading ...

Press releases 2016

Düsseldorf, 28 November 2016
Receptor and nutrition influence skin barrier
Researchers from the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine showed that the aryl hydrocarbon receptor plays a central role in skin barrier integrity, and that the skin barrier can be influenced by nutrition. →Continue reading ...

Düsseldorf, 27 October 2016
Ectoine reduces chronic lung inflammation: A new therapeutic approach against COPD
Researchers at the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine demonstrate for the first time the efficacy of the natural compound ectoine against chronic lung inflammation in an inhalation study with female volunteers from the industrial Ruhr region. →Continue reading ...