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High Level of DFG Funding for Biomedical Analysis

Joint Press Release from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich Aachen Research Alliance and University Hospital Aachen

Jülich/Aachen, 8 November 2011 – Dementia and Alzheimer's disease, as well as hepatitis and tumours, have something in common. In all of these diseases, the distribution of metal ions and metal-containing proteins changes in the tissue of the affected organs. Mass spectrometry and imaging techniques can observe even the most minute changes in the distribution of metals. Scientists from Jülich and Aachen have now received funding of € 900,000 from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to further develop the technology and to investigate these diseases in the tissue of patients and in animal models. The latest generation of instruments can also be used to analyse the metallome and proteome, which represents an important step towards understanding the mechanisms of these diseases.

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