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The growth of neuronal and vascular networks is controlled by the same molecules. Now Amparo Acker-Palmer plans to study the communication between neurons and blood vessels in the brain. She hopes to use her findings to gain important insights into dementia progression, and into other mental illnesses.
Who is happier - someone who places great importance on social relationships, is friendly and helpful? Or someone who pursues his goals and waits for recognition? The surprising answer is: people need both, according to Prof. Andrea Abele-Brehm from the University of Erlangen.
Healthy cells reduce their growth when there is a lack of oxygen, or hypoxia. But hypoxia is a characteristic of malignant tumours. The team of Prof. Amparo Acker-Palmer from Goethe University Frankfurt and colleagues from the University of Giessen could show how cancer cells succeed at circumventing the genetic program of growth inhibition.