5 December 2019: The preliminary results of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Review Boards Election 2019 are published. The voting for the scientists for the Review Boards 2020 - 2023 could be done online from 21 October to 18 November 2019. Among the elected members there are seven professors of the University of Rostock. One of them is Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Köhling, leader of the Oscar Langendorff Institute of Physiology of the Rostock University Medical Centre and project leader of C03 from our CRC 1270 ELAINE. He will be responsible for "Experimental models to understand diseases of the nervous system" from 2020 onwards. The press release of the University of Rostock can be found here. All information about the Review Boards Election of the DFG can be found here.
25 November 2019: The 8th Science Camp of the University of Rostock took place on 21 November 2019 at the atrium of the Konrad-Zuse-Haus. Among the 81 poster contributions, which were presented in three poster sessions, the Collaborative Research Centre 1270 ELAINE was represented by 9 posters. In addition to the presentations of research activities and results by scientists of single projects, the service projects INF, IRTG and Z also presented their work. The full press release can be found here.
11 November 2019: In the context of the 600th anniversary of the University of Rostock an international symposium with the topic "Die Zukunft der interdisziplinären Forschung" tooks place on the 11 November 2019 at 13 o'clock at the auditorium of the University of Rostock. One of the thematic focuses will be "Länger leben, aber wie? – Forschung für ein längeres und gesünderes Leben", where the CRC 1270 ELAINE is represented by a talk of Prof. van Rienen (speaker of the CRC 1270 ELAINE). The press release of the University of Rostock and the programme of the event can be found here.
8 November 2019: The principal investigators of the CRC 1270 ELAINE met on 6 and 7 November 2019 for a closed meeting at the Tagungsschloss Hasenwinkel. The current status of the projects was dicussed as well as the strategic plans for the continuation proposal. Due to the presentations and joint discussions a lot of important aspects, which are relevant and promising for the sesond funding periode, were thematised.
7 November 2019: Through workshops, presentations and poster sessions, the doctoral and post-doctoral researchers of ELAINE presented the current state of their research at our second annual IRTG Basics and Trends Workshop at Parin, November 4 through 6 2019. Discussions and a World Café covering a diverse range of topics completed the program.
4 November 2019: The academic annual reception of the science and university region Rostock took place on saturday, 2 November 2019, at the Centogene AG. At this event there were among other items three panel discussions about environment, energy and health. For the discussion about health Prof. Reisinger (dean of the Rostock University Medical Center), Prof. Weltmann (Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology) and Prof. Schmitz (Rostock University Medical Center/ Institute for Biomedical Engineering) were invited as well as Prof. van Rienen (University of Rostock/ Institute of General Electrical Engineering; project A02 and speaker of the CRC 1270 ELAINE) and Prof. Storch (Rostock University Medical Center/ Department of Neurology; project C04). When asked How will digitalisation change our field of science in concrete terms? Prof. van Rienen answered: "Digitalisation also plays an important role in the Collaborative Research Centre 1270 "Electrically Active Implants - ELAINE": Miniaturized sensors and methods of machine learning will allow patient-specific therapy planning and adaptivity during treatment. As the amount of data increases, we will gain better understanding and refined methodological insights".
25 October 2019: On the 8 November 2019 the lecture series of the CRC 1270 "Women in Natural Sciences and (Bio-)Engineering" starts. Until the 13 March 2020 there will be a lecture every friday at 14:00 o'clock. In addition to the talks there will be touring exhibitions on the respective main topics. We would like to give an insight to the every day working life of successful femal scientists with this lecture series and answer questions for individual decision-making processes for the life path in the field of so called MINT-subjects. Furthermore we want to excite young women for the fascinating and various work in MINT-subjects. Of course the lecture series is not only addressed to girls and young women - the carreer path and scientific topics of our speakers will be interesting for all knowledge-thirsty people. The complete programme can be found here.
15 October 2019: From 27 to 28 November 2019 the Workshop of the DVM-working group "Zuverlässigkeit von Implantaten und Biostrukturen" takes place in Rostock. The reliability of implants is a very broad, interdisciplinary question, in which aspects of the “classical fatigue strength”, i.e. the mechanical resilience, also under corrosive, (quasi-) physiological conditions, as well as the interaction with the body (biocompatibility) and patient safety come together. The workshop will focus on different aspects of implant reliability, i.e. the implant site: healing and ingrowth behavior, new materials, new implants: modern, degradable and intelligent as well as modelling, simulation and testing. In 2019, the workshop will take place for the first time at the University of Rostock im Hörsaal at the Fraunhofer IGP, Albert-Einstein-Straße 30, in cooperation with the SFB 1270 “electrically active implants” – ELAINE. Further information about the workshop and registration can be found here. The programme can be found here.
15 October 2019: Prof. Schareck, the rector of the University of Rostock, welcomed a delegation of the Technical University of Muroran (Japan) last thursday, 10 October 2019. In the context of this visit the CRC 1270 ELAINE had the chance to present its research. Prof. van Rienen (speaker of the CRC 1270 ELAINE) gave a short introduction into the field of electrically active implants and Abdul Farooqi and Dr. Yogesh D. Bansod presented some results of the project A02. After that Simone Krüger from project C02 gave the visitors from Japan a guided tour through the ELAINE-laboratory in the LLM-building. The full press release can be found here.
7 October 2019: The 98th meeting of the German Physiological Society took place from 30 September to 2 October 2019 in Ulm. Josefin Ziebart was awarded for the Poster "Electrically direct-current stimulation induces galvanotaxis and alters expression of stretch-activated TRPM7 channels in human osteoblasts". This poster award is the merit of the joint work of the projects A02, C02 und C03.
1 Oktober 2019: We welcome Dr. Martin Darowski from the Department of Orthopaedics of the Rostock University Medical Center to our team of the CRC 1270 ELAINE. He is exempt from his clinical activities as part of the temporary substitute position for clinicians, which is financed by the Rostock University Medical Center and will work on his research project "Implementation of a model to characterize the integration of electrically active implants and bone remodeling processes" for the next six month.
30 September 2019: To support women in science the CRC 1270 ELAINE advertised research internships for female graduates and post-graduates (internship advertisement). So far we had five young female scientists in Rostock, who could get to know the work of some projects of the Collaborative Research centre:
B02 - PD Dr. Klüß: Maria-Alexandra Grigore (Bucharest, Romania)
B03 - Prof. Timmermann: Hooma Amjad (Rostock, Germany)
B03 - Prof. Hohlfeld: Ananya Roy (Delhi, India)
C02 - Prof. Bader - Laura Zangerle (Ulm, Germany)
C03 - Prof. Köhling: Elena-Alexandra Gradescu (Bucharest, Romania)
The female junior scientists got an interesting insight to interdisciplinary research contents and gained new knowledge with regard to the topic of electrically active implants.
The internships within ELAINE offer advantages like active networking and knowledge transfer for everyone who is involved. We thank you for your interest in our Collaborative Research Centre ELAINE and looking foward to welcoming even more young female scientists for a research stay in Rostock.
02 September 2019: The second temporary substitute position for clinicians in the CRC 1270 ELAINE is successfully filled by Dr. Mareike Fauser from the Department of Neurology of the Rostock University Medical Center. With the financial support of the Rostock University Medical Center she can work on her research project "Insights into DBS mechanisms: Regulation of adult neurogenesis through neuronal growth factors in the 6-OHDA-hemiparkinsonian rat model" for the next six month.
30 August 2019: From 12 to 23 August 2019 the CRC 1270 ELAINE scholarship holder Philipp Henning was visiting the group of Margaret E. Johnson at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA). During his research stay, he investigated how simulation results were affected by the choice of the simulation method and familiarized himself with the simulation software developed in the Johnson's lab.
29 July 2019: The 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC) focused on "Biomedical engineering ranging from wellness to intensive care" and took place in Berlin from 23 to 27 July 2019. Many scientists of our CRC 1270 ELAINE presented their current research results in poster sessions and talks. A special highlight was the invited session on saturday with the topic of "Research on Electrically Active Implants: Theory, Models, Experiments and Clinical Applications", with Prof. van Rienen (speaker of the CRC 1270 ELAINE) and Prof. Bader (deputy speaker of the CRC 1270 ELAINE) in the chair. A list of all conference contributions by the CRC 1270 ELAINE can be found here.
25 June 2019: Martina Grüning from project A03 (Department of Cell Biology) recieved the Poster Award 2019 at the international symposium 4th Euro Intelligent Materials 2019 which took place in Kiel from 17 to 19 June 2019.
Poster: The role of material’s zeta potential on intracellular calcium ion signaling.
23 May 2019: The CRC 1261 Biomagnetic Sensingfrom Kiel visited us on 21 and 22 May 2019. After we followed the invitation of Prof. Dr. Quandt (Speaker of the CRC 1261) to Kiel in November 2018, the return visit took place now in Rostock. We showed our guests with a variety of lectures and laboratory visits in a two-day programme the work of our Collaboration Research Centre 1270 ELAINE. The CRC 1261 from Kiel presented their research within a poster session. We would like to thank you for the open dialogue between the scientists and our guests for their great interest. We hope this exchange was enriching for all of you - scientifically and personally - and that there will be a future cooperative connection between our two Collaboration Research Centres.
29 April 2019: Our CRC 1270 ELAINE participated in the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, this year. On Thursday, 25 April 2019, the projects A02, A04, B03 and C02 presented their work to the interested public of Rostock. The visitors could get an insight to the scientific research of our Collaborative Research Centre by the means of poster presentations, exhibits and simulations. We thank all participants for the organisation of an informative evening and Rostocks audience for your interest and coming. We hope to see you all at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2020.
15 April 2019: On Tuesday, 30 April 2019, from 19:00 to 22:00 there will be an evening event under the theme "Hybride Zukunft – hybrider Mensch?". The event takes place in the frame of the exhibition "Experiment Zukunft" in the Kunsthalle Rostock. In her position as the speaker of our Collaborative Research Centre Prof. van Rienen will talk about chances and challenges of electrically active implants.
10 April 2019: Based on the CRC 1270 ELAINE a new centre for interdisciplinary implant research was founded on 9 April 2019. The „Rostock Centre for Interdisciplinary Implant Research” (ROCINI) is considered as a virtual centre, in which scientists and clinicians of the University of Rostock and the Rostock University Medical Centre work together in the field of implant research for musculoskeletal and neurological issues. "Networking and collaboration of different engineering and mathematical-scientific disciplines of the University of Rostock and the Rostock University Medical Centre should be increased and expanded by founding a new centre for interdisciplinary implant research", said the speaker of the CRC, Professor Ursula van Rienen. The deputy speaker of the CRC, Professor Rainer Bader, adds: "The founding of ROCINI should ensure the sustainability of the research within the Collaborative Research Centre 1270 ELAINE and the content aligntment should focus on electrically active implants." Read the full press release here.
10 April 2019: On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, we had a public event of our CRC 1270 ELAINE in the auditorium of the University of Rostock. Under the topic of "Aktive Implantate in der Medizin – welche Therapiemöglichkeiten bietet die Zukunft" we had in addition to opening greetings of the Rektor of the University of Rostock, Prof. Dr. Schareck, four overview talks, which gave insights to the different fields of activity in our research network. We thank the audience for their interest and hope to see you all on our next public event - Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften on 25 April 2019.
10 April 2019: On Tuesday evening, 9 April 2019, the NDR reported about "Electrical stimulation in medicine" in the Nordmagazin. In this short feature story the treatment possibilities in the field of neurology was explained by Prof. Alexander Storch for parkinson's disease. Furthermore talked Prof. Rainer Bader about the current research of our CRC 1270 Elaine for the use of elctrical stimulation in the orthopaedic field.
1 April 2019: On 29 March 2019 the CRC 1270 ELAINE was presented at the Jahresempfang der IHK zu Rostock. About 600 delegates from science, economy and politics, among them also prime minister Manuela Schwesig and economy minister Harry Glawe, participated this event and had the chance to get informed about our Collaborative Research Centre. Mr. Dr. Daniel Klüß and Mr. Lange from project B02 presented the new set up of the demonstrator for the transformation of mechanical energy into electrical engergy on the example of a hip endoprosthesis. The rector of the University of Rostock, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schareck, tried the demonstrator out for himself to understand the functional principle. There was an active exchange about the various application possibilities for transformated energy - from sensor technology to bone stimulation.
01 April 2019: On 28 March 2019 the Girls' Day - Mädchen Zukunftstag took place. Our CRC 1270 ELAINE participated in cooperation with the company INNOPROOF in this nationwide action day with a various programme. Based on easy experiments and laboratory tours the young girls got an insight to the scientific working in different departments of our Collaborative Research Centre. They learned for example how to isolate DNA from a tomato, how our own body can be used as an energy source or how to test the stability of implants. We thank our involved female young researchers for creating a diverse Girls' Day and of course we thank our entrants for their huge interest and good coorperation. We hope that we could inspire you for a scientific career!
19 March 2019: The CRC 1270 ELAINE wants to introduce their research to the public on 9 April 2019. The information event with the topic "Aktive Implantate in der Medizin – welche Therapiemöglichkeiten bietet die Zukunft" takes place at the auditorium of the University of Rostock at Universitätsplatz 1. In short lectures Professor Dr. rer. nat. habil. Ursula van Rienen (Speaker of the SFB, Rostock), Prof. Dr. med. habil. Rainer Bader (Deputy speaker of the CRC, Rostock), Prof. Dr. med. habil. Alexander Storch (Rostock) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Timmermann (Rostock) will present the goals as well as the scientific and therapeutic visions of the collaborative reseach centre. At the end a panel discussion is planned to answer the questions from the audience. Further information can be found here.
19 March 2019: The CRC 1270 ELAINE participates in this year's Girls' Day with a diverse programme. Our female researchers from the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, material science, physics, biology, and medicine will give an insight into their research for young girls to inspire them for science. The Girls' Day takes place on 28 March 2019 and the registration can be done online - here.
18 March 2019: Within the research project "Analysis of the microstructure, the porosity properties and the 3D distribution of cells in native cartilage and novel biomaterials", which was positively evaluated by the expert committee of the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Phase contrast imaging was carried out by the scientists of the two subprojects C02 and B01 at Beamline P05 from 11 to 15 March 2019. They were actively supported by the researchers of the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht Florian Wieland and Julian Moosmann as well as Fabian Wilde and Jörg Hammel.
11 March 2019: We welcome three new RISE DAAD stipends. During their internship they will support the projects A01, A02 and INF.
5 March 2019: The CRC 1270 ELAINE, the Wissenschaftsverbund IuK and the University Library Rostock invite to a one day lecture series on “Elektronische Laborbücher”. The event will take place at room 011 of the Campusbibliothek Südstadt, Albert-Einstein-Straße 6, 18059 Rostock on 26 March 2019. Further information can be found here.
30 January 2019: The Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock is holding a lecture series with the topic „Lectures of Excellence: Pioneers in Neurosciences". The first lecture is given on 20 March 2019 at 4:00pm by the Nobel laureate in medicine or physiologyProf. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard about „Die Streifen des Zebrafisches: Wie und wozu entsteht Schönheit bei Tieren?“. The lecture takes place at the aula of the University of Rostock, Universitätsplatz 1, 18055 Rostock. Further information can be found here.
30 January 2019: The Department of Cell Biology of the Rostock University Medical Center is holding a lecture series about "Biosystems-Material-Interaction". The first lecture starts on 18 March 2019 at 1:30pm at the Department Life, Light & Matter in room 110 in the Albert-Einstein-Straße 25, 18059 Rostock. The lecture series is addressed to interested students from medicine, biotechnology and natural sciences but also doctoral students, scientists and physicians are welcome. Further information can be found here.
23 January 2019: Thomas Distler, Stefanie Kreß and Max Schröder were elected 2019 Young Researcher Speakers by the IRTG annual member meeting. Welcome to the 2019 IRTG Board, and thank you to Kai Budde, Abdul Razzaq Farooqi and Hendrikje Raben for their great work in 2018!
15 January 2019: The Project Review Panel of the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) evaluated the proposal "Analysis of the microstructure, porosity properties and 3D distribution of cells in native cartilage and novel biomaterials", which was submitted by C02 in collaboration with B01, positivly. The scientists of both working groups are looking forward taking measurements at DESY in Hamburg at the middle of March to address this issue.
12 January 2019: ELAINE teams of several project areas conducted impedance measurements in the Institute for Experimental Surgery of the Rostock University Medical Center. Real values for electrode and tissue impedance were determined for the neuro stimulator that is developed by project B03. The physicians PD Dr. Kämmerer and Dr. Dau from project C01 tested the surgical technique and Ms. Raben from project A02 validated her simulations using the measured values.
1 January 2019: At the beginning of the year Dr. Dr. Michael Dau from the Policlinic of Oral-, Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery of the Rostock University Medical Center filled the first temporary substitute position for clinicians in the CRC 1270 ELAINE. He will do research on his project "Influence of electric stimulation in skin wound healing - a proof of concept and animal pilot experiment" for six month. The temporary substitute positions for clinicians are funded by the support of the Rostock University Medical Center and give clinicians the opportunity to do their own research in the field of electrically active implants.