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JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing Expertise - Shaping the Future
In the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich pool their outstanding expertise in five research sections, a JARA-Center and four

JARA-Instituts.These common efforts open up new research opportunities and facilitate projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. Furthermore, their attention is always focused on the grand challenges facing society.

The neurodegenerative disease Friedreich's Ataxia is one of the rare diseases. For those affected, the disease means a very restricted and shortened life. There is still no effective therapy available today, so the two JARA-BRAIN scientists Prof. Jörg B. Schulz and Prof. Kathrin Reetz have been researching the mechanisms and therapies of Friedreich's Ataxia for several years now. Together with a European team of experts, the two researchers are now playing a major role in the NICOFA study, which is investigating nicotinamide as a therapeutic drug.

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Anorexia nervosa affects numerous patients every year. Especially young girls and women are affected by anorexia. Despite extensive research and different therapeutic approaches, a complete recovery of the patients is often impossible. In order to better understand the disease and its mechanisms, a European research team led by JARA-BRAIN scientist Prof. Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann has been investigating the interaction between the intestine and the brain and its influence on a possible anorexia disease since 2019.

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Mesocrystals consist of a three-dimensional periodic arrangement of nanoparticles or nanocrystals. The arrangement of the particles within the mesocrystal makes it possible to evoke different characteristics. To enable this modification, an international team has now investigated the size distribution of the nanocrystals. In addition to other experts, JARA-FIT member Prof. Thomas Brückel played a key role in the work.

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The energy revolution is a tremendous task that the countries of the world can only face together. A group of experts consisting of 22 scientists and five scientific officers has now prepared an ad hoc statement on the subject for the Federal Government. In this statement, the experts summarise the measures that are essential to achieve the climate targets. Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, one of the JARA-ENERGY directors, was also part of this group.

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