The German Research Foundation (DFG) continues to support the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) continues to support the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms” at Kiel University until the end of 2023 with 11 million euros. https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/details/news/367-metaorganismus-phase2

 

Founded in 2016 at Kiel University, the CRC 1182 brings together around 80 scientists from six predominantly North German institutions in a total of 15 interdisciplinary research projects. The researchers want to understand bit by bit the functional consequences of the interactions of host organisms and microbial communities. Thomas Bosch will continue to lead the CRC.

Kiel Möbius Prize goes to renowned American microbiome researcher

On Tuesday, November 12 2019, the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms” at Kiel University awarded its most important science prize, the 10.000 € Karl August Möbius-Fellowship, for the third time. This year’s winner was the American physician and microbiologist Professor Martin J. Blaser from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Blaser, who was voted one of the 100 most influential people of 2015 by the US news magazine “Time”, received the 10,000 Euro award for his lifetime achievement and the associated special merits for a better understanding of how microbial colonization of the body is related to human health.

Read the full Article here.

How do multicellular organisms assess and control their size ?

In a Nature Comm. paper published in July 2019 the Bosch lab shows that size in Hydra is controlled by Wnt- and TGF-β signaling. Insulin-like peptide receptor (INSR) and forkhead box protein O (FoxO) are important genetic drivers of size determination controlling the same developmental regulators.

Learn more about this research in a (German) radio interview: 

https://www.mdr.de/wissen/mensch-alltag/warum-menschen-unterschiedlich-gross-100.html