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Scientific Working Groups

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    AG 1: Sustainable Environmental Health Sciences

    Claudia Hornberg

    Health burdens and care requirements of certain population groups, e.g. women affected by violence, women and men with chronic illnesses and disabilities, as well as the question of health resources, mark an important focus of the work content both in teaching and research.

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    AG 2: Medical Assistance Systems

    Britta Wrede

    Based on a deep understanding of social interaction and human cognition, we develop effective intelligent assistance systems with the flexibility to co-construct interaction with different user groups.

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    AG 3: Anatomy and Cell Biology

    Björn Spittau

    Der Fokus unserer Arbeitsgruppe liegt in der Fragestellung wie Mikroglia als residente Immunzellen des zentralen Nervensystems (ZNS) die Entwicklung, die funktionelle Reifung, die physiologischen Funktionen und die Entstehung sowie das Fortschreiten von Erkrankungen des Gehirns beeinflussen. 



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    AG 4: Digitale Medizin

    Sebastian Kuhn

    Die AG 4 Digitale Medizin befasst sich mit der Digitalen Transformation als einem fortlaufenden, in digitalen Technologien begründeten Veränderungsprozess, der das Gesundheitssystem, die beteiligten Kliniken, Universitäten und Professionen verändert. Sie bietet eine große Chance für eine bessere Gesundheitsversorgung. Dies setzt jedoch sowohl die Entwicklung und Evaluation digitaler Technologien, die Schaffung innovativer, digital unterstützter Behandlungsabläufe in Praxis und Klinik als auch die adäquate Qualifizierung der beteiligten Menschen voraus.

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    AG 5: Allgemein- und Familienmedizin

    Christiane Muth

    Die AG Allgemein- und Familienmedizin rückt Menschen mit chronischen Mehrfacherkrankungen und häufiger Multimedikation in den Mittelpunkt. Diese Menschen haben oftmals einen intensiven Betreuungsbedarf und sind durch akute Erkrankungen besonders gefährdet. Die AG forscht zu deren verbesserter Versorgung und integriert relevante Inhalte in die allgemeinmedizinische Aus- und Weiterbildung.

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    AG 6: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

    Sven Thoms

    The department for Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine conducts research into rare inheritable brain and muscle diseases caused by defective formation and function of cell organelles. We are also investigating a novel gene regulatory mechanism based on translational readthrough (stop codon suppression). We are employing methods and techniques from biochemistry (proteins, lipids, in vitro systems), cell biology (iPSC, CRISPR/Cas, advanced microscopy), and cell and animal models.


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    AG 7: Medical Education

    Hendrik Friederichs

    Die AG 7 Medical Education der Medizinischen Fakultät ist im Querschnittsbereich Medizindidaktik, medizinische Lehrentwicklung und Ausbildungsforschung tätig und nimmt eine zentrale Rolle in der Ausgestaltung und Weiterentwicklung der Lehre der Fakultät ein. 

    Im Mittelpunkt steht die Ausbildung von Studierenden im Bielefelder Modellstudiengang Humanmedizin.

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    AG 8: Cellular Neurophysiology

    Erhard Wischmeyer

    The research focus of our working group is in the area of excitation disorders of nerve and muscle cells, which are caused by altered membrane proteins (ion channels and receptors) and can, for example, cause mental illnesses or cardiac arrhythmias. The teaching content covers the areas of physiology and pathophysiology.

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    AG 9: Physiology and Pathophysiology of Cells and Membranes

    Wing Kee-Lee

    Lipid membranes form barriers, gateways, specialized compartments and microenvironments to permit physiological cellular functions. Our research focuses on the role of sphingolipids, membrane transporters and receptors in carcinogenesis and the development of oncogenic multidrug resistance.

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    AG 10: Sex- and Gender-sensitive medicine

    Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

    Different persons can be affected differently by diseases. This can be attributed to biological causes (sex-related factors) as well as to different behavioral patterns or different access to medical care (gender-related factors). The work group is dedicated to sex- and gender-sensitive medicine and we support future doctors in the person-centered communication, diagnosis and therapy of all patients.

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    AG 11: Biophysical Chemistry and Diagnostics

    Tilman Kottke

    Our interdisciplinary group deals with the perception of light. We analyze the structure and function of receptors, which among others govern the daily rhythm and are applied in optogenetics. We develop infrared spectroscopy in aqueous media as a diagnostic tool for living cells and human cell lines.

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    AG 101: Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine

    Sebastian Rehberg

    In the University Hospital of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Transfusion Medicine and Pain Therapy, clinical care is provided across the entire spectrum of the listed disciplines. In addition, specialist training for professional development is offered and authorisized in respect to all these medical disciplines.

    Focus of Research:

    • anaesthesiology: perioperative haemodynamics, delirium, paediatric anaesthesia
    • intensive care medicine: non-adrenergic vasoactive compounds, sepsis, shock therapy, neurointensive care, decision support systems
    • emergency medicine: in- and out of-hospital emergency care and pre-hospital emergency care, resuscitation research, register and simulation studies
    • pain therapy: CRPS, pain perception, inflammation
    • history of medicine
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    AG 104: Epileptology

    Christian G. Bien

    The Department of Epileptology offers the entire spectrum of diagnostics and treatment of seizure disorders. From a research standpoint, epilepsy is a window to the brain. Research-wise, we are concerned with, among other things, structural causes of epilepsy, autoimmune encephalitides and epilepsies, pharmacotherapy, epilepsy and disability or the social consequences of the disease. We use the opportunities of pre-surgical epilepsy diagnostics to gain insights into brain functions through neuropsychological and neurophysiological examinations. The focus here is on memory research.

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