Applied computer scientists at the University of Bamberg are currently developing an AI medical companion that will help doctors in recognising and diagnosing types of cancer and pain.
In part of a recent human study led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), it was found that after eating a curry dish containing pepper, piperine - an alkaloid responsible for the pungency of pepper - was present in the milk of breastfeeding women. The findings help decipher mechanisms that shape our food preferences from infancy.
Prof. Dr Othmar Moser, head of the division Exercise Physiology & Metabolism at the University of Bayreuth, has been awarded the 2021 Langerhans Prize of the Austrian Diabetes Society (OEDG). On 20 November 2021, he accepted the prize of € 10,000 at the OEDG annual general meeting in Salzburg. Recently, he and his research team studied the immune response of people with diabetes after COVID-19 vaccination. The results underline the importance of booster vaccinations for older people with diabetes, especially in the case of impaired kidney function.
Supported by the Adalbert Raps Foundation, researchers at the University of Bayreuth have developed a guide for innovative food producers. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Kai Purnhagen, the EU regulatory environment for products derived from mushrooms and mushroom mycelium was scrutinized. The team of the Food Law research group at the Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health, together with the Centre for German & European Food Law at the University of Bayreuth, also identified gaps in EU law as part of this project.
The death of a loved one is a life-changing experience. Grief is a perfectly normal reaction to such a devastating loss. However, if the feeling of loss keeps dominating your life even after a long time - as is the case in five to ten percent of the bereaved - psychologists speak of the mental health syndrome “prolonged grief disorder”. The disorder was only recently recognized as a distinct syndrome. Led by psychologists of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), a special form of psychotherapy is being tested in treatment centers around Germany. The results so far are promising.
Using telemedicine, COVID-19 patients can be cared for safely at home – from initial home isolation to recovery or, in case problems arise, admission to hospital. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now successfully demonstrated this in a study involving 150 patients with risk factors for a severe progression of the disease.
Because a plethora of flavor compounds contribute to the distinctive taste of cocoa, its composition is difficult to analyze. Now, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz Institute of Food Systems Biology (LSB) have developed a new methodology that quickly, easily, and precisely quantifies the flavor profile of cocoa samples.
The newly funded EU Horizon 2020 project Safeguard will address the decline of wild pollinators, its effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and options to restore pollinator diversity.
Modern legal systems should protect human health and the environment, but at the same time also enable innovations to resolve important issues of the future. How successfully food law in the European Union fulfils these functions, and whether there is a need for reform, is being investigated in a new research project led by Prof. Dr. Kai Purnhagen, Chair of Food Law at the University of Bayreuth in Kulmbach. The project will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Oberfrankenstiftung (Upper Franconia Foundation) to the amount of around € 800,000 over the next four years.
In Kulmbach, researchers are working on the food of the future. Prof. Dr. Susanne Baldermann is studying the metabolism of plants and drawing conclusions for a future agriculture that will no longer be restricted to rural areas: "Vertical Farming" in urban areas as a reaction to climate change and soil scarcity is one of the research fields of the Professor of Food Metabolome at the University of Bayreuth's new Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health located in Kulmbach.