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MPI-IE and the superbody

April 22, 2016

The MPI-IE is part of the project “Superbody – A citywide negotiation on life expectancy” by the director and filmmaker Lukas Matthaei. The project organized in collaboration with Theater Freiburg has declared the city of Freiburg to a petri dish on April 15, 2016. Andrea Pichler, group leader at the MPI-IE, gave a short video interview about her research on SUMO to support the project. The video like all other interviews with scientist from Freiburg can be viewed on the project website. 

Life sciences (pharmaceutics, biotechnology and medical technology) but also the basic research in modern biology are important elements of the research environment here in Freiburg. The results and potential of ongoing research such as personalized medicine, new implants to measure and modify brain activity or new and improved drugs based on findings in basic research create new visions for our society and new utopias for the human body.

The cell cluster at the opening event in the theatre of Freiburg on April 15, 2016. Zoom Image
The cell cluster at the opening event in the theatre of Freiburg on April 15, 2016.

This idea represents the initial consideration of the project “Superkörper (Superbody) – A citywide negotiation on life expectancy” by the director and filmmaker Lukas Matthaei. The project organized in collaboration with Theater Freiburg has declared the city of Freiburg to a petri dish on April 15, 2016. Thus, it aims to promote the exchange between various scientist and the people of Freiburg, respectively stakeholders from the liberal arts, economics and politics to discuss and transform the new knowledge provided by modern biology. The cell cluster at the opening event in the theatre of Freiburg on April 15, 2016.

The project team interviewed more than 15 scientists, for instance: Toni Cathomen (Institute for Cell and Gene Therapy (IZG), University of Freiburg); Johannes Kaiser and Winfried Römer (BIOSS) and Ralf Reski (Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg). The content of and questions raised in these video interviews serve as starting point for further discussions in so-called “cell clusters”. These are small little research centers set up at different spots in the city of Freiburg. There, citizens discuss with the scientists the new biological and medical knowledge. The MPI-IE was also part of the Superbody-Project. Some weeks ago Andrea Pichler, group leader at the MPI-IE, gave a short video interview about her research on SUMO. The video like all other interviews can be viewed on the project website.

Andrea during the interview at the MPI-IE
Andrea during the interview at the MPI-IE
 
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