CEPLAS members receive funding from NRW


CEPLAS scientists (UoC and MPIPZ) were successful with their proposal ‘Immunometabolism in Health and Disease (iHead)’.

Scientists in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Cologne will establish an interdisciplinary research consortium with the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) and the MPI for Biology of Ageing to investigate the regulatory roles of metabolic signals and bioactive metabolites in immune systems. Speaker of the project is Alga Zuccaro (UoC), other participating CEPLAS members are Paul Schulze-Lefert, Jane Parker, Ruben Garrido Oter (MPIPZ) and Bart Thomma, Stan Kopriva, Nadine Töpfer (UoC).

The central goal of this interdisciplinary research consortium is to establish immunometabolism as an emerging field of research in host-microbe interactions. The scientists hypothesize that immunometabolism is a fundamental property of immune systems across kingdoms of life that resulted in the evolution of potentially common and kingdom-specific infochemicals.

Ten new projects will receive a total of 27 million euros in funding from the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science over the next 3 years. Minister Ina Brandes presented the funding notifications to the researchers in Düsseldorf last Friday.