MDC-Newsletter 3/2020: Warm and cold, million euro ERC funding, researching coronaviruses


Dear readers,

The MDC, too, has scaled down operations in its labs and offices to a minimum. This is necessary to help slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to protect all MDC employees to the greatest extent possible. Yet we are continuing our scientific work in home offices and through video conferences. Meanwhile, new collaborations are forming. For example, more than a dozen MDC research labs have joined forces with numerous partners in Berlin and beyond in an effort to connect their pieces of the puzzle and gain a better understanding of the novel virus. An overview of these activities is provided in this newsletter.

But, of course, that’s not all. We are delighted to announce that Thomas Blankenstein has just been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. He aims to find out if and how immune cells can control the development of cancer. And we also have plenty of reading material for everyone who gets excited – beyond the corona headlines – about new scientific discoveries. Or did you already know that cool receptors in our skin enable us to feel warmth instantaneously?

We wish you an interesting read!

Your MDC Insights Team

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