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Anti-obesity drug improves associative learning in people with obesity

Liraglutide benefits brain activity in people with obesity

Metabolism meets signalling to fine-tune cell growth

Endogenous metabolite directly inhibits mTORC1 activity

Male germ cells are mainly responsible for gene changes

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) grants over a million euros worth of funding to the research…

The German Open Science Festival - already a tradition for the second time

160 visitors celebrated Open Science in Cologne on 4 and 5 July 2023.

Genes are read faster and more sloppily in old age

In a large joint project, a total of six research groups from the University of Cologne Cluster of Excellence on Cellular Stress…

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Upcoming Events



RTG reloc Seminar on "Dissecting the function of neuropathy-associated TECPR2"

RTG reloc Seminar: Christian Behrends October 26th 4PM



Alternsforschung - Vortragsreihe der Universität zu Köln: „Wie und wodurch altern wir?“

Die Wissenschaftler*innen des CECAD Exzellenzclusters der Universität zu Köln suchen nach Antworten auf die Frage „Wie und wodurch…



Julia Cordero, University of Glasgow: "Reciprocal gut/body interactions in health and disease"

Talk / Lecture Series: Cologne Seminar Series on Ageing / Julia Cordero School of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK



Symposium: Biology of Ageing

Biology of Ageing Symposium on 20th September 2023



CECAD seminar: „Extracellular fluid proteomics as a tool to discover unknown secreted proteins"

CECAD seminar by Melanie Mittenbuhler, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA



CCDC seminar on "Damage-activated proteolysis is a potential key player in the plant wound response"

CCDC seminar by Simon Stael, September 19th 2023 at 1:00 pm - COMB Building


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As life expectancy increases, our society is changing - the proportion of older people is growing. For the future of mankind and our society, it is therefore important to be able to prevent and treat the rapidly increasing age-related diseases in the future. read more

Podcast "Altern – wie können wir gesund alt werden?"

The podcast series "Exzellent erklärt – Spitzenforschung für alle" ("Excellently Explained - Cutting-Edge Research for All") by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) regularly reports from one of the 57 research clusters funded under the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments. In the current episode the focus is on aging research, with CECAD members Prof. Dr. Cristina Polidori and Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher.

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In a society where people are living longer and longer the Cologne Cluster of Excellence CECAD at the University of Cologne explores the causes of aging processes and aging-associated disorders.