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Double success for research

The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences has been successful with two research projects in the state’s “Innovative Projects / Cooperative Projects 2007” programme. Two different research projects, coordinated by the professors Dr. Jörg Bergemann and Dr. Silvije Jovalekic, will receive funding totalling almost 225,000 euros.

Hs Albsig
Hs Albsig
Bergemann is head of the biomedical engineering master’s course as well as working with the production of artificial tissue. Tissue engineering involves the cultivation of autologous skin, bone or cartilage cells in the laboratory and the subsequent reimplantation into the patient. Such tissue can be used to treat damage caused by the symptoms of old age or by burns and sports injuries.

It is interesting to note that cells that are proliferated outside the body show signs of rejuvenation, such as increased levels of cell damage repair. Further investigations into the underlying mechanisms will help the researchers to develop substances that can attenuate ageing processes. The biomedical engineering course has already identified folic acid as an effective stimulant of the body’s repair mechanisms. The results have recently been published in the international journal “BioFactors”.

Cooperation with companies

Bergemann’s colleague, Jovalekic, is focused on a completely different field of science, namely communication and software technology. Jovalekic is developing test procedures and methods for distributed real-time embedded systems. Such systems can be used in building automation, cars, power stations and many other areas. They consist of an intelligent network of different components such as sensors, actuators and computers or processors.

Both research projects are carried out in cooperation with companies. Bergemann works closely with researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Stuttgart and the medical equipment company Tetec, which is based in Reutlingen. Jovalekic’s project receives support from the companies Honeywell from Albstadt and Hengstler in Deißlingen. The funding of two competitive, third party-funded projects is an important success for research at the Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences. The two project leaders also highlighted the fact that the University’s teaching stands to benefit from such research projects.

Source: Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences - 3.3.2008
Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/article/news/double-success-for-research