IfADo expands systems biology approach with research MRI

Watching the brain at work and studying its functions – this is now possible at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The new three tesla MRI scanner will intensify interdisciplinary research at IfADo for the benefit and protection of working people.

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Michael Nitsche is among the “Highly Cited Researchers” 2020

Prof. Dr. Michael Nitsche is one of the most frequently cited scientists in his research field worldwide. The IfADo director and neuroscientist can be found in the annual list of “Highly Cited Researchers” of the US company Clarivate. Michael Nitsche is recognized for his exceptional research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science. 

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COVID-19: How a pandemic negatively impacts our sleep

Social distancing, home office, quarantine: To slow down the spread of the coronavirus our daily lives changed significantly. A crisis like that can affect our health and also influence our sleeping patterns. A research team at IfADo in collaboration with Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran/Iran) analyzed how home quarantine due to the corona crisis affected sleeping patterns of healthy people in Tehran. The result: The time to fall asleep, sleep duration, and get-up in the morning were significantly delayed in all participants, indicating a significant circadian misalignment. Sleep quality was rated significantly poorer as well during home quarantine.

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Thorsten Plewan-Blombach appointed professor

Thorsten Plewan-Blombach was appointed professor of psychology in the department of “Business & Media” at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences at the end of July. Thorsten Plewan-Blombach has been working as a PostDoc in the IfADo research department “ergonomics” for eight years. He is investigating basic concepts of perception and attention as well as human-machine interaction with a focus on digital assistance systems in workplaces.

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New insights into the functioning of the liver

In Germany, as many as five million people suffer from liver diseases. The liver is a resilient and complex organ which we do not understand enough even in its basic functioning. A team at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) is now providing fundamentally new insights into the function of the liver to produce bile and transport it through ‘canaliculi’: According to the study, there is a stagnant liquid in these canaliculi and the constituents of bile move in this standing liquid primarily by diffusion. These findings overturn long-standing assumptions about how the liver secretes bile. They are published in the journal “Hepatology”.

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Gerhard Rinkenauer: Associate Professor

Gerhard Rinkenauer has recently been appointed “Associate Professor” at the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology at the TU Dortmund University. At IfADo, he has been researching the interface between man and technology since 2005. Besides, he has been a lecturer at the TU Dortmund University in the Department of Psychology since 2008.

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Immune response against corona infection

Immunologists at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo), in collaboration with local partners, are currently developing methods to detect antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Their aim is not only to determine whether antibodies are present in a person’s blood, but also to identify the actual role of these antibodies. Thus, the team is investigating how well certain antibodies can mediate immunity against SARS-CoV-2.

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