Study analyses: How stressed are rescue workers?

Jun 29, 2021

In cooperation with the University of Lübeck, the University of Bremen, the Ruhr University Bochum, the MSH Medical School Hamburg and the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB – the Workers’ Samaritan Federation) Dortmund, the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors in Dortmund (IfADo) has conducted a study to investigate how stressed rescue workers are. The focus was particularly on their own perception of stress and the physical examination of stress. The results of the study have now been published.

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New research project analyses different disease stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for therapeutic steps

Jun 21, 2021

In a new research project, the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors in Dortmund (IfADo) and partner institutions are analysing the different stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, from benign steatosis to cancer development. The aim is to identify the mechanisms that initiate the different stages of the disease. Based on this, suitable time windows for therapeutic measures are to be developed. The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).

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Project start: IfADo, ISAS and UKE research new corona testing and immunity determinations

Jun 17, 2021

The Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo), Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – e.V. and the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) are working together on novel testing strategies for SARS-CoV-2 virus surveillance and determination of immunity. The project “Novel testing strategies for SARS-CoV-2 virus surveillance and determination of immunity” is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and will run for 18 months.

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“Best in Session Paper” award for Peter Bröder

May 30, 2021

Peter Bröde, research associate in the Sientific Department Immunology, received the “Best in Session Paper” award of the Health Protection and Occupational Safety Session at the Spring Congress of the Society for Occupational Science (Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft – GfA) in Bochum as co-author of the paper “Are one-hour measurements sufficient for assessing physiological heat stress?” together with Prof. Bernhard Kampmann, Bergische Universität Wuppertal.


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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Don’t stop me now: How interruptions affect working memory

At work, we are interrupted and distracted from time to time. This is especially challenging when working at home due to Covid-19. Scientists at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) are focusing on how such interferences affect the performance of the working memory. They could show that it is particularly difficult to get back to the main task after an interruption. This was not the case with non-relevant distractions.

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Studying a new therapeutic approach for HER2+ breast cancer

Despite the considerable progress made in the development of new therapies, breast cancer remains the most common cause of cancer-related death in women in Germany. New treatment options are therefore needed, thus prompting scientists to continuously investigate alternative approaches. Researchers at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) have already shown that the enzyme EDI3 is associated with changes in the metabolism of cancer cells. The team now focuses on the potential of EDI3 as a therapeutic target in a specific breast cancer subgroup. This new project will be funded by the Deutsche Krebshilfe.

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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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How psychological stress affects the immune system

Stress at work or at home can make us more susceptible to infections or cancer. Immunologists at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) are investigating how stress affects the immune system in detail. In a new research project, they are focusing the basics of how a group of neurotransmitters involved in stress reactions influences the function of certain immune cells. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the next three years.

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New research laboratory: Work research at IfADo strikes out in a new direction

The IfADo research is on the move: with a Gait Real-Time Analysis Interactive Lab (GRAIL). In it, the gait movement of the entire body can be analyzed in three dimensions in a virtual environment. The laboratory enables researchers to analyze phenomena of human information processing while moving. “The GRAIL allows us new and realistic research approaches“, says Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rinkenauer.

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