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A mushroom against neurodegeneration - new project


Gießen, July 21, 2017 - The Horst Görtz Foundation is pleased to inform us that our proposal, “Secondary metabolites of H. erinaceus against neurodegenerative diseases” has been approved in the total amount of 150,000 €. This study aims to isolate active ingredients of H. erinaceus and test the potential of erinacines to improve mitochondrial function using different cell and animal models of Alzheimer`s disease. 

WalNutA²: Walnuts for a healthy brain aging - new project

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Gießen, October 18, 2016 - The  California Walnut Commission is pleased to inform us that our proposal, “Effect of Walnuts on Mitochondrial Function and Cognition in a Mouse Model of Aging” has been approved in the total amount of $100,000 US. This study aims to tests the overall hypothesis: A feed supplemented with walnuts in combination with cognitive and physical activity (WalNutA²) supports healthy aging by improving motor, cognitive, and mitochondrial function in a mouse model of brain aging.  Motor and cognitive functions will be measured using behavioral tests. Mitochondrial function will be assessed using state of the art techniques including ATP levels, mitochondrial respiration and oxidative stress. …

new Ph.D. student in the lab 2


Giessen, March 1, 2017.  Carsten Esselun holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in chemistry. For his Ph.D. he is currently exploring the molecular mechanisms of polyunsaturated fatty acids on the balance of n3-/n6 fatty acids and its effects on fatty acid metabolism. Further, he is doing research in frame of the project  “Effect of Walnuts on Mitochondrial Function and Cognition in a Mouse Model of Aging

Poster award for Carmina Silaidos

Carmian prize

Fulda, March 17, 2017. In frame of the first „Healthy Aging Conference“ one of two prizes were awarded to Carmina Silaidos, who presented her poster entitled "Geschlechts-und Altersspezifische Unterschiede der mitochondrialen Funktion in peripheren mononukleären Blutzellen (PBMC) und im Gehirn“ [Gender and aged specific differences of mitochondrial function in peripheral mononuclear blood cells (PBMC) and in the brain]. Carmina presented her work showing for the first time gender differences in engery metablites in both peripheral blood cells and the brain. The poster was based on a joint research project bringing together partners at the clincs of Goethe-Universitly of Frankfurt and its brain imaging center. 

new Ph.D. student in the lab


Giessen, February, 1, 2017Benjamin Dilberger holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in nutritional sciences. For his Ph.D. he is currently developing C. elegans as new research tool to investigate brain aging and Alzheimer`s diseases following the mitochondrial cascade hypothesis. In his collaborative project he is closely working with the reserach group of Prof. Wenzel who chaired the professorship in molecular nutrition research. 

Hope for stroke patients

Intravenous Treatment with a Long-Chain Omega-3 Lipid Emulsion Provides Neuroprotection in a Murine Model of Ischemic Stroke - A Pilot Study

Single long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)) are known for their neuroprotective properties associated with ischemic stroke. This pilot study aimed to test the effectiveness of an acute treatment with a longchain omega-3 lipid emulsion (Omegaven 10%®, OGV) that contains fish oil (DHA 18 mg/ ml; EPA 21 mg/ml) and α-tocopherol (0.2 mg/ml) in a transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model of ischemic stroke in mice. …



The objective of the MITOEAGLE network is to improve our knowledge on mitochondrial function in health and disease related to Evolution, Age, Gender, Lifestyle and Environment. Every study of mitochondrial (mt) function and disease is faced with EAGLE as the essential background conditions characterizing the individual patient, subject, study group, species, tissue or even cell line. To address the complex interrelationships of EAGLE with an initial focus on humans and rodent models, the network will enhance the value of each individual study by starting to analyse and catalog data beyond the published record. …

Relocation from Frankfurt to Giessen

Due to the appointment of Gunter P. Eckert, Ph.D. as full-professor for nutrition in prevention & disease the neuroscience-rearch group moves from the Goethe-University Frankfurt to the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and henceforward operates as Nutriton in Prevention & Therapy (NuPrevenT). Offices are located in the old Villa Rinn, Wilhelmstreet 20, 35392 Giessen. Laboratories are located in the Biomedical Research Center Seltersberg (BFS) Schubertstrasse 81, BFS, 35392 Giessen, Germany.

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Awards for Dr. Stephanie Hagl & Heike Asseburg !


Dr. Stephanie Hagl and Heike Asseburg were awarded with a  young investigator award and a poster pize award of the international society for neurochemistry, respectively. Prizes were  awarded in Singapore in frame of the satellite meeting „Nutraceuticals in Neurodegeneration and Aging“ to the 25th  ISN-13th ASPN Bienal Meeting, Cairns 2016. 


press release

TV-Beitrag „RTL Hessen“ 29.06.2015; [in German]
Oliven gegen Alzheimer
Sie sind gut für die Haare, die Haut und außerdem schmecken sie richtig lecker: Oliven. Forscher der Universität Frankfurt untersuchen jetzt zusammen mit Kollegen der TU Darmstadt, inwiefern Oliven außerdem noch eine Hilfe für Alzheimer-Patienten sein könnten. RTL Hessen-Reporter Christina Cascino und Elisabeth Scharfenberg berichten über die mediterrane Medizin. []

TV-Beitrag „Alles Wissen“ 20.05.2015; hr-online [in German]
Kurkuma - die supergesunde Knolle
Auf den ersten Blick sieht sie ihrem Verwandten, dem Ingwer, sehr ähnlich. …

© Prof. Dr. Gunter P. Eckert 2018