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09.07.2015

Curiosity and tropical temperatures – about 1,700 interested people visited the CRTD during the Dresden Researchers’ Night

Axolotl Exhibition © CRTD

Can 3D printing of organ-like structures minimize the need for animal testing and accelerate the developments in biomedicine? Is it possible to transfer the self-healing power of the axolotl or the zebrafish to humans? Answers to these and other fascinating questions were given to 1,700 visitors at the CRTD during the 13th Researchers’ Night. Scientists of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies – Cluster of Excellence (CRTD), the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) and the ZIK B CUBE of the TU Dresden, , the German Center for Diabetes Research/Paul Langerhans Institute (DZD/PLID), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the CRTD cooperation school Martin-Anderson-Nexö-Gymnasium (MANOS), and the iGEM team presented their research on July 3rd, 2015 from 6pm – 1 am: various stations, lectures, and children tours made it possible to get an insight into the work of the CRTD and other institutes of the network.

The visitors were able to walk into a model of a human eye and experienced impacts of retina diseases; they learned more about the regenerative capacity of axolotls and zebrafishes; they constructed a Lego microscope and explored elegant worms with it; and they learned more about latest diabetes and neurodegenerative research.
A great success was our first Science Slam. Five dedicated young scientists presented their research work in a very understanding and entertaining way. An enthusiastic audience supported the speaker and voted their favorite as the winner. The Science Slam was kindly supported by the Friends and Patrons of the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden e.V.

We want to say "Thank you" to all the scientists for their contributions to this successful long night of science, which made such a diverse program possible. The next Dresden Researchers` Night will be on June 10th, 2016.

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