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07.11.2019 News

Humboldt Club visits CRTD

Prof. Michael Sieweke with Humboldt Club visitors © CRTD


The Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) is scientific home of Dresden’s currently only Humboldt Professor Michael Sieweke. On November 6, he welcomed the regional Humboldt Club – a networking forum of current awardees, fellows, mentors and alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. More than 30 Humboldtians experienced an evening full of science and Humboldt related information.

Alexander von Humboldt is attributed the following quote: "The most dangerous of all worldviews is that of the people who have never looked at the world." Humboldt's work would be inconceivable without cosmopolitanism and tolerance - as Prof. Gerhard Rödel, Prorector for Research at the TU Dresden, emphasised in his welcoming address: "In keeping with Humboldt's intentions, we as a university, as a city of Dresden and as a society should at every opportunity work for open-mindedness and tolerance, humanity and respect - this is the basis for excellence in research and teaching," he said.

The immunologist and stem cell biologist Sieweke allowed for a deep insight into his field of research - the regeneration potential of macrophages. These special cells within the immune system can act as tissue guardians, not only eliminating germs and debris, but also stimulating tissue repair and the growth of new cells. The aim is to harnees the potential of macrophages to develop new therapies for currently incurable diseases.

The Director of the Institute of Botany and Director of the Botanical Garden of TU Dresden, Prof. Christoph Neinhuis, focused on inspires and companions of Humboldt – e.g. Georg Foster, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Aimé Bonpland - and described Humboldt's expeditions, discoveries and perceptions – especially the expedition to South America. Alexander von Humboldt was the one who brought the Axolotl 1805 from Mexico to Europe alive. During the guided tours within the CRTD, visitors could learn about the regenerative capabilities of Axolotls and zebrafish, too, and their role within research.