September 2014

The project “Sonnenbus” informs, communicates knowledge and enlightens


The Sonnenbus at Rudolfplatz in Cologne

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Debora Grosskopf-Kroier informs about skin damages potentially caused by the sun








The “Sonnenbus” project was established to offer young people a comprehensive education for the careful use of the sun and create an awareness for UV damage and cancer risk to the skin. To construct and implant this diverse project three universities of Cologne are linked: the University of Cologne with three faculties, the University of Applied Sciences Cologne and the German Sports University in Cologne. The SFB 829 “Molecular Mechanisms regulating Skin Homeostasis“ is a cooperation partner and therefore also involved in this project. The multi disciplinary approach guarantees the communication of artistic contents, as well as natural science and medical contents in a fun and understandable way. Children, teenager, parents, teachers and other interested adults get involved through activities. More information is provided at the homepage of the project Sonnenbus


July 2014
Opening of the CMMC-Parent-Kids Room

Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen (Vice-dean of Academic Development and Gender, Medical Faculty) officially opened the CMMC´s Parents-Kids Room on July 4, 2014

We are very pleased to announce that the CMMC´s Parent-Kids Room is ready for activities at the ground floor of the CMMC Research Building, Robert-Koch Str. 21 – easy to reach while located in the middle of the Cologne Life Science Campus. The installation of this room has been kindly supported by the CRC 829 “Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Skin Homeostasis” and the Gender Office of the Medial Faculty. More information regarding accessibility and guidelines for the use of the room is provided at our “Gender & Family Support” section.

May 2014

“Light and shade – effects of the sun on the skin”
Sun supports our well-being – everybody knows that. Sunbathing is the natural way to build vitamin D in our bodies. Vitamin D is a central hormone that regulates among others the strengthening of bones, the immune system and the cardiovascular system. On the other side unfortunately there are no scientific doubts that the sun has also damaging effects on the skin. The sun accelerates the process of skin ageing und supports the development of skin cancer. How much sun is good? Why is the slogan of tanning studios “You can build Vitamin D here” wrong? All those are questions were answered by Dr. Mario Fabri (Department for Dermatology and member of the SFB 829 of the University Hospital Cologne) on a special evening framed by the series “Wissenschaft in Kölner Häusern”.

November 2013

“Tattoos, Blicke auf und unter die Haut”

SFB 829 PIs Carien Niessen & Mario Fabri, Niessen lab-members Annika Schmitz, Lukas Scharfenberger &  Frederik Tellkamp and senior physician Iliana Poor (Dermatology) performed together with the “Junior Uni” (Ms. Peitsch-Lindt) the event “Tattoos, Blicke auf und unter die Haut” (November 2013)






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