Leibniz Research Alliances

Leibniz Research Alliance Healthy Aging

Environmentally-induced aging processes are a central focus of the IUF’s mission. Therefore, the institute contributes through various research activities to the Leibniz Research Alliance Healthy Aging. Currently, IUF and two partner institutes of the Alliance (ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development and ZPID – Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information) try to identify personal and environmental factors which promote the preservation of health in the joint research project “Healthy Ageing – Developmental pathway analyzes and multifactorial explanations”. To this end, biological, psychosocial, and environmental patterns of the aging process and their their potential personal and environmental determinants will be analyzed from an environmental epidemiological, psychological, and urban planning viewpoint. Prof. Dr. Jean Krutmann is together with Prof. Dr. K. L. Rudolph from the FLI speaker of the Leibniz Research Alliance Healthy Aging.

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Leibniz Research Alliance Nanosafety

This alliance addresses questions regarding the safety of modern nanoparticles in the fields of medicine, material sciences and knowledge transfer. The extensive expertise of several working groups at the IUF on the effects of particulate materials on human provides a structural contribution to the success of the research alliance. The active cooperation of partners in this alliance is promoted by implementing a Leibniz promotion project that is supported by the IUF and the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materialis in Saarbrücken.

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Leibniz Research Alliance Bioactive Compounds and Biotechnology

The molecular prevention of environmentally-induced health disorders is a main focus in the research mission of the IUF and can be accomplished by the use of new bioactive compounds. The IUF has significantly contributed to the development of preventive strategies against environmental influences. Thus, active substances based on compatible solutes were developed in the IUF and were brought to human use. These expertise and experiences are the contribution of the IUF to the Leibniz Research Alliance Bioactive Compounds and Biotechnology.

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Leibniz Research Alliance Crises in a Globalised World

Since 2017, IUF is member of the Research Alliance "Crises in a Globalised World”. The mission of this alliance is to cut across three sets of boundaries – between disciplines, between different thematic fields in which crises occur, and between the academic, political, and societal spheres. The alliance’s strategic goal is to collect the expertise which the different participating institutes have accumulated – on financial and debt crises, environmental crises, food crises, and crises of political orders – and use this to generate knowledge about the processes, dynamics, and patterns of crises, about their systemic character, and about the suitability and social acceptability of policies devised to cope with them. This knowledge can then be applied in the resolution of future crises. IUF contributes in particular its expertise regarding the effect air pollution on human health to this alliance.

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