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  • REMADYL, a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 Framework Program, aims at the removal of legacy substances from polyvinylchloride (PVC) via a continuous and sustainable extrusion process, providing a means for circular economy/use of PVC material. The project team includes 15 European partners, bringing together a set of multidisciplinary skills and expertise to jointly pursue the set project goal. One of the participants is Fraunhofer, namely Fraunhofer ICT and Fraunhofer ITEM. Fraunhofer ITEM will be contributing to the process by (process accompanied) contaminant assessment and the compilation of a best practice guide with focus on occupational health and safety during handling of the final product and by-products.

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  • Dr. Sven Schuchardt, Head of the Fraunhofer ITEM Department of Bio and Environmental Analytics, is one of the founding members of the German Society for Metabolome Research (DGMet). On May 14, 2019, he was elected treasurer of the new organization.

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  • The success of the state capital of Lower Saxony in the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments prompted the city to launch the campaign “Hannover – city of excellence” to present itself on the national stage. As a representative of excellent research in Hannover and partner in the cluster of excellence Hearing4all, Fraunhofer ITEM is one of the protagonists in this campaign.

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  • The assessment of endocrine activity of chemicals is receiving much public attention. Clear criteria for their identification, however, had been missing in the past. In 2018, the guidance for the identification of endocrine disruptors (ED) came into force. It lays down the implementation of ED criteria in the context of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

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  • As a partner in the cluster of excellence “Hearing4all” of the University of Oldenburg, we are proud that this cluster has been selected for funding for the second time. The Excellence Commission, consisting of the members of an international committee of experts and the research ministers of the federal and Länder governments, published its decision on which clusters will receive funding in Bonn (Germany) on September 27.

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  • A Fraunhofer study performed under the direction of Prof. Antje Prasse has identified a signature in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) that is predictive of survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The results of this study have recently been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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