Thu, 28/03/2024
Looking back and ahead: SFB/CRC 128 symposium provides new perspectives on MS research
The SFB/CRC 128 Symposium, themed “Multiple sclerosis and related disorders – past, present, and future,” unfolded on April 29th and 30th, 2024, within the historic Castle of Münster University and thus at the center of the city. This symposium garnered significant attendance and served as an exemplary forum to discuss advances in the field, present […]...more
Thu, 15/09/2022
Photo gallery: Inflammation & Imaging Symposium in the MIC building
Muenster. From September 12th to 14th scientists from Muenster University and their international guests discussed the latest developments in research on inflammation and the imaging of the immune system at the 2nd Inflammation & Imaging Symposium. The annual event is jointly organised by several research networks from Münster, among them the CRC/TRR 128 “Multiple Sclerosis”. […]...more
Tue, 28/06/2022
CRC Retreat in Münster
Muenster. After a long pause, more than 90 participants of the CRC joined in Muenster Factory Hotel to update on the latest developments. We heard the most recent on a selection of the CRC projects and there was also plenty of time for fruitful discussion and socializing in the evening....more

Mon, 23/05/2022 | EU Research Council awards Lydia Sorokin Advanced Grant

Münster – The biochemist and Principal investigator of the CRC 128 Prof. Dr. Lydia Sorokin has received the coveted “Advanced Grant” awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). The funding of ca. 2.3 million euros enables the realisation of outstanding research projects.
Lydia Sorokin heads the Institute for Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry at Muenster University. She investigates the extracellular matrix (ECM) of blood vessels, especially those of the brain. These vessels are impermeable to cells, toxins, and pathogens and are part of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). One of Lydia Sorokin’s most important projects deals with multiple sclerosis and the question of how leukocytes penetrate the brain via the BBB in this disease, thereby causing disease symptoms. The focus is on a particular space discovered by the Sorokin team that surrounds the cerebral blood vessels and is formed by structures of the ECM. This is a favourite residence of leukocytes before they enter the brain in inflammatory brain diseases. The aim of the ERC grant-funded project is to investigate the molecular processes that are required to maintain the BBB, but allow immune cells to penetrate this barrier. To this end, Lydia Sorokin and her team want to reproduce the essential components of the BBB in vitro in three dimensions. Combined with studies on genetically modified mice, the researchers want to find out how the leukocytes manage to penetrate the brain in inflammatory diseases. The replication of the BBB in the laboratory will allow for testing of different substances in order to develop novel drugs against inflammation or tumours in the brain.
The “Advanced Grants” funding line is aimed at established scientists, who have produced outstanding scientific work over the past ten years.