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2018-04-09 09:34 by Jan Christoph

Our research highlighted in Physics Today!

Our recent article in Nature was highlighted on April 5th 2018 in Physics Today!


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2018-02-21 20:00 by Jan Christoph

Maelstroms in the Heart

Researchers from the Biomedical Physics Group in Göttingen develop new, promising imaging technique for cardiac arrhythmias. With the use of high-speed 4D ultrasound, they provide novel visualizations of the internal wave phenomena occuring within the heart muscle during cardiac fibrillation. Their results have been published in Nature (

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2016-10-10 14:29 by Johannes Schröder-Schetelig

Fundamentals of Biophotonics, Imaging, and Cardiac Electrophysiology

During the week Nov 14-18, 2016 the First School of the EU-ITN BE-OPTICAL ( will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization organized by members of the research group Biomedical Physics. The School consists of a series of interdisciplinary courses presented by members of BE-OPTICAL, which are experts in their fields, as well as external invited lecturers. Furthermore, participating PhD students will present their projects and discuss their research plans and questions with all participants. For further details visit the website of the School

2013-06-04 20:24 by Stefan Luther

© Körber-Stiftung / David Ausserhofer

Philip Bittihn Receives Otto Hahn Medal

The Max Planck Society has honored Dr. Philip Bittihn with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements. Congratulations!

2012-10-18 21:30 by Philip Bittihn

Biomedical Physics Topics Soon to Travel the World

The Science Tunnel is a travelling exhibition by the Max Planck Society, presenting cutting edgeresearch approachably to the general public. With over 9 million visitors in Europe and South America, the Science Tunnel is now entering its third phase and the Biomedical Physics group is happy to be a part of it.

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2012-09-14 11:05 by Philip Bittihn

Field-stimulation theory paper published in Physical Review Letters

Numerical simulation on a cross-section of a rabbit ventricle revealing field-strength dependent recruitment of wave sources (electric field strength increasing from left to right). Negative curvature boundaries are activated at the lowest field strengths.<br /> Excerpt of figure 4 from Bittihn, Hörning, Luther, <em>Physical Review Letters</em><strong> 109</strong>, 118106 (2012)
Bittihn, Hörning, Luther, Physical Review Letters 109, 118106 (2012)

Today, a paper by our group was published in Physical Review Letters as an Editors' Suggestion. It focuses on the basic mechanisms governing the interaction of electric fields with biological tissues of complex shape.

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2012-06-21 19:46 by Stefan Luther

STED Super-resolution Imaging of T-tubules

STED live cell super-resolution imaging shows proliferative remodeling of T-Tubule membrane structures after myocardial infarction. E. Wagner, M. Lauterbach et al., Circulation Research (

2012-05-23 09:29 by Stefan Luther

Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 1002 „Modulatorische Einheiten bei Herzinsuffizienz“

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fördert neuen Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) mit über 10 Millionen Euro für zunächst vier Jahre.

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2011-07-14 20:42 by Stefan Luther

Several small shocks beat big one

Collection of media response and press releases about our low-energy defibrillation method.

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2011-07-14 18:04 by Stefan Luther

A LEAP in controlling cardiac fibrillation

Nature paper on low-energy control of electric turbulence in the heart published on July 14 2011.

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2011-05-20 20:42 by Stefan Luther


The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Technology and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization have founded the joint research group CardioTec. CardioTec aims at translating fundamental research into biomedical technology and clinical application.

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2011-04-28 20:13 by Stefan Luther

HRCG is Partner-site of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research

The Heart Research Center Goettingen has been nomimated as a partner-site of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research.

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2010-08-22 17:36 by Alexander Schlemmer

OpenAnalyser is available for download

OpenAnalyser is a versatile scientific programming environment for cardiovascular data analysis.

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2010-05-03 17:18 by Gisa Luther

Heart Research Center Göttingen (HRCG) founded

Herzzentrum der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Max-Planck-Institute und Deutsches Primatenzentrum bündeln hohe wissenschaftliche Expertise in der Herzforschung am Wissenschaftsstandort Göttingen.

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2009-10-01 17:41 by Gisa Luther

EuTrigTreat: From genes to improved management of patients

The project is expected to elucidate the genetic and enviromental components that contribute to cardiac arrhythmias, the relative importance of each of these factors and interactions between them. HEALTH-2009-2.4.2-2.

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2008-12-30 16:48 by Gisa Luther

Deutschlandfunk reports on our work

"Chaos in der Pumpe - Neuartiger Defibrillator bringt das Herz wieder in Rhythmus" by B. Schwentker.

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2008-12-03 16:53 by Gisa Luther

Focus on Visualization in Physics

Read the comprehensive review Visualization of spiral and scroll waves in simulated and experimental cardiac tissue by E. Cherry and F. Fenton (New Journal of Physics 10, 125015 (2008)).

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2008-10-26 14:57 by Stefan Luther

BMBF Medical Technology Award 2008

The Biomedical Physics Group receives Medical Innovation Award 2008 for the development of new defibrillation technolgy.

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