Ca2+ signals:
Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Functions Collaborative Research Center 894

German Research Foundation approves a further 4 years for the Collaborative Research Centre 894 for the Medical Faculty in Homburg

On 23 November, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (German Research Foundation) approved the existing Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 894 „Ca2+ signals: Molecular mechanisms and integrative functions" for a further period of four years. In the future, 19 research groups from the Medical Faculty of Saarland University in Homburg and one research group from the University Hospital in Würzburg will jointly work in the CRC. The Collaborative Research Centre, headed by Prof. Dr. Jens Rettig, will receive a total of approximately €11 million for the last funding period running from January 2019 until December 2022.

Click here for the latest press reports on the topic:

Aktueller Bericht November 26, 2018

Saarbrücker Zeitung November 26, 2018 

The composition of the research area will change as follows:

Prof. Dr. Richard Zimmermann is leaving the Verbund and will start his well-deserved retirement. We thank Richard for his fantastic contributions, he will be succeeded by Dr. Sven Lang as Co-Project Leader with Prof. Dr. Adolfo Cavalié. Dr. Stephan Philipp retires as Co-Project Manager of Prof. Dr. Veit Flockerzi. Dr. Anouar Belcamemi will take over the task in the future. The existing project around Prof. Dr. Maack, who has moved to Würzburg, will be joined by a Homburg co-project leader, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Letitia Prates Roma. The CRC will be supplemented by new projects from Prof. Dr. Robert Ernst and Jun.-Prof. Dr. David Mick.

SFB 894 project leaders published Nova Acta Leopoldina Number 416

New release of Leopoldina "Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften" - Nova Acta Leopoldina Number 416.

Titel: "Stem Cells and Cellular Regulatory Mechanisms"


Berthold Seitz, Veit Flockerzi, (projects A3 & A14), Dieter Kohn, Markus Hoth (project A1), Jens Rettig (Speaker & projects A10 und P2) und Michael Böhm (Saarland alle University).

Here you can read a part of the book:

Christoph Maack will become head of Tranlational Research of the DZHI

Prof. Dr. Christoph Maack, head of subproject A13 at SFB 894, has accepted a call to the University Hospital Würzburg and will become head of Tranlational Research there. Being clinically active and at the same time conducting basic research in his special field of heart failure - this is how Prof. Dr. Christoph Maack imagines his dream job. He has now found the appropriate infrastructure at the German Centre for Heart Failure Würzburg (DZHI). The cardiologist and bioenergetics expert from Homburg took over as head of the Department of Translational Research on August 1, 2017. An attractive location with a great infrastructure and a beautiful city. Christoph Maack lured his family and four employees from the former research group from Homburg to Würzburg and the German Center for Heart Failure (DZHI). The expert for bioenergetics from Homburg will build the bridge from basic research to clinical research. We wish him all the best for the new challenge and look forward to continuing our good cooperation in the SFB 894:

New project approved for SFB 894.

Martin van der Laan joins the Collaborative Research Center in April 2017.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new project for the SFB 894.

From April 2017, Professor Martin van der Laan will explore the "role of MICOS in mitochondrial Ca2 + homeostasis".

Since December 2015, Martin van der Laan has been Professor of Physiological Chemistry at the Saarland University.

We warmly welcome him and look forward to a successful cooperation.


9 projects and the coordination office of the CRC 894 are moving to the CIPMM 

From mid March until mid June 2015, these projects and the coordination office of the Collaboration Research Center 894 are moving to the new research building Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (CIPMM):

You will find further information about the CIPMM here.

Please note new address and changed telephone number.

Understanding Intracellular Calcium Signalling