Everything all right?
Our next door colleague’s grandmother was very special. She lived to be almost 100 years old. Physical infirmity was usually treated with a shrug of the shoulders: “As long as I’m still in my right mind!” She was – even when she was sitting in a wheelchair at well over 90 years old. This is not a given because on average, every third person suffers from Alzheimer’s disease at this age, the most common form of dementia. So far, it has been neither possible to stop the disease, nor possible to cure it. Jülich scientists have also been working for years to understand Alzheimer’s disease, to diagnose it early on and to specifically develop drugs. Our cover story summarises the current state of research, provides an explanation for why there are no drugs for the disease so far, and illustrates the approach that the Jülich scientists are focusing on.
JUWELS, the new Jülich supercomputer that we present to you here, is already on the road to success. We travel into the South Asian monsoon with our climate researchers and the fragment of an ancient meteorite tells us something about the beginnings of the solar system.
We wish you new insights on all topics of this issue, a clear mind and good health for years to come!
Your effzett editorial team
Image: Cordelia Craigie, Montage: SeitenPlan