, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 285-287
Date: 02 Feb 2010

The German Research Unit “Neuronal and glial P2 receptors; molecular basis and functional significance”

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Introduction

A highly successful initiative in the field of purinergic signalling was launched in 2007 in Germany with generous support of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Leading scientists of high international calibre from several centres in Germany were included in the venture and together they have made substantial contributions. I asked Torsten Schöneberg and Peter Illes to write a feature article describing the history and development of this outstanding combination of research groups, which is published below.

Geoffrey Burnstock

Editor-in Chief

Purine research in Germany has had for many years a high priority in biomedical sciences, with physiologists/pharmacologists as its pioneers. These scientists were interested in the function of extracellular adenosine, especially in the brain (Ulrich Schwabe, Heidelberg, Germany; Peter Schubert, Munich, Germany), cardiovascular system (Jürgen Schrader, Düsseldorf, Germany), and kidney (Hartmut Osswald, Tübingen, Germany). From the earl ...