Scientists at BRAIN are creatively searching for new structures, for example by decoding biological systems in the skin. In so doing they are exploring the cascades of metabolic processes that are unleashed at cellular level by external stimuli. The better we understand these processes and how they are linked, the easier it will be to transfer them to industrial fields of application such as the development of bio-based care products or natural taste modulators.
In this issue of BLICKWINKEL, we explain these special and indeed sometimes unique areas of expertise that distinguish the research work performed by BRAIN. By gaining an ever deeper understanding of the biological structures and systems that exist in our skin or in the taste buds on the human tongue, BRAIN scientists succeed in developing ever more precise cell-based assays for reproducing sensory reactions. These assays make it possible to simulate physiological processes in the skin and to make reliable statements at laboratory level on which skin reactions or taste perceptions are caused by contact with natural substances.