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Vienna Science Ball 2024

CeMM members had a great time at the Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften - Vienna Science Ball 2024! Thanks to the organizers for the terrific programme and special focus on climate, fantastic music, a joyful quadrille, the opportunity to be at the Orchesterloge and the chance to have a nice CeMM group picture with a lot of happy faces.

The Vienna Science Ball is an exceptional opportunity to mingle with our colleagues and friends from the research community, and to celebrate the importance of science. We also thank our special guests Michael Bronstein and Alex Bronstein for joining the ball.

Since the Congress of Vienna, the city of waltzes has…

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Senior author Georg Stary and first author Anna Redl (c) CeMM

New therapeutic approach for the treatment of sarcoidosis

A research team led by Georg Stary (Medical University of Vienna and CeMM) has identified a new approach to treating the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis. In a clinical study, the inhibition of a specific signaling pathway showed clear success in the treatment of granulomas in the skin. This opens up new therapeutic paths for sarcoidosis and similar inflammatory diseases. The results were published in the journal Lancet Rheumatology.

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that is difficult to treat and affects around 15 to 20 out of every 100,000 people. In this disease, tiny clusters of inflammatory cells called granulomas form in the…

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Giulio Superti-Furga (CeMM), Kaan Boztug (CCRI), Jörg Bürger (CCRI), Anita Ender (CeMM) in CeMM Brain Lounge © Bubu Dujmic

CCRI - CeMM Collaboration Agreement

CCRI Directors Kaan Boztug and Jörg Bürger, and CeMM Directors Giulio Superti-Furga and Anita Ender have signed a partnership agreement which further strengthens scientific collaborations and training aspects.

CeMM’s research is strongly oriented towards medical needs and integrates research on fundamental biological processes with clinical expertise to gain new insights into human pathophysiology and develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The research focus is on cancer, inflammation, infection, metabolism and aging. The St. Anna Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI) strives to improve treatment for children and…

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Christoph Bock, Rob ter Horst, Tomas Krausgruber and Lukas Folkman, f.l.t.r. © CeMM

Vaccine boosts innate immunity in people with dormant immune cells

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is one of the world’s oldest and most widely used vaccines. It was developed in the early 20th century to provide protection from tuberculosis. Surprisingly, this vaccine protects not only against tuberculosis but also reduces the risk for various other infections, through a mechanism called trained immunity. A new study led by Christoph Bock and Mihai Netea found that epigenetic cell states predict whether or not an individual profits from the “wake-up call” to the innate immune system that is provided by the BCG vaccine. This discovery contributes to the development of future therapeutics that induce…

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Marta Miączyńska and Giulio Superti-Furga (c) IIMCB/CeMM

Giulio Superti-Furga and Marta Miączyńska are appointed new chair and co-chair of EU-LIFE

Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director of the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Marta Miączyńska, Director of the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (IIMCB), have been appointed new Chair and Co-Chair of the EU-LIFE alliance of leading life science research institutes in Europe.

Over the next two years, Giulio and Marta will work closely with Marta Agostinho, EU-LIFE’s Executive Director, to help shape the European research scene, particularly with regard to scientific excellence. EU-LIFE’s priorities for the near future include emphasising the role of…

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Our Christmas card is a follow-up on the Research Report 2022. Its cover is an homage to the 1967 Beatles album cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and in the report, we honor great scientists who made seminal contributions to science: (standing) on the shoulders of giants (to quote Isaac Newton).

Season Greetings 2023

We would like to thank our CeMM members and collaborators for their efforts and dedication to research. 2023 was a successful year with many achievements and we paved the way for new projects and endeavors in the upcoming year.

An excerpt about CeMM accomplishments in 2023:

  • the ERC Starting Grants of Barbara Maier and Clarissa Campbell
  • the Kubicek lab pinpointing the exact location of the SMNDC1 protein within the cell nucleus and identifying an inhibitor that opens up the potential for therapeutic applications of SMNDC1
  • the Superti-Furga lab developing a new method that allowed the discovery of specific inhibitors of a lactate…
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Artist Jun Yang designed chair’s backrest for CeMM’s Brain Lounge

On Thursday, 30 November 2023, CeMM welcomed artist Jun Yang for the inauguration of the new chair backrest that he specially designed for CeMM’s Brain Lounge, which completes the carousel. During the event, Jun Yang presented his piece of art entitled “The Voyage of Barbarella” and discussed with CeMM PhD students the process of conception and creation, how the story and narration can be the art as much as the physical representation. He spent time discussing what art is to him and encouraged them to view art with openness and generosity.

CeMM’s Brain Lounge is located on the 8th floor of the CeMM building, overlooking the impressive…

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Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer at the 12th CeMM S.M.A.R.T. Lecture (©Bubu Dujmic / CeMM).

12th CeMM S.M.A.R.T. Lecture with Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer

On 27 November, Barbara Seidlhofer, Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna, gave an inspiring 12th S.M.A.R.T. Lecture at CeMM. In this session, Professor Seidlhofer discussed the topic of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), i.e. the means of communication regarded as the most convenient (and workable) one by speakers from a different first-language background. More often than not, there are no native speakers of English involved in these lingua franca interactions. When it comes to the teaching of English, however, native speakers are still regarded as the `authentic` source of the target language and…

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Leonhard Heinz, Giulio Superti-Furga and Manuele Rebsamen (c) Bubu Dujmic

Newly discovered compound blocks signalling pathway of immune response

Scientists at CeMM, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Lausanne succeeded for the first time in identifying and characterizing a new small molecule called "Feeblin", which can inhibit the interaction of the transporter protein SLC15A4 with the adapter protein TASL. Both proteins are part of proinflammatory signalling pathways in the body. In particular, patients with autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus (SLE) could benefit from inhibiting the signalling pathway. The study has now been published in Nature Communications. 

In autoimmune diseases, inflammation is chronic and leads to severe tissue damage. Several…

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CeMM Scientific Director and Principal Investigator Giulio Superti-Furga (© Franzi Kreis / CeMM) will take on a new task and remain part of CeMM.

Giulio Superti-Furga becomes director of the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center in Sicily

CeMM Director Giulio Superti-Furga, a renowned molecular biologist in Austria, takes on a new task: The Italian Ri.MED Foundation and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) selected the native Italian for the position of director of the new Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) currently under construction in Sicily. Superti-Furga will initially support the Ri.MED Foundation with consultancy services of one week per month, to advise on the organization of the new research center, until the buildings are completed. The goal is to create an international hub where the relationship of humans with the environment will serve…

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