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CeMM delegation at the EU-LIFE Community Meeting 2023 at IGC, Oeiras (Portugal).

EU-LIFE Community Meeting 2023 & 10th Year Anniversary Conference

CeMM celebrated the 10 years of EU-LIFE milestone with our partner institutes! We were delighted to attend the annual EU-LIFE Community Meeting and take part in the 10th Anniversary Conference in Lisbon, Portugal!

From 5 to 6 June 2023, we joined our partners at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia for a productive one-and-a-half-day program. We discussed the highlights and achievements of the EU-LIFE network this year, set priorities for various projects and activities, and agreed on the strategy and position papers for 2023 and the next year. The meeting featured insightful discussions and best-practice sharing within the working groups,…

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The image illustrates the location of DNA damage (in the nucleus of these four cells – green) and the colocalization of PRDX1 (© Sdelci Lab / CRG).

DNA damage repaired by antioxidant enzymes

In crisis, the nucleus calls antioxidant enzymes to the rescue. The nucleus being metabolically active is a profound paradigm shift with implications for cancer research.

A typical human cell is metabolically active, roaring with chemical reactions that convert nutrients into energy and useful products that sustain life. These reactions also create reactive oxygen species, dangerous by-products like hydrogen peroxide which damage the building blocks of DNA in the same way oxygen and water corrode metal and form rust. Just how buildings collapse from the cumulative effect of rust, reactive oxygen species threatens a genome’s integrity.


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Prof. Benjamin F. Cravatt at the 15th CeMM Landsteiner Lecture (©Franzi Kreis / CeMM).

16th CeMM Landsteiner Lecture by Benjamin F. Cravatt and the 2022 Denise P. Barlow Award Ceremony

On 8 May 2023, CeMM held its 16th Landsteiner Lecture featuring keynote speaker Benjamin F. Cravatt, Professor, and Norton B. Gilula Chair of Chemical Biology at the Department of Chemistry of The Scripps Research Institute (USA).

The event opened with “Les Tecchler”, the first duet performed by cellist Matthias Bartolomey and violinist and mandola player Klemens Bittmann, whose music style emphasizes the spontaneity and improvisation of jazz, incorporating rock elements, grooves, ballads, and fast up-tempo compositions.

CeMM Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga gave a welcome address, followed by the Denise P. Barlow Award Ceremony,…

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CeMM Alumni Gathering 2023

From 7-8 May 2023 the annual CeMM Alumni event took place in Vienna. 

We started with a nice, informal Dinner at the old AKH campus on Sunday, and continued with an Alumni Gathering on Monday at CeMM. This included an update of activities by the Alumni Board, mentor-mentee meetings during the day, and an interesting workshop on decision making with guest speaker Jafar Rezaei, from the Delft University of Technology NL. In the evening Alumnae and Alumni also joined the CeMM Landsteiner Lecture by Benjamin Cravatt from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, in the festive hall of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

We thank the CeMM…

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CeMM Research Report 2022: On the shoulders of giants

Making progress, innovating, and finding solutions to global challenges requires extensive and intensive basic research across multiple fields. To make new discoveries, we must put in the effort, exertion, and brainpower required. But research does not simply start and end. Rather, we insert ourselves into a chain of knowledge seekers. The foundations of our present research and wealth were laid already by many people in the past. The CeMM Research Report is always unique and this year, in its 16th edition, we pay tribute to these great minds who have paved the way for us. We asked ourselves, "Who are those pioneers of the part and how did…

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From L to R: CeMM Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga, CeMM Administrative Director Anita Ender and Austrian Minister Martin Polaschek (© Piero Chiussi / CeMM).

Visit of Minister Martin Polaschek

On 31 March 2023, Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek, the Austrian Minister for Education, Science and Research visited CeMM for the first time. Minister Polaschek met the CeMM Directors Giulio Superti-Furga and Anita Ender and spoke to the new Principal Investigators Laura de Rooij and André Rendeiro. He also met CeMM PI Stefan Kubicek and visited the CeMM Molecular Discovery Platform. 

We are thankful for the visit and are also grateful that Minister Polaschek will be a testimonial in the next CeMM Research Report, supporting our mission and the claim of CeMM: Science is our Medicine! 

Take a look at the picture gallery here.

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Head of IP & Technology Transfer Manager Prudence Donovan and Administrative Director Anita Ender. (© Laura Alvarez / CeMM).

CeMM receives the Innovation Award 2023

For the third time, the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is one of the winners of the Innovation Awards 2023 of the Austrian Society for Consumer Studies. On this occasion, CeMM has received recognition for its outstanding “Innovation Management”, and also achieved a top-5 ranking in organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals, as well as a top-10 ranking in the biotechnology field. These distinctions are a demonstration of CeMM's groundbreaking contributions to molecular medicine and healthcare.

The ÖGVS – Gesellschaft für Verbraucherstudien, an independent society for consumer studies in Austria,…

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The CeMM and Angelini Ventures team holds in their hands their imaginary, future company built upon excellent academic research and aimed at improving our health and contributing to a longer, healthier life. From L to R: Giulio Superti-Furga, Paolo Di Giorgio, André Rendeiro, Elia Stupka, and Laura de Rooij. (© Laura Alvarez / CeMM).

The CeMM & Angelini Ventures Healthy Lifespan Expansion Initiative

CeMM and Angelini Ventures are joining forces to support CeMM Principal Investigators Laura de Rooij and André Rendeiro in critical lifespan expansion initiatives leveraging a novel academic/entrepreneurial dual-track program. De Rooij and Rendeiro, in collaboration with their teams, will lead an original research program on healthy lifespan expansion.  In parallel, they will collaborate on venture creation based on scientific and business insights developed by their work. Venture creation and related business development activities will take place along with scientific research.  The expectation is that this double-track initiative will…

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From L to R: Scientific Counselor Amedeo Amedeo Staiano, First Secretary Valeria Gravagno, H.E. Stefano Beltrame, CeMM Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga and CeMM Head of PR Anna Schwendinger (© Bubu Dujmić / CeMM).

Visit of the Italian Ambassador H.E. Stefano Beltrame at CeMM

On 16 March 2023, CeMM was honored to receive the Italian Ambassador H.E. Stefano Beltrame, the First Secretary Valeria Gravagno, and the Scientific Counselor Amedeo Staiano from the Italian Embassy in Austria. We took the opportunity to present CeMM, our infrastructure as well as our research highlights, interests, and achievements.

Our guests were welcomed by CeMM Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga, who accompanied them through the building all the way to discover our famous Brain Lounge, where creative ideas are born. It was the perfect place to discover more about our institute and talk to some of our CeMM spin-off chief scientific…

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Open Postdoc positions at CeMM

We are recruiting a group of postdocs who are eager to pursue ground-breaking biomedical research, and we will help them to establish themselves as future scientific leaders. This postdoc program is designed to prepare postdoctoral researchers for a successful ERC Starting Grant application or equivalent and for an independent research career in top research organizations in Europe and around the world.

The postdoc program is based at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, one of Europe’s leading centers for basic biomedical research – with clinical translation in mind. Our partners are…

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