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Austrodrugs Speed-Dating links the community

On March 7th 2014 more than 90 researchers interested in using and developing small molecules as biological probes and potential new drugs met at CeMM for the 4th Austrodrugs meeting organized by Stefan Kubicek and Giulio Superti-Furga. In a “scientific speed dating” 19 chemical biologists from academia and industry gave short 10-minute presentations. The well-balanced mix of speakers from different scientific backgrounds covered topics such as drug discovery, using and developing chemical probes to understand the biology of diseases, as well as virtual screening and modeling as a means of revealing drug interactions and drug targets. The…

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f.l.t.r.: Giulio Superti-Furga, Arnold Pollak, Wolfgang Schütz, Kaan Boztug, Georg Stingl, Hubert Pehamberger, Robert Loewe, Peter Heil

CeRUD Opening Symposium

On February 28, 2014 the opening symposium of the Vienna Center for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases (CeRUD) took place at the Jugendstil lecture hall of the Medical University of Vienna under the auspices of the Rector of the Medical University of Vienna, Wolfgang Schütz and the founding members, Arnold Pollak, Head of the University Hospital for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Hubert Pehamberger, Head of the University Hospital for Dermatology, Georg Stingl, Head the Clinical Department of Immunodermatology and Infectious Skin Diseases, and Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director of the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the…

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Senior Author Robert Kralovics, first author Thorsten Klampfl

Discovery at CeMM and the Medical University of Vienna brings hope to millions of Myeloproliferative neoplasms patients

Klampfl T, et al. Somatic Mutations of Calreticulin in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1311347

A newly identified mutation fills the gap in the molecular pathogenesis of MPN and brings hope to many MPN patients: To date a recently identified mutation in the gene called Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) MPN could be held responsible for MPN in 3/4 of the patients. The remaining patients however did not benefit from this discovery as their MPN was not caused by JAK2 mutations. The research group of Robert Kralovics at CeMM in collaboration with Heinz Gisslinger´s group at the Medical University of Vienna now succeeded in the discovery of…

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The Higgs Boson and Our Life

Fabiola Gianotti, Ph.D., CERN Physics Department, Large Hadron Collider, gave the 2nd SMART lecture, on November 25th, 2013 at CeMM. Around 200 scientists from different fields and interested lay people attended her lecture "The Higgs Boson and Our Life". We would like to thank Fabiola Gianotti for her brilliant talk!

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On September 11th, 2013 the soccer teams

SURF 2013 -CeMM wins the soccer tournament!

On September 11th, 2013 the soccer teams of IMP,IMBA, ISTA, MFPL, GMI, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Companies of the Vienna Biocenter and CeMM met for the SU(mmer)R(esearchers)F(ootball) Tournament. With fancy footwork, elaborate strategy, a high team spirit spurred on by enthusiastic cheerleaders the CeMM soccer team carried the day! CeMM won each of its matches with a total score of 17:5. We congratulate all teams and thank coach Mischa Pilz for his very good job and IMBA for the excellent organization of the tournament. 

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IMBA/ Madeline A. Lancaster

CeMM congratulates Jürgen Knoblich

Historical scientific success at CeMM’s sister Institute IMBA

CeMM congratulates Jürgen Knoblich and his team at CeMM’s companion institute IMBA for a truly extraordinary scientific success. The team managed to develop complex human brain tissue in a three-dimensional culture system. The method described in the current issue of NATURE allows pluripotent stem cells to develop into cerebral organoids – or "mini brains" – that consist of several discrete brain regions. This achievement contributes to establish Vienna as a world-known hot spot for biomedical sciences and it is an eloquent display of the scientific prowess of the life science institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences while providing an…

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Alpbach Health Symposium @ European Forum Alpbach

From August 16-19 international experts, politicians and decision makers met at the Tyrolean village Alpbach for this year´s Health Symposium, which focused on the question “Who Decides Health?” CeMM´s Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga was invited chair of the discussion “Fair Society, Healthy Lives” following the keynote presentation by Sir Michael Marmot and led a plenary interview with John Ioannidids on “How Reliable is Evidence in Medicine”. Together with Jochen Taupitz, Giulio Superti-Furga co-moderated the breakout working group “Creating Knowledge: Which Freedoms Should Clinical Research Have“. In his opening keynote he…

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Schematic overview of the human chromosomes and all the “genetrap” insertions that have been mapped by the Haplogen-CeMM team

A reversible gene trap collection empowers haploid genetics in human cells

CeMM and Haplogen make available the world’s largest collection of engineered human cell lines for biomedical discovery

Haplogen, a biotechnology company developing antiviral therapies, and CeMM, the Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, today announced that they are making available their large collection of human cell lines that are deficient for single genes, which they have been building over the past three years as part of a public-private partnership. The partnership, through Haplogen, will distribute requested cell lines to the research community. The collection and the technological advances that enabled…

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