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10 Year Anniversary of the MedUni Vienna

It is our great pleasure to congratulate the Medical University of Vienna on their 10 year anniversary! The Medical University of Vienna is one of our key research partners and plays a major role in the education and scientific development of CeMM’s PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows. We truly value the strong collaborative relationship with our neighbours, and we would like to thank the rectorate, our collaborators and the administrative staff of the Medical University of Vienna for their cooperation. Several members of CeMM Faculty are also affiliated with the Medical University and thus represent a successful “marriage” of ideas and…

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4th Vienna Next Generation Sequencing Symposium & Workshop at CeMM

The 4th Vienna Next Generation Sequencing Symposium & Workshop brought together over 150 current and future users of next generation sequencing technology. Six invited speakers described exciting applications of NGS technology in basic biology and in biomedical research. And the keynote speaker Bart Deplancke (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL) presented a biologically interesting and methodologically advanced study on the massive-scale characterization of the genome regulatory code in Drosophila. The meeting was organized by Christoph Bock (Coordinator of the BSF Biomedical Sequencing Facility of CeMM and MedUni Vienna) and…

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Giulio Superti-Furga and Kilian Huber at CeMM Win GlaxoSmithKline’s European Discovery Fast Track Challenge to Investigate a New Anti-Cancer Drug Targeting MTH1

Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director and Kilian Huber, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, have been selected as winners of GlaxoSmithKline plc’s (GSK) 2014 European Discovery Fast Track Challenge, which is designed to accelerate the translation of academic research into novel therapies. CeMM will partner with scientists in GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) and Molecular Discovery Research (MDR) teams to screen the target against GSK’s compound collection. Active compounds could then form the basis of full drug discovery programmes that may…

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CeMM Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga elected member of the Academia Europaea

CeMM Scientific Director Giulio Superti-Furga was recently elected member of the Academia Europaea – the Academy of Europe. The election followed a recommendation of the Academic Sections and a peer review by the Nominations Committee of the academy.

The Academia Europaea is a registered not-for-profit charity founded in 1988 as an international, nongovernmental association of eminent, individual scientists and scholars from across the continent of Europe who are experts and leaders in their own subject areas as recognized by their peers. Currently 3000 academy members span the full range of academic disciplines comprising the humanities,…

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Vienna-Munich collaboration identifies JAGN1 as a novel key regulator of neutrophil survival and function

Congenital immunodeficiencies comprise a group of disorders characterized by an abnormal immune system. The body’s ability to fight infections is impaired and infections can have life-threatening consequences for those affected. Analysis of patients with a disease characterized by an inherited lack of neutrophil granulocytes termed severe congenital neutropenia (SCN) may shed light on the delicate balance of factors controlling differentiation, maintenance, and decay of neutrophils. The team of CeMM Principal Investigator Kaan Boztug in collaboration with the group of Christoph Klein, Director of the Dr. Von Hauner Children’s Hospital Munich,…

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The solute carrier SLC35F2 enables YM155-mediated DNA damage toxicity

Genetic requirement for drug action is important to study as it may reveal mechanism of drug resistance, particularly in cancer, as well as generate ideas for better, safer and more personalized drugs. The laboratory of CeMM Director Giulio Superti-Furga used a genetic screen with human haploid cells, based on the work of Thijn Brummelkamp and his team (NKI and CeMM Adjunct PI), to identify the genes affecting the action of a poorly understood cancer drug under clinical evaluation. Surprisingly, only one gene turned out to lead to resistance, the uncharacterized member of the solute carrier SLC35F2. Further studies showed that whether this…

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Presentation of CeMM Research Report

On Friday, July 25, the new research report was presented to a selected audience on the CeMM terrace.

The concept of the current report is a wonderful example of our dialogue with society. Our befriended artist, Dorothee Golz, approached us with the idea of having a geneticist collaborate with her to unravel the traits in a particular branch of the body of her oeuvre that allows for a proper “genealogy”. What ensued is presented in this report and represents what we believe may be a first-ever formal quantitative representation of the relationship among the works of an artist. The concept can be expanded to describe also other artistic and…

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Principal Investigator Position(s) at CeMM

We are looking for MD and/or PhD scientists either at their first independent appointment or already at the consolidation stage to apply their expertise close to a clinical setting in a stimulating research environment.
Are you full of ideas and impatient for action to translate the opportunities of the genomic age into better therapeutics and diagnostics? Do you have a truly collaborative mindset and enjoy teamwork across disciplines? Do you have an inclusive and open personality that cherishes being a scientist within a broader cultural and social context?
CeMM, the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences,…

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Erwin Schrödinger Prize for Denise Barlow

With great pleasure we announce that Denise Barlow, Principal Investigator at CeMM and Honorary Professor of Genetics at the University of Vienna, has received the Erwin Schrödinger Prize 2014 for lifetime achievements. The Erwin Schrödinger Prize is an annual award presented by the Austrian Academy of Sciences for lifetime achievement in the fields of mathematics and natural sciences. This prize is the most prestigious award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and was established in 1958.

This recognition is very well-deserved. Denise Barlow's contributions to the field of mammalian genetics as well as to Austrian research are exceptional.…

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EMBanniversary AUSTRIA Conference – Celebrating 50 years of EMBO, 40 years of EMBL and the Success of Molecular Biology in Austria

July 06 - 08, 2014    More than 40 speakers, session chairs and special guests together with guests representing the Austrian molecular biology and life sciences community celebrated the 50th and 40th anniversaries of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and their impact in Austria, with a dedicated event. EMBanniversary AUSTRIA, a unique fusion of a scientific conference, alumni reunion, party as well as science & society and political stakeholder event, started with a Sunday evening Welcome Bash on the terrace of the CeMM – Research Center for Molecular Medicine on July 6,…

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