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December 05, 2014

Josef Penninger and Barry Dickson receive Awards of the City of Vienna

On 3rd of December 2014, City Councillor Andreas Mailath-Pokorny presented this year’s Awards of the City of Vienna. Among the awardees are two scientists from the Vienna Biocenter, Vienna’s center of excellence for life science research. Josef Penninger, director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, was honoured in the field of Medicine. Barry Dickson, former director of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), received the Natural Science Award.

November 25, 2014

Tremendous progress in the development of skin stem cell treatments for butterfly children

Scientists at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna have made a major advancement towards a future therapy for butterfly children. A treatment with fibroblasts generated from induced pluripotent stem cells has been highly successful in mice. The next step is to establish this method in humans.
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August 22, 2014

Cause of congenital immunodeficiency in children identified

Scientists at the IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences have succeeded in simulating congenital immunodeficiency syndrome in mice and identifying a possibility for its treatment. The researchers have now published their findings in the renowned scientific journal Nature Genetics.
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August 18, 2014

Stem cells go on a diet

In the up-to-the-minute field of stem cell research, researchers at the IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences – are causing a stir with two discoveries: when stem cells are no longer needed, they starve themselves to death. It is the stem cells' metabolism that seals their fate.
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June 23, 2014

IMBA director Josef Penninger receives Wittgenstein Award 2014

The geneticist has been honored for his scientific achievements in the fields of biomedicine and disease pattern research
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May 26, 2014

New strategy to avoid collateral damage in cancer

Scientists at IMBA have identified the final component that turns the RNA ligase into a fully viable enzyme in humans. That opens up perspectives for new treatment strategies for numerous types of breast cancer and leukemia.
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April 25, 2014

Cover story in „Cell“ : New neurological syndrome in children discovered

An international team including researchers from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences has found a new neurodegenerative syndrome in children that coincides with disorders of the brain and peripheral nervous system. It is caused by a mutation in the CLP1 gene. This is the first time the gene has been linked to human diseases.
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March 14, 2014

When the brain's clock goes awry

Mutations in the genes of a protein complex called SWI/SNF are one of the most common causes of cancer in humans. But until now it wasn't clear how these changes in the genome lead to tumors. Using a fruit fly as a model organism, Jürgen Knoblich and his team from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) have now been able to discover how the growth of progenitor cells spins out of control as a result of genetic defects. This understanding of the mechanism that causes tumors is important for the targeted development of medicines to fight them.
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February 19, 2014

New Paradigm in Cancer Immunotherapy

Scientists reveal a novel mechanism that controls tumor metastases

January 24, 2014

Bacteria like to move it!

IMBA Scientists reveal mechanism and dynamics of pathogen invasion of cells by 3D electron miocroscopy.

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