Press Releases

December 10, 2015

Memory loss enables the production of stem cells

Scientists in Vienna and Harvard discover a molecular key to boost reprogramming of adult cells into stem cells.

December 10, 2015

New hope for broken hearts

Cardiovascular diseases are among the most frequent causes of death worldwide. The ability to repair a damaged heart is one of the grand visions of medical science. Cardiac regeneration is possible in fish and in newborn mice. But so far it has not been known whether human hearts can regenerate as well. Scientists at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and the Innsbruck Medical University have described the first complete clinical and functional repair of a human heart following an acute heart attack in an infant. This astonishing discovery nourishes hope that cardiac repair in humans might be possible in the future.

November 03, 2015

Transparent communication

The 13th International PhD - Symposium of the Vienna Biocenter (VBC) elucidates the diverse aspects of communication. The event takes place at the Vienna Biocenter on November 5th - 6th 2015.

October 21, 2015

Mini-brains on their way to the market

Once again the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a competitive research grant to the Viennese Top - scientist Jürgen Knoblich. The aim of the ERC Proof of Concept is to explore the commercial potential of cerebral organoids, small developing human brains Jürgen Knoblich’s group has been able to grow from human stem cells.

May 20, 2015

New EMBO member: IMBA group leader Javier Martinez

The news was spread today: Javier Martinez, scientist at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), was selected as a new member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

May 15, 2015

Of small RNAs, gigabytes of sequences and the precious genome of the germline

Scattered throughout the genomes of plants, fungi, and animals are stretches of DNA called transposable elements, which can translocate from one genomic place to another. As these “jumping genes” often cause deleterious mutations, different genome protection mechanisms have evolved in all eukaryotes.

May 11, 2015

Hotspot Vienna – Research conference on RNA interference

The “10th Microsymposium on small RNAs” took place last week at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, bringing together the leading scientists in the world working on the role of small non-coding RNAs in the regulation of gene expression. The conference was organized by IMBA, together with its partner-organization the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP).

March 26, 2015

Innovative insights into the cell

With the Life Sciences Call "Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies" of the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), the city of Vienna aims to promote collaborations between physicists, engineers, and biologists towards establishing novel imaging technologies.

February 18, 2015

Brain model in the Top Ten

The technology to grow three dimensional brain structures from human stem cells, has been named a top ten technology of the „MIT technology review“.

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