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March 10, 2017

Life scientists move into the mechanisms of self-organization in small brain-like structures

How close to reality are brain organoids, and which molecular mechanisms underlie the remarkable self-organizing capacities of tissues? Researchers already have succeeded in growing so-called “cerebral organoids” in a dish - clusters of cells that self-organize into small brain-like structures. Juergen Knoblich and colleagues have now further characterized these organoids and publish their results today in The EMBO Journal. They demonstrate that, like in the human brain, so-called forebrain organizing centers orchestrate developmental processes in the organoid, and that organoids recapitulate the timing of neuronal differentiation events found in human brains.

March 02, 2017

Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski receives Walther Flemming Award

We are proud to announce that IMBA group leader and EMBO Young Investigator Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski was awarded the Walther Flemming medal for her outstanding research achievements. She received this renowned award in cell biology at the annual spring Meeting of the German Society for Cell Biology March 2nd. Kikue is thrilled to receive the medal, especially since “Flemming has inspired generations of cell biologists and certainly my own research”, she says. The Walther Flemming Award is awarded to young scientists up to 38 years of age for outstanding scientific achievements from all areas of cell biological and consists of a medal and a prize money of EUR 2,000.

January 19, 2017

Scientists initiate first ethical guidelines for organs cultivated in vitro

In the latest edition of the professional journal “Science”, Jürgen Knoblich, a leading authority on stem cells and deputy director of the IMBA (Institute for Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences), together with international experts, presents a first ethical guideline for research into human organ models. In the article, he also argues for critical and responsible engagement with the new technology.

January 03, 2017

IMBA – The year in review: 2016 brought top-level research funding and scientific milestones

In 2016, IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences received the prestigious “Proof of Concept” grant from the European Research Council (ERC) as well as two fellowships in the renowned EMBO Young Investigator Programme. A series of scientific achievements could pave the way for new treatment options in the future, including the possible prevention of breast cancer, new treatments for deadly fungal infections, and improvements in assisted reproduction.

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