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Long Night of Research 2018

On April 13th IMBA is participating in the biggest Austrian research outreach event

The Long Night of Research already has tradition in Austria and is attracting young and old. This year, more than 260 locations will allow a unique look behind the scenes. More than 6,000 researchers will be contributing to bring research to life for one night. In 2016, more than 180.000 visitors attended the event.

On April 13th, the Long Night of Research will take place in the foyer of the IMBA/GMI building, from 17:00 to 23:00.

Visitors can experience how cutting-edge stem cell technology is used for a highly unique research project that aims to tackle a very rare disease – namely Diamond-Blackfan Anaemia (or DBA). This congenital defect causes a severe form of chronic anemia. So far, the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease – that only affects 1800 people in the world, two of them in Vienna – have remained unclear.

The goal is to gain new insights that could help develop a cure for this rare disease and contribute new fundamental findings for cell and cancer biology. At IMBA, Chuks Agu and his team provide the stem cell technology for this research project.Visitors are invited to look behind the scenes of this research “mission” and experience a fascinating virtual reality showcase to immerse the fascinating process of reprogramming a body cell to a stem cell, that was developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific and first launched at ISSCR 2017 in Boston.

Find out more about the Long Night of Research:

For those of you who plan to visit several institutions, there will be a shuttle service that takes you from the Vienna BioCenter to other research hotspots in the area:


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