Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe


If you belong to a EU-LIFE Partner Institution, watch live the Epigenetics and Disease Workshop this Tuesday and Wednesday, 12th and 13th May.

EU-LIFE strongly welcomes the position of the European Parliament committees made public on 20th April about the Strategic Investment Fund - EFSI or “Juncker Plan” - where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) defended the protection of the EU budget earmarked for research.  However, if this position fails to reach the final EFSI legislation, the future of innovation in Europe and the goal of enforcing the EU as a leading knowledge economy will be at imminent risk.

EU-LIFE is a signatory of the Wellcome Trust Statement that was released today supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU (“Directive”) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The Statement calls on the European Parliament and Commission to reaffirm their commitment to the Directive, which is considered vital to ensure that necessary research involving animals can continue whilst requiring enhanced animal welfare standards.

EU-LIFE European research centres obtained 14 new ERC Starting and Consolidator grants in the latest competitions, which takes the total of ERC-funded grants currently running in centres belonging to the alliance to over 100. But this news comes with a bitter aftertaste, as the announced cuts in the Horizon 2020 budget (including ERC) due to the so-called Juncker’s plan may now jeopardise Europe’s competitiveness in future research and innovation.

The EU-LIFE Translational Research Working Group has just published a correspondence article in Nature’s edition of January 22nd, 2015.

In this short comment entitled Interdisciplinary research: Bold alliances aid translational work and authored by Janine T. Erler (Biotech Research and Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen) on behalf of the group, EU-LIFE partners call for the need of translational research to venture out of its comfort zone and become more interdisciplinary.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

News from the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Finland

Combinatorial therapies can tackle the drug resistance problem in cancer. Researchers at FIMM are developing novel informatics tools and pre-clinical testing platforms to facilitate the discovery of most promising targeted drug combinations among the exponentially increasing number of possibilities.

EU-LIFE Newsletter 3/2017

Latest News from EU-LIFE

R&I policy is like the fashion business: while users enjoy current outfit, experts are already fully into future seasons. This is to say that only mid-way of H2020, the next FP9 is already at the core of policy discussion.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

News from the Institut Curie (IC), France

Many adult tissues renew terminally differentiated cell types. How are balanced numbers of cell populations are achieved? A new study from the Institut Curie (in press, EMBOJ) uncovers a lineage-intrinsic mechanism required for enteroendocrine cell fate specification during tissue homeostasis in the fly intestine.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

News from the Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), Denmark

The dynamics of tissues and how they become disrupted in disease remain largely unknown. In a cross-disciplinary study, BRIC researchers together with other researchers at the University of Copenhagen investigated the correlation between the dynamics of cancer cell division and invasion. The study was published in Scientific Reports, providing new insights into how tissue dynamics are altered when homeostasis is challenged.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

Latest News from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain

28 different kinds of collagens constitute about 25% of our dry body weight and are the main ingredients of connective tissue. More than 1,000 mutations in collagens have been identified in a variety of human diseases. CRG scientists explain their latest results on understanding how collagens are secreted and exported in the cell.