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EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

News from the VIB, Belgium


Led by professor Ludo Van Den Bosch (VIB-KU Leuven), scientists from Belgium, the UK and the US have identified new processes that form protein “clumps” that are characteristic of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). How these proteins, which can bind RNA in normal cells, stick together has long remained elusive.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

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


EMBL and the Spanish government signed an agreement for a new site dedicated to tissue biology and disease modelling. EMBL and CRG will strengthen links further now that EMBL will be physically present on site and thanks to the establishment of the new CRG-EMBL Local Partnership until 2021.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

News from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Portugal​


Dieting and exercise may not be sufficient to stay lean. Research performed in Ana Domingos’ laboratory at the IGC is deciphering the neurobiological mechanisms underlying obesity. Recently they showed that activation of sympathethic neurons in the adipose tissue burns fat, but their elimination triggers obesity.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

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The EU-LIFE Visiting Scientist Programme has just been launched. Do you want to ...collaborate with that research group? ...attend that specific training? ...learn that specific technique? Apply for the EU-LIFE Scientist Programme! 

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

News from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Switzerland


Scientists in Rafal Ciosk’s group at the FMI have identified a novel regulator of fat accumulation in the nematode C. elegans. An RNase, REGE-1, degrades the mRNA encoding a fat loss promoting transcription factor, ETS-4. The RNase and the transcription factor form an autoregulatory module controlling fat metabolism.

EU-LIFE Science Newsletter 3/2017

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Moving forward with FAIR data, the European Science Cloud, the future of scientific publishing, Research evaluation and altmetrics, Rewards and skills for the advancement of open science, citizen science.

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

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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.