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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 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

Latest News from EU-LIFE


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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