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Tuesday 25th October 2011

HFSP is sad to hear of the death of former HFSP Research Grant holder, Herbert Hauptman. Herbert Hauptman was a mathematician who pioneered probabilistic methods for obtaining molecular structures directly from X-ray diffraction patterns, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1985 with Jerome Karle.  Throughout his career, Herbert Hauptman tackled difficult problems with great success. In recent years he became interested in the use of neutrons instead of X-rays for determining...

 

Thursday 20th October 2011

Alumni news: Eleven former HFSP awardees are among the 43 European scientists to have been elected this year as Members of EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organisation. In addition, two of the three Associate Members from outside Europe are HFSP alumni. Among the new European Members are also Hermann Gaub, who was recently appointed to the HFSP Council of Scientists, and former member of the HFSP grants review committee, Cathie Martin. This honour is conferred in "recognition of the commitment...

 

Monday 3rd October 2011

HFSP congratulates former HFSP grant awardees Jules Hoffmann and Ralph M. Steinman for receiving the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Jules Hoffmann, Emeritus Senior Researcher at the CNRS and Professor at the University of Strasbourg receives the Nobel Prize hot on the heels of the recent award of the CNRS Gold Medal for his pioneering work on "discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity". He was coordinator of an HFSP research grant in 1995 on "Phylogenetic...

 

Thursday 29th September 2011

Alumni news: Congratulations to Keiji Tanaka, Director General of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science for receipt of the Keio Medical Science Prize. This prestigious award was given for his "discovery of the proteasome and elucidation of its physiological functions".  The Keio Medical Science Prize "gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the fields of medicine and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific...

 

Friday 23rd September 2011

Congratulations to HFSP alumnus Jules Hoffmann on being awarded the 2011 CNRS Gold Medal for his pioneering work on insect immunity. This highly prestigious award is given annually to an exceptional  French scientist. Many recipients of this honour have gone on to win major international awards such as the Nobel Prize or the Fields Medal. Jules Hoffmann is Emeritus Senior Researcher at the CNRS and Professor at the University of Strasbourg. He was coordinator of an HFSP research grant...

 

Wednesday 21st September 2011

Congratulations to HFSP alumni for their success in the National Institutes of Health programmes to support highly talented individuals carrying out high-risk research. Pioneer Awards are given to "Individuals of exceptional creativity proposing paradigm shifting research". Among this year's awards are three HFSP alumni: Florian Engert (Harvard University) received an HFSP Long-Term Fellowship in 1999 for a postdoc in the laboratory of Mu-Ming Poo at the Berkeley campus of the University...

 

Tuesday 13th September 2011

Congratulations to Franz-Ulrich Hartl from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany for receiving the 2011 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. He receives the award with Arthur L. Horwich from Yale University for their pioneering work on the cellular protein folding machinery. Franz-Ulrich Hartl currently holds an HFSP Program Grant with Richard Morimoto of Northwestern University, Evanston, USA and Kazuhiro Nagata from Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan on "Cell...

 

Tuesday 13th September 2011

28 HFSP alumni have been awarded the prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council in the latest competition. The ERC Starting Grant has become a "gold standard" for innovative, researcher-initiated funding at the European level. Young scientists selected by HFSP at critical points of their careers continue to be successful in such highly competitive awards. Of these 28 HFSP awardees, 15 have been supported by HFSP postdoctoral fellowships, of whom 8 then received...

 

Tuesday 6th September 2011

Web update:  Former HFSP Long-Term Fellow, Christine Vogel, developed important experimental and theoretical approaches to investigating the myriads of proteins in the cell. Following a productive and successful period in the laboratory of her HFSP host, Edward Marcotte, she has been appointed Assistant Professor at New York University, where she is applying a key, highly cited method that she co-developed to different biological questions that revolve around the regulation of cellular protein...

 

Friday 2nd September 2011

HFSP alumni, Petra Schwille and Michael Elowitz have contributed articles to the special issue of Science Magazine on the frontier field of synthetic biology. Petra Schwille from the Technical University, Dresden, Germany, asks if the systematic construction of biological systems is at all possible and explores the different motivations that inspire scientists from different disciplines to explore the potential for both basic research into and technological exploitation of biological systems: Bottom...