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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...

 

Friday 26th August 2011

The 2012 HFSP Nakasone Award has been conferred upon Gina Turrigiano at Brandeis University for her pioneering work on homeostatic plasticity in the nervous system, in particular, for introducing the concept of “synaptic scaling”. In this, homeostatic mechanisms allow balancing the need for plasticity to enable learning and development while maintaining the stability and integrity of the circuits that drive behaviour. More information HERE

 

Thursday 25th August 2011

The Francis Crick Lecture is a prize lecture awarded annually by the Royal Society. Simon's award is for his exceptional achievements in the field of DNA repair. He will give the lecture on 7 December 2011. Simon received an HFSP Fellowship in 1998 to work with Nicholas Dyson at the MGH Cancer Centre at the Masachussetts General Hospital. After a second postdoc with Marc Vidal at the Dana Farber Cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, he joined Cancer Research UK as a group leader in 2002. He...

 

Wednesday 24th August 2011

The award has been given to Hans-Henning Kunz for his breakthrough discovery of a completely unknown role for fatty acid beta-oxidation in plants. This new biochemical pathway is a crucial survival strategy for overcoming shortage of photosynthetically produced energy and allows plants to survive under elongated dark periods. This pathway allows plants to recycle chemically bound energy stored in fatty acids as an alternative if photosynthetic derived starch is in short supply. The biennial Strasburger...