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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...

 

Thursday 4th August 2011

Mu-Ming Poo spends part of his time at Berkeley and part in Shanghai as director of the Institute of Neurosciences. In this Nature profile "Neuroscience in China: Growth factor", he talks about his ideas on carrying out top scientific research and about the current situation and future perspectives for science in China. Mu-Ming Poo was part of an HFSP-funded grant team with Tadashi Uemura (Kyoto, Japan), Barry Dickson (Vienna, Austria) and Liqun Luo (Stanford, USA) on "Axonal...

 

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

Web update: Marine biology in the new era. The frontiers of science are by definition continually shifting. Areas once considered at the forefront of biology may be considered mainstream only a few years later. As HFSP has the support of frontier science at the core of its mission, it must be open to emerging fields. In HFSP’s programs we are seeing increasing interest from scientists studying marine organisms. What are the opportunities for the discovery of new fundamental biological processes...

 

Thursday 28th July 2011

The Todai campus of the University of Tokyo was the venue for a unique event in the Japanese academic community on 4 July 2011: a Career Day for Ph.D. students was organized by the HFSP in collaboration with JSPS and the International Office on campus. The program included speakers from foreign and domestic funding organizations presenting their support mechanisms with special emphasis on postdoctoral work. An open career forum following the afternoon talks offered ample time for asking questions...

 

Tuesday 19th July 2011

Web update: HFSP Career Development Awardee Fernanda De Felice describes the development of science in Brazil and the opportunties afforded by increased scientific activity, as well as the challenges to be overcome. For article see HERE

 

Thursday 7th July 2011

The award has been given to Stefan Hell for his pioneering work on optics. His invention of STED (Stimulated Emission Depletion) microscopy has allowed visualisation of objects at resolutions greater than the limit defined by Ernst Abbe in 1873. Stefan Hell is a director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, German and is collaborating in an HFSP Program Grant team with Valentin Nägerl in Bordeaux, France and Wen-Hong Li at the University of Texas, USA on...

 

Thursday 30th June 2011

Young researchers often find themselves lost in the maze of information on funding programs for international exchange. The diversity of programs is enormous as are the criteria for eligibility. In a joint effort the HFSP, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the University of Tokyo are organizing a Career Day on Monday, 4 July 2011 on the Todai Campus of the University of Tokyo. Representatives of different funding organizations will present funding opportunities for postdoctoral...

 

Wednesday 29th June 2011

Finding a resource to finance the next career step is probably on many students’ minds. Why? Because money is in short supply and fellowship programs are very competitive. But there are other aspects that weigh heavily when young researchers attempt their next career move, such as support for family members, the host laboratory, identifying the best suited fellowship program etc. The HFSP Fellowship Primer provides a thorough introduction and advanced guidance at the transition from PhD student...