Friday 27th July 2012

" Protein molecules organize and catalyze most of the metabolic and growth activities of cells. Each protein begins its life as a long linear chain of amino acids whose chemical properties and interactions dictate the final folded shape and functional qualities of enzymes and structures within all biological cells. Some proteins fold spontaneously in the test tube, yet others require protein “chaperones” to guide folding in intact cells and in the test tube. Beginning in 1989, Franz...


Friday 29th June 2012

We are sad to hear of the death of Tom Duke of the London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London. Tom was a member of the HFSP Review Committee for Research Grants and was a leading figure in biological physics. We send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. 


Thursday 28th June 2012

The 2012 Career Days at Kyoto University and Tokio Institute of Technology, jointly organized by HFSP and JSPS, was followed by about 400 students. Some of the presentations on funding mechanisms are available online via the usteam webiste at


Thursday 28th June 2012

The HFSP Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2011/2012 is now available. For access to all Annual Reports since 1999 see HERE. To access the PDF (3.69 MB) of the latest annual report directly, see HERE.


Friday 8th June 2012

Carmen Gervais joined HFSPO on June 1, 2012 as the new Director of Fellowships. Prior to joining the HFSP secretariat, she was the Senior Advisor at the Canada Research Chairs secretariat in Ottawa, Canada. In this capacity she was involved in policy analysis, strategic planning and program management. Most recently she oversaw the development and implementation of the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs program, launched in 2008. Carmen has held various positions in government and was...


Thursday 31st May 2012

Two techniques developed by Winfried Denk, of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany, have allowed him to answer major questions about how information is transmitted from the eye to the brain. In 1990 he announced his invention of two-photon laser scanning fluorescence microscopy, which allows imaging of living tissue at greater depths and with less unwanted background fluorescence. He went on to develop serial block-face electron microscopy, whereby detailed 3D imagery...


Thursday 31st May 2012

Alumni news: Former HFSP Fellow Axel Nimmerjahn's research featured in Nature. Axel was an HFSP Fellow in the labs of Ben Barres and Mark Schnitzer at Stanford University. He is now Assistant Professor, Richard Allan Barry Developmental Chair in Biophotonics at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA


Wednesday 16th May 2012

Alumni news: 17 former HFSP awardees, including 7 HFSP Fellows, are among the 48 European scientists to have been elected this year as Members of EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organisation. Among the new European Members are also Lucia Banci and Jane Clarke, who have served on HFSP review committees. In addition, two of the three Associate Members from outside Europe are HFSP alumni, having served on the HFSP review committees (Narry Kim from Korea and Ruth Lehmann from Israel).&...


Thursday 3rd May 2012

Tony Kouzarides is Royal Society Napier Professor, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge. He received an HFSP Research Grant in 1998 on "RNA polymerase transcription factor TFIID: roles in transcriptional regulation, messenger RNA processing and cell cycle control" with Irvin Davidson (IGBMC, Illkirch, France), Michael Meisterernst (GSF, Munich, Germany), Peter Anthony Weil (Vanderbilt University, Nashville (USA) and Marc Timmers (University Medical Centre, Utrecht...


Monday 23rd April 2012

Nominations are invited for the 2013 HFSP Nakasone Award. This award is given to scientists who have made breakthroughs of fundamental importance in basic biological research. More information and access to the nomination forms are available HERE. DEADLINE May 4th 2012 has now passed. Nominations are no longer being accepted.