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Structure of the calciumpump highlighting where the minor (blue spheres) and major (red spheres) differences between calciumpumps are located in the structure. With this knowledge it is possible to target specific pumps.

2019.04.11 | Research

New insights into calcium transport may help develop new drugs

A normal function of the heart and nerve system is, among other things, dependent on proper regulation of calcium in the cells. This process depends on the proper functioning of the calcium pump. New studies of the calcium pump structure give new insight into this process, which may help with the development of new drugs for treatment such as…

Dr. Hossein Mohammad-Beigi and Professor Daniel Otzen, Aarhus University, shows that a specific and widely common strain of olives excels as a natural inhibitor of Parkinson’s disease progress. (Image: Colourbox.com)

2019.04.01 | Research

Widely common olive species excel as natural inhibitor of Parkinson’s disease

The compositions of antioxidants in a certain species of olive fruits have been found to be superior in protection against Parkinson's disease. As Parkinson's disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, but still without a cure, this is an important finding on the way to combat this crippling condition.

For the second time in his career, Professor Jens Stougaard from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for research in plant molecular biology. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, AU.

2019.03.28 | Grant

Jens Stougaard receives prestigious grant from the European Research Council

For the second time in his career, Professor Jens Stougaard from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for research in plant molecular biology. The amount awarded is EUR 2.5 million and runs over five years.

The photo shows two nodules on the root of the legume <em>Lotus japonicus</em>. This plant has symbiosis with the soil bacterium <em>Mesorhizobium loti</em>. In the symbiosis, the bacteria get carbohydrates from the plant, and the bacterium delivers fixed nitrogen to the plant. Therefore, the plant can do without nitrogen fertilizer. The bacteria are stained for the LacZ enzyme (dark blue) and the plant's nuclei are stained with DAPI. The nuclei are seen as light blue dots. You can see the bacteria in the young nodule and on the surface of the older nodule. In the research group - The Section for Plant Molecular Biology at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - the researchers have isolated many of the plant genes necessary for the symbiosis.

2019.03.28 | Awards

Niels Sandal wins the prize for the science photo of the year 2019

The Danish National Research Foundation and videnskab.dk have invited researchers to participate in a photo competition on photos from their research. The judging committee selected Niels Sandal's photo with two nodules on the root of the leguminous plant Lotus japonicus as the science photo of 2019.

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Tue 23 Apr
10:30-12:00 | Conference room at Gustav Wieds vej 10 (building 3130; room 303)
EU/Horizon2020 info meeting
Thu 25 Apr
11:00-12:00 | Physiology Aud. A, Bld. 1162, room 013
Neuroscience Seminar
Chris Meisinger: “Signalling pathways targeting the mitochondrial import machinery: control of cell cycle, metabolism and oncogenesis”; Nora Vögtle: “Quality control by the mitochondrial presequence processing machinery in health and disease”
Fri 26 Apr
10:00-12:00 | Building 1533, room 103, Ny Munkegade 120
PhD defence: Foraging Decisions in Mice under Uncertainty
Juliane Martin

PhD defences

Juliane Martin

2019.04.26 | PhD defense

Juliane Martin: Foraging Decisions in Mice under Uncertainty

PhD defence, Friday 26 April 2019. Juliane Martin.