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Professor Jens Stougaard is the recipient of the 2016 Villum Kan Rassmussen Annual Award of DKK 5 million. The foundation has chosen to honour Stougaard with the award in recognition of his extraordinary work on plant biology (Photo: Villum Foundation).

2016.01.21 | Awards

Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award goes to molecular biologist

Professor Jens Stougaard receives Denmark's largest individual research award, the 2016 Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific Research, valued at DKK 5 million. Candidates do not apply for this award from the VILLUM FOUNDATION.

Model of the protein PfATP6 based on the structure of the calcium pump from rabbit muscle. The extensive areas of gray is without a well-defined structure (Figure by J. Preben Morth, from Arnou B et al. Biochem Soc Trans. 2011 Jun;39(3):823-31).

2016.01.15 | Research

Scientists refute previous studies of malaria drug

Danish and French researchers refute previous studies in malaria research. The new results are a step in the right direction to improve and develop malaria medicine.

2016.01.13 | Research

The invisible sign of the genome

Traditionally it has been thought that only a few percent of our genome plays a role. Research has previously focused on the coding DNA, but also areas outside the focus area may have an impact. Scientists are starting to sort out the huge pile of genetic material called non-coding RNA.

Poul Nissen (left) and Thomas Boesen in front of the Titan Krios microscope located at Aarhus University (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2016.01.11 | Grant

Electron Microscopy on the national roadmap

The Danish Agency for Research and Innovation has announced their roadmap for research infrastructures, which includes several initiatives on e.g. imaging, genetics, proteomics, and compound library screening, which will also critically support DANDRITE research activities and initiatives.

Human milk contains nanostructures that apparently carry messages from the mother's cells to the baby's cells. Photo: Colourbox

2016.01.05 | Research

Milk as a messenger

Human milk contains tiny structures that can carry messages from the mother’s cells to her infant’s cells. Scientists at Aarhus University have studied the structure and function of these nano-packages more closely.

Esben Lorentzen is the first to receive the NNF Young Investigator Award to establish a research group at Aarhus University (photo: Max Planck Institut of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany)

2015.12.21 | Grant

New grant type brings talented researcher to Denmark

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has launched a new grant type – the NNF Young Investigator Award program – which provides individual grants of DKK 20 million over seven years to attract highly talented younger scientists to Denmark. Esben Lorentzen is the first to receive this award to establish a research group at Aarhus University.

2015.12.14 | Grant

Sapere Aude grant awarded to Frederik Teilfeldt Hansen

The Danish Council for Independent Research has awarded a Sapere Aude grant to Frederik T. Hansen amounting to more than DKK 500,000. Frederik intends to determine the structure of the mega-enzyme cyclosporin synthetase, which is capable of producing the immunosuppressive agent cyclosporine, which is used for organ transplantations.

First author of the article, Heidi Gytz Olesen, who defended her doctoral thesis at Aarhus University in June 2015, is now a postdoc at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (Photo: McGill University)

2015.12.11 | Research

The world's smallest terrorist: Virus hijacks protein machine and then kills the host

A research team has established how a virus exploits one of its host’s proteins when the virus is about to replicate its genetic material during an infection. The discovery may potentially form the basis for the development of new methods for treating viral infections.

Sadegh Nabavi has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants. (Photo: DANDRITE)
Figure 1. Sadegh Nabavi will use optogenetics to modify memory strength at the synaptic level to study why only some synapses, and hence memories, become permanent (Figure: Sadegh Nabavi)
Figure 2. a) Fear conditioning with optogenetics. Diagram of rat’s fear memory circuit receiving optogenetically driven input stimulation (laser) paired with a shock (left). Animal is tested one day later (right) by optical activation of the input (blue). Time plot shows normalized number of lever presses (1 min bins) to a previously learned cued lever-press task. b) LTD inactivates memory. In vivo field response in lateral amygdala to single optical stimulus (left) before and after LTD induction (1Hz). Animal is tested one day later (right). c) LTP reactivates memory. Same as b) except animal receives an LTP protocol (100Hz). (Figure: Sadegh Nabavi, published in Nature (Nabavi et al., 2014))

2015.11.20 | Grant

ERC Starting Grant for research in memory formation and consolidation

MBG-DANDRITE Group Leader Sadegh Nabavi is awarded an ERC Starting Grant of EUR 1.5 million for research into memory formation to answer the fundamental questions on why some memories last and some are soon lost.

2015.11.03 | Research, Knowledge exchange

Breeding confident mink has side benefits

When you select for confident mink in the breeding programme, you also get a better fur quality according to a study from Aarhus University. The study also shows that behaviour has a higher heritability than previously thought.

Most cells in the body sit in one place – the environment and the neighbours are well known, and the blood provides a constant supply of nutrients. The sperm, on the other hand, must go on a dangerous journey from the testicle to the fallopian tube, where it is challenged by significant fluctuations in temperature, pH and salt composition. Photo: Colourbox (Kiyoshi Takahase Segundo)

2015.10.29 | Research

Unique pump in sperm cells makes a difficult journey possible

A prerequisite for the sperm cell's difficult journey from the testicle to the fallopian tube is its unique sodium-potassium pump. New studies of the unique pump show how it differs from the sodium-potassium pumps in the rest of the body, and gives hints on why sperm cells have developed their own pump.

The part of the research team that is located at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (from left): Rune Hartmann, Line Lykke Andersen and Hans Henrik Gad. Line, who is first author, has just defended her Master's thesis. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, Aarhus University.

2015.10.20 | Research

Cause of viral infection of the brain mapped out

Researchers have discovered a defect in the immune system, which causes some people with herpes virus to develop a life-threatening inflammation of the brain. This immunodeficiency is likely the same for certain types of meningitis and also the reason why some people become seriously ill due to influenza.

The field of agricultural sciences encompasses a wide range of subjects related to how humans use and develop natural resources for their benefit. Photo: Anders Trærup

2015.10.13 | Research

Aarhus University’s agricultural science research among world elite

With an impressive ninth place Aarhus University is ranked among the world’s top ten universities with regard to agricultural sciences which includes researchers from MBG from Foulum og Flakkebjerg.

A total of three staff from MBG were awarded a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research.
Henriette Elisabeth Autzen
Frederik Teilfeldt Hansen
Ewa Terczyńska-Dyla

2015.09.28 | Grant

Three postdoc grants to the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Three researchers from MBG - all from the Section of Structural Biology - have been awarded a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. The grants are intended to give young researchers the best conditions to carry out significant research at a high international level.

Poul Nissen

2015.09.10 | Awards

Poul Nissen awarded the international Gregori Aminoff Prize 2016

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Gregori Aminoff Prize in crystallography 2016 to Professor Poul Nissen, Aarhus University. Poul Nissen is the first Dane to receive the Aminoff Prize.

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