Danish researchers have found that a unit in the sodium-potassium pump, which is mainly located in the cerebellum, has special properties (figure: Wojciech Kopec)

2016.02.09 | Research

New insight into a cerebellar sodium-potassium pump

Danish researchers have found that a unit in the sodium-potassium pump, which is mainly located in the cerebellum, has special properties.

Researchers will optimise the cultivation of beans to replace imported soya bean protein with locally produced faba bean protein for animal feed and food ingredients. (Photo: Jens Knudsen, Nordic Seed).
The Danish plant breeding companies Nordic Seed og Sejet Planteforædling also participate in the project to optimise the cultivation of faba beans (Photo: Jens Knudsen, Nordic Seed).

2016.02.05 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

New types of faba bean for Danish production of protein

Faba beans have great potential as a protein crop, and researchers will now optimise the cultivation of beans to replace imported soya bean protein with locally produced faba bean protein for animal feed and food ingredients.

Magnus Kjærgaard was awarded DKK 5 million from VILLUM FONDEN'S Young Investigator Programme. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto

2016.01.25 | Grant

Magnus Kjærgaard awarded prestigious grant

Magnus Kjærgaard was awarded a grant of DKK 5 million by VILLUM FONDEN's Young Investigator Programme 2016, supporting young, talented researchers. The grant will allow Magnus to investigate how the physical association of biomolecules affects signalling pathways.

“It’s truly fantastic to get to formulate your own ideas and get to make a setup made that lets you bring them to life. That’s what drives research, and that’s what keeps it interesting to work with. Not the next result, because that’s unpredictable,” states Jens Stougaard (Photo: VILLUM FONDEN)

2016.01.22 | People

Crises produce new initiatives – and hopefully a really good new idea

Thirty years ago, he left Denmark to do research with the best scientists in his field. Today, research talents from all over the world come to Aarhus to kickstart their careers by working with him.

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.

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