Read the latest news from the EMBL Partnerships below:
General, 5 December 2018 New EMBL Partnership in Hungary EMBL has recently formed an inter-institutional collaboration with the Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine (HCEMM), setting the stage for the ongoing transfer of institutional, research and collaborative expertise between the two organisations. Researchers at HCEMM will also have access to the EMBL Partnership network across Europe and further afield. HCEMM is a newly established non-profit organisation, researching the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. It will bridge the gap between fundamental and translational research by undertaking projects with relatively rapid clinical applications.
Hinxton, 8 November 2018 Genomes of all known UK species to be sequenced The genetic code of 66,000 UK species will be sequenced by the Wellcome Sanger Institute in a major collaboration with EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and other partner organisations as part of a global effort to sequence all 1.5 million known species of animal, plant, protozoa and fungi on Earth. The UK project, known as the Darwin Tree of Life Project, launched 1 November alongside the global effort, the Earth BioGenome Project. The Earth BioGenome Project will ultimately create a new foundation for biology to drive solutions for preserving biodiversity and sustaining human societies.
Heidelberg, 1 October 2018 Ageing is visible in the way cells use glucose A research team from EMBL and Heidelberg University has studied the molecular features of ageing in human blood stem cells. The most prominent finding is that the sugar metabolism of stem cells increases with age – a change similar to that observed in cancer cells. This is coupled with a decline in stem cell functionality and in immune defense.Their results, published in Nature Communications on 1st October 2018, serve as an important reference for further studies on the molecular mechanisms of ageing in humans. The paper’s first authors are Marco L. Hennrich, mass spectrometrist at EMBL, Natalie Romanov, predoctoral fellow in bioinformatics at EMBL, and Patrick Horn, cell biologist at Heidelberg University.
Hamburg, 22 November 2017 Hands-on science inspires Hamburg A giant particle accelerator may not be the typical place to hang out on a Saturday night, but on 4 November, thousands of people made their way to DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), as part of the biennial Hamburg Night of the Sciences. Visitors uncovered the secrets of the three famous X-ray radiation sources PETRA III, FLASH and XFEL, through talks and practical activities. EMBL’s site on the DESY campus surprised and entertained guests with insights into the tiny molecular machines that build the basis of life: proteins.
Hamburg, 14 November 2017 CSSB: A new approach to infectious disease On the DESY campus in Hamburg, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) is ready to make its mark as the new kid on the block and tackle some of the most important questions relating to how infections take hold in our bodies
General, 4 October 2017 New Speaker announced for Nordic EMBL Partnership The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine has announced Bernt Eric Uhlin as the partnership’s new speaker. Professor Uhlin is the Director of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), and is also a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology at Umeå University. He was elected by the Partnership’s Steering Committee at the eighth annual Nordic EMBL Partnership meeting, hosted by the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) in Helsinki this September.
Hinxton, 20 July 2017 UK Biobank partners with the EGA Genomic data from the 500,000 people participating in the UK Biobank initiative will be distributed via the European Genome–phenome Archive (EGA), a resource developed jointly by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). UK Biobank provides extremely detailed, high-quality datasets on individuals. It is an unprecedented collection that offers endless possibility and substantial efficiency savings for biomedical research and understanding the causes of disease.
Hamburg, 6 July 2017 CSSB opens its doors On 29 June, at a ceremony in front of 700 guests, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg, was officially opened. At the event on the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Campus in Hamburg, Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors, presented Head of EMBL Hamburg and CSSB Scientific Director Matthias Wilmanns with a key to the building in front of the assembled guests.
Barcelona, 10 April 2017 EMBL to open new site in Barcelona At a ceremony in Barcelona today, EMBL and the Spanish government signed an agreement for a new EMBL site to be hosted in the city. EMBL Barcelona will be located on the campus of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), and researchers at the site will explore how tissues and organs function and develop, and how preventing failures in those processes may help to tackle disease. Alongside cutting-edge research, the site will house state-of-the-art imaging facilities, making pioneering technologies available to scientists worldwide.