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Fly Copulation. Credit: Philipsborn Research group
Graphical abstract: During copulation, males transfer not only sperm, but also seminal fluid. The authors hypothesize: Specific components of the male accessory gland secondary cells - secondary cell products (SCPs) cause the female to start singing. Her singing in turn prompts the male to allocate his ejaculate differently, ultimately giving him a reproductive advantage over other males, by biasing the female to mate with the next male later. Credit: Peter Kerwin, PhD-student, Philipsborn group

2020.03.19 | Publication, Knowledge exchange

Do your neighbours have a noisy love life? Consider yourself lucky that you are not a fruit fly! Anne von Philipsborn’s group has discovered that female fruit flies sing by pulsed wing vibrations while they are copulating.

The new study, published yesterday in Nature Communications, was led by experts in behavioural genetics and circuit neuroscience in Drosophila at DANDRITE. The researchers’ findings on Drosophila sexual behaviour are important for understanding the complexity of neurocircuitry and behavioural genetics. In this article, first author of the paper…

The graphical abstract shows the signalling pathways involved in cell death following treatment with the ER stressor thapsigargin. Credit: Lindner et al. 2020

2020.03.04 | Publication, Knowledge exchange, People

A recent publication by NCMM studied how the ER stressor drug thapsigargin and analogues for cancer-related therapies induce cell death in human cancer cells.

A recent publication by Lindner et al. entitled; “Cell death induced by the ER stressor thapsigargin involves death receptor 5, a non-autophagic function of MAP1LC3B, and distinct contributions from unfolded protein response components” studied how the ER stressor drug thapsigargin and analogues for cancer-related therapies induce cell death in…

Group leader Andrea Ganna. Credit: FIMM, University of Helsinki

2020.02.25 | People , Knowledge exchange

Introducing FIMM Group Leader Andrea Ganna

Andrea Ganna is a FIMM-EMBL Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland at the University of Helsinki. He specializes in statistical genetics and epidemiology. In this article Andrea shares his research interests and explains how deep learning approaches and artificial intelligence can be used to leverage information from large…

The figure illustrates a proposed neural pathway that links the ON-OFF direction-selective (DS) cells in the retina (blue arrows) to the rostrolateral (RL) area. Credit: Rune N. Rasmussen

2020.02.13 | Publication, Knowledge exchange, Research news

Yonehara group discovers a new function of a specific type of retinal nerve cells and uncovers a nerve network that transmits visual information from retinal nerve cells into the cerebral cortex.

The new study, published this week in Nature Communications, was led by the neural circuitry team at DANDRITE. The researchers’ findings are important for understanding the mechanisms on how visual perceptions arise within the brain. In this article, first author of the paper, PhD-student at DANDRITE Rune Nguyen Rasmussen, sheds a light on their…

Dr Sandra Lopez-Aviles. Photo: Oda Hveem
The fission yeast S. pombe. Photo: J.Berger/M.Langegger/S.Hauf
Ruth Martin Martin, Researcher in the Lopez-Aviles Group. Photo: Oda Hveem
The Lopez-Aviles group at NCMM. Photo:UiO

2020.01.27 | People , Knowledge exchange

Meet Associate Professor Sandra Lopez-Aviles, NCMM, University of Oslo

Dr Sandra Lopez-Aviles joined NCMM in 2011. Her research focusses on understanding the mechanisms controlling cell cycle progression. In this profile article, Dr Lopez-Aviles discusses her group's current focus on the role of protein phosphatases in cell cycle regulation, as well as the potential translational impact of this work.

Photo: FIMM-Group Leader, Esa Pitkänen. Credit: FIMM/University of Helsinki

2020.01.09 | People , Knowledge exchange

Introducing Group Leader Esa Pitkänen

Esa Pitkänen is a FIMM-EMBL Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland at the University of Helsinki. He specializes in computational cancer genetics, machine learning and bioinformatics. In this interview Esa shares his keen interests and sheds a light on how machine learning and computational analyses can be applied to…

2020.01.07 | News from the management, People

The Nordic EMBL Partnership is now seeking PHD students in Molecular Medicine

As part of the joint Nordic EMBL Partnership call for PhD students, we are seeking outstanding candidates for PhD positions at DANDRITE, FIMM, NCMM and MIMS.

2019.12.19 | News from the management, People

Scientific Manager for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)

An exciting new position at MIMS

NCMM students at this year's symposium. Left to right: Ping-Han Hsieh, Rafael Puig, Flore Kersten, Aysu Kucukturhan, Karolina Spustová and Ganna Reint. Photo: Flore Kersten
Introduction talks in the main symposium lecture hall. Photo: Aysu Kucukturhan
The symposium was marked by the release of alpha helix balloons in the main hall of the EMBL headquarters. Photo: Flore Kersten
Group photo of all attendees at this year's symposium. Photo: EMBL PhD Symposium
NCMM's Karolina Spustová received one of two best poster prizes at the conclusion of the symposium. Photo: Aysu Kucukturhan

2019.12.12 | People , Conference

PhD students from the Nordic EMBL Partnership node NCMM, attend EMBL PhD symposium in Heidelberg

Nine PhD students from various NCMM groups attended this year's EMBL PhD Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany. Two students presented flash talks as part of the main program, and Karolina Spustová from the Gözen group was awarded a prize for the best poster.

Poul Nissen receives DKK 40 million (USD 6 million) from the Lundbeck Foundation's professor programme to conduct ground-breaking brain research. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2019.12.10 | Awards

Poul Nissen receives the Lundbeck Foundation's professor grant

The Lundbeck Foundation is awarding grants worth DKK 232 million (USD 34 million) to six leading neuroscientists. The LF Professorships programme is the Foundation’s largest grant allocation to date.

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2019.06.13 | Publication

DrugComb, a one-stop solution to all your cancer drug combination data analysis needs

Assistant Professor Jing Tang, a principal investigator of the Network Pharmacology group at FIMM and at the UH Faculty of Medicine has led the development of DrugComb, an open resource for harmonizing cancer drug combination studies. Dr. Tang hopes that DrugComb would become a collaborative data analysis platform that would bring forth more…

2019.03.15 | Publication

Drug combination sensitivity scoring facilitates the discovery of synergistic and efficacious drug combinations in cancer.

The study was conducted by research groups lead by Jing Tang at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) and the Faculty of Medicine and Caroline Heckman at FIMM. The results were recently published in PLOS Computational Biology.

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