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Latest News from the Partnership

Dr. Lassi Paavolainen, Academy Research Fellow (Photo: Vesa Rahkama/Mari Kaunisto)

2022.01.24 | People

Meet Lassi Paavolainen: From computer science to machine learning for bioimage profiling in health research

The “Behind the Science'' profile series takes an in-depth look at a scientist or group within the Nordic EMBL Partnership. In this article, we meet FIMM’s Academy Research Fellow, Dr. Lassi Paavolainen, and learn about the advances in bioimaging he aims to make as a new group leader at FIMM.

From Molecules to Ecosystems, the EMBL Programme 2022-2026

2022.01.20 | Research policy

EMBL ushers in a new era for European science

With a broad scope, the new EMBL strategic programme lays out the foundations for the next five years of molecular biology research in the context of its environment. The program includes multidisciplinary collaborations in basic research, research services and training that reach across scales tackling some of the biggest scientific challenges of…

Taro Kitazawa (photo: private)

2022.01.19 | Awards

ERC Starting Grant to study how memory is stored in the brain

DANDRITE Group Leader Taro Kitazawa has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant of EUR 1.5 million from the European Research Council for research into the molecular basis of neuroplasticity to answer the fundamental questions regarding how memory is stored in the brain.

Photo: Anna Överby Wernstedt. Credit: Mattias Petterson

2022.01.17 | People

Welcome Anna Överby Wernstedt as the next MIMS Deputy Director

From January 2022, Anna Överby Wernstedt is the new Deputy Director of MIMS, taking over this role from Prof. Maria Fällman.

Dr. Aziz Khan

2022.01.14 | People

Where are they now? Aziz Khan: from postdoc at NCMM to Staff Scientist

The “Where Are They Now? Nordic EMBL Partnership Alumni Careers” profile series introduces readers to alumni of the Nordic EMBL Partnership and the careers that they have embarked on. This month we meet Aziz Khan a former postdoc at NCMM and his new career as a staff scientist.

Dr. Irep Gözen. Photo: Oda Hveem

2022.01.13 | Awards

25 million NOK for Gözen group and collaborators to help answer basic scientific questions about autophagy

NCMM group leader, Dr. Irep Gözen, and collaborators have been awarded the large, interdisciplinary research project grant from the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo

MIMS Team Leader Linda Sandblad; photo credit: Mattias Petterson

2022.01.12 | People

Meet Linda Sandblad: Urging research to drive research infrastructure

The “Technologies Advancing Molecular Medicine” series highlights the people and activities in research technologies and core facilities in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. In this article, we meet MIMS Team Leader, Linda Sandblad, and learn about the world-class cryo-EM facility she and her team have developed at Umeå…

2021.12.28 | People

Nordic EMBL Partnership: Annual call for PhD students

The Nordic EMBL Partnership has opened its annual call for outstanding students seeking PhDs in molecular medicine.

FIMM Alumni: Mervi Kinnunen, John Patrick Mpindi, William Hennah; Photo credit: Mari Kaunisto

2021.12.21 | People

Where are they now? FIMM alumni pique interest in careers in industry

The “Where Are They Now? Nordic EMBL Partnership Alumni Careers” profile series introduces readers to alumni of the Nordic EMBL Partnership and the careers that they have embarked on. To kick-off the series, we highlight the recent FIMM Alumni Visit in December 2021 and peek into careers in industry.

Building Bridges Symposium 2021

2021.12.20 | Research news

Building Bridges: Sharing molecular medicine research technologies across Nordic borders

The new profile series “Technologies Advancing Molecular Medicine” highlights the people and activities in the technologies and core facilities in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. To kick-off the new series, we showcase the Building Bridges 2021 symposium: Technologies advancing molecular medicine – focus on Nordic…

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Upcoming Partnership Events

Wed 26 Jan
09:00-17:00 | Online
The Next Generation in Infection Biology
The EMBL Conference: The Next Generation in Infection Biology is a platform for late-stage postdoctoral scientists in the field of infection biology to present their work and connect with the leading European institutions in infection biology. The speakers will be chosen for their track record of research accomplishments and their high-reaching future plans. The audience will have the unique opportunity to experience cutting-edge science presented by the rising leaders in this field.
Mon 31 Jan
09:00-16:00 | Online
11th Annual Nordic EMBL Partnership Network Meeting
Hosted by DANDRITE
Tue 24 May
09:00-17:00 | Aarhus, Denmark
PhD Course: Principles of Neural Design
This course is organized by DANDRITE for PhD students enrolled in one of the four Partnership nodes (DANDRITE, MIMS, FIMM and NCMM). Other students are encouraged to apply and will be put on a waiting list. After the registration deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

Highlighted Publications


2021.12.09 | Publication

Multiomics and digital monitoring during lifestyle changes reveal independent dimensions of human biology and health

Analysing molecular characteristics and their variation during lifestyle changes, by combining digital tools, classical laboratory tests and new biomolecular measurements, could enable individualised prevention of disease. This is according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the University of Helsinki in Finland published in…


2021.12.09 | Publication

Loss-of-function mutation in IKZF2 leads to immunodeficiency with dysregulated germinal center reactions and reduction of MAIT cells

A group of Nordic researchers has discovered a novel immune deficiency disease affecting the regulation of the immune system. A mutation in the IKZF2 gene was identified in a Finnish family with recurrent infections and signs of immune overactivation. The results provide a basis for a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind…

A multi-well plate containing different cancer drugs and a graphical drug sensitivity testing result. Photo credit: FIMM

2021.11.22 | Publication

Implementing a functional precision medicine tumor board for acute myeloid leukemia

A functional precision medicine study conducted in Finland demonstrates that treatment selection based on results from drug sensitivity testing of patients' cells can be clinically useful in patients with aggressive hematological cancers.

2021.10.07 | Publication

Gözen group (NCMM) sheds new light on primitive cell formation and communication

Latest work from the Bionanotechnology and Membrane Systems group, led by Irep Gözen, has been shared in two pre-prints.

2021.09.01 | Publication

Mapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19

The genetic makeup of an individual contributes to susceptibility and response to viral infection. While environmental, clinical and social factors play a role in exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease severity1,2, host genetics may also be important.

2021.09.01 | Publication

Risk of acute myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke following COVID-19 in Sweden: a self-controlled case series and matched cohort study

COVID-19 is a complex disease targeting many organs. Previous studies highlight COVID-19 as a probable risk factor for acute cardiovascular complications. We aimed to quantify the risk of acute myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke associated with COVID-19 by analysing all COVID-19 cases in Sweden.

2021.09.01 | Publication

Functional diagnostics using fresh uncultured lung tumor cells to guide personalized treatments

Fresh uncultured tumor-derived epithelial cells (FUTCs) are amenable for drug testing. Profiling of lung tumor and matched normal cells identifies cancer-selective treatments NSCLC FUTCs with targetable drivers expose genotype-matched responses or non-responses. The FUTC approach can guide personalized therapy in compassionate patient care

Pathogenex tool.

2021.06.08 | Publication

RNA atlas of human bacterial pathogens uncovers stress dynamics linked to infection

Bacterial pathogens have to cope with stressful environments in human host. Their response with the activity of gene products enables them to adapt to those stressful environments and cause troublesome infections. Therefore, genes involved in the adaptation are potential targets for new antimicrobials.

2021.02.01 | Publication

Cryo-EM structure of Helicobacter pylori urease with an inhibitor in the active site at 2.0 Å resolution

The Luecke Group at NCMM have published in the journal Nature Communications

2021.02.01 | Publication

Binocular integration of retinal motion information underlies optic flow processing by the cortex

Rune Nguyen Rasmussen and Akihiro Matsumoto et al. from Keisuke Yonehara’s lab have published in Current Biology.

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