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Speaking up for animal research
22 April 2017
Young researchers from within and outside of VIB got founded ‘Infopunt Proefdieronderzoek’ (Dutch for Animal Research Info Point). Through a web platform and social media presence, they aim to provide up-to-date and clear information on animal research.
The Baillet Latour Grant 2017 for Medical Research awarded to professor Roosmarijn Vandenbroucke (VIB-UGent)
20 April 2017
This year the Grant is awarded to Professor Roosmarijn Vandenbroucke for her research project in the field of neurological diseases. Delivery of therapeutics into the brain to treat neurological diseases remains a major, unsolved challenge.
Multiplexing CRISPR: thousands of mutations, endless possibilities for discovery
15 April 2017
While basic CRISPR experiments are already transforming life sciences research, there are many emerging CRISPR tools that open up previously unimaginable opportunities.
Specialized blood vessels enhance tumor-fighting immunotherapy
12 April 2017
Scientists from VIB and KU Leuven, together with colleagues from the University of California and the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research have demonstrated that , anti-angiogenic therapy can improve immune boosting treatments.
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8 April 2017
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Scientists expose protein responsible for allergic diseases
4 April 2017
Scientists at VIB-UGent have managed to unravel the functioning of what is thought to be the ‘master protein’ that drives a range of widespread allergic diseases, such as asthma and eczema.
Bringing the core of fundamental Life science to the forefront
1 April 2017
The immunology lab of Bart Lambrecht and Hamida Hammad (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research) is constantly churning out groundbreaking new insights relevant to a wide range of disease-fighting applications.
200 years of Parkinson's research
29 March 2017
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of James Parkinson’s description of the disease that now bears his name and that affects an estimated 5 million people worldwide. In 1817, he published his findings in his seminal ‘Essay on shaking palsy’.
VIB and DNAlytics team up to develop non-invasive Colorectal Cancer screening test
24 March 2017
Based on a research program from VIB, KU Leuven and UZ Leuven, with the support of the Fournier Majoie Foundation, DNAlytics will develop the ColonoKit which should make it possible to detect colorectal cancer in an early stage using a simple blood test.
Competitive ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Peter Carmeliet for Tumor Endothelial Cell research
23 March 2017
Prof. Peter Carmeliet (VIB-KU Leuven) is awarded an Advanced Grant. To qualify, a scientist has to be able to prove exceptional leadership and a solid track record of significant research achievements over at least 10 years.
Novel insights confirm pivotal role of synapse in development of Parkinson’s disease
22 March 2017
Roeland Vanhauwaert and Dr. Sandra-Fausia Soukup and colleagues from the Patrik Verstreken Lab (VIB-KU Leuven) modelled a new Parkinson mutation in fruit flies and in differentiated iPS cells from different patients.
PHD2 targeting overcomes breast cancer cell death upon glucose starvation
21 March 2017
The Massimiliano Mazzone group (VIB-KU Leuven) has recently demonstrated that PP2A/B55α promotes the growth of colorectal cancer, by dephosphorylating PHD2 and modifying its enzymatic properties.
Stellar cross-domain insights from Peter Carmeliet and his team
20 March 2017
Researchers from the lab of Peter Carmeliet (VIB-KU Leuven) made an unexpected discovery: the meninges, previously thought to be simply a protective membrane on the outer surface of the brain, actually contains cells that give rise to neurons.
New toxic pathway identified for protein aggregates in neurodegenerative disease
17 March 2017
Led by professor Ludo Van Den Bosch (VIB-KU Leuven), scientists from Belgium, the UK and the US have identified new processes that form protein “clumps” that are characteristic of ALS and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD).
Alumni in the picture: Eva Benková and Jiří Friml
16 March 2017
Eva Benková and Jiří Friml share their lives. Privately and professionally. They are both tenure professors at the Institute of Science and Technology in Vienna, alumni from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology and both are ERC Grantees.
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