August 24, 2016

New historical study on Nazi medical crimes in Gugging hospital released

In 2007 the Executive Committee of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) commissioned the Viennese historian Herwig Czech to undertake a study on the Nazi medical crimes in the psychiatric hospital of Gugging. Prior to the founding of...

August 12, 2016

Global crosstalk limits gene regulation

Molecular recognition is fundamental to transcriptional regulation, the primary mechanism by which cells control gene expression. The specificity of this regulation originates in the binding interactions between special regulatory proteins, called transcription factors (TFs), and short regulatory sequences on the DNA,...

August 10, 2016

New algorithm for optimized stability of planar-rod objects | First-time mathematical formulation by IST Austria computer science professor Bernd Bickel solves problem of technical modelling

During the annual top conference of the Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which took place in Anaheim, USA, IST Austria Professor Bernd Bickel and his group present an algorithm that allows improved...

August  3, 2016

Federal Chancellor Christian Kern visits IST Austria

Yesterday in the morning Christian Kern, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Austria, paid a visit to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria. IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger and Managing Director Georg Schneider...

July  7, 2016

Temporal signaling pattern regulates a cell’s destiny

During the early development of multicellular animals, cell fate decisions have to be taken to determine what the final cells of the developing organism will be. The biological process responsible for the development of the organism is steered by signals...

June 28, 2016

IST Austria Evaluation: “An excellent start“

In today’s meeting the Council of Ministers of the Austrian Federal Government discussed the evaluation report of IST Austria. The institute is legally required to undergo an evaluation every four year. As is stipulated by law, the evaluation report will be passed on to the Austrian National Council. A top-class...

June 10, 2016

Activity-dependent processes govern place representation in hippocampus

Hippocampal excitatory cells fire in relation to space, and collectively these so-called place cells form an internal cognitive map of space. These hippocampal maps are updated during learning and in response to changes in the environment through activity-dependent synaptic plasticity. A...

May 18, 2016

Laszlo Erdös becomes external member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

IST Austria Professor Laszlo Erdös has been appointed external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. At the last election meeting, held every three years, he was elected member of the mathematics section. The Academicians’ Assembly admitted altogether 80 new members,...

May 13, 2016

Neuroscientists discover new learning rule for pattern completion

“Fire together, wire together” is the famous abridged version of the Hebbian rule. It states that neurons in the brain adapt during the learning process, a mechanism which is called neuronal plasticity. Hebb’s theory dates back to the 1940s and subsequent...

April 25, 2016

Red Light controls signaling in human cells

Optogenetics now enables the development of new methods that can be used like light switches to turn on and off specific processes in cells. Optogenetic methods are based on the isolation and modification of light-sensitive proteins in a first step and...

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