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...

April 12, 2016

IST Austria supports OA2020 Initiative

IST Austria is committed to Open Access as expressed in the Institute’s Open Access policy. Therefore it was a logical step to sign the “Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals” as part of the...

April  5, 2016

Long-term response to selection predictable regardless of genetic architecture

In their latest publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Tiago Paixao, Postdoc, and Nick Barton, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria addressed the...

March  7, 2016

Gambling our way against climate change

From donating blood, building colossal bridges to social welfare – humans have mastered the art of cooperation better than any other animal species. However, many social dilemmas remain unsolved, such as overfishing of the seas, rising global green-house gas emissions or...

February 25, 2016

Peter Jonas becomes member of Neuron’s editorial board

IST Austria Professor Peter Jonas will be joining Neuron’s editorial board this spring. Neuron is one of the most influential and reputable journals in the field of neuroscience. With its editors embracing interdisciplinary strategies that integrate biophysical, cellular, developmental, and...

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