December  2, 2016

New form of autism found

Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world’s population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication. In a new study published in Cell, a...

December  1, 2016

Evaluation of IST Austria unanimously accepted by Research, Innovation, and Technology Committee

The Research, Innovation, and Technology Committee of the Austrian National Council, chaired by Ruperta Lichtenecker, convened yesterday and accepted the evaluation report of IST Austria unanimously. The statements made by all parties acknowledged and recognized the achievements so far in building and operating the Institute. Federal Minister Jörg Leichtfried (Federal...

November 29, 2016

Thomas A. Henzinger reappointed as President of IST Austria

In its meeting on Monday, November 28, the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), re-appointed Prof. Thomas A. Henzinger for a third four-year term as President of the Institute. His new term of office...

November 10, 2016

IST Austria welcomes additional funds for Austrian science and research

In the meeting of the Council of Ministers last Tuesday, the Austrian federal government decided on the allocation of additional funds intended to strengthen Austria as a science and research location. The significant strengthening of the Austrian Science Fund FWF as the central organization for competitive research funding is of...

November  9, 2016

Full detonation in the hippocampus

Altering synaptic plasticity leads to a computational switch in a hippocampal synapse: the presynaptic neuron turns into “detonator” mode, causing its postsynaptic partner to fire more readily. This new insight into information processing in the brain by Nicholas Vyleta, previously a...

September 22, 2016

First complete architecture of respiratory supercomplexes in mammalian mitochondria determined by IST Austria Professor Leonid Sazanov and his group

The respiratory chain consisting of several large protein assemblies, which are embedded in the mitochondrial lipid membrane, takes care of the energy production in human cells. These large electron transport chain complexes are organized in so-called supercomplexes (respirasomes). IST Austria Professor...

September 12, 2016

Johanna Mikl-Leitner visits IST Austria

Today Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Vice Governor of Lower Austria, paid a visit to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg. IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger, Vice President Michael Sixt, and Managing Director Georg Schneider welcomed her for a...

September  9, 2016

Synaptic connectivity motifs contribute to efficient memory storage and retrieval in hippocampus

The hippocampal CA3 region plays a key role in learning and memory. One of the most remarkable properties of the network is its ability to retrieve previously stored memories from incomplete or degraded versions, a phenomenon that is widely known as...

September  6, 2016

Structure of mammalian protein complex of respiratory chain finally solved at atomic level by IST Austria Professor Leonid Sazanov and collaborators

The mitochondrial Complex I plays a central role in cellular respiration and energy metabolism. The ~1 Megadalton L-shaped protein complex is the largest protein assembly of the respiratory chain and now the largest asymmetric membrane protein assembly solved to date. Professor...

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...

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