February  6, 2014

Loose coupling between calcium channels and sensors: A key mechanism underlying synaptic plasticity

In research published in this week’s online edition of Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1244811), postdoc Nicholas Vyleta and Professor Peter Jonas of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) uncover the existence of...

February  3, 2014

Newly detected enzymes influence signaling lipids in eukaryotic cells

Polyphosphoinositides (PPIs) are signaling lipids in the membrane of eukaryotes, which play an important role in a variety of processes in the cell, from membrane trafficking, cytoskeleton organization, nuclear signaling to stress responses. In their work published on February 3 in

January 30, 2014

Scientists discover many new genetic forms of neurodegeneration

In a study published in the journal Science on January 31, an international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, including Gaia Novarino, now...

January 27, 2014

Endowments for science

Tomorrow Tuesday, January 28, President Thomas Henzinger will take part in a panel discussion on the importance of charitable foundations as partners for science and research. According to the organizers, the Council for Research and Technology Development and the Fundraising Federation, Austria is limping behind the general trend, one...

December 23, 2013

Sharp waves help learning

Fast oscillatory patterns called Sharp wave/ripple (SWR, 150–250Hz) oscillations usually occur in the hippocampus during sleep. These SWRs have long been postulated to be involved in memory consolidation. However, more recent work has investigated SWRs that occur during active waking behavior: findings that suggest that SWRs may also play a...

December 23, 2013

Lasting impressions

In two publications appearing online Monday, Dec 23, 9pm (CET), in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week Ryuichi Shigemoto, Professor at IST Austria, and his team present new insights into the synaptic changes underlying motor learning. Memories...

December 20, 2013

Forgiveness as success strategy

The Prisoner’s Dilemma is the standard model for studying the evolution of cooperation. In the recent edition of the online publication PLoS ONE, a team of researchers – including the IST Austria scientists Prof. Krishnendu Chatterjee and PhD student Johannes Reiter (pictured above)...

December 12, 2013

Synaptic mechanisms of brain waves

How information is processed and encoded in the brain is a central question in neuroscience, as it is essential for high cognitive function such as learning and memory. Theta-gamma oscillations are “brain waves” observed in the hippocampus of behaving rats, a brain...

December  9, 2013

PhD Students and Postdocs publish research results and receive prizes

In the past months, several PhD students and Postdocs of IST Austria have published their research or received prizes for their work. Examples of their research span the range of disciplines at IST Austria: Tiago Paixão, Postdoc in the group of evolutionary...

December  5, 2013

Schrödinger-Prize for Nick Barton

On December 13, the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) awards the Erwin Schrödinger-Prize 2013 to Nick Barton. The Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is thereby honored for his preeminent achievements in the field of evolutionary population...