December 29, 2016

The rhythm that makes memories permanent

Every time we learn something new, the memory does not only need to be acquired, it also needs to be stabilized in a process called memory consolidation. Brain waves are considered to play an important role in this process, but the...

December 19, 2016

Foundation of Federation of Austrian Industries testifies to successful cooperation

The ‘Foundation for the Support of Research Excellence’, which has thus far been overseen by the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV), will transfer its assets to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). The foundation has administrated the majority...

December 14, 2016

Two IST Austria Professors win ERC Consolidator Grants

Neuroscience has not yet found solutions to how the cerebral cortex with its multitude of cells and its sophisticated network of billions of interconnected neurons develops from stem cells and which mechanisms regulate stem cell development. IST Austria Professor Simon Hippenmeyer...

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...

October  3, 2016

Gaia Novarino receives Simons Foundation award

IST Austria Professor Gaia Novarino has been granted a Pilot Award of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) for her project on “Probing development and reversibility of autism spectrum disorders”. Launched...

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...