February 27, 2014

Unearthing key function of plant hormone

Plants, like animals, employ hormones as messengers, which coordinate growth and regulate how they react to the environment. One of these plant hormones, auxin, regulates nearly all aspects of plant behavior and development, for example phototropism, root growth and fruit growth. Depending...

February 25, 2014

Sage approach to uncover dynamics of adaptation

Adaptation is a central process in evolution. A new project – initiated in January 2014 and funded with € 2 mio by the European Union – focuses on the speed of adaptation using two different methods of evolutionary biology. A goal of this...

February 20, 2014

Krishnendu Chatterjee promoted to Professor at IST Austria

As of April 1, 2014, Krishnendu Chatterjee will be promoted to Professor at IST Austria. This is the result of a tenure evaluation, a compulsory evaluation according to IST Austria’s performance-orientated career model for scientists, the tenure-track model. Krishnendu Chatterjee, a computer...

February 14, 2014

New policy encourages Open Access publications

IST Austria launches an Open Access policy. With this policy, IST Austria commits itself to secure the free availability of scientific knowledge for the entire scientific community and the public. Open Access, the unrestricted access to scientific publications, is an increasing trend...

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...