m4 Award for BioSysNet researcher
1st of December 2015
Prof. Karl-Peter Hopfner as well as Prof. Fabian Theis were honored with the m4 Award 2015 of the Bavarian Ministry of Economy. The m4 Award honors innovative biomedical research projects with the potential of a future business formation. For the so-called "pre-seed phase" prior to the actual formation of a company, the Free State of Bavaria provides the winners with 500.000 Euro for a period of two years. The m4 Award originates from the "Munich Excellence Cluster", a program dedicated to the promotion of "personalized medicine" which was funded by both Federal and State ministries. Already during its establishment phase, this competition was expanded to include the whole Free State of Bavaria with the financial help of the Bavarian Ministry of Economy. In addition to Prof. Hopfner and Prof. Theis, three more groups have received this year's m4 Award. We congratulate all award recipients on this great success!
New publication in the Hopfner research group
The research group of Prof. Karl-Peter Hopfner once again presents exciting research results. Within her PhD thesis, Charlotte Lässig has achieved excellent results, indicating the meaning of RIG-I ATPase in the recognition of viral RNA as well as the relation to the autoimmune disease Singleton-Merten syndrome. Her work was published in November 2015 in eLife. We would like to congratulate Ms. Lässig as well as her whole research group!
5th Biomarker Conference
1st/2nd of December 2015 in the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center Munich Messe
BioSysNet was present at the interdisciplinary meeting of the European network for personalized medicine. The conference was a huge success for all participants! More information on the detailed program as well as presentations, fotos and impressions of the event can be found here.
Opening ceremony of the LMU Biomedical Center (BMC)
26th of October 2015
The LMU hightech campus Großhadern/ Martinsried has recently been extended by a significant addition to its infrastructure - the new Biomedical Center (BMC) which was inaugurated on the 26th of October 2015 by Minister President Horst Seehofer. The BMC represents a center for applied cellular research.
The new BMC will host important chairs and institutes from preclinical, clinical-theoretical and clinical areas: Chairs of biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology and cellular biology as well as the Institute for Immunology of the Walter Brendel Center for Experimental Medicine and the Institute for Clinical Neuroimmunology. BMC researchers will be looking into questions regarding epigenetics, the protection of genetic information from damage, the dynamic of cellular structures as well as cell differentiation during the developmental period of organisms and dynamic processes during the connectivity of neurological cells. These basic research topics will complement areas of applied science, such as neurodegeneration, neurogenesis and neuronal regeneration. BMC researchers furthermore analyse the interplay of cells within the immune defense and different aspects of cardio vascular physiology such as the regeneration of Neubildung of blood vessels.
Furthermore, the BMC provides the best spatial prerequisites in order to implement modern teaching concepts for the preclinical part of medical studies. The building not only offers 27 seminar rooms of various sizes, several well equipped course rooms and a library, it also includes the largest auditorium of the LMU holding 950 seats. A second lecture hall can host up to 300 people. In general about 1200, sometimes even up to 2000 students, are trained in biomedical basic techniques in these facilities. With more than 18.000 square meters of effectively available surface area, the BMC offers excellent conditions for biomedical basic research and teaching at the LMU.
Academical commemoration in honor of the persecuted Jewish pediatricians
On 9th of November 2015 at 2 pm, an academical commemoration in honor of the persecuted Jewish pediatricians was held at the Dr. von Haunersches Childrens' Hospital (Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital).
Careers in Chemie, Pharma, Biotech and Medicine
On 29th of October 2015, BioSysNet participated as exhibitor at this year's "Careers in Chemie, Pharma, Biotech and Medicine" in Munich. The aim of this event is to inform potential job candidates about career perspectives in the areas of chemistry, pharma, biology and medicine. Other exhibitors included: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Miltenyi Biotec, jobvector, MSD SHARP AND DOHME, MARVECS, Sandoz, Convance Clinical and Periaproval as well as McKinsey as part of a company get together.
More information can be found here.
BioSysNet retreat in Wildbad Kreuth
20th/21st of July 2015
Dr. Fabiana Perocchi receives Vallee Young Investigator Award 2015
Our junior research group leader Dr. Fabiana Perocchi has recently received the Vallee Young Investigator Award 2015, along with two other research awardees. This award recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments and future promise of Fabiana Perocchis research work and provides 250,000€ for further scientific research within the project. We would like to congratulate Fabiana Perocchi on this great success!
For more details, kindly refer to the Vallee Foundation Website.
Open house at the Biocenter of the LMU Munich
9th of July 2015
Biosysnet was present at the open house which recently took place at the Biocenter of the LMU Munich, informing the interested public on research projects and funding schemes. Furthermore, several teachers were introduced to the cooperation concept "Science meets School", which has been launched from within BioSysNet with institutional partners. A successful day, which resulted in many new contacts for the research network.
Fascination of Plants Day 17th of May 2015
At the botanical institute of the LMU Munich
On 17th of May 2015, the official Fascination of Plants Day, the Munich Universities LMU and TU in cooperation with the Helmholtz Center as well as the research networks BioSysNet and FORPLANTA hosted a lecture series at the botanical institute right next to the botanical gardens in Munich. In parallel, an exhibition took place highlighting several aspects of current plant research. Interested visitors also got the chance to participate in several little experiments such as the isolation of DNA or simple microscopy.
Dr. Cynthia Sharma receives Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize for Young Academics 2015
Dr. Cynthia Sharma, one of our associate junior group leaders working at the University of Würzburg, is among this years laureates for the most important young investigator award in Germany. The selection committee which was appointed by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) as well as the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF) has selected ten young researchers for the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize 2015. They received this exceptional award including a 20,000€ prize money each on 5th of May 2015 in Berlin.
Science meets School
Information event on 24th of March 2015
The educational concept Science meets School, which was founded by the research networks BioSysNet, BayGene and FORPLANTA in cooperation with BioM, has successfully presented itself in an information event on the 24th of March 2015 in the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology in Münchhausenstraße 21. Nearly 40 visitors attended the event with a great deal of interest, engaging in an interesting and multi-faceted discussion with our scientists. After an impressive tour through the chambers of the State Collection, the event was concluded by an intensive get togther with beer and wine.
Forum Life Science 2015
11th/12th of March 2015 at TU Munich - Campus Garching
Latest findings and developments in the life sciences and their implementation in innovative technologies and new products in areas such as pharmaceutics, food and biotechnology were at the focus of the 9th International Congress 'Forum Life Science' on 11-12 March 2015 at the Technische Universität Munich in Garching.
BioSysNet was also present alongside with the two successfull startup companies 2bind and siTools, which were founded by BioSysNet group leaders in the research network context.