NEWS FROM ThE EMBO cOMMUNITY EMBO Poster Prize winner Congratulations to the following winner: Adejumo Olamide Hakeem Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Ogun State, Nigeria The impact of religion and culture on diabetic care in Nigeria Presented at EMBO | EMBL Symposium Diabetes and Obesity Heidelberg, Germany 13 – 16 September 2012 New prize for cancer research The BEUG FOUNDATION FOR METASTASIS RESEARCH is accepting applications for the METASTASIS PRIzE. Scientists are still trying to understand how cancer spreads from the place where it first arises to other locations in the body, a process that can have dramatic consequences for the health of cancer patients. The Metastasis Prize is meant to encourage and help introduce new approaches to impede cancer metastasis. The Metastasis Prize is awarded in memory of Hartmut Beug and his efforts to understand the causes of cancer and how it spreads in the body. In the 1970s and 1980s, Beug identified new pairs of oncogenes in avian oncogenic virus- es while working at the German Cancer Research Center (DFKz) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. He was among the first scientists to put forward the idea that the transformation of hematopoietic cells into cancer cells requires the cooperation of growth factor signaling pathways and the deregulation of transcription. Beug later moved to the Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria, to continue his research. He became a member of EMBO in 1983. The importance of how groups of oncogenes interact to bring about the development and spread of cancer was a consistent theme of his later work. The 2013 Metastasis Prize will be awarded to a scientist who presents an original project on cancer metastasis. The prize provides financial assistance to obtain the preliminary data that could help to attract further support from insti- tutions or companies interested in developing new approaches to restrict metastasis. Proposals should be submitted by 25 March 2013. Further details and instructions for how to apply are available at Review Series Systems biology technologies DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS 25 March Opportunities for systems and computational biology at the Weizmann Institute /focus/systems_technologies THE WEIzMANN INSTITUTE will open a new masters’ degree programme for systems and computational biology in the next academic year. The program will feature a diverse curriculum of course as well as extensive opportunities for cutting-edge research and education with leading scientists. The Weizmann Institute recently held a two- day retreat to bring together its rapidly growing systems biology community and announce the new masters’ degree programme. The community now comprises 18 research groups and more than 150 people from all facul- ties and departments at the Weizmann institute. The event, which was organized by Professor Eran Segal, is in its third year and an established part of the institute’s scientific calendar. Each group presented its recent research highlights and this was followed by a lively description of everyday life in the laboratories that participate in the systems biology research network. One of the highlights of the event was a competition that was announced on the first day. Students were asked to form teams of two indi- viduals from two different laboratories, design a joint collaborative project and present it on the second day of the meeting. The reward was funding for one year from the recently estab- lished Azrieli Center for Systems Biology at the Weizmann Institute, which is led by Professor and EMBO Member Naama Barkai. 25 groups presented research projects and eight were selected for funding. Students who were not funded this year will be invited to present their results at the 2013 retreat where they can compete for twice the currently awarded funding. 14 EMBOencounters | Winter 2012|2013 | ©2013 EMBO