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Press releases 2005

Six Central European scientists awarded EMBO/HHMI Startup Grants


Heidelberg, 6 December 2005 – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) have singled out six outstanding Central European scientists to receive the EMBO/HHMI Startup Grants. These awards will help the scientists establish their first independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Estonia, and Hungary. Selection for the grants is a mark of the highest scientific excellence.


EMBO selects Europe’s best young independent scientists


Heidelberg, 26 October 2005 - EMBO has singled out 17 European life scientists to receive the support of its prestigious Young Investigator Programme. The annual selection round identifies some of the brightest young minds in Europe – providing academic, practical and financial support in the early years of their independent careers. The three-year programme is extremely competitive and selection is a mark of the highest scientific excellence.


EMBO elects 40 top researchers to its membership


Heidelberg, 21 October 2005 - The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) today announces the election of 40 leading life scientists to its membership. Each member has been elected on the basis of proven excellence in research and joins the ranks of over 1,200 of Europe’s foremost researchers.


Leading diabetes and cancer researcher brings “EMBO Gold” to Scotland


Heidelberg, 6 October 2005 - Professsor Dario Alessi of the MRC (Medical Research Council) Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee, Scotland is the 2005 winner of the EMBO Gold Medal. Alessi receives the award in recognition of his landmark work in cell signalling. The young scientist’s pioneering research on enzymes called “kinases” and their role in inherited disease has provided exciting new insights into conditions such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension.


EMBO honours leading Italian science communicator


Heidelberg, 29 September 2005 - Professor Edoardo Boncinelli of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Italy is the winner of the 2005 EMBO Award for Communication in the Life Sciences. Boncinelli receives the award in recognition of his outstanding efforts in science communication


Russian marine biologist commended in EMBO communication award roll


Heidelberg, 29 September 2005 - Dr. Alexander Vershinin of the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow, Russia has been awarded a special discretionary prize as part of the 2005 EMBO Award for Communication in the Life Sciences. The additional award was made in recognition of Vershinin’s exceptional work in communicating marine biology to the young, in particular for his Living Black Sea education initiative and book on marine science, Life of the Black Sea.


EMBO scientists selected for ERC Scientific Council


Five EMBO Members and one EMBO Young Investigator have been appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).
The European Commission announced a total of 22 leading scientists as the Council’s founding members on July 19, 2005. The EMBO scientists make up six of the seven life scientists to serve on the Council.


EMBO Members and Young Investigators named HHMI International Research Scholars


Heidelberg, 7 July 2005 – EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators have been awarded prestigious Infectious Diseases & Parasitology Grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The EMBO scientists are part of an award roll of 42 outstanding researchers, who will receive $17.5 million to tackle the mysteries of the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying infectious and parasitic disease.


Petition for increased EU funding sees decisive response


Heidelberg, 6 July 2005 – A petition launched by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the European Life Sciences Forum (ELSF) calling for increased funding for research in the EU’s Framework 7 budget has met with a rapid and decisive response from the scientific community.


Is it me… or my genes?


Heidelberg, 23 June 2005 - The winner of the 2005 EMBO Science Writing Prize is Edwin Harold Rydberg of the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare (IRBM) P. Angeletti in Rome, Italy.  The theme of the competition was ‘genes and behaviour’ and the winning entry deals with an area widely studied in behavioural genetics – the commonly misunderstood condition of schizophrenia. Rydberg’s elegant narrative reveals the personal impact of this distressing condition and the difference understanding the biology behind a condition can make to patients and their families.


Molecular Systems Biology – a first in systems biology publishing


Heidelberg, 14 April 2005 – The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG) announce the launch of Molecular Systems Biology. This new electronic journal aims to fill a gap in the current literature.


EMBO and HHMI join forces to promote brain gain


Budapest, 8 February 2005 – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) want to attract some of the world’s most promising scientists to Central Europe.



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