Molecular markers in the blood shown to be predictive of severe COVID-19 outcomes resulting from SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection have been identified in a study by a Chinese research team. The study results extend understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical progress of COVID-19 with potential for identifying early during the course of infection which individuals are most at risk of developing severe conditions and requiring hospital care.
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EMBO congratulates nine life scientists on their selection as EMBO Global Investigators. They form the second cohort of the Global Investigator Network that was launched in 2019 and will start their four-year tenure in January 2021. The new Global Investigators will receive financial support for several networking, collaboration and training activities.
EMBO is pleased to announce that thirty life scientists have been selected as EMBO Young Investigators. They will join the existing network of 73 current and 384 former members of the programme. The new EMBO Young Investigators will receive financial and practical support for a period of four years, starting in January 2021.
This year’s EMBO Gold Medal is going to two researchers who study cell metabolism, Sarah-Maria Fendt and Markus Ralser.
“Mini brain” organoids show potential for SARS-CoV2 to cause neurodegenerative- disease-like effects
New research published yesterday in The EMBO Journal reports that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can target human neurons with the potential to cause disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The research showed that the virus can enter tiny laboratory-developed 3D structures called brain organoids that replicate key aspects of the human brain and induce pathological effects similar to early stages of diseases of the CNS such as Alzheimer’s.
Antibodies targeting the normal PrP version of the prion protein have been found in humans selected at random with no history of any associated transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.
EMBO announces an extension of its current Short-Term Fellowship scheme: Core Facility Fellowships. These fellowships will support exchanges of technology and expertise between core research facilities that provide services to research institutions or universities.
EMBO and FEBS announce Elly Tanaka of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna BioCenter, Austria, as the recipient of the FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award 2020.
EMBO is pleased to announce that eleven life scientists have been selected to receive Installation Grants, which will support them in establishing independent laboratories in the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.