Here you'll find the latest press releases on VIB research and other important news.
Early august 2020, Oxford Nanopore Technologies announced an agreement with the UK Government to roll out LamPORE, a new low-cost Covid-19 test. The detection assay is designed for on-site and rapid testing (results are available in less than two hours) and is expected to be crucial in UK’s continued efforts to fight COVID-19.
Cancers are extremely heterogeneous. Even within the same tumor, some cells may be more aggressive than others. In the latest issue of Nature Cell Biology, a team of scientists led by Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) reports how distinct gene regulatory networks drive melanoma skin cancer cells to become more invasive. The findings will inform research into better cancer treatments.
Op het eerste zicht lijkt evolutie een verhaal van continue, stapsgewijze vooruitgang. Wie verzwakt, verliest volgens Darwins wet van survival of the fittest. Toch kunnen genetische defecten, die een organisme in eerste instantie verzwakken, de overlevingskansen op langere termijn vergroten. Deze opmerkelijke bevindingen van bio-ingenieurs aan KU Leuven en VIB betekenen een belangrijke stap in ons begrip van evolutie.
ExeVir Bio announces today a first closing of a EUR23 million Series A financing led by Fund+, with the participation of VIB, UCB Ventures, the Belgian Federal Government via SFPI-FPIM, V-Bio Ventures and several Belgian family offices. ExeVir Bio has been established by Belgian partners combining world class science, antibody engineering, manufacturing, blue-chip venture capital investment and Flemish Government financing, which have joined forces in a unique collaboration to boost the development of new therapies to combat Covid-19.
Each year, the European Research Council awards Proof of Concept grants to ERC grant holders who wish to take their ERC research one step further towards application. This year, no less than three VIB principal investigators have received an ERC PoC grant: Prof. Kevin Verstrepen (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology), Prof. Patrik Verstreken, and Prof. Stein Aerts (both from the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain and Disease Research).
The Khalid Iqbal Lifetime Achievement Award USA is presented to Professor Christine Van Broeckhoven in recognition of a distinguished career in Alzheimer’s disease research (VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular neurology).
The European Sustainable Agriculture through Genome Editing (EU-SAGE) network, with members from 132 European research institutes and associations, urges the European Council, European Parliament and the European Commission to reconsider their stance on genome editing, which is one of the tools needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
A research team led by Bart De Strooper and Mark Fiers at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research in Leuven used pioneering technologies to study in detail what happens in brain cells in the direct vicinity of plaques.
In a seminal study published in Cell, an international team of scientists led by Prof. Adrian Liston (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research and Babraham Institute) describe a population of specialized brain-resident immune cells discovered in the mouse and human brain, and show that the presence of white blood cells is essential for normal brain development in mice.
In some individuals, a diet high in sugar increases the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer and also drives the aggressive growth of tumours, a study by researchers from VIB-KU Leuven, Belgium and the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK, has found.
The plants we eat often look very different from their wild ancestors. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, Ive De Smet (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology) and David Vergauwen (Amarant) explore how we can use historical paintings to trace the genetic changes in our plant foods.
DNA sequencing provides insight into the blueprint of living cells and individuals and is now used in many aspects of biological sciences, medicine, biotechnology and forensic sciences. An ultrafast way to sequence DNA is to read the nucleotide letters of single DNA strands as they pass through a protein nanopore. A new study by the team of Prof. Han Remaut (VIB-VUB) in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore Technologies presents a nanopore that is engineered to hold two constrictions.
With the advent of super-resolution microscopy, scientists can study close protein associations better than ever before. In the latest edition of eLife, the team of Wim Annaert (VIB-KU Leuven) combines state-of-the-art imaging techniques to investigate the distribution of γ-secretase, a protein complex associated with both Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
EMBO is an organization that unites leading researchers in the life sciences to promotes scientific excellence. Every year, new members are selected from among Europe’s top-scientists. This year, Jean-Christophe Marine (VIB-KU Leuven), Jan Steyaert (VIB-VUB), and Alain Goossens (VIB-UGent) join the other VIB EMBO members.
Every five years, the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) awards the prestigious Excellence Prizes to eminent Flemish researchers with a distinguished career in science. In 2020, two VIB researchers working at Ghent University have received this important recognition for their outstanding scientific career and dedication to research: Prof. Bart Lambrecht (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research) and prof. Wout Boerjan (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology).