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Researchers at IMBB-FORTH challenge the dogma that wants interneurons to be “simple”.

Computational modeling in the Poirazi lab ( at IMBB-FORTH ( shed new light on how Fast Spiking Basket Cells – a central subtype of GABAergic inhibitory neurons- integrate their incoming signals, taking advantage of their recently discovered dendritic non-linearities. The article, entitled: “Challenging the point neuron dogma: FS basket cells as 2-stage nonlinear integrators” authored by IMBB researchers Alexandra Tzilivaki, George Kastellakis and Panayiota Poirazi was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

The second ERC Proof of Concept Grant for the INSPIRE Group, ICS-FORTH
Associate Professor Xenofontas Dimitropoulos, Affiliated Researcher to ICS-FORTH, ERC Starting Grant holder, and his team, the INSPIRE research group, were awarded their second ERC Proof of Concept grant for the RAVEN project. The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximize the value of the excellent research already supported by ERC, by funding further work (i.e., activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) in order to explore the innovation potential of ideas arising from these projects. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.
Prof. George A. Garinis, FORTH affiliated researcher, earns an ERC Proof of Concept Grant
George A. Garinis, Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) and Professor of Genetics at the Department of Biology, University of Crete, is one of just 62 scientists from across Europe that recently secured funding from the innovation-supporting Proof of Concept Programme of the European Research Council (ERC).
FORTH Chairman, Professor Nektarios Tavernarakis is elected Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens

Nektarios Tavernarakis, Research Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of the Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), and Professor at the Medical School of the University of Crete was elected a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens.

Professor George A. Garinis is elected member of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
George A, Garinis, Professor at the department of Biology of the University of Crete and affiliated group leader at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of the Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization.
New breakthrough research by FORTH is published in NATURE: High velocity sound waves of matter for extremely fast atom circuits.

Scientists at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology- Hellas (FORTH) led by Dr. Wolf von Klitzing created an accelerator ring for neutral atoms that is able to accelerate Bose-Einstein condensates to speeds much faster than the speed of sound and transport them to record distances.

The Cream of the Crop of the International Community of Polymer Science in Crete

The most important Polymer Scientists from Academic and Research Institutions from all over the world will be gathering at the Creta Maris Convention Center & Beach Resort in Hersonissos from Sunday the 9th to Friday the 14th of June 2019.

Great distinction for Dr. Giannis Zacharakis, Principal Researcher of FORTH-IESL
Great distinction for Dr. Giannis Zacharakis, Principal Researcher at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of FORTH, who took over responsibilities as President of the European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI.
New Paper by FORTH researchers published in Nature Communications

Graphene, as one-atom-thick membrane, is susceptible to morphological instabilities such as wrinkles, crumples and folds, which are attributed to several physical causes, such as the mismatch between its thermal expansion and its host substrate or the relaxation of a pre-strained substrate. A particular pattern encountered in graphene grown via Chemical Vapour Deposition is that of mosaic formation, which results from the imposition of thermo-mechanical stresses upon cooling from high temperatures.

International scientific collaboration between IMBB Researchers and Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the United States and the University of Oslo, in Norway uncovers the novel role of mitophagy in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s di

The findings of the study, published today in the premier international scientific journal Nature Neuroscience, reveal a novel molecular mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of mitophagy, the cellular process of mitochondria recycling, against the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. IMBB Researchers, Dr. Konstantinos Palikaras and Dr. Nektarios Tavernarakis (Professor at the Medical School, University of Crete, and Chairman of the Board at FORTH) in collaboration with the team of Prof. Vilhem Bohr at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health, (NIH) in Baltimore, USA, together with Dr. Evandro Fang at the University of Oslo and the Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway, demonstrated that mitophagy is impaired inAlzheimer’s disease and that its pharmacological stimulation reverses the disease’s pathological features, including cognitive deficits.

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