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2021.04.19 | Department of Chemistry, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lundbeck Foundation grants DKK 9.7 million to early career researchers at the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Four early career researchers at Nat have just received grants from the Lundbeck Foundation as part of their postdoc programmes. The grants will provide two or three years of work within health science research for the recipients.

Professor Anja-Verena Mudring has received DKK 40 million for her research from the VILLUM Investigator programme. (Photo: VILLUM FOUNDATION).

2021.04.14 | Department of Chemistry

DKK 40 million for future nano-technology

Nanomaterials have become indispensable for modern life, and our lives increasingly depend on nanomaterials with defined structures and properties. A chemistry professor has received a VILLUM Investigator grant of almost DKK 40 million for an upcoming project that will challenge borders so that even more powerful tools to synthesise nanomaterials…

Headed by world-leading American AI researcher, Serge Belongie, and with DKK 350 million from  the Danish National Research Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Villum Foundation and the Lundbeck Foundation, the center will conduct world-class artificial intelligence research focusing on societal challenges, people and design, while putting Denmark at the international forefront.

2021.04.07 | Computer Science

DKK 350 million will take Danish artificial intelligence research to new heights

A new, national pioneer center for artificial intelligence research is expected to open at the end of 2021.

Erik Østergaard Jensen was re-appointed as the head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG). Photo: Lisbeth Heilsen

2021.03.26 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Erik Østergaard Jensen continues as head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

From 1 June 2021, Associate Professor and Head of Department Erik Østergaard Jensen has been reappointed for another three years as head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) - a position he has had since 2004.

2021.03.16 | Department of Physics

The student CubeSat Delphini-1 is down

On Sunday 14 March 2021 our Aarhus University student CubeSat Delphini-1 finally decayed into the deeper atmosphere and met it's honourable fiery end.

Kristine Kilså vice-dean for education at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. (Photo: Josefina Kilså-Becker)

2021.03.19 | Faculty of Natural Sciences, News

Stable numbers applying for natural science programmes via quota 2

Again this year, Aarhus University is seeing an increase in the numbers applying via quota 2, and at Natural Sciences, applications are stable in relation to first-priority applications.

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2021.03.12 | News

Follow the Three Minute Thesis Competition 2021

In the Three Minute Thesis Competition, PhD students present their research project in three minutes. Last year, the competition was cancelled due to corona, but this year, PhD students can once again participate and win a travel grant of DKK 35,000 and the chance to participate in the international competition.

Jørgen Kjems (left) and Morten Venø are partners in a new consortium, PRIME, that will seek to develop biological nano-implants - based on naturally occurring signaling pathways - that can help patients with epilepsy. Photo: Anne Færch Nielsen.

2021.03.12 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

Developing biological nano-implants to block epileptic seizures

Jørgen Kjems from iNANO and the Department of Molecular Biology at AU and the AU spinout company, OMIICS, are partners in a new consortium, PRIME, that will seek to develop biological nano-implants - based on naturally occurring signaling pathways - that can help patients with epilepsy.

The lime that farmers spread on fields to improve the soil contains strontium. New studies show that this strontium runs off into the surrounding area and influences strontium isotope values. As a result, archaeologists could be working with incorrect data. Photo: Mark Robinson, Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

2021.03.15 | Department of Geoscience

New studies confirm that agricultural lime influences strontium analyses

In two new scientific articles, two geologists from Aarhus University have demonstrated that strontium from agricultural lime runs off from upper soil layers and influences strontium isotope values in the surrounding area. According to the researchers, this means that a number of hypotheses about the origins of prehistoric people will need to be…

Unraveling the three-dimensional structure of the glycine transporter, researchers have now come a big step closer to understanding the regulation of glycine in the brain. These result open up opportunities to find effective drugs that inhibit GlyT1 function, with major implications for the treatment of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Figure: Azadeh Shahsavar

2021.03.04 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

New understanding of glycine in the brain may pave the way for the development of psychiatric drugs

Glycine can stimulate or inhibit neurons in the brain, thereby controlling complex functions. Unraveling the three-dimensional structure of the glycine transporter, researchers have now come a big step closer to understanding the regulation of glycine in the brain.

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