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Researchers from the Verstreken lab (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified a completely novel function for Hsp90, one of the most common and most studied proteins in our body. In addition to its well-known role as a protein chaperone, Hsp90 stimulates exosome release. These findings shed new light on treatment strategies for both cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
The Vanderhaeghen labs latest findings covered in the EU magazine Horizon.
Aelin Therapeutics featured as one of the most promising biotech start ups in Flanders.
VIB is one of the earliest adopters of disruptive single-cell technologies to boost research in this ground-breaking field. The VIB ‘Single Cell Accelerator’ program is being launched to aid access to multiple innovative platforms and to foster technology development tools. This new program will run through VIB’s Tech Watch initiative and will inject additional funding and technological support in emerging single-cell technologies. This will enable VIB to establish its position at the forefront of this rapidly moving research field. Janssen is the first pharma company to collaborate with VIB in the Single Cell Accelerator, showcasing the great value of this initiative.
After years of ongoing experiments and an extended review process, the teams of Thomas Voets (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) and Joris Vriens (KU Leuven) have successfully published a boundary-pushing paper on mammalian heat-sensing channels in the high-impact journal Nature. The researchers are credited with a hot discovery: the presence of three redundant ion channels in neurons, forming a fail-safe heat-sensing mechanism for extra burn protection. It took plenty of commitment – and sometimes 80 behavioral mouse experiments per day – but all the hard work has paid off for Thomas and team members Ine Vandewauw, Katrien De Clercq and Marie Mulier.
The mutated and aggregated protein FUS is implicated in two neurodegenerative diseases: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Using a newly developed fruit fly model, researchers led by prof. Ludo Van Den Bosch (VIB-KU Leuven) have zoomed in on the protein structure of FUS to gain more insight into how it causes neuronal toxicity and disease.
We call out bad reporting on the sensitive topic of animal research.
The brain is an enormously complex organ. Understanding how billions of brain cells succeed in making precise connections is a major challenge for neuroscientists. Professor Joris de Wit and his team (VIB-KU Leuven) have unraveled a molecular code that determines the shape, location and function of connections between individual neurons. These findings could help us better understand brain disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
Celebrating its 25-year existence, Dystonia Europe organized D-Days in Brussels on April 12 - 14. The three-day event united patients living with dystonia – a rare neurological disease affecting about 10,000 Belgians – with doctors, researchers and policymakers.
The Fly Brain Atlas is covered on VRT NWS.