Summary of the Austrometabolism 2017 Workshop

On 28th September 75 participants from 9 institutes in Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck gathered for the AustroMetabolism 2017 workshop at CeMM. Following the welcome addresses by Giulio Superti-Furga (Scientific Director of CeMM) and Markus Müller (Rector of the Medical University of Vienna), experts in the fields of metabolic regulation in health and disease met to share their diverse range of expertise, introduce their cutting edge technology platforms and facilitate new collaborations. Organized by Richard Moriggl (Veterinary University of Vienna), Thomas Scherer (Medical University of Vienna) and myself, this workshop was a starting point to catalyze a stronger metabolic research cluster in Austria to increase the efforts fighting some of the world’s most prevalent diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and chronic infections.

We like to thank the workshop participants, the CeMM back office support as well as our sponsors for all their contributions to make this 1st AustroMetabolism workshop an enlightening success! We look forward to further strengthening the ties and support among our community.

AustroMetabolism 2017 Workshop Program

Group 1

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Hans Rosling, Master of Stats dies

Hans Rosling, the self-proclaimed “Edutainer”, showed the way how to present seemingly dry and boring numbers and facts in an educational yet entertaining and mind-boggling way. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 68.

More Hans Roslings are needed in these times where facts seem to lose out on demagogues. Check out his Gapfinder website and the links below.

Hans Rosling dies aged 68, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, 7 February 2017

“How not to be ignorant about the world”, Hans and Ola Rosling, TED talk 2014

“The Joy of Stats”, BBC Four, 2010

“The best stats you`ve ever seen”, Hans Rosling, TED talk 2007

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In Memoriam Marian Horzinek

A pioniering veterinary virologist, a great humanist.

In Memoriam. Koopmans M, Osterhaus A, Rottier P, Lutz H. Virology 2016.

Nachruf Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Marian Horzinek. Bergthaler A, Pichlmair A, 2016. (German)

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Roger Tsien, R.I.P.

Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien, one of the fathers of GFP and a hero of modern molecular biology, dies at 64. Rest in peace and multicolor!

New York Times, Sept 4 2016

Nobel Lecture

(photo credit: HHMI)

Image result for roger tsien gfp(photo credit: Tsien Lab)

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Gravitational waves, welcome!

Physicists detect gravitational waves, proving Einstein right. (Dennis Overbye, Feb 11 2016, New York Times)

Pictures of the L-shapped antennas from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

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David Bowie, R.I.P.

“I don`t know where I`m going from here, but I promise it won`t be boring.”

David Bowie, 1947-2016

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ERC Starting Grant awarded

Our laboratory has been awarded an ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant!

ERC website


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New study in Immunity

17 November 2015

In a study by Bhattacharya, Hegazy et al. Immunity Vol 43 Issue 5 (LINK, Open Acess), we discovered a novel link of how, unexpectedly, the antiviral interferon signaling pathway causes oxidative damage and liver pathology.

Picture from our Paper Celebration Party  (picture from left to right: Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, Deputy Chief of Mission; His Excellency Rajiv Misra, Indian Ambassador to Austria and Montenegro; Anannya Bhattacharya, PhD student at CeMM; Dr. Andreas Bergthaler, Principal Investigator at CeMM; Dr. Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director at CeMM)


Congratulations and thanks to the entire team, our collaborators as well as all funding sources!
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Obituary on William Paul, 79

William (“Bill”) E. Paul, a true giant of modern immunology died on 15 September 2015. He was a leading force in immunology, pioneering the research of T cells and cytokines, serving as editor and president of the most eminent journals and organisations and writing the widely known textbook Fundamental Immunology. Among many other services to the community he also served as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CeMM, lending us his razor-sharp intellect to drill down to the relevant scientific questions and to provide the best possible advice.

There is this phrase of ”Standing on the shoulders of the giants”, which most popularly is traced back to a letter by Isaac Newton from the year 1676. It refers to the incremental increase of knowledge in science. Unbeknownst to Newton, he must have thought of Bill.

  • Oral History project by the American Association of Immunologists, interviewing Bill Paul on his personal background, his career decisions, advice for trainees, etc. and even ending with an immunology joke! ;O) LINK
  • William E. Paul (1936-2015), Ronald N. Germain. Nature 526, 324 (15 October 2015) LINK
  • William E. Paul, M.D. (1936-2015), Ronald N. Germain, B.J. Fowls, Lawrence E. Samelson and Warren J. Leonard, Immunity 43, October 20, 2015 LINK
  • Picture below: Lab discussion with Bill Paul and Richard Flavell during the 2012 Scientific Advisory Board meeting at CeMM


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Creativity meets solidarity

One minute of silence for refugees tops Austrian music chart. Masterminded by Raoul Haspel, an Austrian visual artist. (Yahoo News)



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