Winner of inaugural reNEW ECR Publication Award announced!

On Thursday 13 June, the reNEW Early Career Research Committee organized a reNEW ECR Mini-Symposium. The Symposium included the announcement of the winner of the inaugural ECR Publication Award, which celebrated and acknowledged the outstanding research contributions of our ECRs across the international nodes.

For the Publication Award, six finalists were selected by a panel of five judges: Assistant Professor A. Hidalgo from reNEW Leiden, Associate Professor J. Sedzinski from reNEW Copenhagen, and three members of the Scientific Advisory Committee – Professors Jim Wells, Ian Alexander, and Janet Rossant. All six finalists presented their research during the mini-symposium. They were joined by six other ECRs from the three nodes, whose abstracts were selected to give a flash-talk about their work.

“This event was an excellent opportunity to meet with our peers across all three reNEW nodes, and to hear and see the exciting and impactful research the ECR community is working one” said one attendee.

reNEW CEO Professor Melissa Little concluded the event with the announcement of the winner of the inaugural ECR Publication Award. “I am really pleased to support the ECR community, particularly as it celebrates their achievements. Of course, improving presentation skills is very important for your career,” she mentioned in her message.

Dr Aude Dorison from reNEW Melbourne’s Kidney Regeneration Lab won the award, for her paper “Kidney Organoids Generated Using an Allelic Series of NPHS2 Point Variants Reveal Distinct Intracellular Podocin Mistrafficking”. She received a travel grant and an invitation to speak at next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting for this fantastic achievement.

Hjalte Larsen from the reNEW Copenhagen’s Jensen Lab won Best Presentation and Denis Bienroth from the reNEW Melbourne’s Transcriptomics and Bioinformatics Group won Best Flash-talk, acknowledging their excellent scientific presentation skills.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who presented at ECR Mini-Symposium: it was a great success. A huge thank you to the reNEW ECRC, who organised this event as well many others, to support the reNEW early career researcher community.

Esteemed colleagues from reNEW elected members of EMBO

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine is proud to announce that CEO and Executive Director of reNEW, Professor Mellissa H. Little and Principal Investigator at reNEW’s Copenhagen node, Professor Joshua Brickman, have this year been elected members of the prestigious European Molecular Biology Organization – EMBO.

4M euros for research into nuclear metabolism

Associate Professor Jan Żylicz from reNEW Copenhagen node, as part of an international consortium, has been awarded an MSCA Doctoral Networks Grant for project; NUCLEAR – metabolic regulation of genome function and cell identity.

The Serup Group in Copenhagen break new ground on the development of a stem cell therapy to treat diabetes

Assistant Professor Philip Seymour, former Assistant Professor Nina Funa and PhD student Heidi Mjøseng, with colleagues from the Serup Group at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW, University of Copenhagen, have had a paper published in Stem Cell Reports investigating further development of a cellular therapy to replace the lost insulin-producing beta cells in type one diabetics.