Efforts are being made to develop more effective personalised treatments for lung cancer. A risk project led by cancer researcher Emmy Verschuren and funded by the Academy of Finland aims to identify effective treatments against certain subtypes of lung cancer detected in patients.
The science-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge brings together the academic community and society at large to solve the world’s grand challenges in cooperation. The competition themes Sustainable Planet, Urban Future and People in Change are linked to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The €375,000 prize is meant for implementing the idea.
The Academy of Finland is currently updating its policy for international activities. The Academy is striving for increased impact and quality in its international operations.
On Thursday, 6 October, the Government adopted in its plenary session the main strategic research themes and priorities for 2017 and 2018.
Researcher Eemil Lagerspetz intends to move computing from computers to pocket devices and from data centres to homes.
The world’s water systems are threatened by increasing population, pollution and the changing climate. Water JPI is a pan-European water research programme that seeks to find common solutions for water-related issues. SRIA 2.0 is the programme’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, published in 2016.
Preparing a funding application requires a major investment of time and effort. However, University of Oulu scientist Salla Ruskamo is adamant that careful preparation and persistence will eventually pay off.
Jaan-Olle Andressoo and his team at the University of Helsinki are working to develop a revolutionary new method for the treatment of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Early results look extremely promising.
The predictability of cardiovascular diseases can be improved through research into intercellular communication. In a high-risk project funded by the Academy of Finland, a research team led by researcher Cecilia Sahlgren from Åbo Akademi University is studying the formation of blood vessels and looking for new blood vessel regulation mechanisms.
Growing a whole new tooth outside the body, artificially, is set to become reality in the not-too-distant future. Working with high-risk research funding from the Academy of Finland, University of Helsinki researcher Anamaria Balic is exploring means to grow whole teeth in vitro using dental stem cells.
Cutting-edge research into nanomedicines could facilitate a faster development of new drug therapies and reduce the use of animals in research. Tapani Viitala, a researcher at the University of Helsinki and lead scientist of a project supported under a high-risk funding trial of the Academy of Finland, is investigating and developing novel cell-based in vitro methods to support the development of new medicines.
The Academy will open a targeted call in response to the Government’s strategic key projects programme. The aim is to further strengthen research quality and impact. Click here to read more about the funding.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel jointly to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström for their contributions to contract theory.
The steering group that was commissioned to formulate an international policy approach for higher education and research invites all those interested in taking part in the work to join in an online think tank. The think tank is closes on 18 September 2016.
An efficient and safe new drug administration method could help to cure diseases of the back of the eye, while saving on health care costs. Research led by Leena-Stiina Kontturi involves developing better dispensing methods for medicines targeted at the back of the eye.
The Academy of Finland has decided to fund eight new research posts as Academy Professor. The new Academy Professors are Eero Castrén (University of Helsinki), Sara Heinämaa (University of Jyväskylä), Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki), Matti Latva-aho (University of Oulu), Craig Primmer (University of Turku), Hannu Salmi (University of Turku), Päivi Törmä (Aalto University) and Anu Wartiovaara (University of Helsinki). Their five-year terms commence on 1 January 2017.
Earlier this year, the Academy of Finland made a few key changes to the eligibility requirements concerning its Postdoctoral Researcher and Academy Research Fellow funding schemes. Learn more and see the FAQ section here.
The Academy of Finland is set to implement major reforms to its Centre of Excellence programme. The goal is to have future programmes place greater focus on scientific regeneration, risk-taking opportunities and breakthrough research.
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Researchers in Finland are working to develop targeted drugs to act as neuroprotective agents in inflammatory brain diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. Heading a project funded under a high-risk funding trial, Academy Research Fellow Kristiina Huttunen is studying the role of prodrugs as an effective drug delivery method to cross the blood-brain barrier.