Research Highlights

Experimental campaign of atmospheric measurements in the framework of the Cloud-AerosoL InteractionS program in the Helmos background TropOsphere (CALISHTO), at Mount Helmos, Kalavrita, by CSTACC-FORTH / EPFL, NCSR Demokritos and NTUA
The Cloud-AerosoL InteractionS measurement campaign in the Helmos background TropOsphere (CALISHTO) is taking place in the next two months (October-November 2021) in the context of PANAKIA infrastructure and the ERC program PyroTRACH. Organizers of this campaign are NCSR Demokritos (K. Eleftheriadis), NTUA (A. Papagiannis) and CSTACC-FORTH / EPFL (A. Nenes). The campaign takes place in the area of Mount Helmos, at the HAC2 station, a member of the network of PANACEA, ACTRIS network and the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
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International scientific collaboration between IMBB-FORTH Researchers and Scientists at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of Oslo, in Norway uncovers the novel role of the DNA base excision repair (BER) pathway in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease.
The findings of the study, published today in the premier international scientific journal Cell Reports, reveal a novel molecular mechanism underlying the detrimental effects of BER imbalance in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. IMBB-FORTH Researchers Dr. Konstantinos Palikaras (now Assistant Professor at the Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and Dr. Nektarios Tavernarakis (Professor at the Medical School, University of Crete, and Chairman of the Board at FORTH), in collaboration with the team of Prof. Hilde Nilsen (University of Oslo and Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway), among others, demonstrated that age-dependent imbalance in BER affects the survival of dopaminergic neurons and could serve as a potent modulator of Parkinson’s diseasepathophysiology.
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FORTH coalition awarded a 4 Stars Reference Site status for the Region of Crete in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
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