BMS Recommends: UniKino - 21 (2008)

unikino, hff potsdam Have you ever wonder how "true" are Hollywood movies based on true events? Of course you did and here comes the opportunity to meet like-minded disbelievers shedding the light on the science of probability behind the Hollywood´s 21 (2008) movie. Stop by HFF Potsdam on September 24, 2013 at 17:30 for a movie projection and a chat about the Hollywood´s takeover on the story of 6 MIT students who took Vegas for millions with a panel of truly then true scientists.



BMS Interview: Prof. Jin Won CHO

prof jin won cho, yonsei, mpikg, dana kikicProf. Jin Won Cho has a remarkable scientific career. Currently he serves as President of the Korean Society for Glycoscience and the national representative of IGO. Previously, he received his PhD in Glycobiology from UC Davis in 1993 and completed his postdoctoral studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1996, before taking over as professor in his alma mater Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, one of the oldest and most influential universities in the country. But, there is a side of Prof. Cho one cannot easily see, when searching through his online presence: he is a composer, a performer, an enthusiastic karaoke singer  and a great supporter of the young South Korean music scene. "Kite", a song he composed the music and words for, is a famous tune in South Korea performed by Linus, a South Korean college rock band from the 80's. Occasionally, Linus is joined on stage by Prof. Cho, as in this college reunion video from 2009.  Last month, Prof. Seeberger and Prof. Cho met in Seoul, where after a day of glycobiology cooperation talks, both went out for a late night karaoke session. Prof Cho answered 3 questions from our "BMS Nature or Nurture Interview":


BMS Recommends: Dara Ó Briain

Don´t talk down to people, don´t patronize, don´t wear a white lab coat or any other "i am a scientist" prop and simplify the topic so that an expert in the field find it insultingly basic yet everyone else informative, advises Ó Briain the new generation of scientists and science communicators. Have a look at Ó Briain´s interview for The Guardian and check out this lovely animation series for Dara Ó Briain´s Science Club.

BMS Guest: Dr. med. Leif Erik Sander

leif erik sander, ag sander, infektiologie charite, moikgA Theodor Frerichs Preis 2012 awardee and an Emmy Noether fellow, Dr. med Leif Erik Sander held a guest lecture today at the Department of Biomolecular Systems in Arnimallee 22, Berlin-Dahlem. Dr. Sander led us through his groundbreaking research in the field of immunology and vaccine development. In 2011, he showed that procaryotic mRNAs serve as both: signals of bacterial viability and immune response enhancers (adjuvants) (Nature 474, 385-389, 16 June 2011). Dr. Sander is a close collaborator of the BMS Department.

1. How did you affiliate yourself to the BMS Department?

Prof. Seeberger is working on the development of a synthetic vaccine against S. pneumoniae. He approached our department - Medizinische Klinik mit schwerpunkt Infektiologie & Pneumologie - at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin to do some pre-clinical and immunological testing. This has been a very fruitful collaboration that last for a year and a half now.

2. You are about to start a cooperation with the Glycobiology group of our Department?

Yes. We are encapsulating synthetic carbohydrate ligands, that we believe are interesting for protective immune response into particles - we want to enhance their delivery into the right cells. ...