Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Maulbeerstrasse 66, 4058 Basel
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research   link
Location: Basel
Discipline: Health
Affiliation: Novartis

Understanding the mechanisms of disease

The Friedrich Miescher Institute is devoted to fundamental biomedical research aimed at understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of health and disease. We communicate and patent our findings to enable their translation into medical application. The FMI focuses on the fields of
  • Epigenetics
  • Growth control
  • Neurobiology
In these fields, the FMI has gained international recognition as a center of excellence in innovative biomedical research.

Training young scientists

Life Sciences - Health - Mar 24
Life Sciences - Health
This year, the biennial Swiss Brain League Research Prize endowed with 20,000 CHF is awarded to the research group of Andreas Lüthi and Jan Gründemann from the FMI. The researchers have investigated how "internal states" such as anxiety, stress, hunger or thirst are coded in the brain of active mice.
Life Sciences - Health - Mar 16
Life Sciences - Health

Mutations in the nuclear structural protein lamin A produce rare, tissue-specific diseases called laminopathies.

Administration - Life Sciences - Feb 25

The selection of research projects to be funded by the European Research Council (ERC) is highly competitive; therefore, the funding of a project by the ERC is a key indicator for research excellence.

Life Sciences - Mathematics - Jan 21
Life Sciences - Mathematics

Reconstructing structure and function of a neuronal circuit The function of neuronal circuits is thought to be determined largely by specific connections between neurons.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - Dec 16, 2019
Life Sciences - Pharmacology

Thanks to their expertise in single-molecule imaging of RNAs, researchers from the group of Jeff Chao at the FMI helped to reveal the biological mechanism of a small molecule that restricts Ewing's sarcoma cell growth.

Life Sciences - Mar 3
Life Sciences

Scientists from the Friedrich group have developed a new virtual reality system that allows them to manipulate the sensory environment of adult zebrafish at will, while simultaneously analyzing neural activity.

Life Sciences - Health - Feb 11
Life Sciences - Health

RNA decay plays a fundamental role in gene expression by controlling the quality and quantity of messenger RNAs.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - Jan 9
Life Sciences - Computer Science

Michael Stadler has been leading the FMI Computational Biology technology platform since 2008. In an interview, he explains how the platform is set up and how it supports the FMI research groups, he shares what he likes most about his job, and he talks about the future of computational biology.

Life Sciences - Dec 4, 2019
Life Sciences

Animal development is a unidirectional process that steers undifferentiated cells of the early embryo into specialized cell types such as brain, muscle or skin cells.

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