In 2022 the YAE will turn 10 years old, and in celebration we are organising a seminar series to showcase the diversity of fascinating research within the Academy. Each month we organise a one-hour seminar with three short, accessible talks for an interdisciplinary audience; one each from Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Humanities. Seminars are on Zoom, open to all YAE members and will be filmed for wider dissemination.

Seminars vary in timing each month and be advertised on the YAE website and newsletters. Some slots are available so please contact events chair Scott Bremer (scott.bremer@uib.no) if you want to talk. We’d love to hear about your work! At the bottom of this page are the available slots.

February’s seminar will be on Monday the 21st of February, from 09.30 – 10.30 CET. Please register for the event by 11.30pm on Sunday the 20th of February. You can see abstracts for the talks below. All registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link in advance of the event.

Andreas Hougaard Laustsen-Kiel: ‘Snakebite envenoming and antivenom’

Snakebite envenoming is a neglected tropical disease that each year claims 80-150,000 lives and maims several hundred thousands of victims for life. Snakebite envenoming can cause paralyzing neurotoxicity, severe tissue damage, or incoagulable blood and hemorrhage. These clinical manifestations are caused by the myriad of different types of toxins that are present in snake venoms, which are perhaps the most complicated drug targets known to us. Here, I will present the different challenges that antivenom researchers face when developing antivenoms, and provide an outlook for how snakebite envenoming therapy may be improved in the future using methods from the fields synthetic biology and antibody discovery.

Valeria Gazzola: ‘The neural bases of empathy and (pro-)social behaviour – evidence from rodents to humans’

When we see a friend in pain we don’t just see her, we almost literally feel the pain in her stead. How does the brain form this ability to share the emotions of others and how does this sharing influence our social behaviour? In my talk I will guide you through the knowledge we accumulated over the past years on the brain circuits and mechanisms we believe allow most of us to share the emotional state of other individuals. I will also show you how this ability might extend to other species, how it could promote prosocial behaviour, and what can happen when sharing is somehow inhibited.

Lorenzo Moroni: ‘Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine’

Organs are complex systems, comprised of different tissues, proteins, and cells, which communicate to orchestrate a myriad of functions in our bodies. Technologies are needed to replicate these structures towards the development of new therapies for tissue and organ repair, as well as for in vitro 3D models to better understand the biological processes that drive organogenesis. To construct tissues and organs, biofabrication technologies are being developed to impart control over cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix communication in space and time, often through control over cell and material deposition and placement. Here, we present some of our most recent advancements in biofabrication that enabled the control of cell activity, moving towards enhanced tissue regeneration as well as the possibility to create more complex 3D in vitro models to study biological processes behind physiological and pathophysiological events.

Available seminar slots in 2022
Monday 21.02.2022: 09.30-10.30 (COMPLETE)
Tuesday 29.03.2022: 14.00-15.00 (COMPLETE)
Wednesday 27.04.2022: 09.30-10.30 (Space for a speaker from Social Sciences and Humanities)
Thursday 26.05.2022: 14.00-15.00 (COMPLETE)
Friday 24.06.2022: 09.30-10.30 (Space for a speaker from Social Sciences and Humanities)
Monday 22.08.2022: 14.00-15.00
Tuesday 27.09.2022: 09.30-10.30