The annual BioCity Symposium is in August 19th–20th with the title Cancer – Breaking Bad. This series of meetings organized since 1991 has become the most important annual get-together in the fields of biosciences and molecular medicine in Turku. The symposium gathers together hundreds of participants each year and offers talks from cutting-edge international researchers.
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SORLA is a protein trafficking receptor that has been mainly studied in neurons, but it also plays a role in cancer cells. Professor Johanna Ivaska’s research group at Turku Bioscience observed that SORLA functionally contributes to the most reported therapy-resistant mechanism by which the cell-surface receptor HER3 counteracts HER2 targeting therapy in HER2-positive cancers. Removing SORLA from cancer cells sensitised anti-HER2 resistant breast cancer brain metastasis to targeted therapy.
Academy Professor in Molecular Plant Biology, Academician of Science Eva-Mari Aro and Director of the Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Academy Professor Olli Raitakari are among the most cited researchers in the world. Clarivate Analytics has published its annual list of Highly Cited Researchers whose citation records position them in the top one percent by citations for their field and year.
The Department of Life Technologies is an international and multifaceted educational and research unit that combines various fields of biosciences. Teaching is based on extensive basic research as well as on applied research related to cellular and molecular-level structures and processes. The information is utilized in medicine, food development, analytics and the development of environmentally friendly technologies.
At the Department of Life Technologies we conduct high-quality research that focuses on structure and function of proteins, photosynthesis and bioenergetics, in vitro diagnostics, and food sciences.
Raisio plc’s Research Foundation Donating €500,000 to University of Turku for Establishing Finnish Foods Professorship
The University of Turku establishes a new professorship focusing on the research of plants grown in Finland, supporting the export of Finnish foods based on sustainable development, and promoting well-being with healthy foods. For the first five years, the position's basic funding is provided by the Raisio plc’s Research Foundation.
The department offers education in Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. The academic degree programmes are provided in Biochemistry and in Engineering (Biotechnology).
Cancer induces stiffening of the surrounding tissue, which in turn accelerates the growth of the cancer cells. This creates a proliferation inducing vicious cycle. Researchers at the University of Turku have made a significant discovery which affects the direction of future cancer research.