The Messenger - The NCCR RNA & Disease Newsletter

The Messenger is issued 3 times per year and features scientific highlights of the NCCR, portraits individual members, announces activities and news.

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The Messenger No. 16 / March 2022

Editorial
Jonathan Hall (Read here)
Interview Jasmin Barman-Aksözen
“Now, I am like everybody else and long for the sunshine.” (Read here)
Research Highlights
Ribosomal ubiquitin-like fusion protein: Same same but different? (Read here) / NMD-sensitive transcripts catalogued at unprecedented detail in human cells (Read here)
Public Outreach
Scientifca - Zurich Science Days (Read here)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 15 / July 2021

Editorial
Oliver Mühlemann (Read here)
Interview Steve Pascolo
"You mean I am a liar or what?" (Read here)
Research Highlights
Splicing inhibition by a single methyl group (Read here) / Spotting the Unexpected: Translation in Stress Granules (Read here) / SARS-CoV-2 depends on the ribosome missing a step (Read here)
Molecool
Kosmos RNA - Cosmos RNA - Cosmos ARN (Read here)
#NCCR Women Campaign
Meet the NCCR Women! (Read here)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 14 / December 2020

Editorial
Frédéric Allain (Read here)
Interview Volker Thiel
"Do what your curiosity in science drives you into. And just do it." (Read here)
Research Highlights
Clogging the Ribosome to go Viral (Read here) / JAZF1 tips the balance in metabolic stress responses (Read here)
Lab Exchange Experience
When COVID19 hit New York City – A research stay experience of a different kind (Read here)
Events
Computational RNA Biology Summer Schoo (Read here) / Digital Reputation Building in Science Seminar and Workshop (Read here) / 2nd bench2biz Workshop (Read here)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 13 / June 2020

Editorial
Oliver Mühlemann (Read here)
Interview Michael N. Hall
"For a very long time, people did not even understand what we were saying, let alone accept or dismiss it." (Read here)
Research Highlights
Keeping RNA helicases in check (Read here) / Towards a treatment of Erythropoietic protoporphyria (Read here)
Events
5th NCCR RNA & Disease Retreat (Read here) / 1st bench2biz Workshop (Read here) / 21st Swiss RNA Workshop (Read here)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 12 / December 2019

Editorial
Norbert Polacek (Read here)
Interview Joan A. Steitz
"Do not give up and stick to it, even if public opinion is against you." (Read here)
Research Highlights
Post-transcriptional functions of a developmental regulator (Read here) / Translating time (Read here)
Predoc Program RNA & Disease Switzerland
A Unique Opportunity in Switzerland (Read here)
Public outreach
Molecool - Cosmos RNA (Read here) / Scientifica Zurich Science Days (Read here)
3rd NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School
RNA Regulation in Health and Disease (Read here)
Announcements 
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 11 / July 2019

Message from the director's desk
Oliver Mühlemann (Read here)
Interview Matthias Hentze
"The field as such was not looking for such types of RNA-binding proteins." (Read here)
Meeting Reports
Austrian Swiss RNA Meeting (Read here)/ Swiss RNA Workshop 2019 (Read here)
Research highlights
Still conFUSed? (Read here) / Turbocharger for the cell machinery (Read here)
Announcements 
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 10 / December 2018

Editorial
Ana Claudia Marques (Read here)
Success stories of three NCCR RNA & Disease professors 
Passion and diligence: A silver bullet to reach the top? (Read here)
Is unconscious bias piercing the pipe?
How does implicit bias hinder career progression? (Read here)
Lessons learned from the pioneers of the “Pregnancy and Maternity leave compensation” scheme 
Bridging parental leave in an academic environment (Read here)
STEMM Equality Congress 2018 
International exchange of strategies – Lessons learned (Read here)
Role models and mentoring 
Inspiration by role models (Read here)
Research highlights
Too much Stress and Pressure (Read here) / Ribosomal proteins taking over (Read here) / If it’s complex, it’s possibly quadruplex (Read here)
Announcements 
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 9 / October 2018

Editorial
David Gatfield (Read more)
Retrospect Phase 1
Propelling Swiss RNA Research forward (Read more)
Interview with the co-directors
"There are plenty of interesting stories ... We just need to tell them" (Read more)
Research highlights
Disrupting Telomerase (Read more) / miRNAs are not just "on" or "off" (Read more) / RNA impact maps (Read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 8 / June 2018

Editorial
Ramesh Pillai (read more)
Interview with Chuan He
"There is no room for a zoo of modifications on mRNA" (read more)
Research highlights
Cleaving with preferences (read more) / How to undo splicing deficits (read more) / TRICK and TREAT (read more)
Technology platforms
High-Throughput Crystallization Platform / Structural Mass Spectrometry Platform (read more)
NCCR Retreat
Fostering the Network Spirit (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left) 

The Messenger No. 7 / December 2017

Editorial
Norbert Polacek (read more)
Interview with Juan Valcárcel
"RNA should in a way be an icon of our culture." (read more)
Research highlights
It matters how we (or RNA) are born (read more) / Sending a second messenger (read more)
2nd NCCR RNA & Disease summer school
RNA & RNP architecture: from structure to function to disease (read more)
Public outreach
Spreading scientific knowledge and passion (read more)
Bridging ideas
CSM lab retreat (read more)
Announcements 
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 6 / July 2017

Message from the director’s desk
Oliver Mühlemann (read more)
Interview with Thomas R. Cech
"For them, it was a weird organism doing a weird thing" (read more)
Research highlights
Protein polymerization preventing pathological aggregation (read more) / CLIR sight on protein–RNA interactions (read more)
Stefanie Jonas
New NCCR RNA & Disease Junior PI (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 5 / May 2017

Editorial
Frédéric Allain (read more)
Junior principal investigators of the NCCR RNA & Disease
Fostering the new generation of Swiss RNA researchers (read more)
Research highlights
A noncanonical way out of pluripotency (read more) / Identifying the drivers amongst the passengers (read more)
Unconscious bias
Detecting and mitigating bias (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 4 / December 2016

Editorial
Oliver Mühlemann (read more)
Interview with Jonathan Hall
Exciting developments in the field of oligonucleotide drugs (read more)
Research highlights
Stop does not always mean stop (read more) / A protein as a “lock keeper” (read more)
Mobility grant
A great opportunity to build international connections (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 3 / June 2016

Editorial
Thomas A. Cooper (read more)
Interview with Prof. Daniel Schümperli
"The field has kept on providing surprises and interesting things that nobody ever believed possible" (read more)
Research highlights
Major role for minor spliceosome (read more) / Expanding the genome editing toolkit (read more)
Equal opportunities
New support schemes for young scientists with family care duties (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 2 / February 2016

Editorial
Witold Filipowicz (read more)
First Annual RNA & Disease Retreat
Where NCCR scientists inspire each other (read more)
Met in Kandersteg: Robert J. Schneider
The deeper we dig, the more surprises we find (read more)
Research highlights
miRNAs caught in the act (read more) / The mysterious vault RNA (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)

The Messenger No. 1 / November 2015

Editorial
Oliver Mühlemann (read more)
Technology platforms
Where expertise meets researcher's needs (read more)
Portraits
Welcome to associate members of the NCCR RNA & Disease (read more)
Looking back
50 years ago (read more) / 100 years ago (read more)
Announcements
People, events, jobs, support grants and more (pdf only, click image on the left)