News and Views

  • “Momentum Programme creates the framework for high-level research”


    The research that biophysicist Zsuzsanna Dosztányi will be doing at the Eötvös Loránd University; with funding from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Momentum Programme for Excellence; can offer insights into fundamental biological processes, help to elucidate the molecular basis of certain diseases and open up new avenues for drug design.

  • From atomic nuclei to the stars – MTA Institute for Nuclear Research explores supernovas


    The Nuclear Astrophysics Research Group of MTA Institute for Nuclear Research has been exploring the emergence of elements and the functioning of stars based on physical phenomena occurring in atomic nuclei for long. In July 2014 the Research Group hosted the international conference entitled “Nuclei in the Cosmos”– the first time such a prestigious event was held in the CEE region.

  • “Work excellence calls for excellent working conditions, a reliable environment, and lots of planning”


    Gastroenterologist Péter Hegyi is looking for biological targets susceptible to pharmacological intervention in his focus on prophylactics and specific treatments for pancreatitis within the framework of MTA’s Programme for Excellence. Péter Hegyi hopes the outcome of his research conducted within the Momentum Programme will result in a breakthrough in treating this serious disorder.

  • Discovery by MTA researchers can open new vistas in treating a common inheritable disease


    A discovery related to the interaction between a protein produced with the participation of a faulty gene and certain medicines meant to influence the functioning of that gene can result in a breakthrough in the clinical trials of medicines. The respected journal Science Translational Medicine has published findings of an international team in which members of MTA-SE Molecular Biophysics Research Group also took part.

  • „I thank MTA for its confidence in me"


    At Semmelweis University Zoltán Jakus and his team are engaged in the intensive study of the lymphatic system of the lungs, mapping of its development, and its role in the start of newborns' breathing. The findings may reveal the causes of breathing disorders common among premature infants and may also be utilised in the treatment of epidemic adult hypertension and obesity.

  • Netherlands Ambassador to Hungary formally introducing himself to MTA


    At an introductory meeting, the President of MTA and the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands accredited to Hungary came together to discuss the opportunities for the extension of co-operation in sciences between the two countries. László Lovász and Gajus Scheltema had a talk in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

  • Full Member of MTA József Gyulai receives international honour


    József Gyulai, Full Member of MTA, has received this year’s silver medal of the International Organizing Committee of REM, the Recent Developments in the Study of Radiation Effects in Matter, in recognition of his life’s work. The medal was handed over to him during REM’s most recent event in Budapest.

  • Part of Dohnányi’s estate from Florida lands in MTA Research Centre


    Researchers of MTA Momentum program have brought a new consignment of prominent pianist and composer Ernő Dohnányi’s estate to Hungary. The invaluable documents will enlarge the current Dohnányi estate safeguarded as a part of the national heritage at MTA Research Centre for the Humanities (MTA BTK).

  • "The Momentum Programme offers us a reliable vision of the future"


    Sponsored by MTA's Momentum Programme, Csaba Janáky explores long-term opportunities in producing fuels from industrial flue gases. A lecturer of Szeged University, Janáky has spent some time in the United States and now studies composite materials based on inorganic semiconductors and organic conducting polymers. He aspires to produce methanol and ethanol from carbon dioxide - harnessing sunshine.

  • Unexplained extinction 85 million years ago - Momentum-sponsored researchers explore Late Cretaceous fauna of Bakony area


    Over 10 000 bone remains have been found in the past 14 years at Iharkút, one of Europe's most important sites of Late Cretaceous vertebrates. The MTA-ELTE Momentum Dinosaur Research Group studies the animals and their circumstances prevailing in the Bakony Mountains area 85 million years ago.