Not afraid of complexity

What is better than a NCCR TransCure coffee mug with which to join the virtual annual retreat coffee break? Despite the complexity of current times, we are doing our best to enable and enjoy network life. We continue to foster outstanding research in the field of membrane transporters during this 11th NCCR TransCure year, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Bern.

About a year ago, we decided to hold the NCCR TransCure annual retreat virtually, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced us to meet online again this year. Nevertheless, thanks to a well-thought-out programme and the excellent contributions of our scientists and guest speakers, the 11th annual retreat on 6-7 May 2021 was a successful and interactive event. With the hope of meeting again in person, we already look forward to the next – and last – large network event: it is our pleasure to pre-announce the NCCR TransCure Final Conference, which will be held on 17-19 August 2022 in Bern. More information will follow soon on the NCCR TransCure website.

The complexity of natural phenomena intrigues scientists not only when it concerns large scales (like a pandemic). With the main research article by Wanda Kukulski (NCCR TransCure PI), we dive into the microscale world of cellular inner structure and learn about the latest imaging methods, allowing for a better investigation of a still largely unexplored field at the interface between cell and structural biology. Staying at the small scale but switching to another main discipline of the NCCR TransCure, the “How it works” column introduces us to the complexity of organic synthesis in chemistry. Céline Schuppisser, PhD student in the group of Jean-Louis Reymond, provides a compact overview of this branch of chemical synthesis used to construct organic molecules.

When we move from science to scientists, things are no less complex. Approaching the complexity of gender equity in science is essential and in her interview, Christine Peinelt illustrates her point of view about equal opportunities for female scientists and possible ways to improve the situation. Her opinion is complemented by the interesting standpoint of Paulina Stokłosa, postdoctoral researcher in her group. As with Paulina, many other Fellows contribute to the success of the NCCR TransCure. Discover their stories and the results of their efforts in the “Meet the Fellows” and “Publication highlights” sections.

Before you immerse yourself in reading, we would like to remind you that the NCCR TransCure is active on several social media channels – Twitter (@NCCR_TransCure), LinkedIn and Instagram (nccr.tc). Follow us!

We wish you a pleasant, relaxing and safe summer!

Jean-Louis Reymond, NCCR TransCure Director ad interim
Valentina Rossetti, NCCR TransCure Scientific Officer