Prizes were awarded to promote communication on our web site and to celebrate the exciting transdisciplinary research in the centre.
The centre wants a web site that is dynamic – an active arena for communicating our activities to a broader audience – especially the exciting research going on in our projects! A blog-post is a low threshold communication, but does not pay back much on communication points unless it is well read – this is why we want a site that is active.
A main driver behind the Digital Life concept is to create a convergence between life sciences and mathematics, physics, computer science or engineering. This is a difficult, but rewarding undertaking as biological systems are highly complex and working across disciplines is a challenge!
We wanted to award scientists that take the time to blog about their science on our site. All blogs posted by the research projects in 2017 where considered, the two finalists were; Can computer simulations substitute animal research? by Marta Julia Sætra from DigiBrain, and The Digital Salmon hits the big screen from the DigiSal project. Both candidates highlight the new possibilities when using computational biology, and present it in an excellent manner. Based on the originality combined with great story-telling and visualization of a complex project, the price for 2017 is awarded to Jon Olav Vik and the production team - congratulations!
Snapshot of the award-winning animation produced by DigiSal in collaboration with NMBU and Tor Martin Austad (Visual labs)
We wanted to celebrate the exiting transdisciplinary research activities going on in the centre. We therefore decided to announce an annual award for “transdisciplinary publication of the year”. Both digital life research projects and the newly associated partner projects were invited to participate.
The prize for 2017 is awarded to the DigiBrain project for the study by Lensjø et al., published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The paper shows how extra cellular matrix (ECM) affects inhibitory activity and thereby regulates plasticity. The implications from the experimental data were tested in network simulations, which gave support to the conclusion of the paper. Congratulations to the authors and the research group!
Happy first author Kristian Kinden Lensjø and last author Marianne Fyhn, project leader of DigiBrain.