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The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) promotes international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms.

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1989 - 2019
30 years of HFSPO!
2019 HFSP Nakasone Award
Hirofumi Nakasone presents the HFSP Nakasone medal to Michael Hall at the 30th anniversary celebration in Tokyo on 9 July 2019.
2019 HFSP Nakasone Award Ceremony

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Flocking Jackdaws

Plasticity and the transition to order in jackdaw flocks

New study reveals plasticity rules of interaction driving collective behaviour across different contexts.

Chimeric grafts to study the contribution of the subcutaneous fascia (red) and skin cells (green) during the wound healing/scarring process

How do scars form? Fascia function as a repository of mobile scar tissue

In the riddle about the origin of scar tissue, researchers have reached an important next step. A team led by Helmholtz…

An artist’s depiction of how larval zebrafish make decisions about the direction of coherent motion within a cloud of mostly randomly moving dots

Larval zebrafish as a model for perceptual decision-making

During perceptual decision-making, animals need to accumulate sensory evidence over time but the underlying neural…

Photographs for the transition from swimming to walking in centipede

Navigating land and water: how centipedes walk and swim

Centipedes not only walk on land but also swim in water.