Projects / Programmes source: ARIS


Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
3.03.00  Medical sciences  Neurobiology   

Code Science Field
3.01  Medical and Health Sciences  Basic medicine 
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (4)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  34753  PhD Luka Kristanc  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2012  42 
2.  23455  PhD Mojca Mally  Neurobiology  Researcher  2011 - 2012  24 
3.  12531  PhD Primož Peterlin  Oncology  Researcher  2009 - 2011  133 
4.  02013  PhD Saša Svetina  Neurobiology  Head  2009 - 2012  556 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0381  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine  Ljubljana  1627066  48,704 
Significance for science
One of the most important yet unanswered scientific questions is the origin of life. The results of this project are planned to creatively contribute to the global corpus of knowledge on this topic. Organisms are complex organized structures, and it is difficult to explain their formation from the standpoint of physics and chemistry. Several possible theories on the origin of life have been proposed, among them also a theory based on the lipid structure of membranes. Our contribution to the research in this area has been a proposed theory on vesicle selfreproduction. The results of this theory have demonstrated that the process of selfreproduction contains the elements of selectivity, which can form the basis of the increase of complexity through evolution. Further studies which could either confirm or disprove this hypothesis are necessary for further advancement of this research area, which is interesting also because on the basis of the acquired insight into the development of cell from its earliest stages, a better understanding of its functioning at the present state of development can be expected, along with a better understanding of the nature of their pathological states. The latter has implications for the advancement of medicine.
Significance for the country
The origin of life and its processes is a general and basic question, and the insight into such problems is important for the level of quality of the intellectual milieu of any nation. Active work in the area of basic research is a prerequisite for a transfer of the current state of the global knowledge to a local environment at an indepth level. In broader sense, the work on this project also contributes to the international reputation of the country in the area of science. This manifests itself through the scientific papers published, invited lectures at the scientific meetings and at the universities abroad, by either formal or informal cooperation with the researchers from other countries and by reviewing scientific papers for international journals.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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