Welcome to the Nordic Autophagy Network home page

The Nordic Autophagy Network (NAN) aims to promote excellent, innovative and groundbreaking research in the field of autophagy in the Nordic countries. The network was supported by a grant from Nordforsk 2011-2015 and was started in October 2011. Presently, NAN is comprised of 25 research groups located in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. The network organizes annual meetings for autophagy researchers, students and invited guests to come together and discuss their results, approaches and ideas. Additionally, NAN has fostered several collaborations and researcher exchanges.

Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved catabolic process by which cytoplasmic materials are delivered to and degraded in the lysosome. Autophagy is essential for survival, differentiation, development, and homeostasis and serves a protective function by removing intracellular pathogens, damaged proteins and organelles that could be potentially dangerous for the cell. It is therefore important to understand the mechanisms involved in its activation and regulation, but also identify the proteins required for recognition and targeting of the various autophagic cargo for degradation.