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Life Sciences - 13.02.2019
7 challenges facing research and investment in primary brain tumours
Johanna Joyce, Ludwig member, co-signs a position paper on the challenges the scientific community faces in the fight against primary brain tumours On the initiative of Cancer Research UK, an international panel of brain cancer researchers and clinicians assessed the most important challenges ahead in the development of effective treatmens for patients.

Life Sciences - 11.02.2019

Life Sciences - Environment - 30.01.2019
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. This has been found by researchers from the University of Basel in a field study carried out with the support of private garden owners from the Basel region. Furthermore, the research team shows that nature-friendly garden management and design can largely compensate for the negative effects of urbanization on biodiversity.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 28.01.2019
How do mRNAs deal with stress?
Two hallmarks of the integrated stress response of cells are the inhibition of translation and the formation of stress granules (SGs) and processing bodies (PBs). However, it is not well understood how both processes are coupled. In a study published in Molecular Cell, researchers from the Chao group applied single-molecule RNA imaging to study the interactions of mRNAs with SGs and PBs, and found out that the generally accepted assumptions about the function of granules need to be revised.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 22.01.2019

Health - Life Sciences - 22.01.2019

Life Sciences - 21.01.2019
Octopus's Garden: The Stunning Life of Macroalgae
Octopus’s Garden: The Stunning Life of Macroalgae
The Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich is displaying large-format pictures of macroalgae taken by photographer Josh Westrich, bringing these maritime organisms into the tropical setting of UZH's greenhouses.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.01.2019

Environment - Life Sciences - 15.01.2019
EPFL goes to New Zealand to study melting glaciers
Four EPFL researchers will explore New Zealand's glacier-fed streams for two months, marking the first step in a global journey that will take them across 15 countries by 2021.

Life Sciences - 09.01.2019
Change of Teeth Causes Yo-Yo Effect in Elephants' Weight
Change of Teeth Causes Yo-Yo Effect in Elephants’ Weight
The weight of elephants living in zoos fluctuates over the course of their adult lives in cycles lasting around a hundred months, researchers at the University of Zurich have found. The fluctuation is linked to the particular pattern of tooth change in elephants, which results in them having more or less chewing surface available.

Life Sciences - Physics - 02.01.2019
Pushing the boundaries of the visible
Our cutting-edge technology platforms are key enablers of research at the FMI. One of the biggest of these, with the largest number of users, is the Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy (FAIM). To find out more about the facility, and microscopy in general, we spoke to the joint heads of FAIM - Christel Genoud, who is responsible for Electron Microscopy, and Laurent Gelman, responsible for Light Microscopy.

Life Sciences - Environment - 10.12.2018
The Fascinating World of Insects
The Fascinating World of Insects
Highlighting diversity, arousing fascination and raising awareness of the vital tasks that insects perform in nature.

Life Sciences - Health - 23.11.2018
Rescue machinery prevents cellular suicide
Rescue machinery prevents cellular suicide
In a new study published in Science a team led by Prof. Petr Broz from the Department of Biochemistry identify a new mechanism to control immune cell death associated with inflammatory diseases, including sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and arthritis.

Life Sciences - 19.11.2018
Precise synaptic organization of a memory network
Precise synaptic organization of a memory network
In order to examine how synaptic inputs to individual neurons are organized in a distributed memory network, researchers from the Friedrich group performed electrophysiological recordings in the zebrafish homolog of the olfactory cortex. They found that large excitatory inputs were paired with large inhibitory inputs, which may seem counterintuitive because inhibition cancels excitation.

Environment - Life Sciences - 01.11.2018
Wyss Foundation supports the University of Bern
Wyss Foundation supports the University of Bern
The Wyss Foundation announced yesterday that it will begin a global conservation campaign. On a related note, they also announced that they will be working on a year-long pilot project in Kenya and Peru, together with the University of Bern.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.11.2018
Andrea Ablasser wins the 2018 National Latsis Prize
The medical researcher and EPFL professor Andrea Ablasser , who studies how cells defend themselves against viral and bacterial attacks, has won the 2018 National Latsis Prize in recognition of her excellent research work on immunity.

Life Sciences - 01.11.2018

Health - Life Sciences - 01.11.2018
Latsis Prize 2018: Andrea Ablasser unlocks the secret of rapid virus defence
Latsis Prize 2018: Andrea Ablasser unlocks the secret of rapid virus defence
The medical researcher and EPFL professor Andrea Ablasser studies how cells defend themselves against viral and bacterial attacks.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.10.2018
Switzerland-wide platform for cell therapy launched in Bern
Regenerative Medicine is one of the fastest growing sectors in biomedical research - replacing diseased cells, tissues or organs.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.10.2018
Subsides d’encouragement de projets de recherche FNS: 26 projets UNIL-CHUV acceptés - News
Subsides d'encouragement de projets de recherche FNS: 26 projets UNIL-CHUV acceptés Lors de la dernière session de printemps 2018, 26 projets de recherche UNIL-CHUV ont été financés par le FNS.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.10.2018

Life Sciences - Health - 23.10.2018
The epigenetics of cartilage repair and regeneration
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a prestigious ERC Synergy Grant - perhaps the most competitive funding scheme from ERC - to the research groups of Prof. Filippo Rijli from the

Health - Life Sciences - 19.10.2018
Novartis phase II GEOMETRY mono-1 trial of investigational medicine capmatinib (INC280) shows positive results in patients with MET mutated advanced NSCLC
Novartis phase II GEOMETRY mono-1 trial of investigational medicine capmatinib (INC280) shows positive results in patients with MET mutated advanced NSCLC Phase II study efficacy data showed overall response rate of 72.0% and 39.1%, respectively, in treatment-naive and previously treated patients with advanced MET exon-14 skipping mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)   Clinical findings from ongoing study indicate safety prof

Health - Life Sciences - 16.10.2018
Novartis 5-year data in psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis reinforces Cosentyx leadership in spondyloarthritis
Data from the MEASURE 1 and FUTURE 1 studies show rapid and long-lasting sustained improvement in the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) ,   In rheumatolo

Health - Life Sciences - 10.10.2018
Novartis announces new data from the first direct head-to-head trial to demonstrate superior efficacy of Gilenya over Copaxone in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis
Topline findings from ASSESS show adult relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients taking Gilenya (fingolimod) 0.5mg experienced significantly fewer relapses than patients on Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) 20mg   Gilenya 0.5mg is the first and only disease modifying therapy to show superiority in reducing relapses vs Copaxone in a controlled, head-to-head trial   Treatment discontinuations were overall more common in the

Health - Life Sciences - 08.10.2018
Novartis announces FDA and EMA filing acceptance of siponimod, the first and only drug shown to meaningfully delay disability progression in typical SPMS patients
There is a critical need for safe and effective treatments for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) - a highly debilitating form of MS characterized by gradual, irreversible worsening of d

Life Sciences - 05.10.2018
Congratulations to the FMI Prize winners 2018
As in previous years, several internal prizes were awarded during the FMI Annual Meeting, a 3 day scientific meeting attended by most scientists in the institute.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.10.2018
Roche announces new data for risdiplam in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at the World Muscle Society Congress
Roche announces new data for risdiplam in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at the World Muscle Society Congress Preliminary findings from Part 1 of the FIREFISH study show that infants with Type 1 SMA are meeting developmental milestones including sitting without support Preliminary data from Part 1 of the SUNFISH study show improvements in motor function in people with Type 2/3 SMA No drug-related safety findings leading to withdrawal in risdiplam

Life Sciences - 27.09.2018
Fructose metabolism and noncommunicable diseases: recent findings and new research perspectives
Prof. Luc Tappy, Department of Physiology Fructose is a physiological nutrient which, when consumed in excess, may have adverse metabolic effects, mainly in the liver (hepatic insulin resistance and fat storage).

Health - Life Sciences - 24.09.2018
Roche announces global availability of blood-based genomic profiling test, FoundationOne Liquid
Liquid biopsy test can identify 70 of the most commonly mutated genes in solid tumours, as well as microsatellite instability Many cancer patients have insufficient or inadequate tissue for genomic t

Health - Life Sciences - 19.09.2018
University of Basel and ETH Zurich combine cutting-edge research for children and adolescents worldwide
University of Basel and ETH Zurich combine cutting-edge research for children and adolescents worldwide
Today, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-founded the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) in Basel.

Life Sciences - 18.09.2018

Careers / Employment - Life Sciences - 18.09.2018
Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize 2018: Sara Montagner discovers the epigenetic secrets of mast cells
Epigenetic modifications of our DNA are a key aspect of the normal functioning of mast cells, which play an important role in immune reactions. Biologist Sara Montagner was able to demonstrate this in her work. She will receive this year's Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize from the SNSF at the award ceremony in Bellinzona on 29 November 2018.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.09.2018
University of Basel and ETH Zurich Combine Cutting-Edge Research for Children and Adolescents Worldwide
Today, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-founded the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) in Basel.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.09.2018
Novartis announces NEJM publication of landmark PARADIGMS study demonstrating significant benefit of Gilenya in children and adolescents with MS
Treatment with Gilenya (fingolimod) substantially reduced the debilitating impact of MS, with significant decreases in key measures of disease activity vs.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.09.2018
Novartis real-world evidence confirms efficacy and safety benefits of Cosentyx in daily life for psoriasis patients
Real-world evidence confirms Cosentyx efficacy and safety consistent with previously reported clinical studies - Novartis presents a large program of real-world evidence at the 27 th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress, adding to the robust body of clinical data supporting the use of Cosentyx in moderate-to-severe psoriasis - Cosentyx 5-year data in psoriasis from a Phase III study were presented in 2017 , proving lon

Health - Life Sciences - 12.09.2018
Novartis survey shows psoriasis patients want treatment effect beyond clear skin
New patient preference survey confirms that patients value clear skin the most, but expect additional benefits from their treatment, such as proven long-term efficacy and safety data and no injection site reactions A separate ranking incorporating additional characteristics showed that effectiveness in treating multiple manifestations of psoriatic disease was also important The number of injections per dose and injection frequency were least imp

Life Sciences - Health - 07.09.2018
Using biosensors to deliver personalized doses of antibiotics
A team of eight EPFL students won the technical prize in the SensUs international competition, designing a portable biosensor that can measure the amount of vancomycin in a patient's blood stream, enabling doctors to better control the dosage and reduce harmful side effects.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.09.2018
A new home for ETH's Department in Basel
A new home for ETH’s Department in Basel
Today ETH Zurich celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for its new building on the Schällemätteli campus in Basel.

Life Sciences - 06.09.2018
ETH professor not guilty of manipulation
An independent commission of inquiry led by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) with the participation of ETH Zurich has investigated the publications of ETH Professor Olivier Voinnet's former research group at the CNRS. The inquiry uncovered manipulation of certain figures. However, the commission's report confirms that Voinnet did not personally initiate this manipulation.

Environment - Life Sciences - 03.09.2018
Art inspired by research - new AiL videos
Art inspired by research - new AiL videos
In 2017, two artists from Saudi Arabia spent some time at Eawag as part of the Artists in Labs (ail) project and were inspired by research into artistic interpretations, Zahrah Alghamdi and Muhannad Shono.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.08.2018
European Commission approves Novartis combination therapy Tafinlar + Mekinist for adjuvant treatment of BRAF V600 mutation-positive melanoma
Approval based on COMBI-AD study demonstrating greater than 50% reduction in risk of disease recurrence or death in stage III melanoma patients    More than 50% of stage III melanoma patients are lik

Health - Life Sciences - 27.08.2018
Novartis receives European Commission approval of its CAR-T cell therapy, Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel)
The EC approval is based on the first global CAR-T registration trials, which included patients from eight European countries and demonstrated durable responses and a consistent safety profile in r/r
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