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Health - Apr 3
You were already collecting wastewater samples in Ticino weeks ago - why? Christoph Ort (environmental engineer): We have many years of experience in the measurement of illicit drugs in wastewater. After all, wastewater doesn't lie - and it reflects what the public are excreting within the space of a few hours.
Health - Apr 2

The MedCo system aims to facilitate medical research on pathologies - such as cancer and infectious diseases - by enabling secure computations on decentralized data.

Physics - Apr 1

All the media talk about the lack of certain products in the stores in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Health - Materials Science - 03.04.2020

Health - Pharmacology - 03.04.2020
Coalition Launched to Accelerate Research on the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Coalition Launched to Accelerate Research on the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A group of scientists, physicians, funders, and policy makers from over 70 institutions from over 30 countries have launched an international coalition to respond to COVID-19 in resource-poor settings.

Materials Science - Health - 03.04.2020
Antiviral treatment for textiles
Antiviral treatment for textiles
An ETH spin-off has developed a new treatment for textiles that reduces viral infectivity on treated surfaces. The technology can be used for face masks and other textile products. Recently, the ETH spin-off HeiQ Materials presented an innovative antiviral and antibacterial treatment for textiles, which has been tested effectively against coronavirus, for example.

Health - 02.04.2020
Swiss TPH Doctors Support the University Hospital Basel in Fight against COVID-19
Swiss TPH Doctors Support the University Hospital Basel in Fight against COVID-19
During the corona crisis, the University Hospital Basel has converted the Prediger church into a Corona Test Centre where every day, hundreds of people are tested for the corona virus.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.04.2020
Tackling the virus through creativity
Tackling the virus through creativity
ETH Zurich has been in lockdown for more than two weeks now. Although many projects have been put on hold, research relevant to the coronavirus has gathered speed.

Computer Science / Telecom - Mathematics - 02.04.2020
Olaf Schenk elected in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics  has elected Professor Olaf Schenk as a SIAM Fellow in the class of 2020 for his contributions to applied mathematics and extreme-scale High-performance computing (HPC).

Physics - 02.04.2020
The new reality at ETH
The new reality at ETH
The coronavirus crisis forced ETH Zurich to suspend its experimental research activity and switch to virtual teaching at short notice.

Architecture - 01.04.2020
The implications of the coronavirus for architecture
The global lockdown caused by the coronavirus has brought the shortcomings and social inequality inherent in modern housing into stark relief.

Physics - Career - 01.04.2020
Christian Rüegg new Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute
Christian Rüegg new Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute
The Swiss Federal Council already elected him as PSI's new Director last November. Today (1 April), Christian Rüegg took over the helm at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in difficult times. The coronavirus pandemic is also a challenge for large organisations and employers like PSI. However, PSI's unique research facilities also offer opportunities for researching the virus and thus finding ways to combat it.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 01.04.2020
Evolution as a narrative in teaching biology
What is life? This question is the starting point not for a philosophy lecture, but for the newly designed Bachelor's degree programme in biology at ETH Zurich.

Health - 31.03.2020
On the trail of the virus
Participate in containing coronavirus: medical informatics specialists at ETH Zurich have developed a monitoring system to complement corona tests and track how the virus is spreading in Switzerland. All residents of Switzerland can take part in the online survey. How quickly is coronavirus spreading in Switzerland?

Health - 31.03.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 31.03.2020
"When it comes to infectious diseases, we're still vulnerable"
An EPFL professor of Microbiology, Melanie Blokesch reminds us why we need to take infectious diseases more seriously - and be better prepared for future outbreaks.

Administration - Health - 31.03.2020
Coronavirus: Confederation appoints scientific advisory board
In the current crisis, the federal government wants to exploit the potential available in the Swiss scientific community to an even greater extent by working with scientists to find the best approach to overcoming the pandemic.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
"The world now has no choice but to count on science."
Jacques Fellay, a professor at EPFL's School of Life Sciences, talks about mutations of the novel coronavirus, variants in the human genome, and how they might affect the current pandemic. Has the SARS-CoV-2 virus mutated by now? Like all viruses, SARS-CoV-2 evolves over time through random mutations of its genome (which is made of single-stranded RNA).

Health - 30.03.2020
New UZH Coronavirus Test Center Relieves Strain on Family Doctors
New UZH Coronavirus Test Center Relieves Strain on Family Doctors
The University of Zurich has repurposed its Travel Clinic as a COVID-19 test center. Designed to complement the tests currently offered by family doctors in Canton Zurich, it is geared to other people who work in healthcare services.

Administration - Law - 30.03.2020
Privatisation of the regulatory function, or the dark side of the digital revolution
In recent decades, overwhelmed by the fast-paced and unpredictable changes in technology, the challenges of digital transformation, and the overall shift towards a globalised economy, disoriented national legislators have left much scope for self-regulation, especially in the field of digital law.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 30.03.2020
Social distance in the time of coronavirus
In a short clip, Rosalba Morese, postdoc assistant at the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society and at the Institute of Public Health of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, talks about our emotional reactions to social distance, an aspect that we need to deal with in our daily lives.

Pedagogy - Event - 30.03.2020

Pharmacology - Health - 28.03.2020
Novartis new analysis further shows durable and potent LDL-C reduction with inclisiran, an investigational first-in-class siRNA cholesterol-lowering treatment
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Prespecified analysis of pooled data from ORION-9, -10 and -11 Phase III clinical trials shows inclisiran reduced low-density lipo

Pharmacology - Health - 27.03.2020
Novartis Cosentyx gains positive CHMP opinion for new indication in the axial spondyloarthritis spectrum
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG EMA CHMP positive opinion in non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) paves way for fourth indication in Europe, and is

Health - 27.03.2020

Life Sciences - Materials Science - 27.03.2020
Establishing a creative space
Establishing a creative space
How is teaching at ETH dealing with the explosion of information in research and technology? Besides developing specialist knowledge, teaching is increasingly concerned with interdisciplinary skills such as critical thinking and the ability to filter, understand and apply relevant information.

Career - Business / Economics - 27.03.2020
Boundaries take on new meanings
Boundaries take on new meanings
With many of us thrown into an unusual work situation, now's a good moment to think about boundaries, says Gudela Grote.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.03.2020
"In a crisis like this, an antiviral drug could buy us some time"
Francesco Stellacci, a professor in EPFL's School of Engineering, discusses his research in the field of nanomedicine and how it could help us get past the coronavirus crisis.

Health - 26.03.2020
Vital support for Swiss hospitals
The expected surge in coronavirus patients is pushing Swiss hospitals to the very limits of their capacity. Equipment, consumables and other resources are desperately needed. Researchers right across Switzerland can provide valuable support through pooled resources. The ETH Domain has set up a dedicated platform "Academic Resources for COVID" to coordinate their efforts.

Environment - Media - 26.03.2020
The value of science for critical decisions
In crises such as coronavirus, the value of research and facts becomes clear. Even when experts don't (and can't) have all the answers, we've got to listen to what they have to say, says Reto Knutti.

Life Sciences - Health - 24.03.2020
ETH makes laboratory equipment available for coronavirus tests
Coronavirus testing is an essential part of identifying infected people and curbing the spread of the pandemic. To speed up the testing process, the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich has made its laboratory equipment available to the canton of Thurgau. The first step of a coronavirus test is to swab the person's mouth, nose or throat.

Business / Economics - Administration - 24.03.2020

Innovation - 24.03.2020
EPFL startup merges the real and virtual worlds
EPFL startup CREAL has developed a new technology that brings real-life detail and depth to the virtual world.

Business / Economics - Administration - 24.03.2020

Pharmacology - Health - 24.03.2020
Zolgensma data shows rapid, significant, clinically meaningful benefit in SMA including prolonged event-free survival, motor milestone achievement and durability now up to 5 years post-dosing
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Interim SPR1NT data showed presymptomatic babies with SMA treated with Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) soon after birth

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.03.2020
Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020
Interview on World Water Day on 22 March 2020
Martin, Switzerland is now known as the "water tower of Europe". Will Switzerland still have an excess of water in the future? Overall, Switzerland will still have enough water in the future.

Health - 18.03.2020
Knowns and unknowns about the new coronavirus
Knowns and unknowns about the new coronavirus
Didier Trono, a professor at EPFL's Laboratory of Virology and Genetics, answers some common questions about SARS CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19. We know that the new coronavirus can cause lung infections that can be fatal for elderly people and those already suffering from heart disease, respiratory problems or weakened immune systems.
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