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Health - Mar 27
EPFL researchers have developed a device that can zoom in on previously invisible cells at the back of the eye. The technology could be extremely useful for ophthalmologists, in particular for detecting age-related macular degeneration early and assessing new treatment options. There is renewed hope for people with eyesight problems such as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.
Physics - Mar 25

Researchers at EPFL have developed a nanodevice that operates more than 10 times faster than today's fastest transistors, and about 100 times faster than the transistors you have on your computers.

Music - Mar 25

The EmoDémos project - led by the University of Geneva among children aged 7 to 12 years - has shown that playing an instrument in an orchestra can facilitate the acquisition of cognitive and emotional skills in two years.


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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.

Health - 18.03.2020
An Innovative Approach to Improving Young People's Mental Health
An Innovative Approach to Improving Young People’s Mental Health
Mental illness in early life can have a devastating effect on the future of young people, which in turn influences the mental wealth of societies around the globe.

Health - Environment - 18.03.2020
Exposome Research to Improve People's Health in Urban Settings
Exposome Research to Improve People’s Health in Urban Settings
By 2030, more than 80% of Europe's population will live and interact within a complex urban environment, consisting of a mixture of social and environmental factors.

Pedagogy - 17.03.2020
"Containing the virus must come before everything else"
ETH Zurich is switching to emergency operations. In this interview, ETH President JoĂ'l Mesot explains what this means for research, teaching and work.

Health - Life Sciences - 16.03.2020
Getting groundbreaking medical technology out of the lab
New medical technologies hold immense promise for treating a range of conditions. Despite the pace of innovation in the medtech field, however, most discoveries never make it out of the laboratory. New research from EPFL could fast-track the route to clinical translation. Advances in materials, microfabrication and medical imaging are accelerating the pace of innovation in implantable neuroprosthetics.

Pedagogy - 13.03.2020

Health - Pharmacology - 13.03.2020
Heading home with a rehab robot
Heading home with a rehab robot
Hands are our most important tools. Many stroke survivors struggle with a serious loss of function in their affected hand. ETH researchers are developing innovative solutions to help people in rehabilitation - and in everyday life. Hands are our most important tools. Many stroke survivors struggle with a serious loss of motor function in their affected hand.

Sport - 13.03.2020
Finding the positives
Finding the positives
Heinz Frei is one of the most successful Swiss athletes of all time. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident over 40 years ago.

Pedagogy - 13.03.2020

Architecture - 13.03.2020
Do it with feeling
Do it with feeling
Claudia Breidbach was born without a left forearm. She now wears a powered prosthesis, which she will be using for the powered prosthetic arm race at Cybathlon 2020.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.03.2020
"We take rehabilitation to also mean inclusion."
ETH Zurich aims to step up rehabilitation research and education with the Rehab Initiative. But how are the needs of people with disabilities best met' To discuss the issues, we hosted a roundtable with a physician, a person with a disability and a researcher.

Pedagogy - Administration - 12.03.2020

Life Sciences - Health - 12.03.2020
To protect your brain, don't be (too) kind!
To protect your brain, don’t be (too) kind!
Using brain imaging, a team from the University of Geneva and the HUG show that elderly people with low agreeableness are better protected against Alzheimer's disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 11.03.2020
COVID-19: IRB receives EU emergency research funding
Following the publication of a ¤10 million call in January, the European Commission has secured an additional ¤37.5 million for urgently needed research on COVID-19 vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.03.2020

Environment - Innovation - 11.03.2020

Social Sciences - 11.03.2020
How cities have tamed counterculture
How cities have tamed counterculture
An unprecedented study by EPFL researchers spanning three cities - Geneva, Lisbon and Ljubljana - has revealed how, over the past 40 years, urban cultural policy has blunted the subversive force of counterculture. The change has been so dramatic that, today, art is reduced to a regulated form of profit-making entertainment within a defined space.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.03.2020
Interview: "The Legionella problem is multidimensional"
Why is Eawag addressing the topic of legionella? Firstly, the FOPH data clearly shows that legionella is a growing problem throughout Switzerland.

Life Sciences - Event - 09.03.2020
Life-Giving Potion and Maternal Elixir
Life-Giving Potion and Maternal Elixir
Milk provides sustenance and protection and is the basis of life for all mammals just after they are born.

Life Sciences - Astronomy / Space Science - 07.03.2020
Producing Human Tissue in Space
Producing Human Tissue in Space
The University of Zurich has sent adult human stem cells to the International Space Station (ISS). Researchers from UZH Space Hub will explore the production of human tissue in weightlessness. On 6 March at 11:50 p.m. EST, the International Space Station resupply mission Space X CRS-20 took off from Cape Canaveral (USA).
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