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Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
25.11.2016
20 years of high-precision combat against cancer
20 years of high-precision combat against cancer
Developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, the spot-scanning technique for proton therapy has been treating patients, gently and efficiently, since 1996. At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI on the 25th of November, 1996, the first cancer patient worldwide was treated with a new irradiation method: the so-called spot-scanning technique for proton beams.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
24.11.2016
Depression in Young People Affects the Stomach, Anxiety the Skin
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
23.11.2016
Planning for new NEST units picking up
Planning for new NEST units picking up
NEST, the modular research and innovation building by Empa and Eawag, is teeming with life. Since it opened its doors in May 2016, over 5,000 visitors have flocked to see the building.
History/Archeology - Event
22.11.2016
Fifty years of the Archives of Contemporary History
Fifty years of the Archives of Contemporary History
What began as a student initiative has today become one of Switzerland's most distinguished archives.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Agronomy/Food Science
22.11.2016
Food data at your fingertips
Food data at your fingertips
EPFL is launching openfood.ch, a website that provides the public with data on more than 14,000 food products sold in Switzerland.
Medicine/Pharmacology
21.11.2016
Novartis commends publication of major report which recommends broad use of dual bronchodilators to treat COPD
2017 GOLD report recommends the first-line use of dual bronchodilators, such as Ultibro Breezhaler , in the treatment of the majority of symptomatic COPD patients   Bronchodilation regarded as the fo
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
21.11.2016
Novartis acquires Selexys Pharmaceuticals Corporation and SelG1 antibody for reduction of pain crises in sickle cell disease (SCD)
Deal followed results of Phase II SUSTAIN study of SelG1 in reduction of vaso-occlusive pain crises, a major complication of SCD with limited treatment options   Results of SUSTAIN will be presented
Business/Economics
18.11.2016
Transitioning the publication system towards Open Access: Study proposes pragmatic scenario
Transitioning the publication system towards Open Access: Study proposes pragmatic scenario
For the first time, a study has developed scenarios for restructuring transitioning Switzerland's scientific publication system towards Open Access (OA). The study was initiated by the SNSF in collaboration with the Scientific Information programme (SUC P-2) run by swissuniversities. It recommends a model that proposes a pragmatic and flexible way of making publicly funded research freely available at no charge and with no delay.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
18.11.2016
Innovative study with three treatment switches confirms Sandoz biosimilar etanercept has equivalent efficacy to originator
No clinically meaningful differences between biosimilar etanercept and the originator product in safety and efficacy over 52 weeks   Innovative study design demonstrates switching between biosimilar etanercept and the originator product has no impact on safety and efficacy   Sandoz biosimilar etanercept was approved by the FDA* in August 2016 and is currently under review by the EMA ** Holzkirchen, November 18, 2016 - Sandoz, a Novartis division, and the pioneer and global leader in biosimilars, today announced the publication of the EGALITY study in the British Journal of Dermatology .
Earth Sciences
18.11.2016
Anchors aweigh and off to the Antarctic!
Anchors aweigh and off to the Antarctic!
The research ship Akademik Treshnikov is due to set sail for Cape Town tomorrow, transporting researchers and equipment for a major Antarctic circumnavigation expedition.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.11.2016
Antibiotic resistance: Swiss physicians, vets, biologists and environmental researchers are working together to find solutions
Antibiotic resistance: Swiss physicians, vets, biologists and environmental researchers are working together to find solutions
The SNSF is launching the National Research Programme "Antimicrobial Resistance", which aims to develop new solutions to ensure that antibiotics remain effective. Worldwide, more and more pathogens are becoming resistant to today's antibiotics. The aim of European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November 2016 is to highlight the fact that medicines are losing their effectiveness as a result and that once easy-to-treat infections are turning into deadly diseases.
Life Sciences
17.11.2016
An added dimension to high school biology class
An added dimension to high school biology class
High school science classes are taking on an added dimension. EPFL startup Nanolive will run a competition to select three local high schools that will be given the use of the company's microscope, which is capable of observing living cells in real time and 3D.
Life Sciences
17.11.2016
Walking is bound hand and foot: How long projecting neurons couple the movement of our limbs
Walking is bound hand and foot: How long projecting neurons couple the movement of our limbs
We humans walk with our feet. This is true, but not entirely. Walking, as part of locomotion, is a coordinated whole-body movement that involves both the arms and legs. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research have identified different subpopulations of neurons in the spinal cord with long projections.
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
17.11.2016
Switching off vibrations
Switching off vibrations
Macroscopic crystal structures can absorb unwanted vibrations or filter noise - without any electronics or electricity whatsoever.
Event - Arts and Design
16.11.2016
SNSF launches scientific image competition in Switzerland
SNSF launches scientific image competition in Switzerland
The Swiss National Science Foundation is launching a competition for scientific images and videos. Open to researchers working in Switzerland, the competition aims to reveal the hidden beauty of science.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
16.11.2016
Novartis data at ASH and SABCS showcase latest innovations in development for patients with blood disorders and breast cancer
First results from global registrational trial of CAR T'therapy, CTL019, in pediatric relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia  Sub-group analyses from pivotal MONALEESA-2 trial of LEE011 (ri
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
16.11.2016
Novartis announces AMG 334 significantly reduces monthly migraine days in second pivotal Phase III episodic migraine study
STRIVE, the first six-month placebo-controlled study of AMG 334 (erenumab) in migraine, met the primary endpoint, showing a statistically significant reduction in monthly migraine days versus placebo
Medicine/Pharmacology
15.11.2016
New analysis of Novartis’ Entresto data shows long-term benefits on heart failure readmissions and total cardiovascular deaths
Entresto reduced the risk of first and subsequent events of heart failure hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths following heart failure hospitalization by 20%-24% compared to enalapril   These f
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
15.11.2016
Drosophila innate immunity: another piece to the puzzle
Drosophila innate immunity: another piece to the puzzle
EPFL scientists have discovered a new receptor in the fruit fly immune system that detects bacterial infections. The finding opens up clues for our own immune responses. Our immune system has two phases: innate and adaptive. The first phase, innate, refers to the immediate defense mechanisms such as skin, blood chemicals and certain types of immune cells that constantly fight off foreign organisms to keep them from infecting us.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
15.11.2016
Roche launches imCORE, a global network of cancer immunotherapy centers of excellence
Roche launches imCORE, a global network of cancer immunotherapy centers of excellence Research network of 21 academic centers from around the world to access and share technology, data and expertise
Physics/Materials Science - Event
14.11.2016
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
14.11.2016
Novartis presents new Cosentyx data showing long-lasting efficacy in psoriatic arthritis over 3 years including patient-reported pain
Cosentyx data show sustained improvements in the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in approximately 80% of patients over 3 years *   New data show that with Cosentyx the high ACR response rates are consistently maintained in PsA, with no reduction from Year 1 to Year 3   New head-to-head clinical trials planned in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and PsA to compare Cosentyx versus Humira **/*** The digital press release with multimedia
Medicine/Pharmacology - Media
14.11.2016
Novartis drug PKC412 (midostaurin) granted FDA Priority Review for newly-diagnosed FLT3-mutated AML and advanced systemic mastocytosis
Priority Review based on data from the largest clinical trials conducted to date in each indication , Designation will shorten FDA expected review time to within six months ; EMA also accepted the PK
Medicine/Pharmacology
14.11.2016
Novartis improves ranking in 2016 Access to Medicine Index
Novartis ranks third in 2016 ranking   Company tops the industry in access-to-medicine management and capacity building   Novartis integrated access strategy addressing all income segments stands out
Agronomy/Food Science - Life Sciences
10.11.2016
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of ‘Plant Pro-tection’
Bern, 10.11.2016 - Dr. Alain Gaume will be the new Head of Agroscope's ‘Plant Protection' Strategic Research Division.
Medicine/Pharmacology
10.11.2016
Reducing Childhood Diarrhoea by Integrated Home-Based Interventions
A combination of better indoor air, clean drinking water and improved hygiene in Peruvian households reduces the prevalence of childhood diarrhoea by 29% according to a community randomised trial conducted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the Instituto de Investigación Nutricional (IIN).
Agronomy/Food Science - Life Sciences
10.11.2016
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of ‘Plant Protection'
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of ‘Plant Protection’
Bern, 10.11.2016 - Dr. Alain Gaume will be the new Head of Agroscope's ‘Plant Protection' Strategic Research Division.
Event - Chemistry
09.11.2016
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.11.2016
Robotic encounters
Visitors are flocking to Treffpunkt Science City. Around 3,600 captivated visitors attended the Sunday Special ‘Die Roboter sind los' (Robots on the loose) to see ETH Zurich's various robotics projects in action.
Politics
08.11.2016
Swiss politics is increasingly dominated by an urban-rural divide
Swiss politics is increasingly dominated by an urban-rural divide
According to Koseki, Swiss people in the area stretching from Geneva to Bern and St. Gallen increasingly share interests.
Event
07.11.2016
EPFL's Open Days: a major success
EPFL's Open Days: a major success
Close to 35,000 people took advantage of EPFL's Open Days this past weekend to visit the school's campus, where the new ArtLab building also just opened.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
06.11.2016
A pioneer in advanced engine research
Rolf Reitz is a pioneer when it comes to internal combustion engines. The foundations he has laid have led to cleaner, more efficient engines.
Architecture - Medicine/Pharmacology
04.11.2016
An opportunity for the university district and ETH Zurich
An opportunity for the university district and ETH Zurich
Zurich's central university district continues to take shape. A joint press conference was held today by the canton and city of Zurich, University Hospital, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich to provide information on the planning status.
Business/Economics
04.11.2016
Switzerland intensifies relations with Mexico
Bern, 04.11.2016 - President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann has paid a two-day presidential visit to Mexico.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
03.11.2016
Roche showcases new clinical data across a variety of blood diseases at American Society of Hematology 2016 Annual Meeting
Roche showcases new clinical data across a variety of blood diseases at American Society of Hematology 2016 Annual Meeting New results from the phase III GALLIUM study which compared Gazyva/Gazyvaro
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
03.11.2016
How the liver dances to a day/night rhythm
How the liver dances to a day/night rhythm
Following the day-night cycle, the liver has its own metabolic rhythm. Using cutting-edge proteomics, scientists at EPFL and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences have now identified over 500 liver proteins that change in abundance over the course of the day in the cell nucleus, opening a new dimension of metabolism.
Medicine/Pharmacology
03.11.2016
Neglected tropical diseases: scientists bridge the gap between innovation and practice
Clinical innovation is essential in order to tackle neglected tropical diseases, which threaten one billion people worldwide. A group of international scientists has published a guide for clinical studies in difficult field circumstances in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. NIDIAG is an EU-funded consortium of scientists from 13 institutes including Swiss TPH and universities in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Arts and Design - Architecture
03.11.2016
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
03.11.2016
Award for innovative cell culture technology
Award for innovative cell culture technology
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new cell culture method, which may very well enable to forgo certain tests on animals in the future.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
02.11.2016
Chemists Create Clusters of Organelles by Mimicking Nature
Chemists Create Clusters of Organelles by Mimicking Nature
Scientists from the University of Basel have succeeded in organizing spherical compartments into clusters mimicking the way natural organelles would create complex structures.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
02.11.2016
Roche to present new data on medicines for autoimmune diseases and severe inflammatory disorders at the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
Roche to present new data on medicines for autoimmune diseases and severe inflammatory disorders at the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting 15 oral presentations from 17 abstracts across six autoimmune cond
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
01.11.2016
Novartis LEE011 (ribociclib) granted FDA Priority Review for first-line treatment of HR+/HER2- advanced breast cancer
Priority Review based on Phase III MONALEESA-2 trial, which showed LEE011 plus letrozole, as initial treatment for advanced breast cancer, significantly extended progression-free survival compared to
Medicine/Pharmacology
01.11.2016
Being fit Protects Against Health Risks Caused by Stress at Work
Being fit Protects Against Health Risks Caused by Stress at Work
It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists from the University of Basel and colleagues from Sweden, it therefore pays to stay physically active, especially during periods of high stress.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
01.11.2016
Preserve the Alps by giving up the chalets
Preserve the Alps by giving up the chalets
An isolated chalet in the mountains is a dream for nature lovers. However, this dream is responsible for most of the problems that winter resorts face today.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Event
31.10.2016
Novartis Wins Two Prestigious Prix Galien Foundation Awards; Gleevec recognized as "Discovery of the Decade" for Best Pharmaceutical Product, Cosentyx as Best Biotechnology Product
Novartis Wins Two Prestigious Prix Galien Foundation Awards; Gleevec recognized as "Discovery of the Decade" for Best Pharmaceutical Product, Cosentyx as Best Biotechnology Product Basel, October 31,
Chemistry - Earth Sciences
31.10.2016
Cadmium, cocoa beans and chocolate
Cadmium, cocoa beans and chocolate
Cocoa from Latin America tends to show higher cadmium levels than cocoa from other growing areas. ETH researchers have been investigating the underlying cause in Honduras and Bolivia. A few years ago, the press picked up on worrying reports by German scientists that dark chocolate can sometimes contain significant amounts of cadmium, a poisonous heavy metal.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
28.10.2016
Bernese Biotechnology Has International Triumph
MRI data are essential in the treatment of neurological illnesses. Self-learning software from Bern respectively evaluates them so that the imaging of brain tumours, strokes and now also multiple sclerosis can profit from it.