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Health - Pharmacology - 08.09.2020
"These results are crucial for the future corona vaccination strategy"
Efforts are being made worldwide to combat the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Vaccines and protective masks are of prime importance. Empa researcher Peter Wick, Head of the Particles-Biology Interactions Laboratory in St. Gallen, talks to Empa Quarterly about recent antibody studies, which are crucial for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the next generation of textile protective materials that inactivate or even kill corona viruses.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.09.2020
How to identify new molecular glue degraders
How to identify new molecular glue degraders
Molecular glue degraders are a new class of drugs that work by facilitating an interaction between a disease-causing target protein and a ubiquitin ligase complex, tagging the target protein for degradation.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.09.2020
Novartis post hoc analysis shows high-dose Enerzair Breezhaler reduces asthma exacerbations versus medium-dose, complementing key pivotal IRIDIUM study findings
High-dose, once-daily Enerzair Breezhaler [IND/GLY/MF] reduced asthma exacerbation rates by 21% (moderate or severe) and 31% (severe) versus medium-dose, over 52 weeks 1 Once-daily Enerzair Breezhale

Research Management - 04.09.2020

Research Management - Materials Science - 03.09.2020
Two Empa researchers receive ERC Starting Grant
Two Empa researchers receive ERC Starting Grant
Two talented young researchers at Empa will be given the opportunity to develop their own research area over a five-year period with the help of an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Counc

Research Management - Physics - 03.09.2020
Twelve ERC Starting Grants for ETH Zurich
Twelve ERC Starting Grants for ETH Zurich
ETH has once again been highly successful in the awarding of this year's ERC Starting Grants for young researchers, with the European Research Council (ERC) approving a total of CHF 21.4 million in funding for 12 ETH project submissions.

Life Sciences - Research Management - 03.09.2020

Research Management - Career - 03.09.2020

Environment - Materials Science - 03.09.2020

Pharmacology - Health - 02.09.2020
Novartis announces NEJM publication of pivotal study of Tabrecta(TM) in patients with METex14 metastatic non-small cell lung cancer
Tabrecta(TM) (capmatinib, formerly INC280) is the first and only therapy approved by the FDA to specifically target metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with a mutation that leads to MET exo

Environment - Chemistry - 02.09.2020

Materials Science - Chemistry - 02.09.2020

Career - Politics - 02.09.2020
How the Swiss fared under partial lockdown
A joint study by EPFL, the Idiap Research Institute and the University of Lausanne's Institute of Psychology has provided us with a unique snapshot of how Swiss residents experienced the partial lockdown measures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The findings include gender disparities, doubts about the future and hopes for change.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 31.08.2020
FMI is a partner in the new EU “HCA|Organoid? project
FMI is a partner in the new EU “HCA|Organoid” project
Organoid? was launched today. It aims at validating organoids as faithful models of human biology, combining single-cell profiling and organoid technology.

Pedagogy - Computer Science - 30.08.2020
Teaching AI to learn like a child
Teaching AI to learn like a child
As impressive as they may be, the latest AI systems are still no match for humans. Benjamin Grewe pushes for tomorrow's intelligent machines to learn the way young children do.

Pharmacology - Health - 30.08.2020
Novartis new analysis shows high consistency in lowering LDL-C in individual response with investigational inclisiran
Pooled data from Phase III ORION-10 and -11 showed highly consistent efficacy, tolerability and safety profile over 17 months on twice-yearly subcutaneous dosing in 2,300 patients (of which 1,164 wer

Mathematics - 28.08.2020
Infinite fun with the infinite worlds
Infinite fun with the infinite worlds
The fact that there are many different types of infinities is one of the big puzzles in mathematics.

Health - Environment - 28.08.2020
Experts collect information on risks of COVID-19 in wastewater
Experts collect information on risks of COVID-19 in wastewater
The review paper "Rethinking wastewater risks and monitoring in light of the COVID-19 pandemic" was co-authored by 34 contributors from around the world. What was Eawag's contribution? Eberhard Morgenroth: For May 2020 I had been invited to participate in the "International Water Summit" at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

Pharmacology - Health - 26.08.2020
Novartis investigational novel STAMP inhibitor asciminib (ABL001) meets primary endpoint of Phase III chronic myeloid leukemia study
At primary analysis, ASCEMBL met its primary endpoint of significant superiority in major molecular response rate at 24 weeks for asciminib (ABL001) vs.

Life Sciences - 25.08.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 24.08.2020
Breast cancer: New way for tumor cells to escape self-destruction
Breast cancer: New way for tumor cells to escape self-destruction
In the body, so-called programmed cell death prevents cells with irreparable damage from surviving and turning into cancer cells. In the "EMBO Journal", researchers at the University of Basel's Biozentrum, report how a certain protein variant thwarts the self-destruction and thus promotes the growth of breast cancer cells.

Career - Economics / Business - 24.08.2020
Webcam sex: half a billion followers
Webcam sex: half a billion followers
The pornographic sequences broadcast live on the web feature between 300,000 and 500,000 people - the vast majority of them women - for a largely male clientele of at least 500 million followers.

Economics / Business - Materials Science - 24.08.2020
Binding carbon dioxide using broken concrete
Binding carbon dioxide using broken concrete
Thanks to technology from ETH spin-off Neustark, concrete recycling plants can store carbon dioxide over the long term.

Pharmacology - Health - 22.08.2020
Novartis provides update on Phase III study evaluating investigational spartalizumab (PDR001) in combination with Tafinlar + Mekinist in advanced melanoma
Phase III COMBI-i trial did not meet primary endpoint for patients with advanced BRAF V600-mutated melanoma Tafinlar + Mekinist remains an effective treatment option based on previously reported larg

Pharmacology - Health - 20.08.2020
FDA approves Novartis Kesimpta (ofatumumab), the first and only self-administered, targeted B-cell therapy for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis
Kesimpta delivers powerful efficacy with a favorable safety profile and can be self-administered at home, addressing significant unmet needs for people living with relapsing forms of multiple scleros

Computer Science - 20.08.2020
Researchers launch video game exploring the effects of confinement
Researchers launch video game exploring the effects of confinement
An interactive video game created by researchers and students in the College of Humanities (CDH) and UNIL Gamelab, in collaboration with the Initiative for Media Innovation (IMI) and Le Temps, allows

Social Sciences - Environment - 19.08.2020

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.08.2020
Modeling avalanche protection in forests
Modeling avalanche protection in forests
Two EPFL students have compared the ability of a forest in Vaud Canton to protect against avalanches before and after it was ravaged by fire in 2018.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.08.2020
UZH Introduces Five New University Research Priority Programs
The University of Zurich is introducing five new University Research Priority Programs focusing on equal opportunities, human reproduction, rare diseases, digital religions and basic principles of learning.

Chemistry - 18.08.2020
Kumar Varoon Agrawal prospects advanced purification processes
Kumar Varoon Agrawal prospects advanced purification processes
Summer series: science as a vocation. Kumar Varoon Agrawal, a tenure-track assistant professor who holds the Gaznat Chair for Advanced Separations at EPFL Valais-Wallis, is developing advanced membranes for the molecular separation of industrial product streams, mainly for CO2 capture.

Pharmacology - Health - 17.08.2020
FDA Approves Roche’s ENSPRYNG for Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD)
First and only FDA-approved subcutaneous treatment option for anti-aquaporin-4 antibody positive NMOSD that can be self-administered by a person with NMOSD or a caregiver every four weeks First and o

Physics - Life Sciences - 14.08.2020

Environment - Chemistry - 11.08.2020
Florian Breider: a passion for all things Japanese
Florian Breider: a passion for all things Japanese
Summer series: Careers in research. Florian Breider, who heads EPFL's Central Environmental Laboratory (CEL), knew from a young age that he wanted to become a scientist.

Pharmacology - Health - 11.08.2020

Computer Science - Life Sciences - 11.08.2020
Blackrock Microsystems Licenses Wyss Center's Real-time Neural Signal Processing Platform
Blackrock Microsystems Licenses Wyss Center’s Real-time Neural Signal Processing Platform
The software platform, NeuroKey, interfaces with multiple brain signal acquisition sources and devices, extending the reach of brain-computer interface applications GENEVA, SWITZERLAND & SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA - The Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering has granted a worldwide license to Blackrock Microsystems to commercialize its neural signal processing and decoding software platform for research and clinical applications.

Life Sciences - Health - 11.08.2020
Wyss Center and Osypka announce collaboration
Wyss Center and Osypka announce collaboration
Pushing the boundaries of implantable neuro-device development Today the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, Geneva, Switzerland and OSYPKA AG/OSYPKA Medtec, Rheinfelden, Germany and Longmont,

Pharmacology - Health - 10.08.2020
FDA approves Roche’s Evrysdi (risdiplam) for treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in adults and children 2 months and older
In two clinical trials, Evrysdi improved motor function in people living with SMA over a broad spectrum of ages and levels of disease severity, including Types 1, 2, and 3 SMA Evrysdi helped infants