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Event - Life Sciences - 15.11.2019

Health - Life Sciences - 13.11.2019
Award for project on Heart Transplantation
Award for project on Heart Transplantation
This year's Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award of the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) of the University of Bern goes to Maria-Nieves Sanz.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 11.11.2019
Roche’s risdiplam meets primary endpoint in pivotal SUNFISH trial in people with type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy
Roche today announced positive data from the pivotal Part 2 of SUNFISH, a study evaluating risdiplam in people aged 2-25 years with Type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.11.2019

Life Sciences - Health - 05.11.2019
EPFL bioengineering team wins global iGEM competition
EPFL bioengineering team wins global iGEM competition
EPFL's student bioengineering team has won the Grand Prize of the 2019 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, as well as the Best Environment Project.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 30.10.2019
Novartis announces AVXS-101 intrathecal study update
FDA placed a partial hold on AVXS-101 intrathecal clinical trials for SMA patients based on findings in a small pre-clinical animal study Adverse events that might be expected from the pre-clinical f

Health - Life Sciences - 28.10.2019
The Center for Biomedical Imaging marks its 15th anniversary
The Center for Biomedical Imaging marks its 15th anniversary
For the past decade and a half, the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM) has been bringing researchers and clinicians together to develop cutting-edge technologies. This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the Center's past successes and ponder the challenges that lie ahead in the field of medical imaging.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.10.2019

Health - Life Sciences - 16.10.2019
ETH scores highly on interdisciplinarity
Two ETH Zurich projects and one with ETH involvement have been awarded one of the coveted ERC Synergy Grants. These EU grants offer up to EUR 14 million to promote interdisciplinary collaboration on research projects. Correlations and questions in research are becoming more and more complex, which makes collabo-ration between researchers from different fields necessary.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.10.2019
ERC Synergy Grant for research at the interface of viral infection and cellular regulation
ERC Synergy Grant for research at the interface of viral infection and cellular regulation
The European Research Council has awarded one of the prestigious ERC Synergy Grants - the most competitive funding scheme from ERC - to a joint research project of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, the ETH Zurich and the University of Bristol. The interdisciplinary team wants to investigate the molecular mechanisms of viral infection, which will contribute to fundamental knowledge about cellular regulation and new concepts for broad-spectrum anti-viral therapy.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.10.2019
ERC Synergy Grant for viral infection and cellular regulation research
The European Research Council has awarded one of the prestigious ERC Synergy Grants - the most competitive funding scheme from ERC - to a joint research project of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, the ETH Zurich and the University of Bristol. The interdisciplinary team wants to investigate the molecular mechanisms of viral infection, which will contribute to fundamental knowledge about cellular regulation and new concepts for broad-spectrum anti-viral therapy.

Life Sciences - 09.10.2019
Details of Dental Wear Revealed
The teeth of mammals experience constant wear. However, the details of these wear processes are largely unknown. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now demonstrated that the various areas of herbivores' teeth differ in how susceptible they are to dental wear, detailing an exact chronology.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.10.2019
Prostate cancer research, important SNF grant goes to the IOR
The Prostate cancer biology Group, led by Dr. Giuseppina Carbone at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR, affiliated to USI Università della Svizzera italiana), has received a 4-year grant

Event - Life Sciences - 08.10.2019

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 05.10.2019
AveXis presents updated STRONG data at WMS demonstrating a higher mean increase in Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale-Expanded (HFMSE) scores among older SMA Type 2 patients following one-time intrathecal administration of AVXS-101
Older patients (= 2 years and < 5 years) achieved a mean increase of 5.9 points from baseline in HFMSE scores, nearly double the clinically meaningful threshold (at a mean duration of follo

Health - Life Sciences - 30.09.2019
Young USI researchers on stage at the first Ph.D Biomed Day
Young USI researchers on stage at the first Ph.D Biomed Day
They are 16, determined and ready to dive into the exciting world of research: the first Ph.D students from the new USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences presented themselves on Friday 20 September at t

Environment - Life Sciences - 27.09.2019
Nine new professors appointed
Energy systems, cryptography and computer-aided simulation; interactions between people, animals and landscape, investigation of biosystems from the human brain to the nanometer scale: the incoming professors work in a wide range of cutting-edge research fields.

Life Sciences - Event - 26.09.2019
Congratulations to our prize winners
Congratulations to our prize winners
A highlight at the FMI Annual Meeting 2019, which has taken place last week in the Swiss Alps (Grindelwald), was the Award Ceremony: the winners of the Ed Fischer Prize for best thesis, the Max Burge

Life Sciences - Health - 19.09.2019
How to construct a protein factory
How to construct a protein factory
The complexity of molecular structures in the cell is amazing. Having achieved great success in elucidating these structures in recent years, biologists are now taking on the next challenge: to find out more about how they are constructed. A joint research project between two groups from the University of Bern and ETH Zurich now provides insight into a very unusual construction process in the unicellular parasite Trypanosoma brucei.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.09.2019

Life Sciences - Health - 10.09.2019
Wyss Center and Osypka announce collaboration
Wyss Center and Osypka announce collaboration
Today the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, Geneva, Switzerland and OSYPKA AG/OSYPKA Medtec, Rheinfelden, Germany and Longmont, Colorado, USA, announced a collaboration to develop and integrate innovative technologies into implantable neuro-devices.

Life Sciences - Health - 10.09.2019

Life Sciences - Health - 17.08.2019
Function from structure: the double life of a DUB
Function from structure: the double life of a DUB
Deubiquitinases (DUBs) play a general role removing protein-degrading ubiquitins throughout the cell and are not typically known for specificity. Analyzing the two protein complexes BRISC and BRCA1-A, which have the same DUB core but play different roles in human biology, the Thomä group - in a collaboration with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) - showed that DUBs can have diversified targeting and regulatory functions.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.08.2019
Major award for two Bernese medical projects
Major award for two Bernese medical projects
Prestigious grants from the USA go to two Bernese researchers: the biomedical scientists Marianna Kruithof-de Julio and Robert Rieben were the only researchers in Switzerland to receive a grant under

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 07.08.2019
Novartis stands behind Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi) for the treatment of children less than 2 years of age with spinal muscular atrophy
Basel, August 6, 2019 - Today the FDA released a statement addressing data integrity issues with the Biologics License Application (BLA) for Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi). First and foremost, we are fully confident in the safety, quality and efficacy of Zolgensma. The FDA supports the continued marketing and use of Zolgensma for patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) less than 2 years of age.

Environment - Life Sciences - 30.07.2019
Buzzing with life
Buzzing with life
The ETH Zurich Zentrum and Hönggerberg campuses are not just the study and office spaces of the 30,000 members of ETH: they are also home to a variety of animals and plants.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.07.2019
150 years of DNA
150 years of DNA
DNA has become the icon of modern bioscience but few people realize that it was Friedrich Miescher, who - almost a century before Watson and Crick - laid the chemical groundwork for the molecular breakthroughs that followed. Today, 150 years after Miescher's first ‘discovery' of DNA, we want to highlight his remarkable work.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 16.07.2019
Evaluating the risks posed by synthetic biology
Last week, nearly 70 experts from around the world gathered at EPFL for a workshop on potential threats arising from synthetic biology.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.06.2019

Life Sciences - Health - 06.06.2019
How flow shapes bacterial biofilms
How flow shapes bacterial biofilms
EPFL biophysicists have taken a systematic look into how bacterial biofilms are affected by fluid flow. The findings can give us clues about the physical rules guiding biofilm architecture, but also about the social dynamics that shape evolution. Although we tend to think of them as solitary sojourners of the world, bacteria are actually very social organisms.

Life Sciences - 03.06.2019
Fathers Aid Development of Larger Brains
Fathers Aid Development of Larger Brains
The bigger the brain, the more intelligent a mammalian species is. Developing a large brain, though, requires a huge energy input.

Life Sciences - Environment - 23.05.2019
Nominations of EPFL professors
Nominations of EPFL professors
The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of 20 professors at EPFL.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.05.2019
Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA
Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA
EPFL's Digital Epidemiology Lab held its first food DNA sequencing workshop last Saturday, in association with SwissDeCode and Hackuarium.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.05.2019
Roche presents data from the risdiplam pivotal FIREFISH and SUNFISH studies in spinal muscular atrophy at the 2019 AAN Annual Meeting
In the dose-finding Part 1 of FIREFISH, infants with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy survive and achieve key milestones beyond those expected in the natural history of the disease New data from the dose-finding Part 1 of SUNFISH reinforce risdiplam as a promising investigational therapy for people with Type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy No treatment-related safety findings leading to withdrawal seen to date in risdiplam trials Roche today announ

Health - Life Sciences - 05.05.2019
AveXis presented robust data at AAN demonstrating efficacy of Zolgensma in broad spectrum of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients
Interim data reported for the first time from STRONG in SMA Type 2 showed rapid motor function gains and milestone achievements with intrathecal Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi; AVXS-101)  

Life Sciences - 02.05.2019

Life Sciences - Health - 16.04.2019
AveXis data reinforce effectiveness of Zolgensma in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 1
Ph 3 STR1VE data show prolonged event-free survival, early and rapid increases in CHOP-INTEND and significant milestone achievement in SMA Type 1, consistent with START trial   First-in-human biodist
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