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Health - Pharmacology - 22.02.2024
Collector of unexplained cases
Immunologist Mike Recher sees a wide variety of health problems when he consults on rare immune disorders. Finding the cause requires both technology and lateral thinking. The range of symptoms that can occur when one of the cogs (or, perhaps, cogwheels) in the immune system's machinery gets stuck is enormous - from severe psoriasis to frequent infections to chronic diarrhea.

Pharmacology - Health - 22.02.2024
Drug resistance: identified a new key mechanism in the treatment of B-cell lymphomas
Drug resistance: identified a new key mechanism in the treatment of B-cell lymphomas
The Lymphoma Genomics Laboratory (IOR, USI) in Bellinzona identified a new mechanism behind the resistance to BTK and PI3K inhibitors used in the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma and marginal zone lymphoma. One of the causes of the failure of anticancer therapy in treating lymphomas is the development of drug resistance, which implies a decrease in the therapeutic efficacy of a given drug.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.02.2024
European consensus for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
European consensus for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
A team from the University of Geneva, the HUG and the IRCCS has drawn up recommendations for the effective and individualised use of biomarkers in memory clinics for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.02.2024
Vapes help to stop smoking, but not necessarily stop using nicotine
Vapes help to stop smoking, but not necessarily stop using nicotine
Vapes are an effective aid to quitting smoking tobacco cigarettes. However, they do not help to reduce nicotine dependence. This is shown by the results of the world's largest study on this topic, which was conducted by a Swiss-wide interdisciplinary research group led by the University of Bern. Vapes, also called e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are electrically powered devices that emit nicotine in the form of vapor.

Health - Materials Science - 15.02.2024
Innovative materials to combat bacteria
Innovative materials to combat bacteria
A team from the University of Geneva is developing new alloys with bactericidal properties to combat antibiotic-resistant germs. While crucial to biotechnology, bacteria can also cause severe disease, exacerbated by their increasing resistance to antibiotics. This duality between economic benefits and infectious risks underlines the importance of finding ways to control their development.

Health - Economics - 14.02.2024
ETH Zurich logistics tool saves ICRC millions
ETH Zurich logistics tool saves ICRC millions
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides medical supplies to people in need. A planning tool developed by researchers at ETH Zurich will make this complex task more efficient in future and save the ICRC millions.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.02.2024
A new solution for energy transfer to heart pumps
A new solution for energy transfer to heart pumps
Roughly one in two wearers of ventricular assist devices are diagnosed with an infection. The reason for this is the thick cable for the power supply.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.02.2024
Exposing hiding lymphoma cells to the immune system
Exposing hiding lymphoma cells to the immune system
Scientists uncover how cancer cells use certain proteins to shield themselves from immune attacks, offering new treatment perspectives with immediate application. A study led by the group of Didier Trono at EPFL has revealed a crucial survival tactic employed by cancer cells. The scientists have identified a group of proteins, known as "KRAB zinc finger proteins" (KZFPs), that help cancer cells maintain genetic stability and avoid immune system detection.

Health - Campus - 12.02.2024
A medical degree programme for those who ask why
A medical degree programme for those who ask why

Pharmacology - Health - 08.02.2024
Swiss TPH Symposium: Improving Access to Healthcare in LMICs
Swiss TPH Symposium: Improving Access to Healthcare in LMICs

Health - Pharmacology - 05.02.2024
Deciphering Melanoma Treatment Success: Insights from TIL-ACT Research
Deciphering Melanoma Treatment Success: Insights from TIL-ACT Research
This new research discovered that patients with metastatic melanoma who respond to adoptive T cell therapy exhibit a coordinated crosstalk between intratumoral myeloid cells and tumor-reactive CD8+ T cells. The study *, published in Science Immunology , was conducted by Dr David Barras, Dr Eleonora Ghisoni, Dr Johanna Chiffelle and colleagues and directed by Dr Denarda Dangaj and Pr George Coukos , members of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.02.2024
Noma: giving a face to a deadly disease
Noma: giving a face to a deadly disease
On December 15, 2023, the World Health Organization officially added noma to the list of neglected tropical diseases, which will make it easier to combat and research this poverty-related disease. The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and the University of Basel both played a key role in ensuring noma was recognized in this manner.

Health - 02.02.2024
Machine learning improves immunogenic neoantigen prediction
Researchers from the Department of Oncology UNIL-CHUV published a new study in Immunity, showing that machine learning improves the prioritization of cancer specific mutations for cancer immunotherapy. The study *, published in Immunity , was conducted by Markus Müller, a senior scientist in the Immunopeptidomics group headed by Michal Bassani-Sternberg, within the Human Integrated Tumor Immunology Discovery Engine (Hi-TIDe), part of the Ludwig Lausanne branch, which is directed by Pr George Coukos.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.02.2024
Alexandra Trkola Awarded US$3 Million Grant
Alexandra Trkola Awarded US$3 Million Grant

Environment - Health - 30.01.2024
Martin Röösli Appointed Full Professor at the University of Basel
Martin Röösli Appointed Full Professor at the University of Basel

Campus - Health - 30.01.2024
Günther Fink Appointed Full Professor at the University of Basel
Günther Fink Appointed Full Professor at the University of Basel

Life Sciences - Health - 25.01.2024
The Wyss Center and partners launch CHF 18 million Lighthouse Partnership to develop smarter therapies for neurologic and mental health disorders based on AI guided neuromodulation

Health - Innovation - 25.01.2024
Sepsis in Children: Improved Diagnosis Thanks to New Global Criteria
Diagnosis of sepsis in children has been improved based on new research findings. An international research team co-led by the University Children's Hospital Zurich harnessed artificial intelligence to analyze data from over 3.5 million children suffering from this life-threatening disease. Sepsis is a life-threatening infection that can lead to organ failure.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.01.2024
Clarifying the cause of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare condition in which a person's immune system attacks the peripheral nerves. People affected suffer from muscle weakness and paralysis. A research team led by ETH Zurich has now clarified the mechanism of this autoimmune disease. Patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) face a rare and heterogeneous disorder of the peripheral nervous system that is often triggered by preceding infections and causes severe muscle weakness.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.01.2024
How wounds heal - and cancers grow
There are some striking parallels between how skin wounds heal and how malignant tumours grow. Cell culture can help us understand the mechanisms involved - but animal testing still has a role to play. Picture the scene: you're chopping an onion, and suddenly the knife slips, leaving you with a painful cut on your index finger.

Health - Environment - 09.01.2024
Oaks affected by two diseases at the same time
Oaks affected by two diseases at the same time
Five years ago, the bacterial complex disease acute oak dieback was also discovered in Switzerland. In 2023, a new root disease was also discovered on oaks, as reported by Forest Protection Switzerland in the new Forest Protection News .

Health - Politics - 09.01.2024
Swiss TPH's Centre for Tropical and Travel Medicine Now in the 'Turmhaus' at Aeschenplatz
Swiss TPH’s Centre for Tropical and Travel Medicine Now in the ’Turmhaus’ at Aeschenplatz

Health - Life Sciences - 08.01.2024
Methods for bypassing and treating spinal cord injury
Methods for bypassing and treating spinal cord injury
Grégoire Courtine, Jocelyne Bloch and their research team have been breaking new ground in the treatment of neurological disorders for over a decade. Here's a look at some of the promising new therapies they've developed. A video of a Parkinson's patient went viral in early November. It showed how Marc, 62, was able to walk almost normally again - rather than "freezing" at every doorstep - thanks to a neural implant.

Innovation - Health - 08.01.2024
ETH spin-offs - an annual record set in 2023
ETH spin-offs - an annual record set in 2023

Health - Pharmacology - 05.01.2024
Improving patient safety
Improving patient safety
On the road to recovery, patients come into contact with clinicians from a whole range of disciplines.

Health - Innovation - 23.12.2023
Our top 10 news articles from 2023
Our top 10 news articles from 2023
We published nearly 300 news articles on EPFL's homepage in 2023, detailing the latest developments in science, academics, student life, startups and EPFL in general.

Health - 21.12.2023
University of Bern supports the WHO in the area of biosafety and biosecurity
University of Bern supports the WHO in the area of biosafety and biosecurity

Campus - Health - 19.12.2023
New degree programs in nursing and medical technology
New degree programs in nursing and medical technology

Life Sciences - Health - 18.12.2023
Discovery of the role of genetics in hepatitis E infection
For the first time, researchers at CHUV's Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and EPFL have shed light on the role of host genetics in the response to hepatitis E virus infection.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.12.2023
Milestone in the Fight Against Sleeping Sickness
Milestone in the Fight Against Sleeping Sickness

Pharmacology - Health - 15.12.2023
EMA Recommends Arpraziquantel for Treatment of Schistosomiasis in Preschool-Aged Children
EMA Recommends Arpraziquantel for Treatment of Schistosomiasis in Preschool-Aged Children

Health - Life Sciences - 14.12.2023
Enabling early detection of cancer
Enabling early detection of cancer
Blood cells reveal tumours in the body. Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute achieve an advance with the development of a test for early diagnosis of cancer. The ability to detect a developing tumour at a very early stage and to closely monitor the success or failure of cancer therapy is crucial for a patient's survival.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.12.2023
How wounds heal - and cancers grow
How wounds heal - and cancers grow
There are some striking parallels between how skin wounds heal and how malignant tumours grow. Cell culture can help us understand the mechanisms involved - but animal testing still has a role to play. Picture the scene: you're chopping an onion, and suddenly the knife slips, leaving you with a painful cut on your index finger.

Health - Campus - 05.12.2023
Applying what you have studied in hospital
Applying what you have studied in hospital

Health - Innovation - 05.12.2023
Teaming up for better health
Teaming up for better health
What's the best way to translate research findings into clinical practice? A discussion with Monika Jänicke, CEO of the University Hospital Zurich, Rahel Kubik, head of radiology at Kantonsspital Baden, and Christian Wolfrum, VP for Research at ETH Zurich.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.12.2023
Improving patient safety
Improving patient safety
On the road to recovery, patients come into contact with clinicians from a whole range of disciplines.

Health - Economics - 05.12.2023
Entrepreneur for women's health
Entrepreneur for women’s health

Health - Pharmacology - 05.12.2023
In pursuit of sweat
In pursuit of sweat

Health - Innovation - 04.12.2023
Accolades to IDSIA ’virtual rehabilitation’

Health - Innovation - 28.11.2023
EPFL's new Large Language Model for Medical Knowledge
EPFL's new Large Language Model for Medical Knowledge
Researchers have just released Meditron, the world's best performing open source Large Language Model tailored to the medical field designed to help guide clinical decision-making. Large language models (LLMs) are deep learning algorithms trained on vast amounts of text to learn billions of mathematical relationships between words (also called 'parameters').

Innovation - Health - 22.11.2023
German pharma company acquires University of Basel start-up for 450 million Swiss francs
German pharma company acquires University of Basel start-up for 450 million Swiss francs

Health - 21.11.2023
Mapping the meniscus
Mapping the meniscus
Knee operations on the meniscus cartilage are a frequent procedure on a particularly complex part of the human body. researchers want to provide an improved basis for clinicians in order to reduce the risks of the operation. Using 3D models based on micro-computed tomography analyses in the laboratory, they are mapping the blood vessel network of the meniscus on a nanometer scale.

Health - Materials Science - 20.11.2023
Pioneers of medical materials innovation

Health - 20.11.2023
SNSF Starting Grant 2023 awarded to Prof. Calcinotto

Health - 17.11.2023
Zuzanna Kozicka awarded Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
Zuzanna Kozicka awarded Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

Health - Innovation - 16.11.2023
Innovation cooperation in orthopaedic research
Innovation cooperation in orthopaedic research
Balgrist University Hospital and the University of Zurich have appointed Inge Herrmann, a leading expert in the field of medical technology, to their academic team.

Innovation - Health - 16.11.2023
Internet Use as Everyday Religion on the Rise, Cyborgization Still in its Early Stages
Media Transformation The next generation of digital technology is spreading in Switzerland: Artificial intelligence has already arrived, cyborg technologies for self-optimization have not yet.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.11.2023
Preventing infections to ensure the long-term effectiveness of antibiotics
Antibiotic resistance is a silent pandemic. The main objective of the Swiss Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR) is to ensure the effectiveness of antibiotics for human and animal health over the long term.

Health - Campus - 13.11.2023
Prestigious appointment for Silke Gillessen

Health - Physics - 10.11.2023
Moving X-ray images of the musculoskeletal system
Moving X-ray images of the musculoskeletal system
Today, the Dynamic Imaging Center at sitem-insel, the Swiss Institute for Translational Medicine and Entrepreneurship, opened its doors. Here, for the first time, X-ray images of a moving person can be taken simultaneously from two different directions. This enables clinical research that is unique in Europe and that represents a milestone in the investigation of musculoskeletal disorders.
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