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Life Sciences - 15.05.2022

Environment - Life Sciences - 13.05.2022
New head for fisheries advisory service
New head for fisheries advisory service
Andrin Krähenbühl has been fishing since childhood. He studied biology at the University of Bern - strongly connected to water and to Eawag.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 09.05.2022
Cyberbullying: the viewpoint of social neuroscience
Cyberbullying: the viewpoint of social neuroscience
Responsible digitalisation is one of the key themes chosen by USI for 2022, which we explore in depth thanks also to Dr Rosalba Morese 's neuroscientific studies on cyberbullying and isolation.

Life Sciences - Event - 02.05.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 26.04.2022

Life Sciences - 25.04.2022
A second lease on life for laboratory rats
A second lease on life for laboratory rats
Dozens of EPFL lab rats will embark on new lives as domestic pets. The initiative, the first of its kind in French-speaking Switzerland, comes under a recently signed rehoming agreement with national animal welfare organization Swiss Animal Protection.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 22.04.2022
Time to get social: tracking animals with deep learning
Time to get social: tracking animals with deep learning
Researchers at EPFL have made strides in computer-aided animal tracking by expanding their software, DeepLabCut, to offer high-performance tracking of multiple animals in videos. The ability to capture the behavior of animals is critical for neuroscience, ecology, and many other fields. Cameras are ideal for capturing fine-grained behavior, but developing computer vision techniques to extract the animal's behavior is challenging even though this seems effortless for our own visual system.

Life Sciences - Event - 11.04.2022

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 22.03.2022
Our sleep shows how risk-seeking we are
Our sleep shows how risk-seeking we are
Each person has their own individual sleep profile which can be identified by the electrical brain activity during sleep. Researchers at the University of Bern have now demonstrated that the brain waves during periods of deep sleep in a specific area of the brain can be used to determine the extent of an individual's propensity for risk during their everyday life.

Life Sciences - Research Management - 17.03.2022

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 16.03.2022
Swiss vaccine candidates enter clinical trial phase
Researchers from Bern, Geneva, Berlin and Riems are developing two vaccine candidates against SARS-CoV-2.

Life Sciences - 04.03.2022
3Rs Awards 2021 go to researchers at the University of Bern
The Swiss 3RCC has awarded Bernhard Voelkl from the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Bern the 2021 3Rs Award in recognition of his work supporting researchers to better design animal studies to improve research quality and reduce animal use.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.03.2022
Studying the human body to drive scientific progress
Studying the human body to drive scientific progress
Human biology is the research focus of a number of EPFL labs, where scientists conduct clinical trials with volunteers to design therapeutic interventions and to learn more about how the body functions.

Life Sciences - Health - 03.03.2022

Health - Life Sciences - 24.02.2022
GliaPharm SA and the Wyss Center enter collaboration to develop new therapies for Alzheimer's disease
GliaPharm SA and the Wyss Center enter collaboration to develop new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease
The collaboration will accelerate the testing of GliaPharm's lead molecules in preclinical models of Alzheimer's disease and further the development of neuroimaging biomarkers Geneva, Switzerland - G

Life Sciences - Environment - 17.02.2022
Symbionts promote biodiversity
Symbionts promote biodiversity
Symbiotic relationships are not as rare as we sometimes think. Symbiosis is widespread in nature, for example in aphids.

Life Sciences - Environment - 15.02.2022
Climate change affects the diet of birds
Climate change affects the diet of birds
It takes two to three weeks for the young of songbirds such as House Wrens and Barn Swallows to grow big and strong enough to leave the nest.

Life Sciences - 14.02.2022
Sperm or eggs? How hermaphroditic worms distribute their resources
Sperm or eggs? How hermaphroditic worms distribute their resources
Hermaphroditic species face a fundamental question: how much energy should they expend on their male and female sides? Flatworms have found various answers to this question over the course of evolution - and the solutions are directly correlated with their mating behavior. Many plants and animals have both male and female reproductive organs.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.02.2022

Life Sciences - Environment - 10.02.2022

Environment - Life Sciences - 09.02.2022
When rain overwhelms the sewers, antibiotic-resistant bacteria flood the river
When rain overwhelms the sewers, antibiotic-resistant bacteria flood the river
Antibiotic resistance is an emerging threat to public health, and now a leading cause of death worldwide , killing close to five million people in 2019.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.02.2022
New implant offers promise for the paralyzed
A system developed by Grégoire Courtine and Jocelyne Bloch now enables patients with a complete spinal cord injury to stand, walk and even perform recreational activities like swimming, cycling and canoeing. The images made headlines around the world in late 2018. David Mzee, who had been left paralyzed by a partial spinal cord injury suffered in a sports accident, got up from his wheelchair and began to walk with the help of a walker.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.02.2022
Spotlight on FMIers: Gisèle Ferrand
To discover the molecular mechanisms of health and disease, some FMI researchers use animals such as mice and fish.

Life Sciences - Health - 27.01.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 24.01.2022
'We generate tiny brains in the Petri dish'
’We generate tiny brains in the Petri dish’
Professor Verdon Taylor from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel studies the development of the brain from stem cells, including using animal-free methods. Here, he explains which research questions can be answered using this approach - and why animal experiments are still needed.

Life Sciences - Health - 17.01.2022
Bearing the animal in mind
Bearing the animal in mind
At the University of Basel, a large team of experts looks after the welfare of animals used in experiments. The aim is to minimize the stress placed on the animals. This is achieved by means of species-appropriate animal husbandry, careful planning of experiments and close monitoring of each animal.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.01.2022
'We think carefully about how many mice are necessary'
’We think carefully about how many mice are necessary’
Professor Alfred Zippelius, from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel, has been conducting experiments with mice for several years.

Life Sciences - 23.12.2021
How neurons that wire together fire together
For amplifying sensory stimuli quickly and accurately, neuronal circuits require specific wiring. Some 70 years ago, the compelling idea that "neurons that fire together wire together" emerged. Yet, in computational models, neurons that wire together tend to succumb to an explosion of activity and instability not observed in neurobiology.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.12.2021
The battle of the SARS-CoV-2 variants: a winning approach
In order to fight the pandemic in the long term, it is crucial to understand why one variant prevails over another. An international study conducted by the Institute of Virology and Immunology and the University of Bern, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany, has provided important answers by comparing the spread and transmission of different emerging variants in parallel.

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.12.2021
Shoots and roots respond differently to climate change
Shoots and roots respond differently to climate change
A new synthesis conducted by a group of international scientists including Madhav P. Thakur from the University of Bern reveals mismatches between aboveand belowground plant phenology due to climate change.

Health - Life Sciences - 16.12.2021
Gut bacteria aggravate adhesions after abdominal surgery
Gut bacteria aggravate adhesions after abdominal surgery
A multidisciplinary international research team led by Prof. Daniel Candinas and Prof. Deborah Stroka at Inselspital and the University of Bern has succeeded in providing important evidence: The researchers have been able to identify the initial cells and primary trigger leading to the formation of adhesions in the abdomen after operations contaminated by intestinal bacteria.

Environment - Life Sciences - 15.12.2021
Brain study on how to slow down climate change
Brain study on how to slow down climate change
When it comes to climate-friendly behaviour, there is often a gap between what we want and what we actually do.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 10.12.2021
Fast information processing with slow neurons
Bernese researchers have developed a theory that shows how the brain can efficiently learn extremely fast sequences of sensory stimuli.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.12.2021

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 02.12.2021
Innovative research into new vaccines
Innovative research into new vaccines
Projects taking part in the National Research Programme "Covid-19" (NRP 78) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are pursuing highly promising approaches in a drive to develop new vaccines.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 25.11.2021
Ensuring as few plankton as possible can sneak away undetected
Ensuring as few plankton as possible can sneak away undetected
How does a machine recognise plankton? In much the same way as people recognise the faces of other people.

Environment - Life Sciences - 23.11.2021
'I cannot imagine our life without biodiversity'
’I cannot imagine our life without biodiversity’
Prof. Christoph Vorburger is a biologist and heads the Aquatic Ecology department at the aquatic research institute Eawag.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.11.2021
Not one, but three forms of Alzheimer's disease
Not one, but three forms of Alzheimer’s disease
A European research team led by the UNIGE and the HUG propose a new framework for analysing Alzheimer's disease, and call for early and differentiated treatment for at-risk people.

Life Sciences - Campus - 23.11.2021
Master of neuromodulation
Master of neuromodulation
Stanisa Raspopovic connects the digital world of sensors and electrical circuits with the nervous system and its cellular circuits.

Environment - Life Sciences - 22.11.2021
Elisa Calamita wins the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize 2021
Elisa Calamita wins the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize 2021
Elisa Calamita's doctoral thesis in the Eawag Surface Waters Department and at ETH Zurich was part of the Horizon 2020 project DAFNE.

Life Sciences - Career - 19.11.2021

Life Sciences - Environment - 19.11.2021
Lake Constance in a state of change
Lake Constance in a state of change
Lake Constance on the border between Germany, Austria and Switzerland is one of the largest lakes on the edge of the Alps and is an essential drinking water reservoir and ecosystem, important for tourism, recreation, fishing, nature conservation and thermal utilisation.

Life Sciences - Health - 01.11.2021
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