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Life Sciences - 02.10.2023
Genetics of Attraction: Mate Choice in Fruit Flies
Genetics of Attraction: Mate Choice in Fruit Flies
Evolutionary Biology Genetic quality or genetic compatibility? What do female fruit flies prioritize when mating? Researchers at the University of Zurich show that both factors are important at different stages of the reproductive process and that females use targeted strategies to optimize the fitness of their offspring.

Life Sciences - Health - 28.09.2023
Cloëtta Jubilee prize awarded to two ETH professors in Basel
Cloëtta Jubilee prize awarded to two ETH professors in Basel

Life Sciences - Event - 28.09.2023
FMI science prizes — winners 2023

Health - Life Sciences - 27.09.2023
A major advance in the understanding of brain tumors
A major advance in the understanding of brain tumors
Researchers at the Department of Oncology (UNIL-CHUV) have published an in-depth analysis in the prestigious journal "Cell", shedding light on the hitherto unknown functions of neutrophils in brain tumor environments. Brain tumors remain one of the most complex medical challenges of our time, affecting thousands of lives every year.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.09.2023
Deciphering the secrets of the brain
Deciphering the secrets of the brain
PSI researchers are to receive funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its "BRAIN Initiative".

Health - Life Sciences - 25.09.2023
Animal experimentation: back to the pre-Covid situation
Animal experimentation: back to the pre-Covid situation
In line with federal figures, animal experimentation at UNIL-CHUV has risen by 4% in 2022. This slight increase is due to the increased use of zebrafish, the boom in cancer research and, above all, the post-Covid catch-up.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.09.2023
Forum Geneva 2023 - Le salon de carrière
New study in Science Immunology shows that individuals with Parkinson's disease exhibit decreased levels of CD8+ memory T cells and fail to generate memory T cells in response to COVID-19 vaccination.

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.09.2023
Ecologist Anita Risch elected to the WSL directorate
On 21 September 2023, the ETH Board elected Anita Risch to the WSL Directorate. The ecologist and private lecturer at ETH Zurich researches the interactions and functions of animals, plants and soil organisms in ecosystems around the world.

Health - Life Sciences - 20.09.2023
HIV reservoirs continually stimulate the immune system
HIV reservoirs continually stimulate the immune system
Scientists at CHUV and the University of Lausanne have shown that in people living with HIV and taking antiretroviral treatment, cells functioning as "reservoirs" continue to produce parts of the virus that continually stimulate the immune system. This discovery opens the way to new therapeutic approaches.

Economics - Life Sciences - 20.09.2023
From postdoc to entrepreneur
After a 1.5-year postdoc in the Liberali lab — where he co-developed and tested a new microscope to track the development of organoids in real time — Andrea Boni co-founded a company that provides live-imaging systems based on a revolutionary microscopy technology.

Life Sciences - Research Management - 07.09.2023
Marcel Benoist 2023 Prize for plant communication
Marcel Benoist 2023 Prize for plant communication
The Marcel Benoist Foundation awards the Prix Marcel Benoist 2023 to Ted Turlings of the University of Neuchâtel "for his outstanding contributions in the fields of chemical ecology and plant-insect interactions".

Health - Life Sciences - 23.08.2023
Gender medicine between awareness and outreach

Computer Science - Life Sciences - 17.08.2023
Advanced Grants for systems biologist and computer scientist
Advanced Grants for systems biologist and computer scientist

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 02.08.2023
Treating anaemia with gene scissors
Treating anaemia with gene scissors
ETH Zurich molecular biologist Mandy Boontanrart is researching gene therapies that could be used to cure two of the most common types of inherited anaemia. She has now developed a promising approach for so-called beta-hemoglobinopathies. Many hereditary diseases have largely been considered to be incurable.

Computer Science - Life Sciences - 18.07.2023
How AI models teach themselves to learn new things
How AI models teach themselves to learn new things
Large language models such as GPT-3 are able to learn new concepts by interacting with their users. Researchers at ETH and Google may now have uncovered a key mechanism behind this capability. Despite their huge success, the inner workings of large language models such as OpenAI's GPT model family and Google Bard remain a mystery, even to their developers.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.07.2023
Wyss Center appoints Dr. Craig Cook as new Head of Business Development and Licensing

Life Sciences - Health - 05.07.2023
Working together to train and empower the next generation of biomedical researchers
Working together to train and empower the next generation of biomedical researchers
ETH Zurich and Roche are joining forces in Basel to advance the development of new methods that facilitate the search for medicines. Together, they will train specialists for the biomedical challenges of our time. ETH Zurich and Roche are to collaborate more closely in two new research and training programmes.

Life Sciences - 04.07.2023
Luca Giorgetti elected as EMBO Member
Luca Giorgetti elected as EMBO Member

Life Sciences - Health - 30.06.2023
Zeroing in on how the ’guardian of the genome’ works
The tumor suppressor protein p53 has been dubbed the 'guardian of the genome' because it protects the DNA from stress or long-term damage by regulating the expression of numerous genes involved DNA repair, cell division and cell death. Now, FMI researchers have homed in on some of the mechanisms that regulate the activation of p53 target genes.

Life Sciences - Health - 27.06.2023
Molecular 'hub' regulates gene-silencing proteins
Molecular ’hub’ regulates gene-silencing proteins
To keep their vital functions in balance, many organisms use small snippets of RNA to 'silence' messenger RNAs that code for certain proteins. New research from FMI scientists revealed a molecular hub that integrates the activities of different protein complexes involved in such RNA silencing. The findings provide insights into a key mechanism that helps to coordinate cellular functions.

Health - Life Sciences - 26.06.2023
Cell therapy meets the very latest in gene editing: start-up Cimeio joins forces with Prime Medicine
Cell therapy meets the very latest in gene editing: start-up Cimeio joins forces with Prime Medicine
Gentler cell therapies for blood cancer and other serious blood diseases - this is the goal that Cimeio Therapeutics, a University of Basel spin-off, has set itself.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.06.2023
Distinguished research on the influence of the gut microbiota on gene expression 
A collaborative study led by Dr. Sheida Moghadamrad at Laboratories for Translational Research, Hepatology/Gastroenterology department of Ente ospedaliero cantonale and faculty of Biomedical S

Health - Life Sciences - 19.06.2023
Wyss Center announces support from Dr. Abed Hammoud of Alant Health Sarl for its Minimally Invasive IntraCranial Access

Life Sciences - 10.06.2023
Radio debate on animal research
The first "National Laboratory Animal Day" is being held in Switzerland today, Saturday, 10 June 2023.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.06.2023
Centre for emerging viral diseases designated WHO collaborating centre

Health - Life Sciences - 08.06.2023
A potential milestone in cancer therapy
Researchers from the University of Bern, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, and the University of Connecticut have made a significant breakthrough in the fight against cancer. They identified a previously unknown weak point of prostate cancer cells. This could also lead to entirely new therapeutic approaches for other types of cancer.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.06.2023
New IRB study: mapping the anatomical localization of atypical chemokine receptors

Life Sciences - Health - 07.06.2023
3R Prize: flies instead of laboratory mice
3R Prize: flies instead of laboratory mice

Life Sciences - 06.06.2023
Exotic insects follow their larder, but with a delay
An analysis conducted by Cleo Bertelsmeier and Aymeric Bonnamour at the University of Lausanne's Department of Ecology and Evolution and published in "PNAS" reveals that the spread of plants precedes and favors the establishment of insects outside their region of origin. Based on the time lag observed, the scientists estimate that in the near future, discoveries of non-native insects could increase by 35% worldwide .

Life Sciences - Innovation - 25.05.2023
Wyss Center partners with ALBA network
Geneva, Switzerland - The Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, an independent, non-profit, research organization that innovates and accelerates technologies and therapies to transform the lives

Life Sciences - 24.05.2023
Leading House Africa : Consolidation Grant

Life Sciences - Health - 25.04.2023
The double-helix 70 years on: five FMI studies that helped decipher the DNA
The double-helix 70 years on: five FMI studies that helped decipher the DNA
On April 25, 1953 an iconic research paper was published in the journal Nature: the description of the double-helix structure of the DNA, by James Watson and Francis Crick. Their study revolutionized the field of molecular biology and laid the foundation for modern genetics and genomics. Seventy years later, there remains a lot to discover about the "molecule of life" and scientists at the FMI are at the forefront of such research.

Life Sciences - Event - 24.04.2023
Animals and research: accolade to Tommaso Virgilio’s

Life Sciences - Health - 18.04.2023
Earpiece that speeds up recovery after a stroke
Earpiece that speeds up recovery after a stroke
Researchers have developed a smart earpiece that helps people relearn physical actions faster and more easily after a stroke. By stimulating the brain, the earpiece helps it rewire neural circuits. Strokes are the number one cause of persistent physical impairment among adults worldwide. Sufferers often find it hard or even impossible to perform everyday physical actions like walking or reaching for something.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.04.2023
ETH Zurich boosts medical research with new site in Schlieren
ETH Zurich boosts medical research with new site in Schlieren
ETH Zurich is boosting its medical research and establishing a new site in Schlieren. It is leasing a new building (SSA) right next to the Bio-Technopark in Schlieren; the site is currently being set up as a laboratory building for medical research.

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.03.2023
Global warming kills forests by restricting tree transpiration
Global warming kills forests by restricting tree transpiration
UN International Day of Forests on 21 March is the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the important forest research being done at EPFL.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 14.03.2023
The power of habit
Life is a constant stream of decisions that pit sober reflection against powerful emotions, conscious deliberation against gut instincts. Using complex models and sophisticated experiments, researchers study how we combine these different decision-making strategies. One mention of insects is enough to draw a sceptical smile from Michael Siegrist.

Health - Life Sciences - 14.03.2023
Getting to the bottom of bacteria
Getting to the bottom of bacteria
Gregor Weiss is fascinated by the inner workings of our cells and is driven by the hope of finding a non-antibiotic therapy for urinary tract infections.

Life Sciences - 10.03.2023
New project: Speakeasy

Life Sciences - Campus - 10.03.2023
14 professors appointed

Life Sciences - 10.03.2023
New project: InnerVoice

Environment - Life Sciences - 02.03.2023
Unique richness under pressure
Unique richness under pressure
The federal government has just published the updated Red List of fish and cyclostomes. Eawag was involved.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.02.2023
Prizes for biomedical research in the Lake Geneva region
Prizes for biomedical research in the Lake Geneva region
Three scientific prizes will be awarded this year by the Leenaards Foundation, including two for research carried out in partnership with EPFL.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.02.2023
New project: Repairing the spinal cord

Campus - Life Sciences - 14.02.2023
Pascal Mäser Appointed Full Professor at the University of Basel
Pascal Mäser Appointed Full Professor at the University of Basel

Life Sciences - Career - 13.02.2023
Congratulations to our 2022 fellows
FMI researchers are awarded competitive grants and fellowship throughout the year, which speaks for the quality and potential of their work.

Life Sciences - 08.02.2023
Identification of a new PLK1-mediated pathway to limit homologous recombination

Health - Life Sciences - 03.02.2023
International Master Degree in Sleep Medicine

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 02.02.2023
Seven new species of whitefish described in Central Switzerland
Seven new species of whitefish described in Central Switzerland
Biologists at Eawag have identified ten species of whitefish in the lakes of the Reuss river system. Of these, seven have been described as distinct species for the first time - although in two cases this required inspection of specimens from historical collections, since eutrophication of lakes in the 20th century also led to the extinction of fish species in Central Switzerland.

Health - Life Sciences - 31.01.2023
An action plan to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
As the population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease in Europe will double by 2050.