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Health - Pharmacology - 19.06.2024
Macomics and IOR announce Macrophage Scientific Collaboration in Prostate Cancer Drug Development
Macomics Ltd, a leader in macrophage drug discovery, announces that it has entered a scientific collaboration with Prof. Andrea Alimonti at IOR (Institute of Oncology Research), one of Switzerland's leading research institutes.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.05.2024
Personalized medicine with optimum data protection

Pharmacology - Health - 25.04.2024
Positive Efficacy and Safety Data for a Novel Treatment for Small Babies
Positive Efficacy and Safety Data for a Novel Treatment for Small Babies

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 25.04.2024
Accelerating the Fight against Malaria - World Malaria Day 2024
Accelerating the Fight against Malaria - World Malaria Day 2024
With over 600,000 deaths in 2022, malaria remains one of the biggest health threats particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.02.2024
The best hope for children with a rare muscle disease might just be a SEAL
The best hope for children with a rare muscle disease might just be a SEAL
The diagnosis is followed by despair - then maybe a glimpse of hope. When parents of a child with the genetic disease LAMA2-related muscular dystrophy search around online, one of the things they will encounter is SEAL Therapeutics, a start-up company at the University of Basel.

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.

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

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

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.

Pharmacology - Health - 23.10.2023
New receptor structures discovered to design drugs
A team of researchers at USI has discovered the dimeric structural organisation of certain receptors among the principle drug targets in pharmacology.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.10.2023
Prostate cancer: IOR contributes to significant advancement
Prostate cancer: IOR contributes to significant advancement
The Molecular Oncology research group, led by Prof. Andrea Alimonti at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR, affiliated to USI and member of Bios+), in close collaboration with the team of Prof. de Bono (Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK), has finally provided the first clinical evidence that myeloid inflammation can fuel disease progression and resistance to hormonal therapies in prostate cancer patients.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.10.2023
Innovations in lymphedema treatment
Innovations in lymphedema treatment
Swelling of one or more limbs due to lymphedema affects one in five women undergoing breast cancer surgery following the operation.

Pharmacology - Health - 03.10.2023
A majority of drugs on display without proven effectiveness
A majority of drugs on display without proven effectiveness
Almost 60 percent of all medicines displayed in the windows of pharmacies in Switzerland have no medically proven efficacy.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.09.2023
32'000 hospital admissions in Switzerland due to drug side effects
32’000 hospital admissions in Switzerland due to drug side effects
A joint study by the Universities of Lucerne and Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich and Swissmedic shows for the first time comprehensively how many people in Switzerland were admitted to hospital due to medication side effects. Despite the legal obligation, only a small proportion of these were reported in the eight-year observation center period.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.08.2023
Corona Immunitas, 98% of the population has Covid antibodies
The Corona Immunitas project has published the results of the first large-scale epidemiological study carried out since the Omicron variant supplanted Delta in Switzerland in early 2022. The results indicate a significant amount of antibodies present and exceptionally high neutralisation levels. The study also confirms that hybrid immunity, a combination of vaccination and infection, is the most effective.

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.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.07.2023
Fighting tumours down to the last cancer cell
Researchers at PSI have developed a new drug that could increase the survival chances of patients with metastatic prostate cancer. The drug is now being tested on patients in the PROGNOSTICS project. A research consortium consisting of the Paul Scherrer Institute, the University Hospital Basel and ETH Zurich is receiving two million Swiss francs in funding for this project.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.06.2023
International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma (ICML)

Pharmacology - Health - 30.05.2023
'We want to make sure that nanomedicine can advance more rapidly.'
’We want to make sure that nanomedicine can advance more rapidly.’
Nanomedicine involves packaging drugs in microscopic particles to make them more effective.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.05.2023
Fecal beads to act at the core of the intestinal microbiota
Fecal beads to act at the core of the intestinal microbiota
A team from the University of Geneva, in collaboration with the CHUV, has developed a new method of encapsulating fecal bacteria to treat a serious intestinal infection.

Health - Pharmacology - 27.03.2023
Mathematical Modelling to Inform Next-Generation Malaria Interventions
Mathematical Modelling to Inform Next-Generation Malaria Interventions
Global progress against malaria has stagnated and novel medical interventions are urgently needed.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.03.2023
Swiss TPH Symposium on Tuberculosis: A Call to Action
Swiss TPH Symposium on Tuberculosis: A Call to Action

Health - Pharmacology - 16.03.2023
Immune-cell booster for cancer patients
Immune-cell booster for cancer patients
Cancer patients might one day benefit from being administered immune cells from healthy donors. But as things stand, receiving donor cells can cause severe or even fatal immune reactions. A researcher at ETH Zurich has now developed a technology that avoids these. Edo Kapetanovic is a medical doctor, but for a while now he has devoted himself entirely to research in synthetic immunology.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.03.2023
A potential new treatment for prostate cancer
Researchers at the Institute of oncology research (IOR, affiliated to USI and member of Bios+ ) , in collaboration with researchers from the University of Padova, have made a groundbreaking discovery that could change the way we think about ageing and immune cells offering a potential new target for treatments in cases of prostate cancer.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.02.2023
When researchers join forces in the fight against cancer
When researchers join forces in the fight against cancer
Since 2016, the Swiss Cancer Center LÚman provides a space for scientists and clinicians from across the Lake Geneva region to pool their efforts, share insights and work together on innovative cancer treatments.

Pharmacology - Health - 30.01.2023
Gillian Levine and Julia Bielicki receive Pfizer Research Award
Gillian Levine and Julia Bielicki receive Pfizer Research Award

Health - Pharmacology - 27.01.2023
Antibodies against coronaviruses coldspots discovered
The coronavirus keeps evolving, and in doing so, it evades our immune defences. But does the entire coronavirus evolve, or do some portions remain unchanged? Sieving through over 10 million coronavirus sequences, two PhD students at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Switzerland, affiliated with the UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana) discovered that some portions of the virus spike (the molecule on the virus that is key to infect human cells) were remarkably conserved.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.12.2022
More Precise Treatment
The LOOP Zurich research center combines expertise from ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the four university hospitals in Zurich with the aim of developing more personalized therapies.

Pharmacology - Health - 30.11.2022
Reducing the Burden of Schistosomiasis for Young Children in Africa
Reducing the Burden of Schistosomiasis for Young Children in Africa

Health - Pharmacology - 28.11.2022
Localising BRCA gene mutations to better treat ovarian cancer
Localising BRCA gene mutations to better treat ovarian cancer
An international team highlights the importance of localising BRCA gene mutations for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are inherited by 1 in 400 and 1 in 800 people respectively, significantly increase the risk of certain cancers such as ovarian, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.11.2022
Temporary mild damage to heart muscle cells after Covid-19 booster vaccination
Temporary mild damage to heart muscle cells after Covid-19 booster vaccination
An interdisciplinary research team from the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel has studied the effects of the Covid-19 booster vaccination on the heart muscle.

Health - Pharmacology - 27.10.2022
Overcoming resistance to colon cancer treatment
Overcoming resistance to colon cancer treatment
A team from the UNIGE has found an alternative for patients who have developed resistance to chemotherapy treatments. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers. Its treatment is mainly based on chemotherapy. However, over time, chemotherapy induces resistance in the majority of patients, who end up being unresponsive to the drugs.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 21.09.2022
A Nobel laureate to discuss tomorrow’s medicines

Health - Pharmacology - 10.06.2022
AI for diabetes project MELISSA launched
AI for diabetes project MELISSA launched

Health - Pharmacology - 08.06.2022
Major US award for Bern and Geneva researchers
Major US award for Bern and Geneva researchers
A prestigious grant from the USA goes to the biomedical scientist Sven Rottenberg, University of Bern, and the clinical scientist Intidhar Labidi-Galy, University of Geneva and University Hospital of Geneva.

Pharmacology - Health - 24.05.2022
Turning drug discovery into speed dating
Turning drug discovery into speed dating
EPFL spin-off ArcoScreen has developed a platform that turns the discovery of new drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, diabetes and cancer from a marathon into a sprint. The firm's microfluidic readout system assesses the response of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to new substances, delivering significant time and financial gains for pharmaceutical companies.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.04.2022
Three Simple Interventions for Cancer Prevention in Older People
A combination of high-dose vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and a simple home strength exercise program (SHEP) can cumulatively reduce the risk of cancer in healthy adults over the age of 70 by 61 percent, the international DO-HEALTH study led by the University of Zurich has shown. It is the first study to test the combined benefit of three affordable public health interventions for the prevention of invasive cancers.

Health - Pharmacology - 21.03.2022
A novel painless and reliable allergy test
Although allergies are widespread, their diagnosis is complex and, depending on the type of allergy, the prospects of success with therapy are not always clear.

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.

Pharmacology - 07.03.2022
Science in a minute - The difference between an mRNA vaccine and a vector vaccine
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