University of Italian Switzerland


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Location: Lugano
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, 6900 Lugano

Affiliation: swissuniversities
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Health - Jan 7
A study performed in Ticino in Spring 2020, on data of SARS-CoV-2 serological tests run on healthcare workers, shows that COVID-19 antibodies are detectable in up to 10% of the participants. Such a result are comparable with the ones of the Corona Immunitas study conducted on the Ticino population. More importantly, it shows that healthcare workers with exposure to COVID-19 patients have only a slightly higher absolute risk of seropositivity than those without, suggesting that the use of protective measures in hospitals aiming at reducing nosocomial viral transmission are effective.
Health - Jan 5

While populations around the world are being vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the approval of a treament against another well-known virus, much less widespread but extremely lethal: Ebola. The new drug was made possible thanks to the fundamental work performed at the laboratories of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, affiliated to USI) and Humabs BioMed (subsidiary of the U.S. Vir Biotech) in Bellinzona.

Campus - Dec 28, 2020

The importance of synchronisation in human relationships. Shkurta Gashi, a PhD candidate at USI Faculty of Informatics, investigates how this element affects human behaviour. The degree of synchronisation between individuals in specific contexts, such as a classroom, was measured with smartwatches' help.

Criminology - Dec 14, 2020

Passing a law, committing a crime, inflicting a sanction. These are the main the stages of criminal justice at the heart of modern legal systems. The sentence that follows the committment of a crime often translates into detention in a correctional facility.

Health - Dec 11, 2020

A study performed in Ticino between Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), USI Universitą della Svizzera italiana and Universitą Vita-Salute San Raffaele (UniSR, Milan, Italy) has shown how drugs against hypertension can reduce by more than 60% the risk of mortality in COVID-19 patients. The multidisciplinary study concerned 576 patients admitted to the EOC during the first wave of the epidemic, and was published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Health - Dec 30, 2020
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From a research hypothesis in experimental biology to the possible application in the field of anticancer therapies, through computer simulations. This is the essential course of an interdisciplinary and international research project that has identified the mechanisms by which particular peptides can penetrate cell membranes and contribute to the elimination of tumors. The study, conducted by the University of Lausanne and involving the research group in computational biophysics of the Dalle Molle Institute of USI and SUPSI, has been published in the prestigious scientific journal PNAS.

Health - Dec 14, 2020

Over the past two decades the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland has witnessed a strong rise in scientific research activities, both in the private and the public sector. The important public-private investments in facilities to accommodate these activities - namely the Lugano East Campus for the USI Faculties of Biomedical Sciences and of Informatics, and the "Nel Parco" building in Bellinzona for the Institutes for Reasearch in Biomedicine (IRB) and of Oncology Research (IOR).

Computer Science - Dec 14, 2020

Uncovering the art of Indonesian Batik through technology. The iWareBatik-Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence for Batik Intangible Cultural Heritage has been developed by Puspita Ayu Permatasari, PhD candidate at USI Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society.

Research Management - Dec 9, 2020

Vittorio Limongelli, professor of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and researcher at the USI Institute of Computational Science, has received an ERC Grant, the most prestigious research fund awarded by the European Research Council on a highly competitive basis to the best researchers in the "Old Continent".