Research Headlines - Scientists get closer to natural blue pigment

Health and life sciences - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 02:00
Demand for natural pigments in the cosmetic and food industry is high, but most blue pigments used in cosmetics and food are still artificial. THE EU-funded BIOVADIA project increased understanding of marennine, the blue pigment in blue diatoms. Research continues and could eventually feed into diverse applications, including use of the pigment and diatoms in cosmetics, medicine and agriculture.
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Research Headlines - A new approach to tackling drug-resistant bacteria

Health and life sciences - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 02:00
An EU-funded project has found a potential new way to target drug-resistant bacteria, and it is hoped that the initiative's drug discovery platform will lead to more ground-breaking discoveries - with the potential to save lives.
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Events - eStandards Final Conference - 26-27 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:00

The eStandards consortium is pleased to announce the eStandards Final Conference. This two-day event will take place in Brussels hosted by CEN TC251 at the CEN-CENELEC premises, Avenue Marnix 17, on June 26-27, 2017.

You are invited to think of a global eHealth ecosystem where we all enjoy timely safe and informed health anytime anywhere and interoperability assets fuel creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.

In this eStandards conference, you will be part of in-depth discussions on the future of eHealth Standards that really impact the digital future of health. We will present the core elements of the final eStandards roadmap and discuss the way to create a new generation of eHealth standards that nurture Trust and Flow, strengthen Europe’s voice, and enable co-creation in interoperability with trusted dialogs on health, costs, and plans to meet great expectations for large-scale eHealth deployment.

eStandards that help move forward with large-scale eHealth deployment in Europe, stepping forward from current best practices and employing the tools of the digital age will be discussed in four focus areas: (e) patient summaries for emergency and unplanned care (b) identification of medicines (c) chronic disease management (d) european reference networks for rare diseases Stay tuned!

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Research Headlines - Anti-bacterial gel fights infection in knee and hip replacements

Health and life sciences - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
EU-funded project develops special coating for bone implants that cuts the risk of infection and minimises the need for further surgery, potentially benefitting thousands of patients across Europe.
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Success Stories - Test identifies best treatment for respiratory tract infections

Health and life sciences - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:00
An EU-funded project has developed new tests to quickly determine whether a respiratory tract infection is viral or bacterial and whether it shows resistance to antibiotics, helping doctors prescribe the right treatment for patients while curbing the overuse of such life-saving drugs.
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Success Stories - How robots can enhance the lives of Europe's elderly citizens

Health and life sciences - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 02:00
Seventy-nine year old Isabel Neto shares her home with Hugo, a robot that's been designed to improve the quality of life for elderly people living alone. How, and to what extent, is that possible?
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Success Stories - Could a 'smart mirror' replace your doctor for disease diagnosis?

Health and life sciences - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 02:00
When you look into a Wize Mirror, it looks back at you. It is a prototype of a smart mirror that detects disease symptoms.
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Events - Biopharma meets IT: PERMIDES MatchMaking Lunch in Heidelberg - 12 July 2017, Heidelberg, Germany

Health and life sciences - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 02:00

On 12 July, biopharma SMEs and IT SMEs are invited to a matchmaking lunch at Heidelberg’s Technology Park.

Up 15 biopharma companies can pitch their project ideas and needs, followed by the presentation of up 15 IT companies highlighting their services and references.

The matchmaking with potential partners will be facilitated by a 1:1 speed-dating format. PERMIDES (Personalized Medicine Innovation through Digital Enterprise Solutions) is a H2020 project organized by 3 biopharma and 3 IT clusters from Germany, Austria and Norway.

The project aims at bringing together European SMEs from the biopharmaceutical and IT sector to develop of novel digital solutions addressing challenges along the biopharma value chain.

Biopharma SMEs can benefit from innovation vouchers with a value of up to EUR 60,000 and IT SMEs can benefit from this funding via collaborations with one or more biopharma partner.

PERMIDES offers travel support (max. 200€ for national, max. 1.800€ for international travels) for SMEs participating in the workshop.

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Success Stories - Smart Fashion: What do our clothes say when they talk to us?

Health and life sciences - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 02:00
What we wear says something about our personality - but what if our clothes and accessories could also tell us about our health? A smart shirt prototype can keep track of how much the wearer eats or drinks. Soft textile sensors in the collar monitor the neck muscles to inconspicuously detect swallows.
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Health and life sciences - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 02:00

The Hellenic Forum is under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aims to act as a meeting point for Science, Technology and Innovation building bridges with scientists abroad, in order to enhance scientific and technological transfer collaboration for innovation.

The Forum will cover a broad range of topics including Nanotechnology, Energy & Environment, Life Sciences, ICT , Particle Physics, Cultural Heritage with emphasis to converging technologies.

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Events - Science Café with Jan Konvalinka - 28 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 02:00

Science Café with Jan Konvalinka is an unconventional open discussion on research in the field of biochemistry.

Our guest is a recognized scientist, who was involved in development of the first inhibitors of the HIV protease. Currently he is focused on viral resistance development.

Dr. Konvalinka holds position of vice-rector for research at the Charles University in Prague and head of department at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible.

Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work

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Events - ISM – MYCOKEY Workshop – Training Course 2017 Strategies for minimization of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi in food chains - 16-19 October 2017, Bari, Italy

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:00

The Institute of Sciences of Food Production – National Research Councilof Italy (ISPA-CNR), under the aegis of the MycoKey project ( and the International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM), is hosting a 4 days Workshop-Training Course from 16 to 19 October, 2017.

The course aims at training smart, integrated, sustainable solutions and innovative tools to manage and reduce the major mycotoxins (aflatoxins, fumonisins, trichothecenes and ochratoxin A) in economically important food and feed chains (maize, wheat, barley, dried fruits and grape) in pre and post-harvest.

Advanced technologies in the field of chemical detection, molecular analysis, modelling and ICT solutions will be covered by highly qualified international instructors, throughout lectures and laboratory experiences.

About half of the duration of the workshop will be ”hands on” and spent in the laboratory.

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Events - 1st MYCOKEY International Conference "Global Mycotoxin Reduction in the Food and Feed Chain" - 11-14 September 2017, Ghent, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 02:00

The H2020 MycoKey project first international event for the food and feed safety community is foreseen in Ghent, Belgium from 11 to 14 September 2017.

Food safety experts will join the 3 days conference to discuss about the emerging issues related to mycotoxins menace in the world, also focusing on food and feed chains.

The Conference is organized by UGENT, partner of MycoKey Consortium, in strict collaboration with MyToolBox, the complementary project funded by H2020 under the same call SFS 13-2015.

Main topics:

    • Global impact of mycotoxins • Biodiversity and toxigenic fungi monitoring • Mycotoxin analytical challenges • Prevention Animal health and toxicology I • mpact of climate change • Challenges for developing countries • Remediation and intervention • Human health and toxicology • Modelling & ICT solutions
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Research Headlines - New production method to cut costs of meningitis drugs

Health and life sciences - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 02:00
The weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.
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Research Headlines - Mosquito genomes may hold the key to combating malaria

Health and life sciences - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 02:00
Malaria is one of the world's deadliest diseases, but cutting-edge research into the genetics of malaria-carrying mosquitoes could lead to new methods to prevent transmission that could save hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.
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Events - 1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - Understanding the brain: Neurobiology for non-specialists - 3-5 July 2017, Innsbruck, Austria

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00

The aim of this interactive workshop is to provide practical insights into basic and translational neuroscience research for interested non-specialists.

The topics addressed range from essential neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, over IPS cells, to networks and behaviour. Plasticity and modulation of networks and signal transmission under physiological (like learning and memory) and pathological situations (like addiction, epilepsy or neurodegeneration) will form an essential part.

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Events - 1st HBP Curriculum workshop series New horizons in clinical neuroscience: Brain medicine for non-specialists - 5-7 July 2017, Innsbruck, Austria

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00

The aim of this interactive workshop is to deepen and complete the online course on brain medicine for non-specialists with the most recent advances in research of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Lectures and tutorials by international experts will report the state of the art of research and treatment of brain diseases. Representatives of the Allen Institute for Brain Science (AI, USA) and the Human Brain Project (HBP, Europe) will present novel avenues for exploiting large biological datasets for future classification of brain diseases, which may lead to new strategies for developing therapeutics.

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Events - 1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - ICT for non-specialists - 21-23 June 2017, Paris, France

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00

Working on the frontiers between neuroscience and ICT, or medicine and ICT requires basic knowledge in the field of computer science.

This workshop complements the online course ICT for non-specialists and provides practical insights into ICT research for young investigators interested in the subject without an ICT background, who require some basics for their research.

Lectures and seminars will be accompanied by practical work and open discussion rounds. Experts in various areas of ICT will be available on site.

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