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.
Categories: European Commission

Events - 5th HELLENIC FORUM FOR SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION - 5-7 July 2017, Athens, Greece

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.

Categories: European Commission

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

Categories: European Commission

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 (http://www.mycokey.eu/) 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.

Categories: European Commission

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
Categories: European Commission

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.
Categories: European Commission

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.
Categories: European Commission

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.

Categories: European Commission

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.

Categories: European Commission

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.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Detecting diabetic kidney disease before it really sets in

Health and life sciences - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 02:00
The damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - Avatars help schizophrenia patients silence tormenting voices

Health and life sciences - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 02:00
People with schizophrenia are volunteering for a European research project to help the control and perhaps even silence the tormenting voices in their heads by confronting a computer avatar of themselves.
Categories: European Commission

Events - 1st HBP Curriculum workshop series - Intellectual property rights, translation and exploitation of research - 17-19 July 2017, Leimen, Germany

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 02:00

This “hackathon” style workshop completes and complements the online course on Intellectual Property Rights, Translation and Exploitation of Research.

Students will work in small groups around joint applied research ideas in Neuroscience that the students will offer and conceive by themselves.

The participants will study how to advance their ideas from the lab to market, understand the needs, the target population, patentability options and how to build a business model. Finally they will present their ideas to industry and academy experts.

The workshop is a hands on unique experience of diving into the entrepreneurial world, learning how to advance the science into the next step.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Engineering bacteria to churn out chemicals

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 02:00
Scientists are delving into the core machinery of cellular life, in search of the mechanisms driving bacterial evolution and adaptation. Their findings promise biosynthetic factories able to convert biomass into fuels and valuable chemicals.
Categories: European Commission

Events - 1st ECSEL JU Symposium - 13-14 June 2017, Portomaso, St. Julian's, Malta

Health and life sciences - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 02:00

A wide range of European and global stakeholders in the Electronics Components and Systems field, including Industry, Research and Financial Communities, European, National and Regional decision-makers and international partners will get together in Malta on 13/14 June 2017 in the background of our annual event.

This event aims to provide an unique opportunity and space for the ECSEL funded projects to present their progress and results to date, to disseminate the scientific and technological achievements, and to cast light on their contributions to the programme.

The event will run over two days:
Day 1 focuses on ECSEL JU projects’ results and achievements in key areas (e.g. Smart Health, Production, and Mobility and Semiconductor technology for IOT), while Day 2 is dedicated to a more strategic exchange featuring high-profile key note speeches and panel discussions.

This event is organised under the auspices of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. High-level representatives from Malta have already accepted our invitation to elaborate on the role of Malta and its perspectives in the ECS sector.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Connecting the dots for medical holography

Health and life sciences - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 02:00
No glasses, no headset, no smartphone - it is possible to produce 3D images that observers can view without cumbersome props. Base these displays on input from medical imaging devices and you could have the makings of a powerful new way to view patient scans. Holography holds the key, says an innovative SME that is developing this technology with EU support.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - New ray of hope for premature babies

Health and life sciences - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 02:00
At the neonatal intensive care unit of Milan's Mangiagalli hospital, the patients are very vulnerable ones: premature babies. The hospital is testing a new tool aiming to improve their medical monitoring and reduce the risk of brain injury.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Nearer to the neuron

Health and life sciences - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 02:00
Language, reasoning and learning are abilities powered by the neocortex, the folded grey matter on the outside of the brain. But how does its neuronal circuitry actually handle information? Using the example of syntax processing, new EU-funded research is exploring the physiological underpinnings of human cognition.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - Replacing animal testing with cultured human cells

Health and life sciences - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 02:00
Scientists at the University of Luxembourg have engineered human brain tissue, created from stem cells. They think that this bioengineering can push the limits of their knowledge in biomedicine without having to use animals in lab testing. Lets meet scientists around Europe who are not short of ideas about how to reach this goal.
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