Research Headlines - New insight into how the brain develops

Health and life sciences - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 01:00
Humankind has always had a fascination with the brain - how it develops, how it works and how things can go wrong. By tracking a neuron's path through the brain, neuroscientists with the EU-funded MOMECODE project have given us new insight into how the brain develops.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Demystifying immunity in the bladder

Health and life sciences - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 01:00
The EU-funded UPECBCG project set out to study the bladder's immune system, with the aim of advancing our understanding of UTI and bladder cancer to improve treatment of these diseases.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Rogue 'protein factories' point to potential cancer treatments

Health and life sciences - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 01:00
Cells are packed with proteins, encoded by the recipes in our genes. An EU-funded researcher has discovered key differences in protein production between healthy cells and tumours, revealing exciting potential avenues for the development of future cancer treatments.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - A research facility to drive forward technological progress

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 01:00
The European Spallation Source (ESS) will be the world's most powerful source of neutrons, a key tool in advancing materials science and technological progress. An EU-funded project has supported the development of ESS, which could lead to scientific breakthroughs that improve our quality of life.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Next-generation particle accelerators promise big benefits

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 01:00
A new generation of particle accelerators will help physicists explore the mysteries of the universe, provide engineers with novel tools to combat pollution and enable doctors to treat cancer more effectively. An EU-funded project is leading the advance, developing technologies that are set to have a profound impact on science and society.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Therapeutic vaccines offer hope for a functional cure for HIV

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are leading efforts to develop a functional cure for HIV using innovative therapeutic vaccines to halt the progression of the devastating virus, increase the availability and affordability of treatment, and improve patients' quality of life.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Robots help kids on autism spectrum with their social skills

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 01:00
An emotionally intelligent, partially autonomous social robot could help children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social skills, according to EU-funded researchers who have been developing the next generation of robot-enhanced therapy.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Could bats hold the secret to healthy ageing?

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 01:00
Scientists have long hoped that uncovering the mechanisms of the ageing process may provide hints as to how to halt or slow it down in humans. Now, EU-funded researchers have found that bats hold important clues.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Systems Epigenetics: Towards Precision Cancer Medicine - 27-30 November 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:00

This conference brings together scientists from multidisciplinary fields employing different research strategies:

    • Epigenetic profiling at genome-wide and/or single cell level to identify complex dynamic regulatory interactions, • Bioinformatics and mathematical modelling to understand and predict observed (dynamic) phenotypic responses, • Innovative epigenetic interference tools using for instance CRISPR/dCas-based epigenetic editing tools to locally overwrite epigenetic signatures and to verify the impact of defined alterations in epigenetic regulation.

The meeting provides a platform for scientists focusing on fundamental and biomedical research, clinicians and private sector scientists.

The Systems Epigenetics: Towards Precision Cancer Medicine Conference is organized in the context of the EpiPredict EU H2020 Innovative Training Network (www.EpiPredict.eu) coordinated by Dr Pernette Verschure.

Categories: European Commission

Health - EU supports Austrian biotech with EUR 24 million for antifungal research and innovation

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:00
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 24 million to F2G Biotech, a research-intensive company in Austria, focusing on the discovery and development of novel drugs to treat life threatening fungal diseases.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Eyeing up food supplements for healthy vision

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:00
Key nutrients can improve vision both in ageing and in healthy eyes, according to EU-funded research. Doctors are now prescribing supplements of these nutrients, while the researchers are investigating other possible health benefits.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Assessing the risks of passive vaping and second-hand smoke

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 01:00
While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the impact of second-hand smoke and e-cigarette vapour are still being determined. An EU-funded project aims to improve understanding, inform policy and reduce the economic and healthcare burden caused by exposure to these emissions.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Engineering vaccines to protect farm animals from infection

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 01:00
An EU-funded project is using synthetic biology techniques to design broad-spectra vaccines against mycoplasmas and viral infections in farm animals. By designing a growth medium without animal components and developing a platform to engineer new vaccines, the project will give the EU livestock industry a much-needed boost.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Taking a tailored approach to type 2 diabetes

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:00
EU and industry-funded researchers have split type 2 diabetes into subgroups and are working on a tool to personalise treatment for the disease. Their aim is to help patients get the best possible care for their specific condition and cut public health costs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Healthy outlook for artificial pancreas for very young children

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:00
Type 1 diabetes develops in childhood, requiring constant - often painful - management from the start. EU-funded researchers are testing an artificial pancreas that could transform the quality of life of youngsters suffering from the disease.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Understanding the correlation between diabetes and tuberculosis

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00
To answer the question of why diabetic patients are more susceptible to developing tuberculosis, the EU-funded TANDEM project linked leading European laboratories with field sites in TB-endemic countries such as Indonesia.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New way to monitor diabetes and other metabolic disorders

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers have developed computer models that accurately predict and monitor the progression of metabolic syndrome and its associated diseases. This advance may result in new therapies for diabetes, hyperlipidemia, liver disease and more.
Categories: European Commission

Scientific Advice Mechanism - Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors publish statement on the regulation of gene editing

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00
The European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) Group of Chief Scientific Advisors has today published a statement providing ‘a scientific perspective on the regulatory status of products derived from gene editing, and the implications for the GMO Directive’.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Practical healthcare applications from Earth-observation data

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 01:00
Novel solutions for monitoring air quality and ultraviolet radiation are set to emerge from an EU-funded project that will harness unprecedentedly detailed data from new Earth-observation satellites.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - Game-changing fitness plan for football fans

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 01:00
An EU-funded project has developed a game-changing physical activity programme held at professional football clubs that motivates overweight fans to get moving and lead healthier lives. Its goal is to help prevent chronic diseases among middle-aged men and cut public healthcare costs.
Categories: European Commission

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