Research Headlines - Personalised brain cancer treatment shows potential

Health and life sciences - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers have demonstrated huge potential for treating aggressive brain cancer using actively personalised immunotherapy in a first first-stage clinical trial to test the vaccine's safety.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Gene therapy trials point to cure for rare liver disease

Health and life sciences - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are close to developing a cure for Crigler-Najjar syndrome, an extremely rare, life-threatening liver disease. The groundbreaking research, currently being validated in clinical trials, could also pave the way for the treatment of other genetic disorders.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Chromosome imaging promises breakthrough treatments

Health and life sciences - Tue, 02/26/2019 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are developing pioneering tools and techniques that will enable scientists to view chromosomes in unprecedented detail, greatly advancing research into life-saving treatments for cancer and cures for many genetic disorders.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Remote control of transplanted cells in Parkinson's

Health and life sciences - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 01:00
Cell-replacement therapies, including stem cell transplant, give hope to patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's. An EU-funded project aims to improve the outcome of such therapies, using magnetic manipulation of cells at the site of transplantation.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Safe water solutions thanks to Euro-African 'cleantech' collaboration

Health and life sciences - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 01:00
Clean water is a human right and a major contributor to sustainable development. But large parts of Africa still have very poor access to it. That needs to change and an EU-backed international consortium is working on clean water technology programmes targeting sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainable, locally-adapted solutions to this complex challenge are the key.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Collaboration in the clinical neurosciences

Health and life sciences - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 01:00
A number of cutting-edge neuroscience methods have tremendous potential to help patients suffering from disorders of the nervous system. An EU-funded project is working to facilitate collaborative research, with the aim of better understanding cognitive impairments and improving patient outcomes.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Prosthetics with natural sensations for lower-limb amputees

Health and life sciences - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 01:00
An EU-funded project is building on the development of an upper-limb prosthesis controlled by the nervous system, which restores amputees' natural sensations and intuitive limb control. The aim is to create and market a similar solution for people who have lost lower limbs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Super-resolution microscope gives better insight into cells

Health and life sciences - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 01:00
An EU-funded project to develop a super-resolution microscope platform capable of visualising DNA, mRNA and proteins in living cells could advance regenerative medicine, potentially leading to breakthroughs in replacing or restoring diseased or malfunctioning human cells, tissues or organs.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Science Café with Vojtěch Adam - 28 February 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:00

Vojtěch Adam is a recognized scientist in the field chemistry and biochemistry and he is an expert in the application of advanced materials in the biology. He particularly deals with metallothioneins, proteins with the ability to bind metals, with unique structure rich in cysteines.

He and his research team believe that these proteins are one of the key factors in preventing the emergence of resistance to cancer treatment with metal-based medicines. Confirmation of this fact could contribute to the more effective treatment of cancer in the future.

Prof Adam is the Vice-rector of the Mendel University in Brno and researcher at the CEITEC Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. He holds ERC Starting Grant "Towards the Understanding a Metal-Tumour-Metabolismna" since 1 January 2018.

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

Research Headlines - Ageing, stem cells and a propensity to cancer

Health and life sciences - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:00
With the support of Russia's Almazov Medical Research Centre, the EU-funded SyStemAge project studied the molecular mechanisms of ageing in adult stem cells, the results of which indicate that the intervention of metabolic pathways could correct age-related alterations and diseases.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New therapeutic potential for chronic inflammatory diseases

Health and life sciences - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 01:00
Substances that trigger prolonged immune responses contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. An EU-funded project is identifying these substances and the underlying mechanisms involved, opening the door to new management strategies for chronic inflammatory diseases.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - A novel, preventive approach to treating rheumatoid arthritis

Health and life sciences - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 01:00
Novel therapies being developed by EU- and industry-funded researchers could prevent and cure rheumatoid arthritis by tackling the autoimmune disease in the very early stages, before debilitating symptoms occur.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Virtual research environment empowers scientists

Health and life sciences - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 01:00
Researchers across south-east Europe and the eastern Mediterranean are benefitting from a powerful new e-infrastructure developed in an EU-funded project, which enables diverse scientific communities to conduct groundbreaking cross-border research spanning climatology, life sciences and cultural heritage.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Novel approach to empowering women with disabilities

Health and life sciences - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 01:00
Women with disabilities have more difficulties than their male counterparts in finding employment and joining in community life. The EU-funded RISEWISE project is working to identify clear directions for research towards improving the social and economic integration of disabled women.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Brain Research & Tech: How can Horizon Europe improve human brain health and performance? - 6 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 01:00

Understanding and healing the human brain is one of the most exciting challenges of the 21st century. For centuries we have been attracted by the mystery of thought and consciousness, but it is only now that we have the technical and scientific foundation to advance.

Is consciousness fundamental for the emergence of thought? Will Artificial Intelligence need to be conscious? And can we repair our mind once it has been damaged?

Addressing these questions requires boldness, is necessarily interdisciplinary and needs close coordination amongst scientists, clinicians, industry partners and policy makers. In Europe, we decided to accept this challenge and push the frontiers of our knowledge through efforts such as the European flagship Human Brain Project, the European Open Science Cloud, and our investments in High Performance Computing…

But how will we succeed? Aix-Marseille University - AMU, a European leader in brain health and technology, responds together with its scientific and industrial partners across the continent.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Human-machine cooperation in healthcare

Health and life sciences - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:00
People are increasingly interacting with intelligent technology, as the real and digital worlds become intertwined. An EU-funded project is working to bring new forms of human-machine collaboration into real-life educational settings for healthcare providers that will benefit students, trainers and patients.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Tasty and nutritious food for senior citizens

Health and life sciences - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 01:00
As a person ages, their appetite and physical capacity to eat can diminish. To prevent malnutrition among senior citizens and make eating a pleasure for them, an EU-funded project has developed tasty fruit- and vegetable-based foods adapted to their health needs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Personalised medicine for disease prevention

Health and life sciences - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 01:00
Medical practitioners are increasingly adopting a 'personalised medicine' (PM) approach involving individually tailored patient care. An EU-funded project is fostering collaboration on PM research and training, with special emphasis on the prevention of chronic diseases.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - A roadmap for wider access to scientific results

Health and life sciences - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 01:00
Open science and new technology, which make research findings freely available to everyone, have revolutionised academic research. An EU-funded project has proposed solutions and recommendations to ensure scientific discoveries are communicated as widely as possibly for the benefit of other researchers, industry and society as a whole.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Creating a culture of excellence in cardio assessment

Health and life sciences - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 01:00
Young researchers are gaining top-level training and exposure to the latest in image-based heart monitoring, assessment and disease diagnosis, thanks to an EU-funded collaboration between industry, clinics and researchers that could lead to better outcomes for cardiovascular patients.
Categories: European Commission

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