Interviews
Mary Reilly – fast-tracking rare disease drug candidates’ approvalMary Reilly – fast-tracking rare disease drug candidates’ approval

Giving drug candidates a special orphan status gives pharmaceutical companies incentives to bring them to patients

September 2014
Sonia Aknin-Berrih: How rare models suggest new treatment strategiesSonia Aknin-Berrih: How rare models suggest new treatment strategies
Elucidating the many possible causes of a rare auto-immune disease called Myasthenia Gravis could help point towards possible treatment for such disease 
July 2014
Pietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensorPietro Gucciardi – Working towards a single-molecule biosensor

A special interaction between light and matter, plasmons, will increase the sensitivity and ease in using biosensors for detecting disease biomarkers. 

July 2014
Ana Valdes – Twins studies to identify the molecular cause of ageingAna Valdes – Twins studies to identify the molecular cause of ageing

Combining research on twins with new technology shows both nature and nurture play a role in biological ageing.

June 2014
Eric Kremer – Delivering therapy beyond the blood-brain barrierEric Kremer – Delivering therapy beyond the blood-brain barrier

First tests of new approach based on gene therapy could improve treatments of diseases affecting the brain 

June 2014
Heike Walles – A diverse toolbox for regenerating bonesHeike Walles – A diverse toolbox for regenerating bones

A toolbox of diverse tissue engineering approaches may help to meet the increasing demand in bone grafts. But translating the approaches into clinical praxis is not an easy task.

June 2014
Michael Boutros: Advancing the search for new cancer drugsMichael Boutros: Advancing the search for new cancer drugs

High-throughput experiments enable researchers to identify potential targets for cancer treatment. But the road to new therapies is still long.

June 2014
Gordon Langsley – Focus on biological signalling to defeat malariaGordon Langsley – Focus on biological signalling to defeat malaria

The use of so-called kinases enzymes regulating several stages of the life cycle of the parasite causing malaria, offers new hopes for prevention and treatment of the disease. 

June 2014
Ruedi Aebersold – Unravelling the structure and dynamics of large protein complexesRuedi Aebersold – Unravelling the structure and dynamics of large protein complexes

New insights into how large protein complexes function differently in healthy and sick cells has now been granted thanks to new technologies.

May 2014
Lucia Altucci – Cancer research could benefit from ultra-fast lasers technologyLucia Altucci – Cancer research could benefit from ultra-fast lasers technology

Femtosecond lasers constitute new tools for investigating the dynamic of how proteins control our genes. This technology offers potential new insights that could be used in cancer research.

May 2014
Jean-Claude Dujardin – Overcoming Leishmania’s drug-resistant Trojan horse effectJean-Claude Dujardin – Overcoming Leishmania’s drug-resistant Trojan horse effect

Leishmania parasites hijack macrophages turning them against their human hosts. New insights reveal how novel therapies can reverse this effect despite the parasite’s complex resistance.

May 2014
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetesAnne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes

Obesity puts people at risk of type-2 diabetes. But new research aims to find a combined diet-exercise prescription for keeping the optimal body weight, which may help prevent the disease. 

May 2014
Winfried Meissner – When big data helps cope with post-operative painWinfried Meissner – When big data helps cope with post-operative pain

Handling and analysing large volumes of data related patient-reported pain is a challenging task, which could help patient experience less pain after surgery.

May 2014
Monica Di Luca – Parkinson’s treatment revisited to avoid adverse effectsMonica Di Luca – Parkinson’s treatment revisited to avoid adverse effects

Parkinson’s disease modifies a crucial circuit of the central nervous system in a specific way. This could open up an alternative therapeutic approach that avoids side effects of current therapies.

April 2014
Generoso Andria – Enzyme and gene therapy for treating genetic disordersGeneroso Andria – Enzyme and gene therapy for treating genetic disorders

Genetic malfunctioning of waste recycling in the cell causes serious disorders. Enzyme replacement therapy proves effective and gene therapy looks promising

April 2014
Matthew Albert - Egypt needs a hepatitis C vaccine urgentlyMatthew Albert - Egypt needs a hepatitis C vaccine urgently

Egypt faces a hepatitis C epidemic and existing drug costs are prohibitive. But new biomarkers may allow better patient management, lower costs and open a path towards a much-needed vaccine.

April 2014
Sten Grillner – Motor behaviour and its neurobiological controlSten Grillner – Motor behaviour and its neurobiological control

Using various experimental and computational approaches, scientists unravel how our brain selects the actions we make.

April 2014
Professor Kostas Iatrou – Combatting malaria using natural mosquito repellentsProfessor Kostas Iatrou – Combatting malaria using natural mosquito repellents

Repellents derived from Greek herb extracts show potent effects, as spatial repellents, against malaria carrying mosquitoes, and possibly others.

April 2014
Anke-Hilse Maitland van der Zee - Blood thinners at the right doseAnke-Hilse Maitland van der Zee - Blood thinners at the right dose

A new DNA-test can help find the right dose for blood thinners against thrombosis. But is it ready yet for standard clinical practice?

March 2014
Miguel Vicente - blocking bacterial proliferation could overcome antibiotic resistanceMiguel Vicente - blocking bacterial proliferation could overcome antibiotic resistance

Blocking how bacteria proliferate has led towards novel compounds that may combat antibiotic resistance. But antibiotics are very poor drugs to sell, so who’s going to pay?

March 2014
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