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Designing ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnosticsDesigning ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnostics

A new type of high-sensitivity and low-cost sensors, called plasmonic biosensors, could ultimately become a key asset in personalised medicine by helping to diagnose diseases at an early stage 

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
Human Bones from the LabHuman Bones from the Lab

Bone defects, like a damaged femoral head, are usually replaced by metal implants. This has many disadvantages, but now scientists in Germany have created bone material from human stem cells that could bring significant improvement to the patient’s welfare.

June 2014
Healing bone defects using regenerative medicineHealing bone defects using regenerative medicine

Regenerating bones based on a mixture of tissue engineering approaches is coming of age.

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
New laser to watch DNA-proteins interactionsNew laser to watch DNA-proteins interactions

Researchers have found a new way to study how the DNA and proteins interact inside a cell structure. These reactions last only a fraction of a second, and therefore required a new approach to conventional observing methods. Within the European research project ATLAS, scientists in Naples have now created a LASER-based prototype that fixates these cross-links and thus makes the brief interactions inside the cell observable. This innovation could revolutionize medicine and our knowledge of the human genome.

May 2014
Peering down protein-DNA interactions to better understand how genes workPeering down protein-DNA interactions to better understand how genes work

Protein-DNA binding is fundamental to gene regulation. Now, new methods based on laser pulses allow fast interactions between proteins and DNA to be followed.

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
European hospitals compare notes on pain management to improve careEuropean hospitals compare notes on pain management to improve care

Comparing data between hospitals across Europe helps health care professionals better manage patients’ pain.

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
Unraveling The Human BrainUnraveling The Human Brain

2014 is the Year of The Brain in Europe, a programme to raise awareness to our most important and most fascinating organ. Understanding the human brain, and getting unprecedented insights into its mysterious processes, is the aim of one of Europe´s mammoth research projects: The Human Brain Project.

April 2014
Brain model pins down motor decisionsBrain model pins down motor decisions

An experimentally guided computational model describes how our brains make complex motor decisions. The abstract model may have uses in medicine and robotics.

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
New Eco Repellent Against Malaria MosquitoesNew Eco Repellent Against Malaria Mosquitoes

This year’s World Health Day (April 7th) focuses on vector-borne diseases, like malaria. Malaria still kills more than half a million people every year, mainly children. In the battle against this disease researchers in Switzerland have developed a new eco repellent that stops mosquitoes from attacking humans.

April 2014
Towards effective spatial mosquito repellentTowards effective spatial mosquito repellent

Repellents derived from Greek herb extracts show potent effects against malaria carrying mosquitoes. They constitute a more sustainable solution that traditional repellent.

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
Real-time insight into our brainReal-time insight into our brain

Combining two imagine technologies, such as MRI for structure and MEG for activity, could provide a new understanding of our how our brain works

March 2014
Risto Ilmoniemi – Picture this: a better image of our brainRisto Ilmoniemi – Picture this: a better image of our brain

Scientists have been devising new ways of looking inside the human mind, via brain imaging. 

March 2014
New Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain ActivityNew Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain Activity

Scientists in Finland have presented the first prototype of a new hybrid brain scanner that takes both pictures of the brain and measures its activity at the same time. For neurologists this could be the beginning of a new era in brain research.

March 2014
New Blood Test for SchizophreniaNew Blood Test for Schizophrenia

Currently the diagnosis of most mental illnesses is based on conversations and questionnaires. These could now be supported by a new low-cost blood test developed within the European research project SchizDX.

February 2014
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