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Week 50

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Monday, 11 December 2017

Week 49

Friday, 08 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • The industry behind a quieter life
      Picture of a young woman covering her ears against street noiseTackling noise and vibration at the source is critical for a wide range of health reasons. With that in mind, EU-funded researchers have developed new tools to help design and build quieter and safer machinery for transport and industry.

Thursday, 07 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Green manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry
      Picture large amount of pillsAn EU and industry-funded project has developed environmentally friendly chemistry processes for drug manufacturing. As well as being better for the planet, the new processes will also enable the industry to cut costs and could lead to cheaper medicines for patients.

    • Stimulating the development of new antibiotics
      Image of antibiotic pills packMany advances of modern medicine rely heavily on antibiotics - which can, however, lose their effectiveness over time as bacteria adapt. New types of these precious drugs are urgently needed. EU and industry-funded researchers are looking into ways to foster the required innovation.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Pioneering citizen manifesto for secure, clean energy
      Picture of the photovoltaics solar panel and wind turbinesAn EU-funded research team has studied the impacts of economics, social cohesion, technology as well as geopolitical and environmental issues on secure and sustainable energy supplies in Europe. They developed a pioneering citizen manifesto for energy governance and the transition to reliable, renewable sources.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Improving quality of urban life for Europe's elderly
      people on the streetThe EU-funded GRAGE project is taking an innovative approach to creating harmonious, sustainable and inclusive citizenship for the elderly in Europe's urban areas. Bringing together researchers from diverse fields, the project is also addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, demographic change and environmental distress.

    • New tool to help urban planners prepare for climate change
      Image of the flooded St PauliClimate change-related rising sea level, urban floods and heat waves will cause destruction and take lives in cities. The extent of these impacts will depend on how well and how quickly urban planners implement adaptation measures. The EU-funded RAMSES project has developed methodologies and a handbook to help urban planners estimate damage and adaptation costs, and transform cities.

Monday, 04 December 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Finding better and quicker ways to tackle TB
      Photo of one of the researchersTuberculosis is a silent killer. According to the World Health Organisation more than 10 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2016. The previous year, some 1,8 million people died from it making TB one of the top ten main causes of death globally.

Week 48

Friday, 01 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Developing a fast, local test for deadly Ebola
      Image of a syringe lying on mapof Africa Rapid diagnosis is vital for controlling outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. Currently this can only be done in complex laboratories and samples from infected patients are dangerous to handle and transport. Faced with this challenge, an EU and industry-funded project is developing fast, local tests to spot infection quickly and safely, helping to contain its spread and saving lives in the process.

    • HIV study finds no sign of accelerated ageing
      Image of the blod sample marked HIVDo people living with HIV age more quickly, despite the fact that their infection is well controlled? Concerns have emerged in recent years, and an EU-funded study was launched to look into the matter by exploring links with age-related conditions, with a specific focus on cognitive impairment. No acceleration was observed.


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