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Today's powerful neuroimaging techniques can map the structure and function of a patient's brain in great detail. They are crucial for the detection and treatment of many illnesses. Combining two key methods could provide even better brain scans, say EU-funded researchers who have built a prototype of an innovative hybrid instrument.
Published: 27 May 2015
Published: 21 January 2015
Access to biological resources such as cells and tissue samples is the lifeblood of biomedical research. Biobanks and biomolecular resource centres collect, store and distribute this material, the related data and powerful analytical tools, but none of them can single-handedly meet the growing, diverse needs of Europe's research community. EU funding has enabled major repositories to link up and share these resources.
Published: 22 September 2014
Neural stem cells - master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell - are able to generate mini 'first aid kits' and transfer them to immune cells. This is the result of a study published today in Molecular Cell, and led by ERC grantee Prof. Stefano Pluchino, based at the University of Cambridge (UK).
Published: 19 September 2014
New tumour profiling methods developed by EU-funded researchers aim to help doctors adjust treatments for colorectal cancer to the specific needs of an individual patient. The methods are currently at the trial stage and could be in use in clinics within three years.
Published: 29 July 2014
Of all the opportunities offered by the decoding of the human genome, one of the most exciting is the chance to learn how DNA determines health. Thanks to a European research project, this medical breakthrough is getting a little closer to reality. The project, NanoDNAsequencing, discovered a novel method to decode human DNA, paving the way for personalised therapy based on an individuals genetic profile.
Published: 10 June 2014
Proteins, which are present in every cell and tissue of the human body, play a significant role in human health. They are composed of amino acids linked together chemically, and the shorter stretches of amino acids are commonly referred to as peptides. In the body, peptides regulate the activity of many systems. Some peptides act as hormones, others as neurotransmitters, yet others as natural pain relievers.
Published: 2 June 2014
Picture a chemical plant. How would you describe it? You're probably not thinking along the lines of compact, nimble or adaptable - but that's about to change. Europe's chemical industry is innovating in order to survive and thrive in the face of rapidly changing market demands and fierce global competition. New technologies will enable the industry to manufacture products faster, more flexibly and more sustainably, and EU-funded research is providing the solutions.
Published: 30 April 2014
EVOLVINGROBOT is a European Union (EU)-funded research project which has developed an artificial intelligence system to control tiny robots, enabling them to replicate the ‘swarming’ behaviour seen in insects such as bees or ants, or even in birds and fish. It is an innovation which could have far-reaching implications for a range of human activities, from medical to industrial, military and disaster relief.
Published: 25 April 2014
Researchers must be able to recognise how proteins work so that they can understand the related biological processes that occur at the molecular level. They get this information by labelling proteins with fluorescent substances. The problem with this method, however, is that it alters the proteins and influences the biological processes under investigation. A new study from Germany has pioneered a novel method able to observe individual proteins. Presented in the journal Nano Letters, the research was funded in part by the SINGLESENS ('Single metal nanoparticles as molecular sensors') project, led by Professor Carsten Sönnichsen, who in 2010 received a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant worth EUR 1.5 million under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Published: 4 April 2012