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Advances in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies promise to revolutionise many aspects of modern life. The mathematical-modelling project Nanotranskinetics investigated the health hazards posed by nano-sized objects, developing paradigms to develop a computer model of a human organ.
Published: 8 July 2015
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
The immune system is the body's defence against infections and other invaders. While the system works unaided and unnoticed for most of us, others cannot take it for granted, due either to disease or treatments such as chemotherapy. EU-funded researchers have investigated combining nanotechnology and biotechnology to 're-educate' failing immune systems and get them back in working order. Initial results are promising, and clinical trials are 5-10 years away.
Published: 23 February 2015
One of the keys for treating and reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is accurate, fast and affordable means of detection. This is especially true for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted virus that, according to medical researchers, is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
Published: 17 November 2014
Published: 12 August 2014
Around 50 million EU citizens are deaf or hard of hearing. The EU-funded NANOEAR project has built up knowledge and processes that could improve their ability to hear. The results include a novel nanoparticle-based system with the potential to restore hearing, repair tissue and increase performance of cochlear implants. A nano-hearing implant could be available within 10 years.
Published: 11 July 2014
EU-funded researchers have developed novel technology for treating cancer patients that could deliver drugs exactly where they are needed in the human body. The potential breakthrough, which combines diagnosis and treatment, could significantly boost the effectiveness of the drugs currently used against cancer - giving patients a better chance of surviving.
Published: 28 May 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
Published: 1 April 2014
Today, some 24 million people worldwide are affected by dementia with more than 4 million new cases recorded every year. This equates to a new case every eight seconds. To address these staggering figures, EU-funded researchers have engineered tiny particles to trace and treat Alzheimer's - the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease.
Published: 14 March 2014