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For sufferers of primary immune deficiencies, every infection contracted could lead to a serious or debilitating illness. EU scientists have their sights set on a cure for the most severe forms of the disease's 200 variations, and have already had very positive results in clinical trials. The findings could also help treat other conditions.
Published: 28 November 2016
Accessible, affordable healthcare shouldn't just be the domain of city dwellers. The team behind an EU-funded project is training non-physician clinicians in Malawi and Zambia to bring essential surgeries to rural communities in Africa.
Published: 21 November 2016
European researchers have developed an immersive virtual reality (VR) platform to assist in the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of stroke survivors and people with impaired mobility. The innovative system, which is undergoing clinical trials and could soon be commercialised, offers distinct advantages compared to conventional rehabilitation techniques.
Published: 10 November 2016
An EU-funded scientist has identified a promising method of encapsulating bio-active molecules in protein-based systems, which could enable food-makers to develop tastier and more nutritious products. Long term, this will contribute towards a healthier population and help reduce diet-related diseases.
Published: 27 October 2016
Local people have more power than they think to adapt to new water supply patterns from climate change. An EU-funded project is helping communities in tropical forests in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile self-organise to ensure secure access to water and wiser use of resources.
Published: 19 October 2016
By redesigning the car interior and harnessing the latest electronic technologies, EU-funded scientists are designing and developing an affordable and user-friendly electric vehicle specifically for Europe's ageing population. A prototype should be ready in 2018.
Published: 19 September 2016
Funded by an EU grant, researchers from the University of Leicester are investigating an ancient Saharan population, called the Garamantes, dating back to the period from 500 BC to AD 600. The team's archaeological findings in southern Libya have proved to be crucial in shedding more light on this scarcely-known civilization and the history of pre-Islamic Africa.
Published: 17 August 2016
EU-funded research is helping to improve the relevance of future climate change scenarios by developing a way to account for aerosols - minute particles in the atmosphere - and their effect on global warming.
Published: 3 August 2016
While on court, beach volleyball players need to act as a whole in order to prevent the ball from touching the sand: in a fraction of a second - just before the opponent's hand spikes the ball - the passer has to predict and adjust to the attacker's action as well as to their teammate's block position. Thanks to her EU funding, cognitive science professor Natalie Sebanz is studying the cognitive and psychological mechanisms underlying joint action expertise - in other words, how individuals learn skilled actions, such as those performed by professional athletes, together.
Published: 2 August 2016
In war, there are rules - but sometimes countries decide that they don't apply. Colonial campaigns, for example, were often seen as exceptions. EU-funded research is studying several fought over a century ago. Ancient history? Hardly. Many aspects of this troubled past remain relevant to current debates as the world attempts to tackle terrorism.
Published: 26 July 2016