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With her degree in biology, Dr Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla left Mexico and embarked on an international career in epigenetics. She completed her PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then moved to Cambridge University. In 2006 she joined IGBMC in Strasbourg where she is currently a group leader. Supported by an ERC grant, she studies the mechanisms controlling embryonic cellular plasticity with the aim of shedding new light on today's fertility issues.
Published: 12 May 2016
Published: 7 April 2016
Cockayne syndrome (CS) is a devastating, inborn, progressive neurodegenerative disorder with a very early onset in childhood. The EU-funded project CHROMOREPAIR helped shed light on underlying issues in CS and related disorders, which may ultimately open the way for novel diagnostic options and treatment targets.
Published: 15 February 2016
People born with dwarfism (achondroplasia) can also have problems with the spine, breathing and hearing. An EU-funded project developed a protein that can potentially restore growth in those affected by the genetic mutation that leads to dwarfism.
Published: 26 November 2015
If doctors use genetic testing to assess the likelihood of patients developing a certain disease, they need to be sure that the results are accurate. In pre-natal testing, there is only one chance to get it right. An EU-funded project has vastly improved the entire testing process, ensuring patients have all the facts.
Published: 23 November 2015
The potential of DNA for breakthroughs in healthcare is well known in the scientific community. Now researchers believe its sister, RNA, can help the human body develop its own treatments against cancer and other conditions.
Published: 19 May 2015
A gastric bypass without the surgery? Not as far-fetched as one might think. EU-funded research into the way the gut and stomach communicate with the brain has uncovered fresh insights into the mechanisms that drive food intake and points to new ways of preventing and treating obesity. The outcomes include a hormone cocktail that could offer all the benefits of a gastric bypass without the trauma of a major operation.
Published: 23 June 2014
Regenerative medicine is a new field in science that focuses on helping you heal faster. It can help a body repair broken bones in a fraction of the time it would normally take. An EU-funded research project is using gene therapy and stem cells to help damaged bones regenerate faster and open up new market opportunities for tissue-repair technology in the European medical sector.
Published: 24 July 2013
Treating schizophrenia presents huge challenges and those involved see first-hand how this diverse medical condition causes huge suffering and requires complex and costly care, often over a lifetime. In the Netherlands, Prof. Jim van Os is heading up an exciting and ambitious international research project that brings together professionals, patients and their families who depend on each other to unlock new answers and approaches to treatment. There is so much that we don't yet understand about it and current treatments are inadequate, so there is a real motivation to work together and solve more bits of a complicated puzzle.
Published: 18 July 2013
Jack and his parents live on the east coast of England. Every now and then they come to London, trying to make the most of their day out. But the reason for their regular visits beats inside Jack’s little chest.
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Published: 13 January 2012