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"It's very rare that computer scientists think about the definition of 'resilience', or get to work with the users of a tool," says Shadrock Roberts of the Kenyan non-profit social enterprise Ushahidi, a partner in the COMRADES project. But this is precisely what happened when a diverse consortium of researchers got together to create a platform to support community resilience during a crisis.
Published: 23 May 2018
EU-funded researchers are using the latest vaccine technologies and antigen discovery tools to develop a multi-stage, multi-antigen vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for the deadliest form of malaria.
Published: 25 April 2018
Hundreds of millions of people each year are infected with Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of malaria worldwide. An EU-funded project is tackling the mosquito-borne parasite, leading cutting-edge research efforts to accelerate the development of effective vaccines.
Published: 25 April 2018
About 400 kg per square kilometre: this, according to estimates, is the amount of mostly plastic waste littering European seas. Some of it can be upcycled into high-quality clothing, claimed a Spanish SME, which carried out an EU-funded feasibility study to work out the details. And indeed, such garments are now available in its shops.
Published: 12 April 2018
Have you ever taken a photo of your meal in a restaurant? Aside from sharing what you are eating with friends on social media, this habit could significantly improve your quality of life if you suffer from diabetes, thanks to an innovative smartphone app developed by an EU-funded project.
Published: 13 March 2018
Using innovative nanotechnologies, an EU-funded project is developing more efficient and sustainable vaccine manufacturing processes. The cost of vaccines puts a brake on wider immunisation, so these new processes will find broad application - especially in developing economies.
Published: 19 February 2018
EU-funded research has shown how skin cells can warn our immune systems of an impending bacterial attack, offering the potential for vaccines against antibiotic-resistant infections that could save lives.
Published: 15 December 2017
Climate 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.
Published: 5 December 2017
Tuberculosis 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.
Published: 4 December 2017
Do 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.
Published: 1 December 2017