JRC News

  1. 13 Aug 2007

    Complementing traditional approaches to medical intelligence, the Joint Research Centre has developed a new web-based disease surveillance system called MediSys that can provide health authorities with earlier identification of potential health threats, their verification, assessment and investigation in order to recommend public health control measures.

  2. 30 Nov 2007

    European and American researchers think that radioactive antibodies could be used to treat HIV patients. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York, USA, and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, in Karlsruhe, Germany, have combined antibodies with radioactive payloads that selectively target and destroy HIV infected cells. The test results are encouraging. They support the hypothesis that radioactive antibodies (Bi-213) can eliminate the immunodeficiency virus HIV from a patient's body. The new HIV treatment will soon be tested in a clinical study conducted on HIV infected patients.

  3. 7 Dec 2007

    A new report by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) shows that urgent guidelines are needed for the counselling of patients that opt to screen their embryos created by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for serious genetic disorders, and there is a need for specific quality assurance schemes.

  4. 4 Jun 2008

    Laparoscopic or 'keyhole' surgery is about to become safer and more efficient thanks to ALF-X, a new surgical tele-robotics system with innovative tactile sensing capabilities. The system, to be presented today for the first time at the 17th Annual Congress of the International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy in Bari (Italy), represents a breakthrough in tele-robotic surgery. It was developed by scientists from the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the pharmaceutical company SOFAR S.p.A..

  5. 23 Jul 2008

    The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released two new reference materials that are now available to analytical laboratories in industry, public authorities or scientific institutions.

  6. 2 Sep 2008

    A delegation from the Joint Research Centre travelled to Iceland and Norway from August 26-29th. The purpose of the mission was to visit key research institutes, as well as to organise two public information events presenting examples of the JRC's customer-driven scientific and technical support in response to European policy challenges. Potential partnerships and further collaboration were also explored in both countries.

  7. 13 Oct 2008

    The JRC's European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP), part of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra, Italy, has completed an inter-laboratory comparative study (intercomparison) of air quality reference laboratories and public health institutes in Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Cyprus, Italy, Luxembourg and the City of Amsterdam.

  8. 7 Nov 2008

    It may come as a surprise to many, but the precise manner in which the flu is transmitted from person to person remains unknown. The prevailing view is that large droplets expelled during coughing or sneezing are chiefly responsible for transmitting the disease. But coughing and sneezing also produces fine droplets that can remain airborne for extended periods of time and the role of these small particles has been particularly contentious among influenza researchers.

  9. 13 Nov 2008

    A joint study involving JRC scientists Frank Bruchertseifer and Alfred Morgenstern from the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and collaborators from Klinikum Rechts der Isar (KRDI) in Munich has won the 2008 Marie Curie Award of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine.