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Assessing drug-induced cardiotoxicity in vitro Assessing drug-induced cardiotoxicity in vitro
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Jan 04 2017

In a collaborative effort, the JRC and three European partner organisations gathered lacking knowledge necessary to develop predictive in vitro tests that can identify the risk for the development of cumulative dose-dependent cardiotoxicity of cancer patients treated with anthracyclines.

Making mercury measurements in food more reliable Making mercury measurements in food more reliable
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Jan 03 2017

JRC scientists developed a new certified reference material (CRM) to improve the accuracy of methylmercury measurements in food. This CRM (ERM-AE671) consists of isotopically labelled methylmercury with certified values for the isotopic composition. Used as internal standard, it will make the measurements of methylmercury more accurate.

Tuna fish fillet Tuna fish fillet
Dec 22 2016
The European Reference Laboratory on Heavy Metals in Feed and Food (EURL-HM) - hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel - organised in 2016 two proficiency tests for the determination of total arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and inorganic arsenic mass fractions in fish homogenates and/or palm kernel expeller. Participants were National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) from the EU Member States. Both studies confirmed the ability of NRLs to monitor maximum levels set by the EU legislation.
PET Scan PET/CT imaging showed there was no longer sign of the tumour in the two patients.
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Dec 21 2016
Nearly three years of research have brought about remarkable results for the majority of 80 patients subjected to targeted alpha therapy of metastatic prostate cancer.
Towards better diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease Towards better diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
Dec 21 2016
JRC scientists contributed to the assessment of the suitability of various potential reference material formats for the standardisation of amyloid-β 1-42 which is a marker used for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
A scientist in a lab coat walking through space Deadline for the collaborative doctoral partnership application is 15 March 2016.
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Dec 20 2016
To enhance the science-policy interface, the JRC is launching a new Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme in cooperation with universities from the EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Horizon 2020 research programme.
Free universal breast cancer screening in Europe: when, where and how? Free universal breast cancer screening in Europe: when, where and how?
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Dec 20 2016
In close collaboration with the Fundación para el Fomento de la Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica (FISABIO) (Valencia, Spain) and another four Spanish health institutions, JRC scientists coordinated a survey that collected data on organised breast cancer screening programmes in 27 European countries. Eighty-two contributing authors from more than fifty institutions provided data revealing that organised, population-based breast cancer screening programmes based on routine mammograms are in palce in most EU Member States. However, there are differences in the way screening programmes are implemented.
Dec 19 2016
The latest MARS crop monitoring in Europe bulletin, published today, finds that crops in much of northern Europe have been subjected to delayed hardening, which could leave them vulnerable to the forecast cold air intrusion that is expected after 21 December.
Digital PCR methods potent but not sufficiently robust for RNA virus detection Digital PCR methods potent but not sufficiently robust for RNA virus detection
Dec 19 2016

JRC scientists have assessed the influence of different primer and probe chemistries on the accuracy of digital PCR (dPCR) methods for the quantification of viral Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) using an influenza model. The study demonstrated that innovative reverse transcription digital PCR (RT-dPCR) requires careful evaluation of method performance and quality control, but has, under the condition that it is sufficiently well optimised, large potential for accurate quantification of viral RNA.

Digital platforms are the key element of the collaborative economy; they enable matchmaking between providers and users of goods and services at very low costs.
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Dec 16 2016
The latest JRC work puts forward a research agenda to strengthen the scientific evidence base for the development of policies that maximise the benefits and minimise the costs for all the stakeholders involved in the collaborative economy.