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Peptidomimetics are small molecules that mimic short natural proteins - peptides - and produce the same effects as their natural counterparts. An EU-funded project is developing peptidomimetics that can alternate between biologically active and inactive forms when exposed to light. The technique could lead to new light-controlled drugs which can be turned off and on when needed to treat cancers and other diseases.
Published: 4 March 2019
Researchers are gaining unprecedented access to mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies and the diseases they carry, thanks to a groundbreaking EU-funded initiative that pools resources, technology and expertise to counter the world's most devastating insect-borne pathogens.
Published: 21 December 2018
An EU-funded project is developing infrastructure to support innovation and accelerate the development of new vaccines. This will enhance European competitiveness in this field and bring major societal benefits.
Published: 20 December 2018
Virus collections are vital resources for understanding the basis of diseases and formulating control strategies. An EU-funded project is developing an easily accessible global archive of pathogens - a way of boosting research into protecting human and animal health.
Published: 11 December 2018
How do vaccination programmes influence child survival in low-income countries? Protection against the targeted illness is not the only aspect to consider, according to an EU-funded project that explored associated outcomes known as 'non-specific effects'. The research focused on public health interventions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau.
Published: 3 October 2018
An EU- and industry-funded project has built an extensive public-private network to speed up the development of treatments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause infections in intensive care units, helping address a major issue for hospitals.
Published: 3 September 2018
As more and more people travel and global warming paves the way for diseases to spread, human health and welfare are no longer the preserve of single countries, regions or even continents. European researchers teamed up with African partners to bridge the gap in biomedical research and biobanking practices between the regions. Its biobank-in-a-box is now ready to be unwrapped.
Published: 22 August 2018
An EU-funded project developed a simple, affordable and effective vaccine strategy to prevent the incidence of both hepatitis C virus and HIV-1. This could significantly increase the life expectancy of people receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1.
Published: 27 July 2018
An EU-funded project aims to identify and maximise the potential of novel vaccines to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. These could save lives, stem the spread of infection and shorten treatment for the often deadly, airborne disease.
Published: 21 June 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