Grant of the US BRAIN Initiative for Fritjof Helmchen

Fritjof Helmchen, Professor of Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Brain Research Institute of the University of Zurich and PI of one completed RTD Project (Neurochoice), one TF Project and one IPhD Project, has been honored with a grant of the US BRAIN Initiative. His research is focused on the development and application of optical methods, in particular two-photon microscopy, to study neural activity on the subcellular, cellular, and circuit level. His group has pioneered several microscopy techniques, including 3D and high-speed in vivo two-photon imaging, and has contributed to recent advancements in the study of cortical microcircuits.
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Two new events for young scientists

In 2015 there will be two new events for young scientists:


New Workshop: “Leadership and Management Skills for Postdocs”
More information and registration» Retreat 2015: “Better Results Through Diversity”
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Measuring modified protein structures

ETH-Zurich researchers have developed a new approach to measure proteins with structures that change. This could enable new diagnostic tools for the early recognition of neurodegenerative diseases to be developed.
This research was supported by RTD Project YeastX.
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Long antibiotic treatments: slowly growing bacteria to blame

Whether pneumonia or sepsis – infectious diseases are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. One reason for this is the growing antibiotic resistance. But even non-resistant bacteria can survive antibiotics for some time, and that’s why treatments need to be continued for several days or weeks. Scientists at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel showed that bacteria with vastly different antibiotic sensitivity coexist within the same tissue. In the scientific journal Cell they report that, in particular, slowly growing pathogens hamper treatment.
This research was supported by RTD Project BattleX.
Read the press release published by the University of Basel »

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