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10.02.2017

Michael N. Hall awarded Cancer Research Prize

On February 8th, 2017, the American National Foundation for Cancer Research announced that Michael N. Hall, Professor of Biochemistry at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, has been selected as the winner of the... more

30.01.2017

Not necessarily harmful: Protein aggregates in the brain

Protein aggregates in neurons are characteristic for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. These so-called amyloids arise from misfolded proteins and lead to cell death. The team headed by Prof.... more

26.01.2017

A Pfizer Research Prize for the Biozentrum

Maria Soledad Esposito from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) as well as Philip Tovote from the FMI were awarded a Pfizer Research Prize 2017... more

Silvia Arber receives the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine

The neurobiologist Prof. Silvia Arber is awarded the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for her contributions to our understanding of how movement is controlled in mammals. The Louis-Jeantet Foundation grants the sum of CHF... more

Immune defense without collateral damage

In the human body’s fight against bacterial pathogens, white blood cells are in the front line. They identify and ingest the invaders, and render them harmless using highly toxic substances. It is important that these substances... more

Not too young to be a researcher - kids@science at the Biozentrum

The kids@science study week at the University of Basel, introduced in 2008, is very popular among the young researchers. This year, some 120 school children have applied to participate. At the end of January, 81 will receive an... more

Treating cancer with drugs for diabetes and hypertension

Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Besides its blood sugar lowering effect, it also displays anti-cancer properties. The usual therapeutic dose, however, is too low to effectively... more

Store and supply – how the brain saves time

Our brain is not only the most complex organ of the human body, it is also the most flexible. But how do neurons in the brain adapt their function in response to stimuli within a very short time frame? The research group of Prof.... more

Researchers uncover protein-based “cancer signature“

Proteins are the building blocks of life. They are produced by molecular machines, called ribosomes. A human ribosome contains some eighty ribosomal proteins. Prof. Mihaela Zavolan’s research group at the Biozentrum of the... more

Walking is bound hand and foot: How long projecting neurons couple the movement of our limbs

The locomotor pattern consists of a highly controlled sequence of muscle contractions, which are controlled by neuronal circuits in the spinal cord and the brain. The research group of Prof. Silvia Arber at the Biozentrum of the... more

Calcium induces chronic lung infections

One of the most serious pathogens is the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which frequently causes hospital infections and is notoriously difficult to treat owing to its multi-resistance to antibiotics. Although P. aeruginosa is... more

Michael N. Hall awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva

At a formal ceremony on Dies academicus, the “Day of the Academics” celebrated annually, Prof. Michael N. Hall received the highest distinction from the University of Geneva: Doctor honoris causa. The honorary doctorate is... more

Bacterial second messenger switches enzyme into “reverse gear”

All cells including bacteria in order to propagate need to continuously progress through the cell cycle, a strictly controlled succession of cell growth and division. In bacteria, cell cycle progression is controlled by histidine... more