Award ceremony: Louis-Jeantet Prize for Silvia Arber

The award ceremony of the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine was held in Geneva on Wednesday, 26 April 2017. Two scientist were honored: Silvia Arber, Professor of Neurobiology at the Biozentrum, University of Basel,... more


Relocation of proteins with a new nanobody tool

The research group of Prof. Markus Affolter at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has developed a new method by which proteins can be transported to a new location in a cell. Their data has recently been... more


Richard Neher wins the Open Science Prize

Prof. Richard Neher from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel is the joint winner of the Open Science Prize, together with Prof. Trevor Bedford of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The two... more

Michael N. Hall awarded Cancer Research Prize

With the Szent-Györgyi Prize, the American National Foundation for Cancer Research honors Prof. Michael N. Hall at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of critical life... more

Not necessarily harmful: Protein aggregates in the brain

In the past, amyloids have mainly been associated with neurodegenerative diseases. These solid, insoluble protein clumps damage the nerve cells. The research group led by Prof. Martin Spiess at the Biozentrum of the University of... more

A Pfizer Research Prize for the Biozentrum

The Pfizer Research Prize is one of the most prestigious research awards in the field of medicine in Switzerland. This year, the Pfizer Research Prize Foundation has honored 25 researchers with awards. Maria Soledad Esposito and... 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