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Weight and eating habits in Parkinson

A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson’s disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists, shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the changes in body weight seen in patients (including those subjected to deep brain stimulation). Among the factors affecting eating habits and body weight there could be, for example, an impaired ability to derive pleasure from food and changes in motivation.

SISSA per i piccoli

In occasione della settimana dei diritti dell’infanzia, nello spirito dell’iniziativa “Nati per leggere”, due ricercatori e il Direttore della SISSA leggeranno delle fiabe ai bambini dell’asilo nido della Scuola. Un’occasione riunire le persone che lavorano alla SISSA con i loro bambini in un evento festoso e per ribadire l’importanza della lettura fin dalla più tenera età.

The body’s emotions

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes numerous symptoms. Among them are also several difficulties affecting the emotional domain and a deficit in perceiving other people’s emotions based on their facial expressions. Now a new study carried out with the collaboration of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste shows that also the ability to recognize emotions by reading body posture is impaired in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Actions versus objects

According to many scientists the fact that ALS patients experience (in addition to severe motor deficits) greater linguistic difficulty with verbs denoting action compared to nouns denoting objects depends on their motor deficit. The idea is that the motor system plays a role in the semantic encoding of these words. A new study conducted with the participation of SISSA has tested this hypothesis and suggests a major role for the “executive function”.

Il cuore della scienza

La senatrice a vita e scienziata Elena Cattaneo organizza una giornata per raccontare le storie positive degli scienziati rientrati nel nostro Paese. Fra gli interventi previsti presso il palazzo Giustiniani il 10 novembre a Roma c’è quello di Stefano Gustincich, professore della SISSA. L’evento è promosso dalla Armenise Harvard Foundation, l’organizzazione impegnata nel sostenere la ricerca di promettenti giovani scienziati che decidono di tornare o venire in Italia, contribuendo alla creazione di nuove aree di ricerca nel settore della biomedicina nel nostro Paese.

EU-Russia: “Year of Science”

Russian and European scientists will gather in Trieste for a conference that will address ways to strengthen the “strategic partnership” between the European Union and Russia in the fields of basic and applied science and technological transfer, acknowledged at all levels as being the “prime driver” of economic and social development. The event is part of “2014, Year of Science” announced during the 2012 EU-Russia summit, and provides an forum for exchange that will lead to major research projects.

The geometry of RNA

To understand the function of an RNA molecule, similar to the better-known DNA and vital for cell metabolism, we need to know its three-dimensional structure. Unfortunately, establishing the shape of an RNA strand is anything but easy and often requires a combination of experimental techniques and computer-based simulations. Many computing methods are used but these are often complex and slow, and vary depending on the problem at hand.

Avicenna’s lesson

6 November, 6.00 pm

Caffè Tommaseo

Piazza Nicolò Tommaseo, 4c, Trieste

“Possible Worlds and Will in Avicenna” is the title of the first meeting of the cycle “Science, literature and civic engagement” organized by the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of SISSA. Once a month, writers, scientists and scholars will meet the public to discuss different themes. The first appointment is with Sari Nusseibeh, professor of philosophy at Al Quds University in Jerusalem, who will talk about Avicenna, Persian scientist and among the greatest thinkers of all times.

How many “lives” on other planets?

5 November, 6.30 pm

Miela Theatre

Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi, 3, Trieste

The meeting “How many ‘lives’ on other planets? One, none or a hundred thousand”, a public event within the “EU-Russia Year of Science” conference, will explore what we know about the possibility of life in the Universe beyond our planet with the help of scientists. The round table will be followed, at 8.30 pm, by a screening of “District 9”, a visionary film set in a dystopian future where humans and aliens live together.

“Marat Sade”, the play, comes to SISSA

28 October, 6.30 pm

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Second appointment with the Trieste University Theatre Centre (CUT) at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. Following the success of the “Merry Wives of Windsor”, now it’s the turn of “Marat Sade”, a play loosely based on the text by Peter Weiss “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade”. Admission is free and open to the public.

MCA: ageing towards perfection

The call for applications is now open to this year’s Master in Complex Actions at SISSA (MCA), the course that trains students to face up to the challenges of the global markets by combining management skills with leading-edge science. This year’s challenge is the ageing of the world population: how best to deal with this new global scenario and turn a problem into a resource?

(Nano)bearings on the test bench

“Nano–machines” (around one billionth of a metre in size) of the future will need tiny devices to reduce friction and make movement possible. The C60 molecule, also known as fullerene or buckyball, seemed to many an excellent candidate for nano-bearings. Unfortunately, the results so far have been conflicting, calling for further studies, like the one carried out by a theoretical team involving SISSA, ICTP, CNR and EMPA. Through a series of computer simulations the scientists uncovered the reason for the experimental discrepancies and shed light on the true potential of this material.

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” at SISSA

October 9, 6.30 pm

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall 

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The Trieste University Theatre Centre (CUT) will be at SISSA to perform William Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. The appointment is for Thursday 9 October at 6.30 pm in the “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall; the event is free and open to the public. The show is the first of a short series of theatrical events offered by SISSA to its students, teachers, and staff as well as to the general public, all of which will take place at SISSA during the autumn. 

AAA Gemelli cercasi

La SISSA di Trieste, insieme al Registro Nazionale Gemelli dell’ISS di Roma, sta conducendo una ricerca sulle basi genetiche del pregiudizio. Lo studio ha bisogno di coppie di gemelli tra i 18 e i 40 anni e viene condotto nella sede della SISSA.