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Double effort against Rett’s syndrome

Although our genes normally come in pairs (one on each homologous chromosome), sometimes one of them is missing and the “surviving” one is unable to do all the work (it is referred as "haploinsufficient"): this situation can give rise to very serious diseases. So what can be done to fight these, often neurological, diseases? One possible strategy has been successfully adopted by a SISSA research team, in vitro and  in vivo: using leading-edge techniques to stimulate the surviving gene to also do the work of the missing gene.

Social choices: follow one’s nose or eyes?

Psychologists and neuroscientists have thoroughly investigated olfactory behaviours in newborns and adults, but relatively little is known about the characteristics of the sense of smell during infancy and adolescence. In a study carried out by SISSA in collaboration with the Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia (an interactive science museum for children), over 150 children aged 3 to 11 years old took part in a simple experiment allowing investigators to trace the curve of visuo-olfactory integration.

“Adotta una tigre triestina”

Il Comune di Trieste ha scelto un progetto di citizen science per il monitoraggio della diffusione della zanzara tigre come vincitore della borsa offerta per il secondo anno consecutivo agli studenti del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico“ (MCS) della SISSA. Il premio, di 3mila euro, che nasce da un’intesa fra il Comune di Trieste e la SISSA, viene assegnato alla migliore idea per un’attività di comunicazione della scienza nelle scuole triestine. La premiazione si svolgerà il 16 dicembre presso la Big Meeting Room (7° piano) della SISSA a partire dalle 10.30.

Young, thin and hyperactive galaxies

The more massive, or full of stars, a galaxy is, the faster the stars in it are formed. This seems to be the general rule, which is contradicted, however, by some abnormal cases, for example thin (not massive) galaxies that are hyperactive in their star formation. Until now the phenomenon had been explained by catastrophic external events like galaxies colliding and merging, but a new theory offers an alternative explanation, related to an in situ (internal) process of galaxy evolution.

Alessandro Laio elected president of CECAM

Atomistic and molecular simulations are one of the pillars of scientific research. By exploiting  new algorithms and computational methods, computer simulations allow us to study the behavior of inorganic and living matter and stimulate progress in  experimental sciences. CECAM is a center of excellence in this area, which includes first-rate institutions across Europe. Alessandro Laio, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste was elected President on 24 November during an official meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Un benvenuto ai cervelli da tutto il mondo

Il Welcome Day della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste, che quest’anno si è tenuto il 1 dicembre, è la giornata che ogni anno la Scuola dedica ad accogliere i nuovi studenti, quelli che si apprestano a iniziare qui il loro primo anno di dottorato. È anche un momento per riflettere sul ruolo di questa Scuola, che porta l’aggettivo “Internazionale” nel suo stesso nome.

Seminars on History of Science at SISSA

Starting on November 23 at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, there will be a series of monthly meetings dedicated to the history of science. Big names from Italy and abroad will take turns telling the story until next May. The first talk will be held by Malcolm Longair, renowned Theoretical Physicist and former Director of Cavendish Laboratory, a "sacred" place in the history of modern physics. Longair’s talk dedicated to James Clerk Maxwell,  founder of the Theory of Electromagnetism, will be held onWednesday, November 23, at 3:00pm.

Cone or flask? shape detects confinement

In physics, confinement of particles is such an important phenomenon that the Clay Mathematics Institute has even pledged an award of a million dollars to anyone who can give a convincing and exhaustive scientific explanation from a mathematical point of view. For example, the quarks are confined in pairs or threes by the strong interaction- the force which holds the nuclei of the atoms together- making up neutrons and protons. A recent study at SISSA adds a new chapter to what we know about confinement.

Food Knowledge is Resilient

A SISSA research study published in a special issue of the journal Brain and Cognition, completely dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of food, analyzes the lexical-semantic deficits of the food category in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. The study shows that knowledge about food is preserved more than other categories of stimuli, even in the case of severe syndromes. Further, perception of caloric intake affects a person’s ability to remember the name of a food; the higher the calories, the more knowledge is preserved.

PRIN: ottimi risultati dei ricercatori SISSA

Ancora una volta la SISSA si dimostra una Scuola “eccellente”: nelle selezioni del bando PRIN (Progetti di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale, assegnati dal Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca) per il 2015 la Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste ha ottenuto ottimi risultati, posizionandosi, in termini di  numero di progetti finanziati su progetti presentati, ai primi posti a livello nazionale. 

Red is Good

Red means "Green light, go for it!" Green means: "hmm, better not!" Like an upside down traffic light in our brain, color helps us decide whether or not to eat something. This, according to a study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and recently published in the journal Scientific Reports stating that vision is the main sense we use to guide us in food choices. To evaluate calorie intake, we rely on a "color code."

“Neighbour maps” reveal the genome in 3D

A group coordinated by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has built a three-dimensional computer model of the human genome. The shape of DNA (as well as its sequence) significantly affects biological processes and is therefore crucial for understanding its function. This new study has provided a first three-dimensional, approximate but realistic, identikit of the human genome.

Donne e Università in Italia

Un risultato nato da un intenso scambio di opinioni ed esperienze durante la conferenza Womath 2016 (Women and Research in Mathematics: the Contribution of SISSA), tenutasi a settembre alla Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi avanzati (SISSA) di Trieste: in tre giorni di dibattiti e conferenze, le scienziate hanno concretizzato il loro impegno nel valorizzare e supportare le carriere femminili all’interno dell’accademia, formulando alcune richieste precise contenute in una lettera aperta al Governo Italiano. 

How the prion protein works

Two new studies coordinated by SISSA reveal important details about the physiological function of the prion protein, the non-pathological form of the notorious prion, the degenerate protein responsible for several diseases including “mad cow disease”. According to the new findings, the protein in its physiological form serves the important function of promoting the growth of neurites, the neural projections along which nerve impulses travel.

Gli atenei FVG per l’industria 4.0

Si firma oggi a Padova il “protocollo d’intesa per lo sviluppo congiunto in un competence center” fra le università del Triveneto. Presenti alla firma anche i rappresentanti della SISSA, dell’Università di Trieste e dell’Università di Udine. I tre atenei FVG uniranno gli forzi con le altre università per far sì che il polo triveneto sia scelto fra i competence center previsti dal Piano Nazionale Industria 4.0 del Governo Renzi.