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New Funds at SISSA

Two new European grants have been awarded to Giuseppe Legname, professor at SISSA in Trieste, to study neurodegenerative diseases. The projects awarded the grants involve, in addition to SISSA, other major international centres mainly based in Europe but some in the United States as well. The projects focus on experimental models to study this type of disease.

Choosing Correct Models

A group from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has developed a faster and simpler methodology requiring modest resources for validating physical models ("descriptions" of molecule operation) of RNA used in molecular dynamics. These models are essential for research on RNA, one of the most important macromolecules of life, with computer simulations. The method also helps define areas of improvement for increasing accuracy of the models. The study was published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

LA SISSA a TriesteNext

Anche la SISSA partecipa a TriesteNext 2016. Il titolo della nuova edizione della manifestazione è “Umano post-umano: Verso l’Homo tecnologicus?” La manifestazione si terrà a Trieste dal 23 al 25 settembre e prevede un nutrito calendario di eventi (qui è possibile trovare il programma completo). Gli eventi SISSA si svolgeranno nel corso di tutte e tre le giornate della manifestazione e prevedono conferenze, laboratori, giochi ed attività di training.

Presentazione dei risultati del progetto UBE

Il 5 ottobre 2016 dalle 10.30, presso lo StarHotel Savoia Excelsior Palace di Trieste, si terrà la cerimonia di presentazione dei risultati del progetto UBE, Underwater Blue Efficiency, a cui ha partecipato SISSA con mathLab in cooperazione con MonteCarlo Yachts, Università di Udine, Cergol Engineering, DLM, Eidon Lab con Optimad, coordinato da MARE FVG e nell’ambito del programma PAR FSC della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia.

A grant between academia and the market

SISSA’s NeuroMicronica project  – winner of the Start Cup 2015 regional award and the PNICube prize and shortlisted for the Start Cup 2015 national award – has received an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, designed to support ERC grantees with the commercial or societal application of the results of their funded research. the new grant, obtained thanks to the collaboration of multidisciplinary groups working at SISSA, adds to the long list of grants awarded to SISSA by the ERC.

Giuseppe Legname appointed as Editorial Board member of JBC

Giuseppe Legname, professor of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), has been recently appointed as Editorial Board member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC). 
The JBC is one of the oldest peer-reviewed scientific journals covering thematic areas such as biochemistry and molecular biology. It was established in 1905 and since 1925, it is published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

When output becomes part of input

Neurofeedback is a technique used for the treatment of clinical disorders (like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, ADHD and schizophrenia etc.) and enhancement of brain performance.  It is based on the “self-regulation” of brain activations underpinned by the principles of  feedback control systems. Feedback systems  can be found in areas such as cybernetics, industrial automation, quality control, optimization and so on.