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RNA-based drugs to help against Dravet Syndrome. New funding for Prof. Mallamaci’s lab

“We are using an experimental approach based on a set of RNA drugs we recently developed in our lab. The aim of this new project is to cast light on specific aspects of this method which still need to be clarified, along a pathway which – in the future – might turn this approach into a cure for patients suffering from Dravet Syndrome”.

WIOS2017 at SISSA

The first WIOS2017 will take place Thursday 5 October 5 and Friday 6 October at SISSA. WIOS (Women in olfactory science) is the first international forum to unite women scientists in olfactory science. The forum objective is to strength women role in the development and promotion of their representation among the leaders in the field of the chemical senses. More information here.

SISSA is partner of PRELICA project

In order to improve both on-board comfort and the environmental impact during navigation, the European Regional Development Fund co-finances the project PRELICA (Advanced methodologies for hydro-acoustic design of naval propulsion). 
SISSA is one of the PRELICA project partners. Mathlab research group will contribute to the formulation of accurate predictions of the hydro-acoustic emissions of the propeller. 

The PRELICA project has been started on 1 May 2017 and will last 21 months.

What happens when people hear voices that others don’t

People who hear voices — both with and without a diagnosed psychotic illness — are more sensitive than other subjects to a 125-year-old experiment designed to induce hallucinations. And the subjects’ ability to learn that these hallucinations were not real may help pinpoint those in need of psychiatric treatment, suggests a new Yale-led study published Aug. 11 in the journal Science. The research has been carried out by Philip Corlett and Al Powers, Yale University, and Chris Mathys, SISSA.

People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

Dr Rebecca Lawson and Professor Geraint Rees from UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, and Dr Christoph Mathys from SISSA found that adults with autism were less surprised by unexpected images in a simple learning task than adults without autism, and those who were the least surprised had the most pronounced symptoms. The results suggests that differences in how people with autism build visual expectations may link to social difficulties. The study shed new light on our understanding of how people with autism see the world differently.

Sudden loss of Giovanni Bignami

The Astrophysics and Astroparticle Groups at SISSA mourn the sudden loss of our collegue, Giovanni Bignami, a very significant figure for italian Astrophysics, in the National Institute for Astrophysics and the Italian Space Agency, which in particular shared with us substantial efforts and involvement in large cosmological observations.

OpenViewShip project: The result presentation

“Sviluppo di un ecosistema computazionale per la progettazione idrodinamica del sistema elica carena” is the title of the event that will take place at Sala Bobi Bazlen in Trieste on Tuesday 30 May starting from 4.45 pm. The seminar will present the results of the OpenViewsShip project, in which industrial and academic partners contributed to the development of a methodology for the performance prediction of the hull-propeller system in operational conditions.

Campus Day at SISSA

On Wednesday 2 May, SISSA and Campus Party will organize the Campus Day, an occasion aimed to present the international event on innovation and creativity that will be held in Milan for its first edition 20-23 July 2017. Campus Day is dedicated to all students who have an idea, often labeled as "impossible to accomplish"; each idea can be cultivated, encouraged, transformed and at the same time transform the future of the country.

Paper vs digital: Davide Crepaldi at "Salone del libro" in Turin

Reading on screen or paper? That is the question. On Thursday 18 May, SISSA neuroscientist Davide Crepaldi will be one of the speakers of the event entitled “Paper or digital: the integration is in the facts”. The seminar is organized by "Salone Internazionale del Libro" (“International book fair”) from 18 to 22 May at “Lingotto fiere” in Turin. Crepaldi will present the scientific evidences coming up from research dedicated to reading on these two different media.

Scientific computation at SISSA: the story

AICA is the italian association whose activity focuses on informatics and automatic computation. A nonprofit association led by ITC experts, AICA's mission is spreading the digital culture as a fundamental action for the progress of society. AICA's website presents information, stories and projects. In the section dedicated to history of informatics in Italy, you can find an interesting text written by Antonio Lanza, the director of SISSA's Information Technology and Computing Services. In this article, Dr.

Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques

SISSA invites all undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Summer School on Atomistic Simulation Techniques in Trieste. The school, organized by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Simulation Centre, will be held from 14 to 30 June 2017. 
In 2017 the School will be entirely focused on quantum mechanics and in particular will be devoted to electronic properties of materials, chemical- and bio-molecules.