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Freedom and Creativity in Mathematics

13 Maggio 2016

25 May 2016, 3:30p.m.

SISSA, Room 128

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The newest appointment in the SISSA colloquia calendar features Mathematics. Claudio Bartocci, mathematician at the Università di Genova, will give a talk intertwining mathematics and philosophy, specifically addressing the question of what role creativity, and, more generally, freedom play in the study of mathematics.

Gene therapy against brain cancer

12 Maggio 2016

A team from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has obtained very promising results by applying gene therapy to glioblastoma. Tests in vitro and in vivo on mice provided very clear-cut results, and modelling demonstrates that the treatment targets at least six different points of tumour metabolism. Gene therapy, a technique that selectively attacks a tumour, might provide hope in the fight against this type of deadly cancer, for which surgery is practically impossible and chemo- and radiotherapy are ineffective against very aggressive recurrences.

Emotions in the age of Botox

12 Maggio 2016

Botulin injections in the facial muscles, which relax expression lines and make one’s skin appear younger as a result of a mild paralysis, have another, not easily predictable effect: they undermine the ability to understand the facial expressions of other people. This consequence, as SISSA scientists explain in a new research study, depends on a temporary block of proprioceptive  feedback, a process that helps us understand other people’s emotions by reproducing them on our own bodies.

Graphene Flakes to Calm Synapses

10 Maggio 2016

Innovative graphene technology to buffer the activity of synapses-- this is the idea behind a recently-published study in the journal ACS Nano coordinated by the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste (SISSA)  and the University of Trieste. In particular, the study showed how effective graphene oxide flakes are at interfering with excitatory synapses, an effect that could prove useful in new treatments for diseases like epilepsy.

A SISSA's project wins the CURE Foundation Innovator Award

The project, led by SISSA professor Mallamaci Antonello, aims to develop a new line of therapeutic treatment for gene haploinsufficiencies, a particular class of genetic deficiency associated with a wide variety of rare neuro-cognitive syndromes. Despite recent advances in genome engineering, they are currently incurable. This new treatment is designed to stimulate transcription and translation of the surviving alleles using appropriate non-artificial RNA coding in a specific way, restoring a normal level of gene expression.

PhD ITalents

In data 3 maggio è stata pubblicata sul sito PhD ITalents una modifica al Bando “Dottori di Ricerca”, che elimina il limite di età per la partecipazione.

È stata inoltre prevista una proroga dei termini per la presentazione delle candidature dei dottori di ricerca: il termine ultimo è il 27 maggio (alle ore 12.00).

La modifica al Bando è consultabile sul sito www.phd-italents.it

An ERC grant to study Mott transitions

02 Maggio 2016

The recent round of funding by the European Research Council (ERC) – the prestigious “Advanced Grants” – features the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste among the grant awardees. Michele Fabrizio, SISSA physicist has won a substantial new grant, which will allow him and his group to study “first-order Mott transitions” for the next five years.

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