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The pain of social exclusion

The distress caused by social stimuli (e.g., losing a friend, experiencing an injustice or more in general when a social bond is threatened) activates brain circuits related to physical pain: as observed in a study conducted by SISSA, this also applies when we experience this type of pain vicariously as an empathic response (when we see somebody else experiencing it).


July 14-25, 2014

SISSA, Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

The School aims to provide practical and theoretical training on the application of a large spectrum of techniques to neurobiology. The course will be divided into 2 sessions: a morning session with tutorial lectures and afternoon sessions with hands-on practicals.



Informare sulle staminali

14 marzo 2014

SISSA, Aula Magna

Via Bonomea, 265, Trieste

Il 14 marzo si è tenuta alla SISSA una conferenza aperta agli studenti delle scuole superiori e ai cittadini, con lo scopo di stimolare "apprendimento, confronto e discussione" sul tema della ricerca medica sulle staminali e delle sue applicazioni terapeutiche. La conferenza è stata l'evento regionale previsto nell'ambito della manifestazione nazionale UniStem Day che si è svolta lo stesso giorno in una quarantina di atenei italiani.

Gioco, cinema e scienza

Il Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA organizza una serie di incontri pubblici per raccontare l'intersezione fra la scienza, l'arte e il gioco. Gli appuntamenti si svolgeranno fra la sede della SISSA e il Caffè San Marco a Trieste.

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Il Comune di Trieste sostiene la SISSA

Una borsa di studio da 3mila euro ogni anno per i prossimi tre anni: questo il contributo offerto dal Comune di Trieste al Master in Comunicazione della Scienza (MCS) "Franco Prattico" della Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA). Un'azione importante per sostenere la diffusione del sapere scientifico e la Trieste scientifica.

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La settimana del cervello a Trieste

Dal 10 al 15 marzo torna la "Settimana del Cervello", l'evento mondiale per raccontare al pubblico la ricerca scientifica sul cervello. Caffè scientifici, conferenze, mostre, giochi: questa è la ricca offerta di appuntamenti dell'edizione triestina della manifestazione, quest'anno coordinata dal Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA di Trieste.

La vita di Majorana sul “palco” della SISSA

21 febbraio 2014 - ore 17.00

SISSA – Aula Magna

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Anche quest'anno si è svolto alla SISSA il "Progetto teatro", promosso dalla scuola media Guido Corsi di Trieste. "La scomparsa di Majorana", spettacolo tratto dal testo di Leonardo Sciascia, è stato rappresentato dagli studenti della scuola media con l'aiuto di alcuni giovani ricercatori della SISSA, il 21 febbraio, nell'Aula Magna della Scuola.


GAeL, Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté, is a conference organised by and for researchers in Algebraic Geometry at the beginning of their scientific career. The conference gives PhD students and post-docs the opportunity to lecture, often for the first time, in front of an international audience. In addition, selected international experts deliver mini-courses on topics at the cutting-edge of important new developments in Algebraic Geometry.  This year the conference will be held in Trieste, at the International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA (June 23-27, 2014). 

Protein synthesis and chance

In the process of protein synthesis there is a "stochastic" component, i.e., involving random chance, which influences the time the process takes. This aspect has been investigated by two research scientists at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste.

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Animate, inanimate, but also social

Social groups (the "rich", the "police", the "elderly"...) constitute a special group for the brain, one that is distinct from other groups, such as animate and inanimate objects. This is the main finding of a neuropsychological study conducted on patients with cognitive impairment.

The first authors of the study are Raffaella Rumiati of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, and Andrea Carnaghi of the University of Trieste.

The origin of the evil conformation

Prions form when normal proteins acquire a misfolded conformation and cause incurable neurodegenerative diseases. A team of scientists from SISSA has recently published a study that investigates the early events of the conversion from the normal to the disease-causing form of the prion protein.

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Concorso fotografico “De Rerum Natura”

"De Rerum Natura" è il titolo del nuovo concorso fotografico promosso dal Laboratorio Interdisciplinare della SISSA. Un richiamo alla natura, ma anche alla scienza: è infatti anche il titolo del famoso poema di Lucrezio, dove lo stupore e la meraviglia per la natura si intrecciano allo sguardo analitico dello scienziato. Per raccontare la natura e la scienza, le immagini sono uno strumento fondamentale e proprio per questo la SISSA chiede al pubblico dei fotografi amatoriali di proporre una fotografia che rappresenti un fenomeno naturale o un momento della ricerca scientifica.

Molecules as circuits

The progressive miniaturization of electronic devices requires the creation of increasingly small circuits. With traditional technology, this miniaturization is hampered by the limits imposed by physics, but some have thought of using molecules as circuits.

If molecules are to be able to do this efficiently, they need to improve their poor conduction ability. In a study published in PNAS, a team of researchers featuring Ryan Requist, Erio Tosatti and Michele Fabrizio of SISSA shows how the Kondo effect can improve the conductivity of some magnetic molecules.

The brain’s RAM

Thousands of times a day, the brain stores sensory information for very short periods of time in a working memory, to be able to use it later. A research study carried out with the collaboration of SISSA has shown, for the first time, that this function also exists in the brain of rodents, a finding that sheds light on the evolutionary origins of this cognitive mechanism.

A European grant to study vision

The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste has obtained a major grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to study the visual system. This is the eleventh ERC grant awarded to SISSA, which once again confirms its position among the Italian research centres that have won the largest number of these grants.

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Forever young?

Mauro Giacca

February 5, 2013 - 3.00 pm

SISSA, Main Lecture Hall

Via Bonomea 265, Trieste

Easier said than done

"Moral" psychology has traditionally been studied by subjecting individuals to moral dilemmas, that is, hypothetical choices regarding typically dangerous scenarios, but it has rarely been validated "in the field". This limitation may have led to systematic bias in hypotheses regarding the cognitive bases of moral judgements.

A study relying on virtual reality has demonstrated that, in real situations, we might be far more "utilitarian" than believed so far.

A chance to attend the MCA

Last December 30 was the closing date for enrolments in the Master's in Complex Actions (MCA) of SISSA (the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste), but there's another opportunity for latecomers: classes will be open to a limited number of audit students who will be given the chance to enrol normally for the academic year 2013-2014. 

25 years of DNA on the computer

For about 20 years now, experimental research on nuclear DNA has been supplemented by research based on computer simulations aimed at reconstructing the structure and function of this molecule that is so essential to life as we know it.

A systematic review – carried out with the participation of SISSA in Trieste – provides a detailed summary of the majority of models developed to date. The review is mainly aimed at biologists, for whom it may become an important research tool.

Smooth or grainy?

A paper by Stefano Liberati from SISSA has been selected as one of the 2013 Highlight papers (the best papers of the year) of the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. The paper is a systematic review of the methods devised by scientists since the 90s to test Einstein's laws of Special Relativity, up to the highest observable energies. These types of tests are important: deviations from Special Relativity could in fact indicate that space-time is not continuous but grainy. 




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