Researchers are developing an innovative approach for the treatment of a rare autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous system, using a type of molecular sponge consisting of carbohydrates to remove pathogenic antibodies from the bloodstream. Developed to treat anti-MAG neuropathy, the approach also has potential applications for the treatment of other autoimmune diseases.
Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have developed a new method by which proteins can be transported to a new location in a cell. The novel tool enables scientists to study the function of proteins depending on their position by using nanobodies. The tool can be used for a wide range of proteins and in various areas of developmental biology.
Scientists at the University of Basel have shown that LSD reduces activity in the region of the brain related to the handling of negative emotions like fear. The results, published in the scientific journal Translational Psychiatry, could affect the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety.
Following the success of last year’s event, the Teaching Excellence Awards of the University of Basel are being held for second time in 2017. With effect from now, students and employees are invited to submit their favorites for the Teaching Excellence Awards 2017.
How dangerous does the general public consider mentally ill people to be? Scientists at the University of Basel and the University Psychiatric Clinics Basel have investigated the factors that influence social stigma. The journal Scientific Reports published the results.
Certain white blood cells play an important role in bringing a harmful virus under control after kidney transplantations. The results of a research group at the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel could contribute to improving control of immunosuppression, avoiding transplant rejection and developing relevant vaccines.
The University of Basel is legally obliged to protect its members from sexual harassment. Assault will not be tolerated – that’s the primary message of the current campaign, which is aimed at students and employees of both sexes. The awareness campaign will provide information, offer options for dealing with sexual harassment, and draw attention to existing support measures.
Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air.
Georgiy Kasianov, currently researching at the University of Basel, is one of the leading Ukrainian historians. In the interview, he talks about the instrumentalization of history in conflicts – and what historians can do about it.