Expensive noble metals often play a vital role in illuminating screens or converting solar energy into fuels. Now, chemists at the University of Basel have succeeded in replacing these rare elements with a significantly cheaper metal. In terms of their properties, the new materials are very similar to those used in the past.
There was a lot of solidarity among people during the coronavirus pandemic – especially at the beginning. Researchers at the University of Basel recently studied how case and fatality numbers influenced volunteer work. Their findings have important implications for governmental authorities about how to manage future crises.
It has been known for several years that the diagnosis “multiple sclerosis” conceals a whole range of different illnesses, each requiring customized treatment. Researchers at the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel have now described a possible new MS-like disease and explained how to diagnose it.
The academic and professional world often encourages crossing borders, both literal and metaphorical. Such is the tale of Alaa Dia: Born and raised in Lebanon, Dia took his academic pursuits to Switzerland. Over the years, his work transitioned from an architectural perspective to a theoretical understanding of space, cartography, and borders.
Who lived in the Basel region around 1,500 years ago? Where were they from and what did they eat? Archaeologist Margaux Depaermentier is looking for answers. One place she is finding them is in the tooth enamel of skeletons.
Glioblastomas are among the most aggressive kinds of brain tumors. Even immunotherapy treatments that have proved effective against other cancers seem to be powerless against them. Researchers at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel have now described how to improve the immune system’s chances against this type of tumor.
He conducts preventative health research in Lesotho, improves clinical research in Switzerland, and still manages to find time for his passion: music. As structured and focused as the epidemiologist and clinical researcher’s work is now, his career began almost by accident.
Steps toward sustainability are an important topic for many administrations. How does “sustainabilization” work in the Swiss cantons? Marius Christen and Basil Bornemann from the University of Basel examined this question. They discuss their most important findings in this interview.
Yukiko Tomooka has worked at the Department of Biomedical Engineering for the past year and a half. The Japanese PhD student came to Basel to carry out research on surgical robotics. And because she is able to interact with the end users of her innovations here.