The University Council has elected Prof. Dr. Caroline Klaver as Professor of Genetic Epidemiology of Ophthalmic Diseases in a joint professorship with the University of Rotterdam. Prof. Dr. Luzius Cavelti was appointed as the new Professor of Tax Law at the Faculty of Law.
How does the university contribute to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals? Which degree programs address issues of sustainability? What are the university’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas balance levels? Details of these and other questions can be found in the University of Basel’s first Sustainability Report, which is published online and provides a summary of key figures and information relating to operations, research and teaching.
The President`s Board of the University of Basel has appointed Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropik as Assistant Professor of German Medieval Studies and General Literature.
Celebrations in honor of literature are rare, but on June 16, Bloomsday – a day that honors the works of James Joyce – will be celebrated all over the world. In keeping with this, the English Seminar of the University of Basel once again invites you to a literary-inspired festival with music, theatre, and culinary surprises. The tradition has been cultivated at Nadelberg 6 for seven years now. Attracting upwards of 200 guests, Bloomsday in Basel has now established itself as the largest Bloomsday in Switzerland.
When we train the reaching for and grasping of objects, we also train our brain. In other words, this action brings about changes in the connections of a certain neuronal population in the red nucleus, a region of the midbrain. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have discovered this group of nerve cells in the red nucleus. They have also shown how fine motor tasks promote plastic reorganization of this brain region.
Natural products, or their close derivatives, make some of our most potent medicines, among which macrocycles are one class. The size and complexity of macrocycles has made it difficult to emulate and build on Nature’s success in the laboratory. By completing a complex molecular synthesis of these compounds attached to a unique identifying DNA strand, the Chemists of the University of Basel have built a rich collection of natural product-like macrocycles that can be mined for new medicines.
T3 Pharmaceuticals AG wins the W.A. de Vigier Foundation’s highest endowed award for startup companies in Switzerland of 100,000 Swiss Francs. The spin-off from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel works in the field of immuno-oncology and convinced the jury with their innovative therapeutic approach to fighting cancer with live bacteria.
Professor Uwe Pühse of the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel has been awarded a UNESCO Chair in "Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings". The Chair will examine the relationships between exercise and sport, health and academic performance, and develop specific improvement measures. Professor Cheryl Walter from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has been appointed Co-Chair.
Werner Arber, Professor emeritus of Microbiology and Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 celebrates his 90th birthday on 3 June 2019. Werner Arber is one of the founding members of the University of Basel’s Biozentrum and former president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He also made other important contributions to science policy.