T cells use a novel mechanism to fight leukemia. They may recognize unique lipids produced by cancer cells and kill tumor cells expressing these lipid molecules. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Basel shows that a tumor-associated lipid stimulates specific T cells, which efficiently kill leukemia cells both in vitro and in animal models.
Every year on June 16, fans of literature all around the world celebrate Bloomsday. On this day, they commemorate the Irish author James Joyce and relive the events of his most famous work, Ulysses. This year, the Department of English is bringing the tradition to Basel with an event featuring sketches, songs and food from the novel. Michelle Witen, Postdoctoral Assistant for English Literature, shares on Joyce, Bloomsday and her passion for Ulysses.
After initially visiting a school psychologist, adolescents in the United States with a mental disorder often go to seek care from their pediatricians or family doctors. Fewer of them continue their treatment directly with a psychotherapist or doctor specialized in mental disorders. This shows an analysis conducted by scientists at the University of Basel that has just been published in the academic journal Plos One. The results are based on a nationally representative cohort of 6,500 U.S. teenagers.
The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) has awarded Prof. Peter Scheiffele from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and Prof. Denis Jabaudon of the University of Geneva with the Robert Bing Prize 2014. The award, endowed with 60’000 Swiss francs, will be presented to the two neuroscientists on November 20, 2014, in Basel.
A new method allows calcified and constricted blood vessels to be visualized with micrometer precision, and can be used to design containers for targeted drug delivery. Within the project “NO-stress”, materials scientists from the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel combined cutting-edge-imaging techniques to visualize and quantify the constrictions caused by atherosclerosis.
The University of Basel offers a new innovative degree program that aims at professionalizing higher education management at the interface of science and administration on all hierarchy levels of a modern university. The MBA in Academic Management starts in November 2014 for the first time.
A tiny nanoscale syringe is Salmonella’s weapon. Using this, the pathogen injects its molecular agents into the host cells and manipulates them to its own advantage. A team of scientists at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel demonstrate in their current publication in Cell Reports that a much investigated protein, which plays a role in Salmonella metabolism, is required to activate these needles and makes the replication and spread of Salmonella throughout the whole body possible.
The International Committee of the Red Cross and the University of Basel signed an agreement today to strengthen scientific cooperation between the two institutions.
This year's Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching is dedicated to the topic of modern scholarship in teaching. Students, lecturers and staff are invited to nominate courses.