An individual’s weight is no longer an individual’s business - overweight and obesity has become a global public health issue. However, governments have been reluctant to take legal actions to tackle this problem. The Faculty of Law at the University of Basel is organizing an incubator workshop 3 April 2014 to discuss the global aspects of overweight and how governments can fulfill their societal duties.
Learning and memory relies on the proper processing of signals that stimulate neuronal cells within the brain. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, together with an international team of scientists, has uncovered an important role for the protein coronin 1 in cognition and behavior. They found that a lack of coronin 1 in mouse and in man is associated with poor memory, defective learning and aggressive behavior. The results, recently published in Plos Biology, identify a novel risk factor for neurobehavioral dysfunction and reveal a molecular pathway involved in transferring information within neurons.
What causes cancer? This is still one of the most burning questions today. Cancer stem cells are increasingly to be found in the spotlight of research. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Austrian Academy of Sciences have found that the loss of function of a protein complex can cause brain tumors, this occurring through progenitor cells reverting back into neural stem cells.
In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders. Basel scientists have now discovered a molecular mechanism that actively regulates the process of forgetting.
First on top of the world and then in the depths of despair – this is what the extreme mood changes for people with bipolar disorder are like. Under the direction of scientists from Bonn, Mannheim and Basel, an international collaboration of researchers discovered two new gene regions that are connected to the prevalent disease. In addition, they were able to confirm three additional suspect genes. In this unparalleled worldwide study, the scientists are utilizing unprecedented numbers of patients.
Neurobiologist Silvia Arber, Professor at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute, will be awarded the Otto Naegeli Prize 2014 by the Otto Naegeli Foundation. The Otto Naegli Prize for Medical Research is one of the most highly esteemed research awards given in Switzerland. The award ceremony will be taking place Mai 28 at the University of Basel.
This year, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) awards 40 SNSF professorships to young researchers who intend to pursue an academic career. Five of them have chosen the University of Basel as host institution and will establish their own research team at the departments of Biomedicine, Biozentrum, Physics, Linguistics and Literature, as well as at the University Hospital of Basel and the Kantonsspital Aarau.