Neurons transmit information with the help of special channels that allow the passage of potassium ions. Defective potassium channels play a role in epilepsy and depression. The scientists working with Prof. Henning Stahlberg at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have now identified the complete 3D structure of a particular potassium channel, a HCN channel. This enabled them to draw conclusions about its mechanism of action.
Prospective students interested in pursuing a degree in dental medicine should not only show interest for the medical matters but also need to possess superior manual dexterity skills. A new online self-assessment offers prospective students the opportunity to test and analyze their manual skills.
The life-threatening disease typhoid fever results from the ongoing battle between the bacterial pathogen Salmonella and the immune cells of the body. Prof. Dirk Bumann’s research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has now uncovered how the typhoid pathogen repeatedly manages to evade the host’s immune system.
Swiss plants, butterflies and birds have moved 8 to 42 meters uphill between 2003 and 2010, as scientists from the University of Basel write in the online journal “Plos One”.
The University of Basel is launching a new series of events in 2014. Students and Doctoral Students are offering guided tours through the various institutions and facilities associated with the university.
Humans with a high motor excitability have a better working memory than humans with a low excitability. This was shown in a study conducted by scientists from the Transfacultary Research Platform at the University of Basel. By measuring the motor excitability, conclusions can be drawn as to the general cortical excitability – as well as to cognitive performance.
The University Council has decided to increase the tuition fees for students of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs by CHF 150. Thus, beginning of the fall semester 2014, the tuition will amount to CHF 850 per semester. Tuition for registered doctoral students will increase CHF 200 to CHF 350 per semester. Course auditors will pay CHF 60 per course, an increase of CHF 10.
Scientists from the University of Basel, the University Hospital of Basel and the ETH Zurich procured one of the much sought after Synergy Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Their project will receive EUR 11.2 million of funding and aims at clarifying how tumors develop resistance to medication. Synergy Grants provide the highest amount of funding from the ERC.