Anti-Cancer Treatment with Aeronautical Precision
Even if solutions don't tend to fall from the sky, they do at times come from surprising directions. This is what happened when the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University...
Malaria: «parasite» communication
Which animal is the most dangerous to humans? the mosquito. A simple mosquito bite may result in death. And the mechanisms of malaria, for example, are still poorly understood. How...
Learning to read smiles starts at a very young age
From seven months a child can decipher emotions expressed on faces, but the strategies it uses differ depending on the culture in which it lives. An international study coordinated...
Warning signs in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients
In Alzheimer's disease, pathophysiological changes occur years before the onset of the first cognitive deficits. Progressive alterations in Notch1 protein affect synaptic plasticit...
CHF 2.6 million EU grant goes to training project on bio-inspired materials
Professor Nico Bruns of the Adolphe Merkle Institute has been awarded a prestigious European training grant worth CHF 2.6 million. This first Innovative Training Network (ITN) coor...
A Fribourg Professor hits the jackpot
The European Research Council has just awarded a grant of 2 million euros to Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Fribourg. This...
Björn Rasch receives ERC grant
Fribourg University Professor Björn Rasch, sleep researcher and biopsychologist, has been awarded one of the largest EU research grants, a Starting Grant of the European Research C...
Conspiracy theories: nothing ever happens by accident, or does it?
For several years now, the phenomenon of conspiracy theories has been occupying considerable space in the public debate. To explain this phenomenon of widespread suspicion, "conspiracists" are often seen as having a polarised view of the world in which things "don't happen by accident". This hypothesis has now been tested by a group of researchers at the Uni...
Biodiversity: Animal immigrants benefit from size variability
Mammals whose body size can vary within one species are especially good at adapting to new environmental conditions. Such animal immigrants have a clear competitive advantage in the battle for new habitats. This is the conclusion that scientists at the University of Fribourg came to as a result of their participation in an international research project.