Research evaluation: the new guidelines for Public Research Bodies not supervised by the MIUR

Press review 21/06/2017

The ANVUR - National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems, in agreement with the ConPER- Council of Presidents of Public Research Bodies, has published the new guidelines for the evaluation of Public Research Bodies (EPRs)

The national reasearch council clebrates the Marconi's year

Press review 12/06/2017

The national reasearch council clebrates 2017 as the Marconi's year with two anniversaries dedicated to Guglielmo Marconi: 20 July for the 80th anniversary of his death and 2 september for the 90th anniversary of Presidency of Cnr

Moving slowly (very slowly) but like a shark

Press release 15/06/2017

A study published in Royal Society Open Science and coordinated by Isc-Cnr reports that limpets (snails) move like sharks and human hunters, albeit more slowly

Translators as historical actors

Event 23/06/2017

The workshop is co-organised in collaboration with the History Department of Università di Firenze (SAGAS), as part of a programme of wider cooperation, and also with the Istituto per la storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico moderno, ISPF-CNR, Milano-Napoli. It will also be an opportunity to present the project of a database of eighteenth-century translators

Gut microbiota, key element to understand autism

Press release 01/06/2017

Through sophisticated metagenomics and bioinformatics techniques, italian researchers from the Cnr - Italian Research Council - and University of Florence characterized the bacterial and fungal gut microbiota in a cohort of autistic individuals. The study, pulished on ‘Microbiome’, underlines the importance of the microbiome as biomarker and therapeutic target, in dietary intervention studies for the improvement of the quality of life of ASDs patients 

Polyphenols against cancer? A question to be investigated

Press release 13/06/2017

A research team at Isa-Cnr analyzed the use of these natural, antioxidant compounds in cancer, highlighting, in two studies, the pros and cons of their use and demonstrating that not always their effect(s) does depend upon the antioxidant activity. The articles have been published on Seminars in Cancer Biology and Oncotarget

The origin of the coralligenous of Venice revealed, the 'tegnùe'

Press release 29/05/2017

The genesis of these submerged reef, oases of marine biodiversity and geodiversity, dates back to about 7,000 years ago when remnants of fluvial channel of the last glacial period cemented. The study, coordinated by Ismar-Cnr and performed together with OGS, University of Padova, Ispra and Conicet (Argentina), has been published in Scientific Reports journal

A stopwatch for electron motion inside matter

Press release 23/05/2017

A research study conducted at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies of the National Research Council has been published in the prestigious journal Nature Physics.  An international team of scientists has monitored in real-time the scattering behavior of electrons propagating in a non-conducting material after the interaction with high-energy photons

Cardiac cells like rocks: a new approach for studying cardiac electrical properties

Press release 31/05/2017

Researchers led by Dr. Leonardo Sacconi of the Cnr - National Institute of Optics have measured the electrical properties of cardiac cells exploiting an ingenious analogy between the transport of charges and the transport of matter

That's the way soft matter relaxes

Press release 26/04/2017

A collaboration among Cnr, University of Naples, University of Cincinnati and Procter and Gamble (P&G) led to the Differential Variance Analysis (DVA), a novel method to investigate the relaxation process of soft materials, from fast-moving consumer goods to biological tissues

Signals, choices and conflicts: our brain unravels them by means of attention

Press release 04/05/2017

Full resolution of cognitive conflicts requires brain’s undivided attention. That's why conflicts are potentially dangerous in situations requiring sustained monitoring, such as, for instance, driving. This was revealed by a study carried out by the Institute of Bioimaging and Molecular Physiology of the National Research Council in collaboration with the University of Milan Bicocca

Touching the smell: when does a mouth become a nose?

Press release 14/04/2017

Recent studies on the mechanisms of chemical communication in aquatic environments undermine the traditional distinction between the chemical senses (olfaction and gustation) based on spatial criteria

Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability: a new molecular mechanism unravelled

Press release 15/05/2017

Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability, which usually have their onset during childhood, are in some cases linked to mutations in the gene KIAA1202, which contains the information to produce the protein Shrm4. An international study, published on Nature Communication, coordinated by Maria Passafaro, at the Institute of Neuroscience of the National Research Council (IN-CNR), demonstrated one possible mechanism by which these mutations could cause those pathologies

Discovery of a gene variant that confers risk of multiple sclerosis and lupus

Press release 27/04/2017

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports an important new mechanism of predisposition to two autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis (MS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (Lupus)

First Italian Citizen Science Conference

Event from 23/11/2017 to 25/11/2017

The First Italian Citizen Science Conference will be held in Rome in November 23rd – 25th 2017, with the aim to explore the state of the art in this relatively new promising field. The Conference is organized by the Italian National Academy of Sciences with the support of the Italian National Research Council (Cnr). The submission period is April 20th, 2017 – June 5th, 2017

'Added Value of Excellence in European Research'

News 04/04/2017

Cnr and other major european science organizations and universities, together with prominent industrial enterprises, convened at a high-level round table organised by the CNRS and MPG in Brussels on 6 and 7 march 2017, developing the following common positions