Under the Italian law 150/2000, the Cnr Press Office was established with the aim of enhancing information provided by scientific Departments, research Institutes and offices by issuing press releases and notes, and handling the overall media communication. Among its tasks, the Office assures an helpdesk for any media request, organizes press conferences and events, and it is actively involved in the realization of video and interviews within the  Cnr Webtv platform.  Furthermore, it supports the realization of editorial products and activates partnerships with Tv programmes, magazines and websites.

The Office releases the monthly web magazine 'Almanacco della Scienza’, and makes available a daily press review operated in collaboration with a specialized service, monitoring thousands of newspapers, magazines, journals, as well as television and radio programs. Reviews are available from 7 a.m. and updated many times a day: a collection of the most relevant press venues is also provided by email. 

The Chef's brain

Press release 03/03/2017

Researchers investigate, for the first time, whether the chef’s brain is different from general population. They report that chef-related expertise has shaped brain anatomy in a way to become faster in some motor and cognitive realms

Nanocubes for early identification of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Press release 28/02/2017

The innovative method takes advantage of silver nanocrystals activated by laser, which allow a sensitive detection of molecular traces of neurodegenerative diseases. The method has been developed by a team, led by IFAC-CNR in Florence and including researchers from IMM-CNR of Catania, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the Saratov National Research State University (Russia). The study was published in the ACS Nano journal

Vitamins and aminoacids regulate stem cell biology

Press release 16/02/2017

An International Reserach Team coordinated by Igb-Cnr discovered a key role of Vitamins and amoinoacids in pluripotent stem cells. The research is published in Stem Cell Reports and may provide new insights in cancer biology and regenerative medicine

New hopes for pancreatic tumor from an antipsychotic drug

Press release 15/02/2017

Pancreatic ductal carcinoma is the most common tumor that affects this gland. Its recovery rates are minimal, not only due to difficulties of an early diagnosis, but also because of the absence of a specific pharmacological treatment. New hopes are coming from a study published on Scientific Reports by the Nanotechnology Institute of CNR, unit of Rende, in collaboration with a team of French and Spanish researchers

New technology to watch the sea in 3D

Press release 01/02/2017

‘Wave hunters’ discover that extreme waves are more frequent than previously thought. From a study by Ca’ Foscari and Ismar-Cnr, published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography, a project and a patent were born, measuring waves from platforms and ships

Italian alpine glacier now accelerating after 7000 years

Press release 30/01/2017

Thanks to a 7000-year old ice core, the Idpa-Cnr and an international team have discovered that an alpine glacier is now accelerating due to atmospheric warming. The deepest part of the Mt. Ortles glacier (Eastern Italian Alps) has indeed started to move for the first time since the period of the Tyrolean Iceman. The study has been published in The Cryosphere

Personality differences linked to differences in brain structure

Press release 26/01/2017

Our personality may be shaped by how our brain works, but in fact the shape of our brain can itself provide surprising clues about how we behave – and our risk of developing mental health disorders – suggests a study published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The international research team involves Italian scientists from with Ibfm-Cnr, University Tor Vergata and University Magna Graecia

Possible microbial signs on martian rocks

Press release 13/01/2017

In a study performed by Isafom-Cnr, published on 'International Journal of Astrobiology', have been highlighted structural relationships between terrestrial microbialites – rocks by bacterial origin – and martian sediments not only at microscopic level, but also at macroscopic and mesoscopic ones

The 'liquid biopsy': an innovative 3D technology

Press release 19/01/2017

Cnr-Isasi Researchers reveal an innovative possibility to identify sick cells in the blood stream, not visible by standard techniques. The result has been published in a Nature Publishing Group Journal Light: Science and Applications. The effectiveness of the technique has been demonstrated also for the recognition of possible oceans’ contaminants

Council of Presidents of public research bodies: Massimo Inguscio appointed President

Interview 20/01/2017

The President of National Research Council, Massimo Inguscio, was unanimously appointed President of the newly set up Council of President of public research bodies

Almanacco della scienza Cnr

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The latest issue of the monthly magazine edited by the Cnr Press Office



In october 2016 Cnr hosted the first TEDx conference ever held by an Italian Research Institution.
The goal was sharing new visions and models across all fields of the cutting edge research activity
developed by National Research Council and Italy and its partners. Here is a photogallery of the event

Medulloblastoma: a potential new therapy

Press release 16/01/2017

A preclinical study indicates a possible new therapy for medulloblastoma, the most common brain malignancy in childhood. The study, conducted by a group of researchers of the Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology of the National Research Council of Italy at the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome, highlights the ability of chemokine Cxcl3 to completely inhibit the tumor. The research results are published in Frontiers in Pharmacology

Shaping platinum into ultrafine jagged nanowires

Press release 22/12/2016

An international team including a Cnr-Iccom researcher develops a method that allows a 50-fold reduction in the amount of platinum. Jagged platinum nanowires are obtained by removing nickel from Pt-Ni regular alloy nanowires

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Cnr History

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The National Research Council of Italy was founded as legal person on 18 November 1923 (Royal Decree 2440/1923). Originally, it became member of the International Research Council, with offices in Brussels. The mission of Cnr has been defined in the first Statute dated 1924: to coordinate and stimulate research activity at a National level in the different areas of science, to keep in contact with various stakeholders on scientific matters and to establish National scientific laboratories

A cancer inspires a graphene oxide-based biomimetic surface against superbacteria

Press release 29/12/2016

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports that since 2009 400,000 individuals each year develop infections by multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. It is therefore necessary to develop novel strategies for antimicrobial coating for medical devices and surgical equipment. The researchers, authors of the study published in Scientific Reports, have realized a biocompatible and cost-effective graphene oxide-based gel enabling an effective coating of irregular surface able to reduce bacteria cells up to 90%

International Congress on Cork Oak Trees and Woodlands: conservation, management, products and challenges for the future

Event 25-26 May 2017

The Department of Science for Nature and Environmental Resources of the University of Sassari, the Forestry and Wood Research Centre of the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics and the Institute of Ecosystem Study of the National Research Council, organization unit of Sassari, are pleased to invite you to the 'International Congress on Cork Oak Trees and Woodlands: conservation, management, products and challenges for the future', coinciding with the 3° National Congress of Cork