Biomedical sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences manages the research activity in Biology, Medicine and Public Health. It provides technologies and services to both the public and the private area, with the purpose of promoting knowledge on the fundamental mechanism governing physiological and pathological aspects in living organism, starting from basic research in life sciences to the study of human diseases and of innovative therapeutic interventions. The ultimate aim is to explore new opportunities for ameliorating the health of mankind.

The fundamental activities regard oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, immunology and infectious diseases, epidemiology and health care research, Biology and biomedical technologies. In these areas, some technologies have been developed and they have found a wider use in the different benchmark areas: proteomics, pharmacogenomics, advanced calculus in bioinformatics and system biology, robotic systems for the limbs’ rehabilitation, molecular diagnostics and imaging. 

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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

Call for proposals: understanding the pathogenesis of Dravet Syndrome

Institutional area

Gruppo Famiglie Dravet Onlus is launching a Call for proposals to support a one year (12 months) basic or clinical research project aimed at understanding the pathogenesis of Dravet Syndrome.
The budget requested can be made up to €50,000 (fifty thousand Euros).
Full text of the Call and the submission guidelines are available here:
LoIs must be submitted at not later than May 5, 2017

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)

Blocking inflammation to reduce cognitive disabilities

Press release 04/04/2017

For the first time a study published in the prestigious journal eLife demonstrates the direct relationship between the cognitive impairments that characterize disorders of the development of the infant brain and inflammation that affects the synapses, i.e. the brain structures sorting information and signals to the whole body

The nano-revolution reaches the heart: the EU-funded project Cupido

News 11/04/2017

The EU-funded project Cupido, started in February 2017, proposes an innovative solution: the application of nanotechnologies to the cardiovascular field. Cupido aims to hit the core of the cardiovascular disease, developing inhalable nanoparticles that can deliver as simple as breathing a therapeutic directly to the diseased heart. Nanoparticles are extremely tiny, almost 1 million times smaller than a grain of sand in size and far too small to see with conventional microscopes

Research highlight: Age are not important to T cells?

Institutional Area

The repertoire of gluten immuno-toxic peptides has been extensively characterized in children with Celiac Disease thanks to a collaboration between Australia and Italy.This study, using large gluten peptide library and blood samples from children with Celiac Disease after a wheat bread consumption, demonstrates that the T lymhocytes  from young celiacs recognize the same gluten peptides as T cells from adults with Celiac Disease. These findings have important implication for either novel therapeutic strategies, and for prevention of this worldwide spreading disease

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

17th Congress of the European society for photobiology

Event from 04/09/2017 to 08/09/2017

The 17th congress of the European society for photobiology will be held in Pisa (Italy) under the aegis of Cnr, Pisa Cnr Campus and Pisa University and municipality

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