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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New ESPAD results: teenage drinking and smoking down

Press release 12/11/2020

Teenage drinking and smoking down, but concerns over risky cannabis use and new addictive behaviours, according the results of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Espad), coordinated by the Institute of Clinical Phyiology (Ifc) of the National Research Council of Italy 

Not only a matter of words: how defective translation can explain Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Press release 28/09/2020

The Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council of Italy shed new light on a devastating genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The study, coordinated by Gabriella Viero (Cnr-Ibf), was an all-European effort in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, Utrecht and Trento and the Italian company Immagina Biotech. Published in Nature Cell Biology, this research was funded by AFM Telethon (France), Telethon (Italy), the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Caritro Foundation

A novel finding on Kabuki syndrome, a rare genetic disease

News 09/11/2020

The research, coordinated by the University of Trento, has recreated for the first time the pathological condition in a test tube discovering what happens in the cell nucleus and what hinders the formation of cartilages and bones. The findings were published in the scientific journal Nature Genetics

BraYn Conference - BraYnstorming Research Assembly for Young Neuroscientists

Event from 25/11/2020 to 27/11/2020

BraYn stands for "Brainstorming Research Assembly for Young Neuroscientists", and is an initiative which aims to create a congress specifically intended for young researchers under the age of 40 working in the field of Neuroscience

"Marvel" project: towards scalable extracellular vesicles isolation

News 09/11/2020

The "Marvel" project (Evolving reversible immunocapture by membrane sensing peptides: towards scalable extracellular vesicles isolation) has kicked off on November 5th 2020 by a virtual meeting participated by all partners. Coordinated by the 'Giulio Natta' Institute of chemical sciences and technologies (Cnr-Scitec), the project aims to design robust, versatile, scalable and economically sustainable ways to upscale the technology for reversible extracellular vesicles isolation, by merging it with peptide science and bring it to the market and broad professional users

The molecule of natural origin that inhibits SARS-CoV-2

Press release 03/09/2020

An international study involving the Institute of Nanotechnology of the Cnr has found that quercetin acts as a specific inhibitor for the virus responsible for Covid-19, showing a destabilizing effect on 3CLpro, one of the key proteins for virus replication. The study is published in the International journal of biological macromolecules