In a boost to the idea of human hand becoming an ideal display screen for the next generation of smartwatches and other devices, ERC Starting grantee Sriram Subramanian has created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand. The story was also picked up by Science Daily, Scicasts, Phys.org and Controlled Environments.
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ERC grantee Óscar Fernández-Capetillo and his team identified a new determinant of chemotherapy resistance, which is one of the main causes behind failure in cancer treatment. The scientists have targeted ATR kinase - a protein that is responsible for repairing the genome - to improve the efficiency of chemotherapy. The treatment could be tested on humans as of 2017. Health Canal, Ciencia Xplora, TeleCinco and Diario Médico also reported on the news.
Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon paid his first visit to Africa as the ERC President on the occasion of the Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering in Dakar, Senegal (see the highlight). The event was the opportunity to launch the "ERC – Open to the World" social media campaign, underscoring the ERC's original mission to make Europe attractive to the brightest minds worldwide and to encourage global scientific exchange. Several media outlets reported the ERC's presence to the event, including Sciences et Avenir and the Senegalese newswire APS.
Starting grantee Cathy Quantin-Nataf has combined the data about Mars from four different NASA's and ESA's satellites. The results were published on the website accessible to other researchers and experts, as well as to a non-specialised audience.
ERC Starting Grant holder Prof. Ido Braslavsky and his team are developing a frontline technology for long-term preservation of organs for transplantation. The news also appeared in Jewish Business News and in The Times of Israel. “Perfecting cryopreservation – the process of preserving cells, tissues and organs in sub-zero temperatures – would enable long-term banking of tissues and organs and efficient matching between donor and patient, eventually saving lives of millions of people around the world,” said Prof. Braslavsky.