ERC Stories

  • 16840

    Novel therapy starves the engine driving cancer cell growth

    05/12/2016
    Novel therapy starves the engine driving cancer cell growth
     05/12/2016

    European researchers have identified a novel approach to prevent the growth of cancer tumours and inhibit them from spreading, potentially leading to highly effective treatments with fewer side effects.

    © Portrait: Katie Van Geyte
    © Illustration: Microscopic image of the PFKFB3 project – Results published in Cantelmo AR, et al., Cancer Cell 2016  Nov 8

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  • 16834

    Gut bacteria could hold key to new treatments

    30/11/2016
    Gut bacteria could hold key to new treatments
     30/11/2016

    An ERC-funded project has significantly increased understanding of the crucial role that microorganisms in the gut play in maintaining health. The findings have since led to a patent, as well as a follow-on project that could one day steer the way to new targeted treatments for diseases, including cancer.

    Image: FISH analysis performed by Sara Carloni, PhD: in situ staining of bacteria (in green) in the gut lumen. Nuclei stained in blue (dapi).

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  • 16699

    Breast cancer month: A standard cancer care for pregnant women

    28/10/2016
    Breast cancer month: A standard cancer care for pregnant women
     28/10/2016

    When cancer is diagnosed in an expecting mother, the decision whether or not to start chemotherapy during the pregnancy needs to strike a delicate balance between the well-being of the mother and that of the foetus. With ERC support, Dr Frédéric Amant is developing a standard, integrated approach for cancer care for pregnant women.

    Image: ©Ann De Wulf
    Researcher image: ©Rob Stevens

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  • 16687

    Is digital mapping the new media?

    26/10/2016
    Is digital mapping the new media?
     26/10/2016

    Over the past months, a sudden influx of ‘Pokémon Go’ players could be observed across the globe. Youngsters, people of all ages scrutinise their surroundings silently, using their smartphones to catch those digital creatures with unlikely names. How could such a phenomenon take over the world so fast? Part of the answer may be the game’s strong interaction with the real-world and its impressive mapping, offering a whole new virtual experience of spaces that seem to be familiar and yet so different.

    Image & researcher picture: Courtesy S. Lammes

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  • 16684

    Breast cancer month: Nanoparticles, a trap against cancer

    25/10/2016
    Breast cancer month: Nanoparticles, a trap against cancer
     25/10/2016

    Despite recent advances in the fight against cancer, scientific research continues on several fronts. Current studies in the field of nanomedicine are proving very promising. Professor Valentina Cauda, from ​​the Politecnico di Torino, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for a pioneering project in this field, designed to develop therapies to target cancer cells without affecting the surrounding tissue.

    Researcher  picture: © Politecnico di Torino

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  • 16508

    New understanding of how Alzheimer’s develops

    20/09/2016
    New understanding of how Alzheimer’s develops
     20/09/2016

    By focusing on certain actions and reactions within the brain, an EU-funded project has advanced understanding of how Alzheimer’s Disease develops. This could potentially open the door to a new era of targeted treatments.

    Image© iStockphoto

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  • 16447

    New light on emulsions

    06/09/2016
    New light on emulsions
     06/09/2016

    Many industries – and each of our cells – depend on emulsions. An EU-funded researcher has developed a method for studying molecules at the interface between oil nanodroplets and the water-based liquid contained in these substances. Her work advances understanding of liquid interfaces and emulsion stability, and is of great interest to industry.
    Image© iStockphoto

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  • 16183

    The cognitive art of team sports

    27/07/2016
    The cognitive art of team sports
     27/07/2016

    While on court, beach volleyball players need to act as a whole in order to prevent the ball from touching the sand: in a fraction of a second - just before the opponent's hand spikes the ball - the passer has to predict and adjust to the attacker's action as well as to their teammate's block position. Thanks to her Consolidator Grant, cognitive science professor Natalie Sebanz is studying the cognitive and psychological mechanisms underlying joint action expertise – in other words, how individuals learn skilled actions, such as those performed by professional athletes, together.

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  • 16104

    Self-learning AI emulates the human brain

    22/07/2016
    Self-learning AI emulates the human brain
     22/07/2016

    European researchers have designed brain-like artificial neural networks capable of numerical and spatial cognition and written language processing without any explicit training or pre-programming. Their work, based on the machine-learning approach of generative models, significantly advances the development of self-learning artificial intelligence, while also deepening understanding of human cognition.

    Research  picture: © Ivilin Stoianov, Marco Zorzi

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  • 16103

    Towards new quality sports broadcast

    22/07/2016
    Towards new quality sports broadcast
     22/07/2016

    Imagine your favourite football team entering a stadium. An army of wireless cameras is following the players to give you the best possible view – of the whole pitch, of the chanting crowd, of each footballer, from the tip of his head to the grass blades he treads with his cleats. Thanks to Prof. Leif Oxenløwe’s research, this kind of wireless ultra-high definition television broadcasting can one day become a reality.

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