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31/12/2016

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Important Milestone in Cancer Therapy

As of January 2017, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) will include hyperthermia treatment in combination with radiation therapy as covered therapy in the Swiss basic health insurance catalog.

 
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18/12/2016

 

3D Atlas of Human Embryology

A team from the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam NL has published a comprehensive 3D Atlas of Human Embryology. The atlas is made freely available to the scientific community to facilitate embryology education and research.

 
A Brain–Spine Interface Alleviating Gait Deficits after Spinal Cord Injury in Primates
25/11/2016

A Brain–Spine Interface Alleviating Gait Deficits after Spinal Cord Injury in Primates

Marco Capogrosso, Tomislav Milekovic, David Borton, Fabien Wagner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Jean-Baptiste Mignardot, Nicolas Buse, Jerome Gandar, Quentin Barraud, David Xing, Elodie Rey, Simone Duis, Yang Jianzhong, Wai Kin D. Ko, Qin Li, Peter Detemple, Tim Denison, Silvestro Micera, Erwan Bezard, Jocelyne Bloch, and Grégoire Courtine, in Nature, Volume 539, Issue 7628, pp. 284 – 288, 10 November 2016

A Brain–Spine Interface Alleviating Gait Deficits after Spinal Cord Injury in Primates  

IT’IS collaborator Dr. Marco Capogrosso, currently a group leader at the University of Fribourg, is the lead author of a publication in the November 10, 2016 issue of Nature on the development and implementation of a wireless brain-spine interface. In this study, the interface was used to restore movement in the paralyzed limbs of Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) with spinal cord injuries. The work, led by Prof. Grégoire Courtine of the Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute, School of Life Sciences at EPFL, was conducted in parts in Switzerland and China.

In order to being able to walk, electrical signals from the motor cortex in the brain need to travel down to the lumbar region in the lower spinal cord to activate motor neurons that coordinate the movement of muscles. Spinal cord injury can disrupt the communication between the brain and the spinal circuit, leading to a complete loss of sensation and mobility below the injury. The “brain-spine interface” in this study used an implanted intracortical microelectrode array to record signals produced in the motor cortex during normal movement. A “neurosensor” was used to receive and transfer the signals to a computer, where the information was decoded. In a next step, the information was transferred to an electrical spinal stimulator in the lumbar spine to trigger coordinated electrical stimulation of the nerves. The “brain-spine interface” used wireless communication throughout to link cortical activity to electrical stimulation of muscles. The study demonstrates that the approach may also have therapeutic potential for the treatment of spinal cord injury in human patients.

IT’IS has been involved in jointly developing neuro-functionalized anatomical models in order to assess and optimize stimulation selectivity through simulation of the electrode design- and placement-dependence of neural activation. The tools developed were directly combined with Sim4Life and will become available soon, allowing multi-goal optimized placement of electrodes. We plan to extend the collaboration on image-based treatment personalization and planning.

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22/11/2016

 

Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Delivery of Temporally Interfering Electric Fields

Nir Grossman, David Bono, Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, Andrii Rudenko, Antonino Cassara, Esra Neufeld, Sheeba A. Anteraper, Atsushi Takahashi, Niels Kuster, Li-Huei Tsai, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, and Edward S. Boyden at the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA, USA, November 12 – 16, 2016

 
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14/11/2016

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National Future Day 2016 – Gamma-Detector

On Thursday  November 10, six enthusiastic 11 – 13 year olds visited Z43 for Swiss National Future Day 2016, where they each manfactured a working gamma detector.

 
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30/06/2016

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Latsis Symposium 2016 ETH Zurich on Personalized Medicine, June 27–29, 2016

The IT'IS Foundation joined forces with the Competence Center Personalized Medicine UZH/ETH to host the Latsis Symposium 2016 on Personalized Medicine at the ETH Zurich, June 27 – 29, 2016. More than 250 attendees assembled to explore a wide range of topics on research and policy in precision medicine with leading experts from clinics, universities, regulatory agencies, and industry. The event closed with a well-attended German-language public event on Wednesday evening, June 29.

 
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10/06/2016

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NIEHS Press Release on NTP Study of Cell Phone RF Radiation and Carcinogensis in Rats

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) of NIEHS released a report entitled, “Report of Partial Findings From the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure).” This was a joint study with the IT'IS Foundation.

 
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11/03/2016

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IT’IS Foundation Research on Validation of Fast SAR Solutions Featured at MIC MRA Workshop in Tokyo

Prof. Niels Kuster presented the current status of the IT’IS Foundation’s effort to develop comprehensive validation concepts for vector probe systems and their implementation at the MIC MRA International Workshop hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) March 2 – 3, 2016 in the U Thant International Conference Hall of Tokyo’s United Nations University.

 
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