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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.

 
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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, 9 November 2016

 
Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Delivery of Temporally Interfering Electric Fields
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

Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Delivery of Temporally Interfering Electric Fields

From November 12-16, 2016, the Neuroscience 2016, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, took place in San Diego, USA. At the conference, Dr. Nir Grossman, a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Boston, and Imperial College/ London, presented an exciting new method with the potential of enabling focal, non-invasive electrical stimulation of regions located deep within the brain. The temporal interference (TI) stimulation method was developed jointly with IT'IS.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to help control depression and neurological symptoms such as tremor or stiffness caused e.g. by Parkinson’s disease. It involves implanting electrodes within certain areas deep in the brain, and is therefore highly invasive and frequently risky, preventing large patient groups from receiving the treatment. TI stimulation, on the contrary, has the potential to deliver targeted DBS noninvasively by sending interfering, low-frequency modulated, high frequency signals from multiple pairs of electrodes placed on the scalp through the brain, avoiding stimulation of other areas – making it a promising alternative to surgical electrical stimulation interventions.

Computational electromagnetic and neural modeling at IT’IS has been crucial for elucidating mechanisms, optimizing exposures, assessing risks, and preparing and analyzing the successful experimental confirmation of the effect in animals and humans. The research will result in new Sim4Life neuron modelling features that will soon become available for various applications such as support for complex transient field exposure (also important for Magnetic Resonance Imaging pulse sequence safety assessment), targeting optimization, and functionalized brain models. The project was supported by the Wellcome Trust and the IT’IS Foundation. Joint research on the topic of temporal interference stimulation is being intensively continued.

The presentation elicited great interest, also from the media (e.g., Nature News, Neurology Central, New Scientist, IOP).

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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 manufactured 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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04/02/2016

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IT'IS/Speag/ZMT Retreat in Melchsee-Frutt on Mastering Sales/Funding, Spotting Trends and Shaping the Future

Twenty IT'IS, SPEAG, and ZMT co-workers convened for two-day retreat, 01 – 02 February 2016, held at the Hotel Frutt Lodge & SPA, in Melchsee-Frutt, Canton Obwalden. The goal of the retreat was to learn how to spot trends and become a trend setter, to master sales, to assess the current status of the organization, and to establish measures for improvement.