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Doctoral school Humanoid & Life Technologies XXVIII Cycle

Please find below the admission tables in PDF format for the Doctoral Courses "Neuroscience", "Drug Discovery", "Robotics" and “Nanosciences” Doctoral School on “Humanoid and Life Technologies” XXVIII Cycle

Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2012 14:54

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Within "Junk DNA" the instructions at the basis of language development

Identified a novel control mechanism of foxp2 gene expression, a gene that makes our brain capable of formulating verbal expressions

In the past, it was thought that about 95% of DNA did not contain any information and, thus, this portion of DNA had been defined as "Junk" DNA. In contrast, scientific results have confirmed that it encodes for microRNAs and other types of RNAs, which are prime regulatory molecules that orchestrate complex gene networks. The research coordinated by Dr. Davide De Pietri Tonelli, at the Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (NBT) department of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genoa, Italy), identified about 3.000 genes that are potentially regulated by microRNAs, and shows that two microRNAs regulate one of these genes, foxp2, that is known to control the development of organs, and brain areas involved in human verbal expression.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:29

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Honorary Title to Daniele Piomelli from Goethe University

On November 27, the Medical Faculty of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, will confer the Honorary Doctor (Dr. Med. h.c.) on Prof. Daniele Piomelli in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the physiology and pharmacology of lipid mediators in general and the endogenous cannabinoids in particular. Daniele Piomelli is the Director of IIT Drug Discovery and Development Department.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:54

Start Cup "Ricerca – Il Sole 24 Ore" awards two projects of IIT

The national competition promoted by CNR e il Sole 24 Ore awarded two entrepreneurial ideas of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. The winners are: Rehab Tech and Microturbine.

On the 31st of October the Start Cup "Ricerca – Il Sole 24 Ore" assigned its awards; this is an initiative promoted by National Research Council (CNR) in collaboration with the major daily national economic-financial newspaper. Two projects born in the laboratories of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia were selected: Rehab Tech, in Life Science nomination, and Microturbine in Agro-Food-Cleantech nomination. The awards were assigned at the end of the selection from 50 participants, concluded with 12 finalists and 4 winners.

"It is a big satisfaction to see young scientists who manage to give life to their own projects transforming them into entrepreneurial ideas with great prospective" -declares Salvatore Majorana, Technology Transfer Director of Istituto Italiano di Technologia. "This result encourages us to continue the team work planned by IIT which allowed us to follow these ideas from the patent stage till definition of the convincing business model. We are working to continue this dialogue between researchers and investors, contributing with universities, research centers, incubators, enterprise and capital venture operators into realization of the ecosystem favorable to start-up in our Country. We are convinced that this is a valuable creation tool for the entire community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:30

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IIT Tells Second Meeting - Eye for an Eye, Neuron for Neuron, towards artificial retina

Thursday, 15th of november, the second science café meeting in genoa.

The second meeting of "IIT tells...", a series of scientific meetings held by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and promoted by Genoa Gruppo Giovani Ascom-Confcommercio and the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Thursday the 15th of November at 18.30, at Pasticceria Liquoreria Marescotti di Cavo with Fabio Benfenati and Guglielmo Lanzani and will be dedicated to artificial retina.

The initiative started on the 18th October with a successful speech about IIT by Roberto Cingolani in Palazzo della Borsa Valori.

During the meeting called "Eye for an eye, neuron for neuron ... towards artificial retina" Fabio Benfenati, the Director of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies Department of IIT and Guglielmo Lanzani, the Director of Center for Nano Science and Technology of IIT@Polimi, will tell public about the promising research results in bio-nanotechnologies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:38

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