Quantum computers to study the molecules of life
A team of theoretical physicists from the University of Trento has shown that it is possible to use quantum computers to simulate processes of great biological importance, such as changes in the shape of proteins. Their study, published in the international academic journal Physical Review Letters, may pave the way for the use of quantum technologies in biomedical and pharmacological sciences
Go with your gut
Landmark human study is first to reveal strong links between specific gut microbes, diet and health, including weight. Large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood chemical profiling to uncover a panel of 15 gut microbes associated with lower risks (and 15 with higher risks) for common illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease
Two proteins driving the cell ‘quality control’ discovered
A new pathway discovered at the CIBIO Department of the University of Trento and published in the EMBO Journal detects anomalies in cell division: this could help to understand cell errors leading to the development of tumors
A chair in China for the University of Trento
The University of Trento has long been collaborating with Xidian University on Fast, the largest radio telescope in the world. Now, this international collaboration has become stronger as Paolo Rocca, professor at Disi, the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of UniTrento, has been invited to provide training and conduct research at the Chinese university. The Academic Senate has authorized professor Rocca to accept the post and to hold dual membership for three years
Anti-Covid mass screening: UniTrento develops the logistic model for South Tyrol
The Department of Industrial Engineering to support the South Tyrolean Health Authority for the campaign of 350 thousand Covid antigenic tests to be carried out in three days. The mathematical model developed replicates all physical variables and harmonizes them to predict the best organizational and logistical solutions. The experience gained over the years thanks to international collaborations with colleagues involved in similar campaigns such as mass vaccination against the H1N1 epidemic in the United States in 2009. Now the challenge: to organize the distribution of the next Covid-19 vaccine by spring.
A novel finding on Kabuki syndrome, a rare genetic disease
The research, coordinated by the University of Trento, has recreated for the first time the pathological condition in a test tube discovering what happens in the cell nucleus and what hinders the formation of cartilages and bones. The findings were published in the scientific journal Nature Genetics
More women in panels: the advantages of diversity
The University of Trento has inclusion and gender equality as core values, and adopted new guidelines to promote gender equality and diversity in its events. A set of recommendations, and not limitations, that will be helpful in the organization of events and in the designation of committee members. Rector Collini: "We hope that this model will inspire many other institutions"