IRB Summer school “artificial intelligence methods applied to intravital imaging analysis” 14-18 June 2021

This program will cover theoretical and practical aspects regarding the application of new A.I. -based methods for the analysis of migration and interaction of immune cells captured by 4D intravital imaging data. Basic knowledge in imaging is recommended. Organizers: Santiago F. Gonzalez; Diego Pizzagalli; Pau Carrillo Mandatory registration by May 22nd  2021. Register here. More […]

ERC Advanced Grant to Petr Cejka

Prof. Petr Cejka, group leader at the IRB and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at USI, has been awarded a second highly competitive research fund by the European Union: an ERC Advanced Grant. This prestigious funding not only confirms the importance of his studies on DNA repair mechanisms in oncology, it also […]

New paper from the González’s lab

Bellinzona 13.04.2021 – A paper from the González’s lab studies how to modify the innate immune response to improve the adaptive immunity against a potential HIV vaccine. To study this mechanism, we have employed the revolutionary intravital 2-photon imaging available at the IRB in Bellinzona. Using this technique, we have studied the role of a […]

A single new weapon against multiple viruses transmitted by ticks

Bellinzona, 08.04.2021 – The bite of a tick can transmit Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus (TBEV), which can cause brain infection, hospitalisation and long term neurologic problems. TBEV is only one among half a dozen viruses that ticks can transmit, causing for instance fulminant encephalitis (brain infection) or haemorrhagic disease (bleedings) for which there is no effective […]

The IRB joins international network for the study of emerging infectious diseases

23.02.2021 – The IRB announces it has joined the United World Antiviral Research Network (UWARN), the organisation that brings together researchers from leading institutions in several countries around the globe to spot and confront emerging pandemic viruses. The participation in this initiative will enable the IRB (an affiliated institute of USI Università della Svizzera italiana) […]

Second generation antibody protects from SARS-CoV-2, its variant and prevents it from mutating to resist therapy

Bellinzona, 25.01.2021 – The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB; Bellinzona, Switzerland), affiliated to the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) developed a second-generation ‘double antibody’ that protects from SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, and all its tested variants. It also prevents the virus from mutating to resist the therapy. Antibody-based immunotherapy was already shown to […]

COVID-19, study shows effectiveness of protective measures in hospitals in Ticino

A study performed in Ticino in Spring 2020, on data of SARS-CoV-2 serological tests run on healthcare workers, shows that COVID-19 antibodies are detectable in up to 10% of the participants. Such a result are comparable with the ones of the Corona Immunitas study conducted on the Ticino population. More importantly, it shows that healthcare […]

New Ebolavirus treatment sees the light thanks to basic research performed in Ticino

While populations around the world are being vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the approval of a treatment against another well-known virus, much less widespread but extremely lethal: Ebola. The new drug was made possible thanks to the fundamental work performed at the laboratories of the Institute for Research in […]

New research from Ticino on the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2

After the announcement, in May, of the first results of serological tests carried out on healthcare personnel in Ticino, significant data on the antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 is now available, thanks to the analysis carried out – among others – by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, affiliated to USI) and Humabs BioMed (subsidiary […]