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'International workshop on innovative simulation for healthcare', Vienna, Austria

An event entitled 'International workshop on innovative simulation for healthcare' will take place from 19 to 21 September 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

 

Simulation technology in medicine is seeing wider use thanks to changes in medical practice that limit instruction time and patient availability, expanding options for diagnosis and management, and advances in technology. Large scale simulations, together with advanced methods of modelling, are giving new insight into the huge diversity of healthcare.

 

The workshop will bring together scientists from natural and life sciences and engineering to stimulate discussion on new methods and topics in the emerging field of healthcare.

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British researchers uncover genetic clues to common autoimmune liver disease

British researchers uncover genetic clues to common autoimmune liver disease | European R&D news | Scoop.it

A team of scientists has used a new technology to uncover three genetic regions associated with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a chronic and progressive disease of the liver.

The aim of the study was to survey more thoroughly regions of the genome known to underlie other autoimmune diseases, to discover if they also play a role in PBC susceptibility.

 

 

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First therapy targeting Parkinson's proteins enters clinical trials

First therapy targeting Parkinson's proteins enters clinical trials | European R&D news | Scoop.it

Parkinson's disease is driven by the slow and steady death of dopamine-producing neurons—and there's currently little modern medicine can do to stop the process. Dopamine replacement therapies such as levodopa help alleviate some of the more debilitating movement problems, but all the while brain cells continue to die and the neurodegenerative disorder gets worse. That's why the research community was buoyed last month by the announcement that an Austrian company had launched the world's first clinical trail involving a therapy directed against alpha-synuclein, a protein found to be a pathologic hallmark of Parkinson's disease. (...) - by Elie Dolgin in Nature Medicine 18, 992–993 (2012)


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Researchers use gene therapy to restore sense of smell in mice

Researchers use gene therapy to restore sense of smell in mice | European R&D news | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins and other institutions report that restoring tiny, hair-like structures to defective cells in the olfactory system of mice is enough to restore a lost sense of smell. The results of the experiments were published online this week in Nature Medicine, and are believed to represent the first successful application of gene therapy to restore this function in live mammals.

- Medical Xpress, September 11, 2012


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