Programmable materials is an emerging field of research that, for the uninitiated at least, may be a little hard to understand. Scientists could help by spending more time on popularising their research results, for example in the field of chemistry, says Vincenzo Palermo, professor of chemistry and physics at the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) in Italy.
A new Finnish-American study shows how the sympathetic nervous system participates in the regulation of neuroinflammation with help of immune system phagocytes. The transcription factor Nr4a1 was found to limit the production of norepinephrine in macrophages, thus reducing autoimmune neuroinflammation in an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS).
The first batch of projects to be included in the funding programmes of the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland has now been selected. The programmes will involve 16 extensive consortium projects composed of a total of 119 research teams. About half of the researchers in these teams are based at universities and one in three at research institutes. Nearly all consortia intend to collaborate with business companies. The total funding budget for the years 2015–2017 is 52.5 million euros.
The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland has decided to propose four strategic research themes for 2016. The themes will now be submitted to the Finnish Government for final approval.
The FinCEAL Infobank is a multidisciplinary database on research related to Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) carried out by the Finnish science community.
Listening to music and singing could significantly help people suffering from neurological diseases such as stroke and dementia. New research has found that musical leisure activities can, for instance, enhance motor coordination in stroke patients and people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and improve a patient’s recovery from speech and cognitive disorders after stroke.
Åbo Akademi University needs to articulate a distinctive perspective on its differentiation and profiling. So says Professor Mikko Hupa, whose term as the new rector of Åbo Akademi University started in January 2015.
Researchers at the Nanoscience Center of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, have shown that dramatic changes in the electronic properties of nanometre-sized chunks of gold occur in a well-defined size range. Small gold nanoclusters could be used, for instance, in short-term storage of energy or electric charge in the field of molecular electronics.