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10 November 2020 at 6:00 pm.
Lectio Magistralis “Biology of Kindness”, organized by University of Naples

Immaculata De Vivo and Daniel Lumera take us on a journey to fully understand the power of the mind over genes, the secrets of longevity, the anti-inflammatory and anti-aging processes obtained through meditation, the relationship between nutrition and cancer, the impact of nature and music about health and mood, the importance of knowing how to create happy relationships for health and quality of life.

Professor Immaculata De Vivo, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School is one of the world's leading experts in cancer genetics. Daniel Lumera, sociobiologist, and international reference in the science of wellbeing, has been studying the impact that practices such as meditation have on physical and inner health for years.

It will be possible to follow the event via the following Zoom link .
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The level 3 biosafety laboratory (BSL3) is active for studies on COVID-19

Starting from 01/09/2020 the University of Ferrara will make available the level 3 biosafety laboratory (BSL3) for studies on COVID-19. The laboratory provides services for the determination of the antiviral activity of biological or chemical compounds, the determination of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in biological and environmental samples, the execution and design of research protocols. For more information or consultancy, contact Prof. Roberta Rizzo, Clinical Research Service, LTTA and Head of the BSL3 laboratory; roberta.rizzo@unife.it, 0532 455382.

Antioxidant and immune-boosting activity of Papaya fermented with probiotics

Studies conducted by LTTA have shown that Papaya fermented with probiotics has an antioxidant and immune system strengthening activity, confirming the nutraceutical value of this vegetable. The results obtained (patent pending) led to the production of the food supplement Papaya Fermented by La Farmacia delle Erbe. More information on the methodologies used and possible applications in other areas are available at the following link .

Highly stable super-drugs

In a recent study published in the prestigious Journal Science Translational Medicine, a new, highly stable engineered anti-hemorrhagic molecule is described. This ability is of great importance for coagulation- related diseases, as it could translate into a greater therapeutic window allowing a reduction in the number of injections, with a consequent improvement in the quality of life of the patients treated. The study, conducted by Dr. Alessio Branchini and Prof. Mirko Pinotti of LTTA in collaboration with an international research team with expertise in immunology, biochemistry and coagulation diseases, is reported at the link: An engineered human albumin enhances half-life and transmucosal delivery when fused to protein-based biologics . In particular, the drug combines the characteristics of coagulation factor VII, useful for preventing / stopping bleeding, with those of albumin, a protein that naturally circulates in our blood and which is highly stable. The combination of the two characteristics gives the engineered factor, that is the drug, the ability to be effective in the blood for longer time, in comparison to existing treatments.