Press releases

  • New Control of Cell Division Discovered

    When a cell divides, its constituents are usually evenly distributed among the daughter cells. UZH researchers have now identified an enzyme that guarantees that cell constituents that are concentrated in organelles without a membrane are properly distributed. Their discovery opens up new opportunities for the treatment of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging processes and viral infections.

  • Measuring the Effects of Drugs on Cancer Cells

    A new approach established at the University of Zurich sheds light on the effects of anti-cancer drugs and the defense mechanisms of cancer cells. The method makes it possible to quickly test various drugs and treatment combinations at the cellular level.

  • Every Person Has a Unique Brain Anatomy

    Like with fingerprints, no two people have the same brain anatomy, a study by researchers of the University of Zurich has shown. This uniqueness is the result of a combination of genetic factors and individual life experiences.

  • Charcoal: Major Missing Piece in the Global Carbon Cycle

    Most of the carbon resulting from wildfires and fossil fuel combustion is rapidly released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that the leftover residue, so-called black carbon, can age for millennia on land and in rivers en route to the ocean, and thus constitutes a major long-term reservoir of organic carbon. The study adds a major missing piece to the puzzle of understanding the global carbon cycle.

  • François Chapuis Appointed New Director of Real Estate and Facility Management

    The current master builder of the Canton of Aargau is joining the University of Zurich as its new Director of Real Estate and Facility Management from December 2018 onwards. As a member of the Executive Board of the University, he will oversee the planning and management of UZH’s real estate portfolio, new building and renovation projects as well as the University’s building management.

  • Loss of Cilia Leads to Melanoma

    Most cells in the human body have a cilium, a slender cell protuberance that picks up signals from the cell’s external environment. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that these fine sensory antennae play a key role in the formation of melanoma. When cilia are prevented from developing in benign pigment cells, the cells degenerate and develop an aggressive form of melanoma.

  • From Wooden Combs to the Lives of the Saamaka Marron in Suriname

    Stone tools from New Guinea, ritual headdress from Suriname and a Thai spirit house – these and many more exhibits feature in the Ethnographic Museum’s latest exhibition. The objects were collected by mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his expeditions in the 1960s. They provide visitors with new insights into indigenous societies as well as the explorer himself.

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