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  • LSD Blurs Boundaries between the experience of Self and Other

    LSD reduces the borders between the experience of our own self and others, and thereby affects social interactions. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now found that the serotonin 2A receptor in the human brain is critically involved in these intertwined psychological mechanisms. This knowledge could help develop new therapies for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or depression.

  • Mice Change Their Appearance as a Result of Frequent Exposure to Humans

    Many tame domesticated animals have a different appearance compared to their relatives in the wild, for example white patches in their fur or shorter snouts. UZH researchers have now for the first time shown that wild house mice develop the same visible changes – without selection, as a result of exposure to humans alone.

  • Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Predicted

    Injuries to the spinal cord result in tissue loss in the spinal cord and brain. These neurodegenerative changes can be analyzed in detail using neuroimaging methods. UZH researchers have now for the first time been able to reliably predict the extent of functional recovery in patients suffering from a spinal cord injury two years after a trauma based on the extent and progression of neurodegenerative changes within the first six months after injury.

  • Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation to Finance New Center for Research into Long-Term Effects of Breastfeeding

    As part of its efforts to increase its research in the area of child and youth development, the University of Zurich is set to create a new center for breastfeeding research at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics – the first center of its kind in the world. The endowed professorship and associated research fund will be financed by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation in the amount of 10 million Swiss francs.

  • New Interaction Mechanism of Proteins Discovered

    UZH researchers have discovered a previously unknown way in which proteins interact with one another and cells organize themselves. This new mechanism involves two fully unstructured proteins forming an ultra-high-affinity complex due to their opposite net charge. Proteins usually bind one another as a result of perfectly matching shapes in their three-dimensional structures.

  • Engaging in University Education in Old Age

    The new semester of the Senior Citizens University of UZH begins at the end of February. An extremely varied range of lectures offers fascinating insights in the fields of medicine, law, philosophy, and natural sciences. Lively discussions and open-minded debates on the various topics are welcome and encouraged.

  • Public Lectures about 1918, Aging, Ethics, and Truth

    From memories of the First World War to cultural theory and philosophical debates on truth and lies; from 50 years of the non-professorial academic staff association to social rela-tionships in old age and dying in the media spotlight: Variety is the order of the day in the six series of open public lectures beginning on 19 February at the University of Zurich.

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