Medicines momentum: Europe sets stage for improved clinical trials

EU researchers are accelerating the development of new treatments for children and other vulnerable groups. By  Horizon Staff In the 1980s, during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Professor Carlo Giaquinto was starting out as a paediatrician in Italy and noticed that the hunt for treatments overlooked an important segment of the population: children. While … Read more

The hunt for clues to immune-system disorders

EU researchers are taking fresh approaches to understanding a growing group of illnesses in a bid for more effective treatments. By  Gareth Willmer In mid-2015 and early 2016 in Finland, a group of scientists became interested in inspecting doormats. The pursuit, while seemingly unusual, had a serious aim: to determine whether a higher mix of … Read more

How memories are made – and preserved

Research into how the human brain stores information could lead to treatments for people who struggle with everyday tasks. By Vittoria D’Alessio Professor Jan Buitelaar, an expert in neurodevelopmental illnesses, is intrigued by a possible link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – or ADHD – and memory. While genes play a big part in ADHD, Buitelaar … Read more

The wave of change in Europe’s food system

Farmers, companies and consumers are all helping spur improvements in EU agricultural production and diets. By  Horizon Staff Research and innovation play central roles in a Europe-wide push for sustainable, healthy and inclusive food systems. A response to food production and consumption patterns tied to malnutrition, climate change and biodiversity loss, the endeavour has brought … Read more

Taking the bite out of snake venom

More effective treatments for snakebites that afflict millions of people worldwide every year are emerging from EU research. By  Michael Allen In November 2023, police in the southern Dutch city of Tilburg issued an alert about an “extremely venomous” snake that was two metres long and had escaped from its confines. The green mamba was … Read more