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Featured speaker: Ilaria Capua

World class expert Ilaria Capua for over thirty years worked on disease trasmission from animals to humans in Italy and abroad

Featured speaker: Jeffrey Sachs

Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs is one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.

Featured speaker: Fabiola Gianotti

Fabiola Gianotti is the current Director-General of CERN and the first person to be appointed for a full second term in CERN history...

News

Press Release: Trieste relaunches the Declaration of Human Duties

Trieste relaunches the Declaration of Human Duties

The announcement was released today at ESOF2020. The initiative is supported by esteemed scholars and Nobel Laureates, including Rita Levi Montalcini. The Trieste Declaration of Human Duties comes to life again through the rebirth of ICHD, the International Council of Human Duties

 

 

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Ada Yonath: “We are racing toward a post antibiotic era”

This afternoon at ESOF2020, Nobel Laureate and crystallographer Ada Yonath gave a keynote speech on the importance of basic research for major medical discoveries that could transform human health.

Yonath won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 for her work on the nature of ribosomes. Ribosomes are like factories in living cells that produce proteins by decoding genetic information. Her research on these tiny factories led to a whole new class of antibiotics, which comprise over 40% of those currently available, and “paralyse” these factories, effectively shutting them down.

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Re-thinking vaccines - a report

This session organized by the European Research Council aimed to question the way we think about vaccines – not only as solutions to specific diseases, but as potential tools against antibiotic resistance, COVID-19, and disease more generally.

Dr. Jason Reifler, Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter, opened the session by addressing the issue of distrust of vaccines, and of how misinformation about vaccines is spread. While the public widely recognizes the value of vaccines, he said, many people (around 40%) also have strong concerns about the side effects of vaccines that have allowed for misinformation and distrust to proliferate.

Reifler’s research has shown that providing people with information countering misperceptions about the risks of vaccines is more effective than trying to ‘scare’ people into getting vaccines by warning them about the dangers of a disease—except for those already the least likely to get vaccinated, among whom it had the opposite effect.

When it comes to COVID-19, the large majority of people would be likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine at some point according to Reifler’s research, regardless of their views on pharmaceutical companies.

 

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