Trieste NEXT 2015: BIOlogos The Future of Life


New scenarios in biomedicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics; new challenges for science; BioHighTech. These are some of the topics to be discussed during the course of this edition of Trieste Next, the European Salon on scientific research.

During this year's fair, ICGEB will be setting up  a mini laboratory in the heart of the city, Piazza Unità, to bring living science to both young and old, with the following research activities in which to take part.

Other events include presentations by ICGEB Scientists, M. Giacca, O. Burrone and S. Zacchigna.

In addition, ICGEB will be hosting guided visits to its Trieste labs to University students throughout the days of the Trieste Next Salon.

ICGEB's programme

Full Programme NEXT (link in Italian)

1. How to treat cardiovascular diseases with Molecular Biology (S. Zacchigna)


Biologists and physicians work together to develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat cardiovascular diseases: this is the scenario at the ICGEB Trieste Molecular Medicine, Cardiovascular Biology and Molecular Cardiology labs, where scientists work on projects aimed at identifying genes, proteins and micro-RNAs regulating angiogenesis, cardiac regeneration and ageing. New therapies are being approached to treat the major diseases affecting heart and blood vessels: myocardial infarction, ‎ischemic heart disease and heart failure.

2. The fruit-fly as a model for human neurological diseases (R. Klima)


Did you know that 75% of human genes associated with pathologies are also found in Drosophila melanogaster: the fruit-fly? The ICGEB Neurobiology lab will show fruit-flies under the microscope and explain how these are real protagonists in scientific research. Experiments on Drosophila help screen pathologies related to ageing, such as neuro-degenerative diseases. In particular, the ICGEB Neurobiology group focuses on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s.

3. Microbial solutions for sustainable agriculture (I. Bertani)


Bacteria can colonize living organisms and induce either diseases or beneficial effects therein. The Bacteriology Group at ICGEB Trieste focuses on bacteria associated to rice, a plant that feeds more than half the world’s population. Bacteria associated to rice can be pathogenic or beneficial. Using beneficial bacteria in agriculture represents an alternative to chemical pesticides and fertilizers: beneficial bacteria can be used as Bio-pesticides to eliminate pathogenic bacteria and as Bio-fertilizers to provide the plant with the nutrients it needs.


4. How can you detect the presence of viruses in blood? (F. Benvenuti)


Detecting the presence of the antibodies that our organism produces during a viral infection in blood is one of the topics studied in the ICGEB Cellular Immunology lab in Trieste. Using the ELISA (Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) technique, researchers can measure how long an infection has been present in an organism. This technique consists of sampling a body fluid with a marker: after a series of chemical reactions, a coloured solution can develop, the intensity of which is proportional to the quantity of virus present in the body fluid.

5. Basic Molecular Biology (P. Massimi)


Simple experiments in basic molecular biology will be prepared for the public to try live at the ICGEB stand. Children as well as adults will be able to extract their own DNA from saliva, observe different human cells under the microscope, view the growth of bacteria, colour plant roots, and  try many other simple experiments, under the guidance of ICGEB's trained scientists.


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