Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The school was founded by the Swiss Federal Government with the stated mission to: The sister institution in the German-speaking part of Switzerland is the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich or ETHZ). Associated with several specialised research institutes, the two sister institutes form the ETH Domain, which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Home Affairs. EPFL is ranked among the top universities in the world. Founded in 1853 as a private school under the name École Spéciale de Lausanne, it became the technical department of the public Académie de Lausanne in 1869. When the latter was reorganized and acquired the status of a university in 1890, the technical faculty changed its name to École d'Ingénieurs de l'Université de Lausanne. In 1946, it was renamed the École polytechnique de l'Université de Lausanne (EPUL).

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Medical research

New insights into the processes that cause Parkinson's disease

In a breakthrough for Parkinson's disease, scientists at EPFL have reconstructed the process by which Lewy bodies form in the brain of patients. The study offers new insights into how Parkinson's disease begins and evolves, ...

Neuroscience

Using performance modeling for brain tissue simulations

Scientists at the EPFL Blue Brain Project have extended performance modeling techniques to the field of computational brain science. In a paper published in Neuroinformatics, they provide a quantitative appraisal of the performance ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Designing an emergency stop switch for immunotherapies

Immunotherapy, unlike chemotherapy and radiotherapy, arms the body's immune system to attack cancer cells. In recent years, it has proven to be remarkably successful at treating leukemia, lymphoma and other liquid cancers, ...

Medical research

Could depression be linked to cellular metabolism?

EPFL researchers have discovered a compound that stimulates brain-cell metabolism and reduces signs of depression in mice. The next step will be to test their findings on humans.

Genetics

Why we differ in our ability to fight off gut infections

Τhe ability of the immune system to fight off bacterial, viral and other invading agents in the gut differs between individuals. However, the biological mechanism by which this happens is not well understood, but at least ...

Neuroscience

New tool devoted to simplifying complex neuron models

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the EPFL Blue Brain Project have developed Neuron_Reduce, a new computational tool that provides the scientific community with a straightforward capability to simplify ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Combining science and design to measure our exposure to light

Daylight plays an essential role in sleep, alertness and hormone regulation. EPFL has joined forces with Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD—Genève) to develop a wearable sensor that measures how much light an individual ...

Medical research

Increasing food intake by swapping mitochondrial genomes

Many of the characteristics that make people so different from each other are often the result of small differences in the DNA between individuals. Variation in just a single base in our DNA can cause significant variation ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

During epidemics, access to GPS data from smartphones can be crucial

A new EPFL and MIT study into the interplay between mobility and the 2013 and 2014 dengue outbreaks in Singapore has uncovered a legal void around access to mobile phone data—information that can prove vital in preventing ...

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