University of Geneva

The University of Geneva (French: Université de Genève) is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1559 by John Calvin, as a theological seminary and law school. It remained focused on theology until the 17th century, when it became a center for Enlightenment scholarship. In 1873, it dropped its religious affiliations and became officially secular. Today, the university is the second-largest university in Switzerland. It has programs in various fields but is particularly acknowledged for its academic and research programs in international relations (with Geneva being hostess to a dense agglomeration of international organizations), law, astrophysics, astronomy, genetics (with a record of prominent contributions to the fields of planetary science, genetics, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and theology ). The university holds and actively pursues teaching, research, and community service as its primary objectives. In 2009, the University of Geneva celebrated the 450th anniversary of its founding. The university is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

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Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40, Geneva, Switzerland CH-1211
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A nose for smells? Practice makes perfect!

The human brain has the ability to recognise and process a very wide range of sensory stimuli, from which it builds a mental representation. But do these representations change over time? Can we learn to classify and interpret ...

Mar 08, 2017
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Stepping up the hunt for genetic diseases

When a child is conceived, he or she receives DNA from both parents. The child's own genome thus consists of a maternal and a paternal genome. However, some genes—about 100 out of the 20,000 encoded genes— are exclusively ...

Feb 16, 2017
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Deciphering the emergence of neuronal diversity

The development of the cerebral cortex played a major role in the evolution of mankind. Scientists are now studying the emergence of its cellular microstructure with high resolution methods. Neuroscientists at the University ...

Jan 30, 2017
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Time to put TB on a diet

Global Tuberculosis Report, the disease kills over 1.5 million people a year. Although the mortality rate has dropped by 47% since 1990 due to advances in preventive and treatment options, the tuberculosis bacillus is growing ...

Jan 19, 2017
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The language of senses

Sight, touch and hearing are our windows to the world: these sensory channels send a constant flow of information to the brain, which acts to sort out and integrate these signals, allowing us to perceive the world and interact ...

Sep 26, 2016
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Blocking the migration of cancer cells to destroy them

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Aug 04, 2016
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No platelets, no immune response

When a virus attacks our organism, an inflammation appears on the affected area which triggers off the process of immune defence within our body. White blood cells (such as neutrophils and inflammatory monocytes) move quickly ...

Aug 01, 2016
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A new wave of antimalarial drugs

Malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum remains a major public health problem worldwide. As a continuation of previous research targeting Hsp90, a universal molecular chaperone performing vital functions both ...

Jul 07, 2016
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