Amputees merge with their bionic leg

Scientists, including from a lab of a Bertarelli Foundation Chair at EPFL, have helped three amputees merge with their bionic prosthetic legs as they climb over various obstacles without having to look. The amputees report using and feeling their bionic leg as part of their own body, thanks to sensory feedback from the prosthetic leg […]

Mackenzie Mathis to hold EPFL’s fourth Bertarelli Foundation Chair

The ETH (strategic manager and supervisor of Switzerland’s federal institutes of technology and research)  Board has appointed Professor Mackenzie Mathis, from Harvard, to hold EPFL’s Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Integrative Neuroscience. How does the brain constantly adapt the commands it sends to the muscles to make our body move? This apparently simple question is one […]

Marine Science Research Continues in the Indian Ocean

Sea bird researchers Dr. Malcolm Nicoll and Hannah Wood from the Zoological Society of London have been working as part of the Bertarelli Foundation’s marine science programme in the Indian Ocean for the last several years.  Returning to the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) twice a year to conduct their field-work is always a highlight […]

Two new Catalyst Fund @Campus Biotech Projects Announced

In 2017, the Bertarelli Foundation made available an amount of 5 million Swiss francs to support the development of some of the most innovative research carried out at Campus Biotech in Geneva. Five projects were selected in 2018. This year, two new projects were chosen by a jury chaired by Pierre Magistretti and were announced at the Bertarelli Symposium. […]

A Week of Science for Switzerland and the Bertarelli Foundation

An important week of science for Switzerland and for the Bertarelli Foundation concluded last Friday with the eighth annual Bertarelli Neuroscience Symposium, the fourth to be held in the country and the second at Campus Biotech. Alongside an audience of scientists and students, also in attendance were delegates from the World Conference of Science Journalists […]

Advances in Genetic Hearing Loss Research

Bertarelli Foundation-funded scientists at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital have published research that describes how they have used a novel gene-editing approach to salvage the hearing of mice with genetic hearing loss. They have succeeded in doing so without any apparent off-target effects as a result of the treatment. The animals—known as Beethoven mice—were treated […]

Scientists Track Hawksbill Turtles for the First Time in the British Indian Ocean Territory

The use of electronic animal tracking has revolutionised marine science and conservation; in recent years, animal tracking has become incredibly sophisticated and allowed scientists to observe behaviours that had so far remained completely unknown.  Tracking devices are getting smaller allowing them to be attached to a wider range of species, whilst at the same time, […]

Off to a Flying Start on Danger Island!

The Chagos Archipelago is an important refuge for seabirds in the middle of the Indian Ocean – one of the planet’s most heavily exploited oceans.  Researchers from the Zoological Society of London and Exeter University have been studying populations of Red Footed and Brown Boobies on the islands of Diego Garcia and Nelson Island to […]

An interview with Dr. Ida Pavlichenko, co-founder of PionEar Technologies Inc.

The Bertarelli Prize is awarded each year to the winners of Harvard University’s President’s Challenge – an initiative of the university’s Innovation Lab which helps students and alumni develop their nascent business ideas.  PionEar Technologies was one of the 2018 Challenge winners after impressing the judges with their use of anti-biofouling technologies to treat infections […]

Turtle Research in BIOT Takes Another Leap Forward

As part of the Bertarelli Foundation’s marine science programme, we have funded a long-term study of sea turtles in the British Indian Ocean Territory with the aim of learning more about the biology of the incredible animals and to determine how effective the MPA is at protecting them. In the midst of the researcher’s expedition […]

Pew Bertarelli Ocean Ambassadors news

Pew Bertarelli Ocean Ambassadors announced

The Bertarelli Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts have brought together global leaders to form the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Ocean Ambassadors group. Working closely with Dona Bertarelli, the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Ambassadors will advocate for and raise public awareness about the importance of marine protected areas in conserving the ocean. Announced at Our Ocean 2018, […]

New Caledonia commits to highly protect large area of Coral Sea Natural Park

During Our Ocean 2018, New Caledonia’s government announced a new commitment to highly protect 200,000-400,000 km2 of marine waters within the Coral Sea Natural Park. This new commitment comes after the designation in August of four marine protected areas, which fully protect the Astrolabe, Pétrie, Chesterfield, Bellona and Entrecasteaux reefs and cover 28,000 km2. Dona […]