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Chemistry and Bioanalytics

A rapid test for immunosuppressant

To prevent rejection of donor organs after transplants, patients have to take medicines to suppress the immune system for the rest of their lives. These ...

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Metabolic disorders in newborn babies

Since the 1960s newborn babies have been screened for congenital metabolic disorders.

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Animal experimentation: 3D for 3R

More than 600,000 animals a year are used in experiments in Switzerland alone. Despite tougher animal protection regulations, the number remains high due to ...

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Inspired by camel blood

Targeted medical diagnostics and treatments using antibodies are an established alternative to conventional drugs.

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A knockout blow for knockout drops: a rapid test for nightclubs

Abuse of butyric acid derivatives in Swiss nightclubs is on the rise: low doses of gamma hydroxy- butyrate (GHB) and gamma butyrolactone (GBL) give a feeling ...

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Made to measure treatment

HLS researchers, in collaboration with firms in the Swiss medical sector, have developed a way to measure nutrients in the blood quickly and easily without the ...

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Medical Engineering and Medical Informatics

Rehabilitation with virtual trees

Every year about 16,000 people in Switzerland suffer a stroke. Many lose arm or leg movement as a result and the length of time taken for even small ...

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Using data to cope with tremors

HLS researchers have developed a method to make deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease even more precise and thus more effective. Deep brain ...

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Measuring the knee

The knee is one of the largest and most important joints which, if damaged, can be replaced by an implant. Alex Ringenbach from the HLS has written software ...

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Tracking the patterns

Imaging with computer tomography and magnetic resonance tomography is an integral part of modern medicine. In 2014, Swiss radiologists did more than 800,000 CT ...

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New functionalities in MRI scanners

Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners have a static magnetic field 60,000 times stronger than that of the Earth.

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Radiation protection with robotics

Minimally invasive surgical procedures such as tissue removal from internal organs or tumour treatments are often performed with radiology imaging, leading to ...

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Environment and Resources

500°C and potassium Methods

Sewage sludge produced during waste water purification contains not only biomass and pollutants but also precipitated phosphorus. By law, starting in 2026 this ...

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Using bacteria against crude oil spills

Crude oil spills are one of the greatest risks to the industrialised world. Oil spills in the sea are not only difficult to contain but also highly resistant ...

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Bacterial super-resistance decoded

Scientists and politicians agree: antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a major challenge for medicine, both now and in the future. The World Health Organization ...

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Tailor-made membranes

Economic efficiency and environmental protection are often perceived as conflicting goals. Nevertheless, research shows that they can be combined if scarce ...

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Treasures in production waste

Researchers at the School of Life Sciences FHNW (HLS) have developed a process for recovering the rare earth metal scandium from acidic industrial wastewater ...

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A water filter for emergencies

Clean drinking water is a luxury. In many parts of the world water is polluted and full of harmful bacteria; the problem is particularly acute during ...

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Pharmatechnology

Tablets: ice cold, bone dry and lightning fast

Researchers from the HLS Institute for Pharma Technology, in cooperation with Rohrer AG in Möhlin, have developed a new manufacturing process for tablets that ...

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Robot assistance in the laboratory

A great many experiments are required before a medicinal substance can become a finished drug. Researchers must find the best combination of stabilisers and ...

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A race against time

Whether or not a drug helps, depends on more than just its active ingredient. That ingredient first has to get to the place where it needs to work. The new ...

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Beer: good health!

Beer is one of our most important drinks, both economically and culturally: the Swiss drank over 460 million litres of beer in 2015. It isn’t often said that ...

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FHNW School of Life Sciences

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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