Research*EU Magazine | Number 18 (December 2012/January 2013)

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Series Details Number 18
Publication Date December 2012/January 2013
ISSN 1831-9947
EC ZZ-AC-12-010-EN-C
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From FP7 to Horizon 2020: tackling Europe's health challenges


As we write, about 50 % of health-related FP7 projects are on going, with scientists laying the foundations of future health research. To shed light on their efforts, the focus of this issue of Research*EU results magazine is ‘From FP7 to Horizon 2020: tackling Europe’s health challenges’.

This edition includes no less than three interviews focused on EU-funded health projects: Dr Jürgen Hescheler of Cologne University in Germany tells us how a novel toxicity test platform could replace animal testing and speed up chemicals testing, while Dr Wolfgang Weidenhammer of the Technical University of Munich in Germany sheds light on non-conventional medicine in Europe. Finally, Professor Vlad Ratziu of the Assistance Publique — Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) explains how his project could help tackle liver disease in Europe. The ‘biology and medicine’ section continues with other examples of ground-breaking research. These ‘specials’ start with ‘Rising to the global challenge of food safety’, while others can be found in the ‘environment and society’ and ‘IT and telecommunications’ sections.

The ‘energy and transport’ section opens with an article entitled ‘Light weight, high-energy batteries for electric cars’, while the feature article in the ‘environment and society’ section is ‘Microbes join fight against desertification in North Africa’.

The ‘IT and telecommunications’ section begins with ‘Product engineering ... a complex marriage’. Finally, the ‘industrial technologies’ section starts with the inspiring ‘Revolutionising industrial safety in Europe’.


Industrial Technologies

  • Contactless transmission gear
  • RTD Success Stories - Revolutionising industrial safety in Europe
  • Designing lighter parts for transport vehicles
  • Serbian research lab gets an upgrade
  • Enhanced recovery of propylene
  • Seaplanes take to the skies
  • New nanocoats reduce friction and pollution
  • Invisible transistors for transparent electronics
  • Predicting robotic motion and disease inheritance

Digital Economy

  • RTD Success Stories - Product engineering … a complex marriage
  • Feature Stories - Fighting cybethreats, making the future more secure
  • ‘Entangling’ photons to unravel quantum computing mysteries
  • Atomic clocks and high-precision global positioning
  • Studying non-planetary objects orbiting the Sun
  • Versatile imaging technology for molecular structure
  • Process modelling improves manufacturing
  • Networks for flexible, transparent electronic devices
  • Wireless and wireline on a single platform
  • Controlling single electrons for novel devices
  • Semiconductors with electric and magnetic properties

Climate Change and Environment

  • Genetics of fruit development
  • Sustainable agriculture in arid regions
  • Environmental forcing sheds light on carbon levels
  • Stonewalling microbial attack on stone artefacts
  • Organic food certification: What does it cost and how can it be improved?


  • Controlling bacterial cell morphogenesis
  • Reprogramming cardiac cells
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • The mathematics behind predator-prey interactions
  • The basics of action skill learning
  • Novel DNA architecture for nanotechnology
  • Regenerate Beta cells — prevent diabetes
  • A novel scaffold for pancreatic islet development


  • Detecting ancient stars
  • Smart, safe batteries for fully electric vehicles
  • Particle reconstruction at CERN
  • The changing shape of an atomic nucleus
  • The makings of a stellar explosion
  • Unravelling the composition of Titan’s atmosphere
  • Accumulating stellar ‘stuff’ to form galaxies
  • Origins of cosmic high-energy bursts
  • Optimising chemical reactions for tomorrow’s fuel cells
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