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New immunotherapy study an important step in the hunt for a cure to HIV

With the help of antiretroviral therapy treatments, an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. In fact, patients who are tested for the disease and begin treatment at an early stage now have a similar life expectancy to those without the infection. However, while HIV is now referred to as a chronic, manageable illness, it still has no cure. Researchers are working hard to change this and a safety study published today in Molecular Therapy represents an important step forward in the hunt for an effective treatment. Scientists from the University of North Carolina successfully demonstrated the safety of a cell therapy involving the ex vivo expansion of T cells and their infusion in HIV positive patients in combination with antiretroviral (ART) drugs. We talked to co-senior study author David Margolis to find out more.  


Want your child to become a high earner? Teach them how to delay instant gratification

When considering the factors that contribute to higher earning, education level and occupation are no-brainers. However, a study published today in Frontiers in Psychology has found that a person’s ability to delay instant gratification – a behavioral trait popularized in the the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment, where children had to choose between one small reward provided immediately or two small rewards if they waited for 15 minutes – is actually one of the most important factors determining future affluence. We talked to the study’s lead author, Dr. William Hampton from the University of St. Gallen, to find out more. 


A budget-friendly guide to attending academic conferences

Conferences are an essential stepping stone to building a successful career in academia. They provide the opportunity to get out of your day-to-day work environment and offer unparalleled opportunities to build your network and meet your peers from around the world. However, finding the means to attend conferences can be challenging. Even if the cost of the event itself isn’t prohibitive, travelling to the event and paying for accommodation can quickly add up, especially if you receive limited funding from your university. Before you write off the idea entirely, make sure you explore all your options – there are always plenty of ways to travel on a budget.


Could brain computer interfaces help stroke victims restore their language capabilities?

Studies have found that 75% of patients struggle to regain their language skills after suffering from a stroke, often facing communication impediments for the rest of their lives. Finding more effective ways for patients to recover the use of their language capabilities is something that Mariachristina Musso, a doctor from the clinic for neurology and neurophysiology at the University of Freiburg, has dedicated her research to. In an interview with Morressier, she talks to us about her innovative study into how a collaboration between the brain and a computer could help stroke patients regain their language skills without requiring ongoing therapy. 


“Improving education is the most effective way to change the world for the better” – Emerge Education’s CEO Jan Lynn-Matern

Education is key to improving the standard of living for humans globally. In fact, research suggests that one extra year of schooling raises an individual’s yearly earnings by 10 percent and reduces the risk of conflict in a country by 20 percent. That’s why Jan Lynn-Matern, CEO of UK-based Emerge Education, is so passionate about working with entrepreneurs to improve access to education and learning outcomes around the world.