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  • Mediterranean and International Conferences Successfully Organised within the Framework of the European Union Funded Project ‘Water-DROP’

  • Greek flora is very rich in aromatic plants among which are Origanum species, widely consumed herbs that belong to Lamiaceae family and are abundant in phenolic compounds (1, 2). In this study, we examined the ability of the extracts (dichloromethanic, methanolic, aqueous) from Origanum dictamnus, Origanum scabrum and Origanum microphyllum of Greek origin, to modulate cell viability of MCF-7 and MDA (breast), Ishikawa (endometrial) and PC-3 (prostate) cancer cells, by use of MTT assay. Ishikawa, MDA and PC-3 cells showed no response to all Origanum extracts tested. The viability of MCF-7 cells showed a small but significant increase to methanolic extracts.

  • Dr. Ken Smith, Associate Professor of Music, is preparing a critical edition of a previously unknown composition held in manuscript at the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris.

  • The University of Groningen in the Netherlands has initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship (RFF) programme to promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution. The RFF programme is co-funded by the European Commission (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-COFUND-Marie-Curie Action) and attracts the best researchers from all over the world to perform research in their own field of research.

  • Asian countries are experiencing rapid educational, economical and social development and growth. However, they are facing enormous challenges due to the lack of qualified human resources, management practices and research activities/infrastructure in their education sectors. The ‘SmartLink: South-East-West Mobility for Advanced Research, Learning, Innovation, Network and Knowledge’ project is funded under Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2) – Strand I - Call for Proposals EACEA/18/13.

  • On Thursday, 17 March, a book presentation took place to introduce the latest publication co-edited by Dr. Kyriacos Felekkis, Associate Professor in the Department of Life and Health Sciences of the University of Nicosia. He is currently the Associate Head of Department, the Coordinator of the Human Biology programme and the Histopathology Lead at the University of Nicosia Medical School. The book, entitled ‘Genomic Elements in Health, Disease and Evolution’, was co-edited with Dr. Konstantinos Voskarides, a special scientist at the Medical School of the University of Cyprus, teaching Genetics, Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

  • The 24-month long project was funded by the competitive calls programmed for adding additional beneficiaries to the FP7 FET Flagship Human Brain Project (HBP) to two partners, the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands and the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. The team at UNIC is comprised by principal investigator Dr Avgis Hadjipapas (Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School) and a post-doctoral researcher, Dr Margarita Zachariou. This work is integrated into the “Cognitive Architectures” Topic of the HBP.

  • No-one these days needs to be convinced that technology is changing the world beyond belief. And, I’m sure most people would agree that there are good-humanising sides and bad-dehumanising sides to this unstoppable technological transformation.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are more overtly here too, and they will be transfiguring the work market over the next few decades dramatically. Nevertheless, let us not forget that it may take a thousand yearsi for AIs to come close to what we are capable of doing as self-aware humans. Moreover, our 20-watt/100-billion-nerve-cell human brains have the potential to unleash one of ‘Mother Nature’s most disruptive innovationsii’: creativity.