In the human brain, synapses are responsible, among other things, for the ability to remember and learn. Researchers at the University of Lodz are working on artificial synapses, which will be an indispensable part of a neuromorphic computer, mimicking the operation of the human brain.
If we knew the mechanisms that occur in the amygdala of the brain, it would be much easier to build social relationships. We would be able to better treat autism and psychopathy. Therefore, many scientists in experiments on animals (such studies on humans are not allowed) investigate the functioning of the different communication channels. A lot of money is spent on this research.
Six women researchers received fellowships lasts Thursday in the 16th edition of the L'Oreal Polska For Women and Science competition. The winners will conduct innovative research on proteins, look for new anticancer drugs and mechanisms of genetic diseases.
Poles submit many applications for the prestigious ERC grants, but very few win them. "The average ERC success rate is 11 percent, and in Poland it is 2.5 percent" - told PAP Ewa Kuśmierczyk from the Excellence in Science Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which helps Poles in obtaining these grants.
Nearly 16 million zlotys went to the winners of the Diamond Grant competition of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In the fifth edition of the competition, the Ministry of Science awarded 83 people who conduct important research already during their studies. They received the awards on Wednesday in Warsaw at the hands of the Minister of Science Jarosław Gowin.
Two Poles - Dr. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala and Błażej Moder - will take part in the prestigious Georgetown Leadership Seminar. The recipients of scholarships awarded by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation are in the elite, international group of 35 participants.
Three Polish scientists won the Starting Grant in the competition settled by the European Council Research. Polish scientists last obtained such a good result in 2010. The work of Polish scientists requires more financial and institutional support - Minister of Science said on Wednesday.
More than PLN 24 million for innovative research projects is available for young Polish and foreign doctors, who will take part in the programmes: FIRST TEAM, HOMING and POWROTY/REINTEGRATION, announced by the Foundation for Polish Science. Applications can be submitted until 17 October.
Rock, jazz, disco? Taste in music may influence the degree of feeling pain while listening to music. Researcher from the Medical University of Gdańsk will investigate the phenomenon of music analgesia, pain relief through sounds.
Eight NGOs received a total of 338 thousand zlotys from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for activities supporting the academic community. The awarded funds will be used, among others, to support pro-innovative attitudes, increase legal awareness of students and doctoral students.