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  • Participate in the research to find a vaccine for HIV!

    In this experiment you'll be able to research a vaccine against HIV, designing the different phases of the experiment and visiting a virtual laboratory which will help you. Finally you'll find out more about the difficulties in finding a vaccine. 

  • New paths against drug resistance

    What role does HIV drug resistance have in current treatments? Can this resistance be passed from one individual to another? Laboratories are looking for new drugs which act on the different stages of the replication cycle.

  • Joining efforts to find the HIV vaccine

    What does current research into an HIV vaccine look like? In this video, scientists explain the characteristics a vaccine would need to have in order to be effective against HIV, and why that is not so simple. A similar vaccine could be used to combat other infectious diseases.

  • Obesity: ethical issues

    In this video, young people and doctors give their opinions on this very serious health issue and the related complications. Each individual's lifestyle is important in the prevention of obesity, but industry, official bodies and governments also need to take action. What about you? What do you think? 

  • It takes guts

    In the case of obese patients who do not respond to diets or drugs, there's always the option of surgery. Do you dare have a go at performing a gastric bypass operation and connecting the new pouch to the small intestine? This operation is called gastric bypass surgery and has a series of consequences which you'll learn all about.

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles

    In this video, two research doctors explain two linked projects. The aim of one is to discover the nutritional status of European adolescents, whereas the other is investigating obesity in pre-school children. Healthy children and adolescents also tend to become healthy adults. 

  • Early life origins of obesity

    In this video, different doctors explain a new project which studies the causes of obesity and diabetes. Its aim is to investigate the relationship between genes and our environment. The study involves a community in southern Asia which shows high levels of obesity, right from pregnancy. 

  • Malaria: ethical issues

    In this video, different experts explain the relationship between malaria and poverty and tell us which factors are stopping the disease from being eradicated completely. They tell us about the difficulty in obtaining drugs and about safe, effective preventive measures, but also the lack of political willingness and economic means to do anything. What about you? What do you think? 

  • Investigate a malaria vaccine

    How would you like to investigate the different parasite proteins in this laboratory to find out which provokes the strongest immune response? This is the vaccine candidate we're looking for! You'll travel around the world to find different blood samples in order to carry out your experiment. 

  • Facing an underestimated malaria

    What is being done to investigate malaria spread by a parasite that isn't the most widespread? How does a pregnant woman's body respond to infection? A pair of researchers present a new project into how the immune systems responds to infection in pregnant women and newborn babies. The aim is to find a vaccine candidate or a marker for the disease.