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  • New drugs against new threats

    How can we protect ourselves against new viruses? Different researchers explain some research projects which aim to identify targets and design new drugs to act as models in the fight against new viruses. Discover more about the different branches of biology involved.

  • Mental health: ethical issues

    Stigma can prevent people from seeking help, or realizing that help is available, and it can provoke unhelpful responses from others. Why do you think that people are so scared of mental illness? Mental Health is one of the few branches of medicine where patients can be treated without their consent. Do you think that compulsory treatment is ever ethically justified?

  • Understanding schizophrenia

    In this video, a couple of psychiatrists and a researcher explain a project which aims to discover the genetic and environmental causes of this disorder which affects around 1% of young people. We still don't know what mechanisms cause it or how it can be cured, but we're working on it. 

  • How does air pollution affect our brain?

    In this video, researchers explain a project aimed at discovering how air pollution can affect our brains, particularly in terms of intelligence and behaviour. The aim is to discover whether there is a correlation between the number of ultrafine particles and ADHD.

  • Synapse

    Would you like to find out more about neurons and their functions? What is a synapse and what role to neurotransmitters play? Did you know that our mental health depends on them? In this game, you'll be able to make a person jump up by making a target neuron transmit signals. 

  • HIV: ethical issues

    What are the difficulties associated with treatments for AIDS? What shortfalls do prevention campaigns suffer from? Why are there so many people who are infected but don't know they are? Do you think sex education is sufficient? In this video, a patient, a researcher and a doctor give us their opinions. What about you? What do you think?

  • 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?