University of Italian Switzerland


New insight into sensing and function of the bacterial lysate OM-85

Health - Mar 21

Bacterial lysates are widely used in the clinic to minimize the pathologic consequences of respiratory infections. Our new study shows how one such lysate, OM-85, works on human myeloid cells to trigger an immunomodulatory gene circuit.

Environment - Mar 18

Offsetting biodiversity: risks and opportunities

The impoverishment of our ecosystems due to unregulated land development and pollution is a critical issue that has gained significant importance.

Pharmacology - Feb 22

Drug resistance: identified a new key mechanism in the treatment of B-cell lymphomas


The Lymphoma Genomics Laboratory (IOR, USI) in Bellinzona identified a new mechanism behind the resistance to BTK and PI3K inhibitors used in the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma and marginal zone lymphoma.

’Quale Gotico per Milano?’ the book presentation at Swiss Institute Milan

The volume "Quale Gotico per Milano? I materiali della giuria per il concorso della facciata del Duomo (1886-1888)" by Mendrisio Academy Press, edited by Angela Windholz, Carla Mazzarelli, Mirko Moizi will be presented on Monday, 29 January 2024 at 6 pm at Istituto Svizzero in Milan. 

Research Management - Dec 18, 2023

Still no agreement with publishers Elsevier and Taylor&Francis for 2024

For the time being, no agreement that meets swissuniversities' requirements on Read&Publish contracts has yet been reached with the two publishers Elsevier and Taylor&Francis. Contract negotiations with Elsevier and Taylor&Francis are continuing, but an agreement by early 2024 is unlikely.

Research Management - Dec 11, 2023

A guide to second publication rights

As part of the swissuniversities Regulatory Framework project, the USI Competence Center in Digital Law (CCdigitallaw) has created materials to guide researchers on how to republish their scientific articles to make them freely accessible (open access).

Sport - Nov 20, 2023

The importance of moral support on performance


Can moral support drive us to perform at our best? Using a unique case in football, Professor Fabrizio Colella's research shows how moral support from fans can profoundly affect footballers' performance.

Pharmacology - Oct 23, 2023

New receptor structures discovered to design drugs

A team of researchers at USI has discovered the dimeric structural organisation of certain receptors among the principle drug targets in pharmacology. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Communications .

Research Management - Mar 15

Read&Publish agreements with BMJ and Taylor&Francis

Two new publishing agreements have come into effect with the scientific publishers British medical journal BMJ (in the biomedical field) and Taylor & Francis T&F (multidisciplinary). The agreement with BMJ is in effect for the first time, while the one with T&F ends a period of "no-deal" due to the non-renewal of the previous agreement.

Politics - Feb 12

DigiPart-Index: a need for cooperation between the cantons

The publication of the third DigiPartIndex Report, to which Università della Svizzera italiana also contributed, is now available. The DigiPart-Index measures, on a scale from 0 to 100, the possibilities of digital participation in political processes in the Swiss cantons.

Research Management - Jan 12

No-deal with publishers Elsevier and Taylor&Francis for 2024

No agreement has been reached with the two publishers Elsevier and Taylor&Francis that meets the requirements of swissuniversities on Read&Publish contracts. Negotiations are continuing, but without a definite timeframe for the conclusion of the agreements.

Environment - Dec 11, 2023

CO2 offsets: an USI survey on voluntary market potential

How are Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM) perceived by potential buyers of CO2 offset credits? SIX Group has published a paper produced in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana, presenting the result of a survey coordinated by Professor Eric Nowak, Director of the Center for Climate Finance and Sustainability, and Peter Gruber, lecturer-researcher at the Faculty of Economics.

Computer Science - Dec 11, 2023

The Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence participates in the Swiss AI Initiative

The Swiss AI Initiative, created by ETHZ, EPFL and CSCS, has set out to make Switzerland an international hub for the development and implementation of transparent and reliable artificial intelligence. The Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence IDSIA USI-SUPSI is one of the research centres involved in the project.

Environment - Nov 13, 2023

’Sull’orlo del visibile’, USI hosts the Swiss Association for General and Comparative Literature

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November 2023, Università della Svizzera italiana will host the Swiss Association of General and Comparative Literature (ASLGC/SGAVL) for its annual congress "Sull'orlo del visibile" (On the brink of the visible).

Career - Oct 23, 2023

Nobel Prize in Economics at 2023 to Claudia Goldin

The 2023 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to US economist Claudia Goldin, a professor at Harvard University " for having advanced our understanding of women's labour market outcomes " and for her research on how to achieve gender equality in the workplace.