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A team of scientists from the Department of Optics of the University of Granada (UGR) has analysed which visual parameters can predict safe driving performance among older drivers. The results of their study, which have recently been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, indicate that the level of intraocular scattering, which is related to glare sensitivity, could help predict driving performance in people aged over 55 years.

A team of scientists from Andalusia has studied the effect of radiation on cancer stem cells (CSCs) and the CSC microenvironment in both in vitro and in vivo models. The study showed that this effect can be determined from patients’ blood samples, which would be very useful for developing more personalized precision treatments for women with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy.

The study, coordinated by the University of Granada and published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, aims to help prevent future problems related to the movement of pedestrians or vehicles in urban areas.

A team of scientists from the Department of Ecology at the University of Granada (UGR) has conducted the first-ever study of the carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions of 12 reservoirs located in Granada, Jaén, and Córdoba in Andalusia, Southern Spain. Their study demonstrated that reservoirs are important producers of greenhouse gases, contributing to the radiative forcing of aquatic ecosystems.

Scientists from the University of Granada warn of the serious planning problems arising from the organization of the return to school in September following lockdown.

Researchers from the University of Granada are participating in a project that will make it possible to manufacture facemasks made of ‘non-woven’ textiles that offer more effective protection against SARS-CoV-2.

The study, published recently in the prestigious journal Science Advances, and in which researchers from the University of Granada participated, shows that the mitochondria electron transport chain adjusts its energy efficiency to adapt to the body’s needs. This metabolic adaptation mechanism explains mitochondria’s ability to modulate to stressful situations, such as those produced by intense physical exercise.

The mapping exercise was carried out on 12,571 scientific papers published between 1970 and 2020. The last four months saw 1,009 publications, marking a historic high in this field of research.

An international team of scientists, of which the University of Granada is a member, has developed a new nanoparticle-based artificial retina prosthesis that can be injected into the eye. Thanks to this important scientific finding, published recently in the prestigious journal Nature Nanotechnology, blind rats had their vision restored for 8 months without the need for surgery.

An interdisciplinary research group of engineers, biologists and doctors at the University of Granada (UGR) is designing the valves that control the pressure and oxygen flow of the REESpirator23, which is a ventilator model developed by the University of Oviedo that should be used as a last resource.