February 2020

Prof. O. Devuyst and Dr. A. Luciani published a study in Nature Communications, which links some inherited mitochondrial deficiencies to a rare, potentially fatal metabolic disease. It represents a proof of concept that may allow the development of new therapies.

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January 2020

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AcceleRare was present at the WEF in Davos on 22nd January 2020 to share the vision about advancing drug discovery for rare diseases with politicians, entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists. The project was met with enthusiastic responses during a round table discussion. Swiss head of foreign affairs Ignazio Cassis spoke out his support and called attention to the need of new treatments for rare diseases.

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Olivier Devuyst has been named in the Advisory Board of the prestigious journal Nature Reviews Nephrology, which presents in-depth reviews and topical discussions in the field of kidney physiology and disease.

October 2019

Dr. Alessandro Luciani has won the SGN Publication Award 2019 with Impaired autophagy bridges lysosomal storage disease and epithelial dysfunction in the kidney, Nature Communications, 2018; 9: 161.

September 2019

Prof. O. Devuyst participated in a platform on rare diseases at EPFL – Sunday 15 Sept. 2019  Heid News  EPFL  Twitter   Facebook

Congratulations to Dr. Beatrice Paola Festa for her new post-doctoral position at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Prof. David Rubinsztein. more

August 2019

Dr. Alessandro Luciani presented an invited lecture on Endolysosomal disorders during the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Organellar Channels and Transporters, August 04, 2019 - August 09, 2019, Mount Snow in West Dover VT United States. more

July 2019

Investigations on rare diseases yield important information on processes operating in normal conditions and also in common diseases. This concept is at the core of an extensive review by Olivier Devuyst and colleagues, just published in the prestigious journal Physiological Reviews (van der Wijst J et al. Physiol Rev 2019; 99: 1575-1653). Learning Physiology from inherited kidney disorders (PDF, 3443 KB)

June 2019

Prof. O. Devuyst has received the 2019 Award for Outstanding Basic Science Contributions to Nephrology from the European Society of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplan-tation (ERA-EDTA), for his cumulative work on genetic kidney diseases and the meachnisms of dialysis. more

May 2019

Prof. O. Devuyst is also a recipient of the 2019 Dr. D.G. Oreopoulos Memorial Award and Lecture of the Canadian Society of Nephrology. more


B.P. Festa from the Devuyst MIKD-Group receives a UZH semester prize of the Science Faculty for her paper: Impaired autophagy bridges lysosomal storage disease and epithelial dysfunction in the kidney, Nature Communications, 2018; 9: 161.