SIT - Sciences for technological innovation, bio-informatics, brain computer interfaces and artificial intelligence
SIT research activities are focused on developing technological aspects, assessing scientific principles, and increasing knowledge-base underlying and nurturing innovation. Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Sciences are key sciences to achieve this goal. SIT sections are synergically devoted to the development of enabling technologies in the field of biotechnologies, nanotechnologies, and advanced materials, and to contribute in solving societal challenges regarding health, environment, food security. ISET research environment, aiming at becoming a cradle of innovation, is based on an open-minded and multidisciplinary approach, and relies on a network of national and international collaborations with universities, research institutes and SMEs.
SBGN - Biomolecular strategies, genetics and avant-garde therapies
Researchers of “Department of vanguard medicine and therapies, biomolecular strategies and neuroscience” work on neurodegenerative and rare genetic disorders, with a translational approach, in order to apply obtained results on clinical research. Particularly, research activity of the Department focuses on:
1) Proteomics and molecular genetics investigations applied to neuroscience and predictive medicine, with particular interest in neurodegenerative and genetic rare diseases, malformation and metabolic disorders, as retinitis pigmentosa, Currarino syndrome and trimethylaminuria.
2) Genomic and expression analysis applied to all living organisms, with phylogenetic and translational aims, with particular interest to agribusiness and microbiological areas.
3) Studies on vascular and inflammatory multi-organ pathologies, like osteomyelitis and caverous angioma, as well as on new frontiers of pharmacological and surgical treatments integrating conventional medicine with innovative phytotherapic approaches.
These studies are conducted with instruments and techniques exploiting the most modern and developed technologies and with a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, they request a large phase of data menagement and analysis and statistical validation, as well as their inclusion in European and territorial projects, in order to guarantee a finantial and menagement renewability of research activity. Extreme synergy among department’s members is essential for achievement of these aims, together with the numerous both national and international co-operations in which this Institute is partner.
Stress biology, epigenetics, human longevity, sport and health
The Department studies the correlations between a healthy lifestyle, aging and the onset of diseases. Among the diseases studied there are some forms of cancer, metabolic disorders and autoimmune diseases. The Department also deals with the study of issues related to the molecular mechanisms underlying healthy and active aging, the pathogenesis of stress-related diseases and their possible treatment.
DASAM - Sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and food security
The research activities of this Department are focusing on: the study of the biodiversity of plants and animals in the marine environment; the establishment and implementation of the protocols aimed at developing a sustainable agriculture based on the study of plant diseases, in order to plan an integrated pest management mediated by the use of rapid diagnostic techniques; the study of new formulations of biological origin derived from protein extracts from organisms such as fungi, sea urchins and sea cucumbers.
NIMA - Nanotechnologies, innovative materials
Nanotechnologies are highly effective enabling technologies that are leading to a radical change in how the most diverse class of objects and consumer goods are manufactured, affecting all areas of industry, society and thus having a strong impact on the environment. The technological advancement is the result of interdisciplinary collaborations in which normally distant skills have to cooperate in order to achieve common goals.
In this context the IEMEST was equipped with an Interdisciplinary Center where the convergence of different skills and sharing knowledge becomes a basic requirement in which research can be really productive and effective answering to questions arising from innovation in the industrial sector.
NIMA was born with strong applicative orientation in order to test and validate the use of innovative materials and nanomaterials in key sectors such as health, architecture and the preservation of the cultural heritage.
The Centre has already several collaborations with Italian and foreign universities and institutes, for the development and validation of advanced materials. The instrumental equipment of the center and the laboratory network connected to it allows enterprises to conduct researches in various fields such as biomedical, materials engineering and restoration of cultural heritage.
The Centre supports companies interested in innovating their products through the adoption of advanced technologies, providing industrial research and experimental development activities as well as supporting in accessing funds and resources targeted to technological innovation.
SCERA - Renewable energy, resource efficiency and aerospace research
The activities of the Department are aimed at making contemporary cities intelligent, paying particular attention to the peculiarities of Sicilian cities, where traditions, art, culture, relationships between people still constitute a "value" to be preserved for future generations. There are many topics covered within the various training projects and initiatives, with reference to "smart" systems and methodologies, including: technological innovation, energy efficiency, renewable sources, sustainable mobility, fight against atmospheric pollution and CO2 emissions, environmental protection, conservation of cultural identity, sustainable tourism and systems of active participation in the decision-making processes of the Administrations. The topics are addressed starting from methodological and operational-experimental investigation tools up to the elaboration of projects that allow the sustainable urban interpretation of infrastructures and intermodal systems, with particular attention for indoor and outdoor comfort and social and environmental well-being. of the human being. Furthermore, scientific skills are involved on the issues of the city to make them interact with the development policies of the territory. The Department also aims to link research activities on smart cities to the use of innovative technologies and materials, also in order to better use resources. Particular attention is paid to the use of energy saving techniques through systems for monitoring and controlling the conditions of livability with the adoption of new materials, thus operating within the themes of Industry 4.0 activating research lines on the theme of the accumulation of energy and the use of residues in energy production processes.
In the field of aerospace, the issues related to the transfer of technologies and RI&S activities conducted on Earth and replicable, in different conditions, in the Aerospace, and vice versa, are of interest to the Department.
The interdisciplinary approach of the topics covered by the research activities allows a strong interaction with other Departments of the Institute.
FASST - Applied Physics and Earth System Sciences
The Departement of Applied Physics and Earth System Science (D.FASST) of IEMEST aims to deepen the more advanced subjects of Research involving primarly, but not exclusively, the field of Physical Science and Engineering, with the goal to indicate the most efficient strategies for Companies in this sectors, as well as to define national and international Reserch Projects. The Departement has the role of carrying topics regarding, among the others, the Structure of Matter, the Particle Physics, Energetics, etc. up to the Earth Science, towards specific technologic-industrial applications with a social-economic impact such as advanced Medical Techniques, Smart Materials for communications and green economy, etc. The versatility of the Physical Science approach allows to act, for each managed topic, on the creation of products, as well as on the optimization/advancing of the production technologies and on the diagnostic, so allowing to widen the possibilities of managing the development of the basic ideas of the Projects.
The Departement takes advantage of a number of national and international collaborations, some of them established since years, with Research Institutes, Universities, Institutions and Companies both at national and international level, as well as of the possibility to carry out advanced experiments in laboratories and european large facilities.
UMATEC - Human and social science, tourism and cultural heritage, 3D technology and augmented reality
The research activities carried out by our department revolve around the themes of identity, relationships on various levels (concerning individuals, couples, families, organizations and social groups), belonging and memory through the transmission of codes, symbols and myths. We approach these themes mainly from a historical/archeological, psychological and anthropological perspective.
Employing a multidisciplinary approach and vocation, assisted by ICT and the new technologies, the department aims its studies and research activities at the promotion of resources regarding relational issues and general wellbeing. Models for analysis and intervention from clinical psychology and physiotherapy are applied with a view to favor new ways of interpretation.
The Scientific and Socio-Cultural Area of the Institute concerns itself with studies, researches and initiatives directed at the protection, the enhancement and promotion of identity and traditions, as well as the cultural, artistic, archeological, architectural, natural and environmental heritage.
The Department is dealing with the following areas of research:
• Archeology, History, Art and Populations
• Philosophy, Antropology and Ethics
• Intellectual Property, Competition and Sharing Economy
• Psychology of Health, Community and Organizations
• Psychology of Tourism and Relational Marketing
• Statistics for Interpretations and Decisions
• Innovative technologies and 3D applied to Cultural Heritage and Smart Cities
The above mentioned studies and researches are supported by a network of national and international partners as well as international representatives from universities, research centres and SME.
One of the many prestigious results that this department has achieved is to be shortlisted as one of the first out of 30 European projects by the commission – Horizon 2020 – JPI Cultural Heritage Plus, with the research project proposal ‘TH.S.E.O. Thòlos. Symbol of the civilisation Euro-mediterranean Origins’.
Included in the scientific activities in the field of Psychology of Health, Community and Organizations, are those related to the prevention and cure of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) through models, methodologies, tools and technical innovations of a multidisciplinary perspective, in collaboration with UH (University of Houston) in Texas, University of Jyväskylä in Finland, HUMlab of Umeå University in Sweden and the Department of Educational Science ‘Giovanni Maria Bertin’ at the University of Bologna.
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