Szeged and its university celebrated the 80th anniversary of Albert Szent-Györgyi’s Nobel Prize-awarding at the end of October. The celebration was unusual and remarkable with the presence of Marcia Szent-Györgyi, wife of the researcher and former rector of the University of Szeged.
Adonis vernalis (pheasant’s eye), Ajuga laxmannii (bugleweed), Anchusa barrelieri (Barrelier’s bugloss), Ranunculus illyricus, Silene bupleuroides (catchfly), Viola ambigua (violet), Vinca herbacea (herbaceous periwinkle) and many other rare flowering plants, totalling 82 are included in a plant rescue programme currently underway at the Botanical Garden of the University of Szeged.
A research programme for the development of novel diagnostic and therapy procedures for rare diseases has been launched at the University of Szeged. The programme focuses on rare metabolic diseases, genetically determined heart diseases and skin diseases.
The Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine (HCEMM) has been founded in Szeged. The project, with over 15 billion HUF funding, focuses on biomedical research and diagnostics of non-communicable, widespread and common disease, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and inflammatory diseases, which claim around 30 million victims each year worldwide.
Researchers at the University of Szeged (SZTE) are developing intelligent materials that may be useful for special energy sources and also in the development of new methods for the storage of power, such as solar power.
Latest findings by Szeged researchers: intelligence could be determined by human-specific brain characteristics and, in turn, as the Achilles heels of the brain these could also be responsible for the development of certain brain disorders.
“What is the essence of research? We might say that it is making a new search, that is re-searching. The problem posed and the questions asked in science do not change, but developments in methodology can bring about new results,” states Antal Berényi, leader of a group that carries out research in a really friendly atmosphere, who also teaches students of medicine at the University of Szeged.
Designer drugs are getting more and more popular at clubs and pubs. We talked with Róbert Gáspár, the vice-dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy responsible for education and public relations, about the tendencies that show in the drug consumption of young people, the most popular substances, and about what can we do for drug-free entertainment.
He is both loved and hated: both the scientific and science-popularizing lectures and articles of molecular biologist Zsolt Boldogkői are immensely influential. A Google search for his name leads to 7600 hits. He has over 4600 friends on Facebook, but his appearances in the media have also provoked highly critical comments and letters threatening him with legal action.
Students at the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science and Informatics at the University of Szeged regularly complete both locally and internationally with vehicles that they themselves have designed and constructed.