EPFL Magazine

EPFL Magazine is the EPFL community’s new and improved magazine, replacing the Flash. The new design reflects the results of a reader survey. The feedback also revealed a strong preference for print – good old Gutenberg! It’s nice to get a break from those ubiquitous screens. But never fear, the new magazine comes with an app so you can also access it on your tablet or smartphone. And in recognition of the community’s linguistic diversity, the magazine offers a mix of French and English articles.

EPFL Magazine is the fruit of a revamped editorial process that offers contributing writers assistance in structuring their articles and getting their point across. Now, when each issue is being prepared, Mediacom holds an editorial meeting for all contributors in order to discuss their articles and help improve them (see the editorial calendar in the right-hand column). Some time is also devoted to identifying topics of interest for future issues, which may be written by either contributors or the editorial staff.

We hope you enjoy reading the new magazine as much as we enjoyed creating it. And please give us your feedback and ideas so we can keep improving it.

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EPFL Magazine est le journal de la communauté EPFL, ouvert aux membres actifs de cette dernière.

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Combining research strategies with the needs of paralysis patients

— Focus on paralysis (2/1). Thanks to new treatment protocols developed by scientists at EPFL and CHUV, three patients with chronic paraplegia have been able to walk again. The protocols involve stimulating patients’ spinal cords with ultra-precise electrical impulses. In fact, several EPFL research teams are working on different ways to treat paralysis resulting from a stroke or spinal cord injury. How can their research strategies be combined to respond to patients’ needs?

Targeting research to patients' most pressing needs

— Focus on paralysis (2/2). Dr. Xavier Jordan has been treating paraplegics for 15 years – a specialization he chose with “passion and conviction.” He has been head of the para- and tetraplegic unit at the Clinique Romandie de Réadaptation in Sion since 2013, and he works closely with the two EPFL chairs based at the school’s Sion campus.

1969–2019: EPFL's stellar trajectory

— Our school’s history dates back to well before the birth of EPFL. Originally set up under a private initiative in 1853, the Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université de Lausanne (EPUL) became a federal institute of technology in 1969. In this article, we trace the development of our school by looking back at a few pivotal dates and hearing from people who have been with the school over the years. We also look ahead to 2019, when a series of special events are planned to mark EPFL’s golden jubilee.

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Editorial secretary and layout: Suzanne Setz

Managing Editor: Anne-Muriel Brouet

Editor-in-Chief: Corinne Feuz and Emmanuel Barraud