The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced that it has elected Prof. Dr. Leonard van den Berg as a new member. Members of the KNAW are leading scientists from all disciplines and are chosen based on their scientific achievements.
On Thursday March 14, the fourth edition of the Dutch Neurodevelopmental Disorders Day took place in Utrecht. The visitors listened to various speakers from neuroscience, biology, psychology and neurology and that led to active discussions.
A new high-tech bracelet, developed by scientists from the Netherlands detects 85 percent of all severe night-time epilepsy seizures. That is a much better score than any other technology currently available. The researchers involved think that this bracelet can reduce the worldwide number of unexpected night-time fatalities in epilepsy patients. They published the results of a prospective trial last week in the scientific journal Neurology.
For many years, an international consortium of researchers has been collaborating intensively on large-scale clinical study on autism. Sarah Durston, Professor of Developmental Disorders at the Brain Center of the UMC Utrecht, and her colleagues are actively involved in this international research program. Recently, the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) awarded the consortium with one of the largest research grants ever given to research in the field of a psychiatric disorder.
Nick Ramsey of the UMC Utrecht Brain Center received a 2.5 million dollars grant from the American National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). The research focuses on improving a Brain-Computer Interface implant where patients with Locked-In syndrome can control a computer with their thoughts.
Frank Meye and Maeike Zijlmans both received a Starting Grant of 1,5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). ERC Starting Grants are awarded for pioneering research proposals and offer researchers the opportunity to build their own group.
The Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded 154 young scientists with a Veni-grant. Among these dr. Danai Riga working at the department of Translational Neuroscience of the BCRM in the group of dr. Frank Meye. She has gotten the grant for her proposal, ‘Keep calm and pay attention: a view from the inside’.