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Jeroen Pasterkamp member of Academia Europaea

Portrait picture of Jeroen Pasterkamp.

Jeroen Pasterkamp, professor of Translational Neuroscience and scientific director of the UMC Utrecht Brain Center, has been appointed a member of the Academia Europaea. That is the European society of scientists belonging to the global top. The appointment is a tribute to Jeroen's groundbreaking research and leadership in the neuroscience field.

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Alternatives to antibiotics: Adapting phages to overcome bacterial defense barriers

3D rendering of bacteriophage

Collaborating researchers from University Medical Center Utrecht and Delft University of Technology have received funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to develop more broadly acting bacteriophages. With help of such adapted phages, the researchers want to overcome bacterial defense barriers, which are important mechanisms in the bacterial resistance against bacteriophages.

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Study of new treatment for severe influenza pneumonia

Van elke vijf patiënten die met ernstige longontsteking door influenza op de intensive care (IC) worden opgenomen, overlijdt er gemiddeld één. Om dit relatief hoge risico op overlijden te verlagen, gaan Nederlandse onderzoekers onder leiding van UMC Utrecht geneesmiddelen die eerder succesvol waren bij de behandeling van patiënten met ernstige Covid-19 op de IC terecht kwamen, nu ook onderzoeken bij IC-patiënten met ernstige longontsteking door influenza. ZonMw heeft voor deze studie een subsidie van ruim € 2.1 miljoen beschikbaar gesteld.

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Assumption about cause DNA damage debunked

Tobias Dansen en Daan van Soest

Worldwide, many supplements containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, are being sold. These supplements would prevent cancer and ageing. New research from UMC Utrecht calls the rationale behind the protective role of antioxidants into question, putting the use of supplements with high doses of antioxidants in a different light.

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European study to integrate palliative care in heart failure

Man and woman are talking to each other on the couch.

Led by UMC Utrecht, a study on improving palliative care in heart failure has begun. The aim of the study is to integrate a palliative care approach into standard care for patients with heart failure and their loved ones in Europe. By responding faster and better to all the care needs of each individual patient, patients' quality of life will improve. Nine European countries are participating in the study, and the study will run for five years.

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Gönül Dilaver appointed professor of Inclusive Higher Education

Portrait picture of prof. Gönül Dilaver

Dr. Gönül Dilaver, currently Biomedical Sciences program director at UMC Utrecht, has been appointed professor of Inclusive Higher Education. This appointment, effective April 1, 2024, marks an important moment in efforts to make education at Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht more accessible and inclusive. Over the years, Dilaver has championed the connection between science, society and inclusion in higher education.

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Sabine Fuchs appointed professor

Portrait picture of Sabine Fuchs, professor of Metabolic diseases and innovative therapies at the UMC Utrecht.

How do we improve care for patients with rare diseases for which there are currently no treatments? This question is central to the work of pediatrician Sabine Fuchs. She has been appointed professor of Metabolic diseases and innovative therapies at the UMC Utrecht as of April 15, 2024. ‘I want to make these types of diseases treatable by also focusing on the other organs.’

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"The Next Step"... Jeanette Leusen's inaugural lecture

Jeanette Leusen

On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Jeanette Leusen, professor of Antibody Therapy at Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht, delivered her inaugural lecture. There she addressed the discovery, development and clinical application of antibodies. Partly due to the research of Jeanette and her group, antibodies based on immunoglobulin A (IgA) also appear to have great potential as a next generation treatment option in cancer, and perhaps also in infectious diseases. A first drug candidate is now ready for the next step: a ‘first-in-human’ study, but this will require more investment.

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Can Jos Malda crack the code of cartilage?

Jos Malda

In our aging society, healing joint problems is becoming increasingly important. To do this, cartilage damage must become repairable. But so far it has proven impossible to recreate the intricate internal structure of cartilage. Professor Jos Malda has now received an ERC Advanced grant of €2.5 million to crack that code.

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Decoding the brain - Loss of use does not mean loss of function

Reseachers perform an analyses by computer

Imagine you are completely immobile, only able to blink to communicate with the outside world. This is the reality for people with locked-in syndrome, a condition where patients are completely paralysed except for their eyes, while being fully conscious. Mark Bruurmijn spent his PhD working on building a brain-computer interface, helping these patients to communicate. On April 11th Bruurmijn receives his doctorate for his work on decoding the brain.

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