Brain Center nieuws

Brain Center nieuws

AI forecasts outcomes in very premature babies

Researchers at UMC Utrecht have developed an AI model to predict long-term outcome in extremely premature babies early in life. The model can identify which infants might face intellectual disability as they grow. When further developed, it could offer crucial insights for healthcare providers as well as valuable information for parents about their child’s expected developmental journey. The results of the study have been published in The Lancet Digital Health.

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Researchers Uncover Genetic Factors in Epilepsy

Researchers from UMC Utrecht, along with colleagues, have discovered specific changes in our DNA that increase the risk of developing epilepsy. They did this within the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). The results of this largest genetic study of its kind have been published in Nature Genetics. These findings significantly enhance our understanding of the origins of epilepsy and can contribute to the development of new treatments.

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UMC Utrecht appoints eight clinical scientists

Eight clinical scientists have been appointed at UMC Utrecht. These are in-house healthcare providers with an interest and proven expertise in conducting scientific research. Divisions and strategic themes nominated candidates for this new role. They have been enabled to devote 40 per cent of their time to research for five years.

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Tapering Antidepressants with tapering strips

Woman takes a pill with a glass of water.

Stopping antidepressants can lead to withdrawal complaints. Tapering strips are a tool to prevent these complaints. Researchers Prof. Jim van Os & Dr. Peter Groot investigated how a client can gradually and safely taper antidepressants using tapering strips.

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Decline comes later than previously thought

Brainscan on tablet

Utrecht, March 21, 2023 - Recent research from University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) shows that our brain declines later than previously thought. Instead of after our 25th year of life, it happens when we are between the ages of 30 and 40. The researchers published their results in Nature Neuroscience.

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Launch of the Sleep Discovery Lab

Launch Sleep Discovery Lab

Today on World Sleep Day, the Sleep Discovery Lab is being launched at the WKZ. The Sleep Discovery Lab is a virtual platform dedicated to sleep research and innovation.

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'Doctors, teach children how to participate'

Jan Willem Gorter

"Ask a child about what he is doing, what he likes and what he wants to achieve. The input of young people and their parents is crucial," UMC Utrecht Professor of Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Jan Willem Gorter argued in his oration on 8 November. He urged colleagues not to think in limitations but in possibilities. "We doctors can help increase children's autonomy and ease the transition to adulthood," he said.

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Brain maturation in congenital heart defects

Better treatment is enabling doctors to save the lives of an increasing number of newborn babies with serious congenital heart defects.

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Stem cell therapy for brain damage in newborns

Research shows that brain damage in newborns can be safely treated with stem cells.

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Brain-computer interfaces for paralyzed people

Nick Ramsey with the brain-computer interface

A research consortium led by the UMC Utrecht Brain Center has been awarded a grant of nearly 6 million euros by the European Innovation Council. With the funds, the researchers want to develop fully implantable Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology for people with locked-in syndrome (LIS).

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