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Vidi grant for Frank Meye

Frank Meye, researcher at the UMC Utrecht Braincenter, is one of the seven researchers from the UMC Utrecht that have been awarded a Vidi grant. Frank receives the grant for his research into how stress alters the brain to make fat and sugar even harder to resist.

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Bart van der Worp Professor of Acute Neurology

Bart van der Worp has been appointed Professor of Acute Neurology, with a special interest in cerebrovascular diseases, at the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University with effect from 1 March 2021.

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Grant for research prevention of brain diseases

An amount of over five million euros, divided over six grants, has been awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for research into innovative measurement methods to better understand and treat diseases. Two of the grants go to researchers at the UMC Utrecht.

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Mathematical brain model helpful in epilepsy surgery

Removing as small a brain area as possible to stop epileptic seizures. That is epilepsy surgery.

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Biological discovery heralds new medication

2 signaling proteins appear to be able to bind to 1 nerve cell at the same time, causing the cell to "switch off" temporarily

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A power solution for animal experiments

Publication Valeria Bonapersona et al - Nature neuroscience How can you use statistics to increase the power of animal experiments? Low statistical power reduces the reliability of animal research; yet, increasing sample sizes to increase statistical power is problematic for both ethical and practical reasons. Valeria Bonapersona and her colleagues present an alternative solution using Bayesian priors based on historical control data, which capitalizes on the observation that control groups in general are expected to be similar to each other. Their article is published in Nature Neuroscience.

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Women and girls in science

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It is still not always easy for women to get into the same positions, to be treated equally and seriously as men. Elly Hol is professor of gliabiology of brain diseases. In her career she has noticed that there are all kinds of obstacles and prejudices and sees this also happen among younger research colleagues.

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Clinical Established Investigator grant for Mervyn Vergouwen

Stroke neurologist Mervyn Vergouwen received the Clinical Established Investigator grant of the Dutch Heart Foundation (Hartstichting). This personal grant allows him to expand his research group in the field of unruptured intracranial aneurysms over the next 5 years.

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Genes discovered that play a role in aneurysm

Researchers find 17 areas on the DNA that contribute to an aneurysm in the head.

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Earlier recognition of children with sleep epilepsy

Some children have continuous epileptic activity in their brains at night, while they seldom if ever have epileptic seizures during the day. This relatively invisible form of epilepsy is called ESES syndrome. As a result, children often develop learning and behavioral problems. Not much is yet known about this syndrome. Medical researcher Bart van den Munckhof obtained his PhD in mid-October for research into causes, early recognition and better treatment.

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