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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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Exercise as medicine after a stroke

People sit too much and do not exercise enough. Also after a stroke. This increases the risk of another stroke and premature death. Roderick Wondergem investigated the health risks and developed a coaching program. “Excessive sitting is habitual behavior. To break that habit, confidence in one's own abilities is crucial.”

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New, international partnership: an important step for SMA research

As part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the European Union has recently awarded funding to a large, international partnership between the SMA Center of Expertise of the UMC Utrecht and researchers from other European countries. This is the first time that a large SMA consortium is sponsored by the European Union. An important step for SMA research.

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PhD ceremony in sneakers - Gijsje Snijders

Actually, she would obtain her PhD on March 20, 2020 in the beautiful Utrecht University Building. But the COVID-19 restrictions threw a wrench in the works. Eventually, she became the first PhD student at the Brain Center to obtain her PhD during an online ceremony on April 21st. Five questions to Dr. Gijsje Snijders.

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ERC Starting Grant for Ynte Ruigrok

Ynte Ruigrok receives a one-and-a-half-million-euro ERC Starting Grant. This European grant is awarded to promising researchers who have the potential to become independent research leaders. Neurologist Ynte Ruigrok is looking for smart ways to find risk factors for an aneurysm in the head.

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