Brain Center nieuws

Brain Center nieuws

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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Veni grant for UMC Utrecht researcher

Mariana Pedroso Branco will work on brain technology for children with communication problems.

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Opening the blood-brain barrier with sound waves

Blood-brain barrier

The blood-brain barrier is the brain's natural protective mechanism. Dutch researchers, including experts from UMC Utrecht, are trying to open this barrier temporarily and safely. They are doing so in an innovative manner, namely with the help of sound waves. By temporarily opening the blood-brain barrier, drugs can reach the brain more easily and brain disorders may be better treated.

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Nynke Boonstra appointed full professor

Nynke Boonstra

UMC Utrecht has appointed Nynke Boonstra as Professor of Nursing in Mental Health, effective February 1, 2022. The chair, which falls under the strategic program Brain, is a unique collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University and educational institution GGZ-VS. 'If we scientifically substantiate the intrinsic value of the work of nurses, it will be taken seriously.'

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