Brain Center nieuws

Brain Center nieuws

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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Large collaborative grant for more insight into brain disease

In recent years, many of the genes and DNA abnormalities involved in various brain disorders, such as schizophrenia, dementia and depression, have been identified. The next step is to see what these DNA abnormalities actually do and in which nerve cells. "It's not until you know exactly what's going wrong and where that you can you do something about it," says Jeroen Pasterkamp, professor of Translational Neuroscience at the UMC Utrecht.

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3 Veni-grants for researchers Brain Center

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 166 young scientists with a Veni-grant. The grant provides the researchers with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. Among these are three researchers of the UMC Utrecht Brain Center. It concerns dr. Alex Bhogal, dr. Bart Jongbloets and dr. Wouter van Rheenen.

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Vidi grant for dr. Kevin Kenna

Dr. Kevin Kenna has been awarded a Vidi grant worth €800.000 from The Dutch Research Council. Kenna, working in the group of Jan Veldink at the department Neurogenetics of the UMC Utrecht Brain Center has gotten the grant for his proposal ‘Decoding genetic disease by decoding gene regulation’.

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