Three top researchers from Groningen are to be given EUR 1.5 million each to carry out research over the next five years. They have been awarded a Vici grant under the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Vici is one of the largest personal scientific grants in the Netherlands.
The apathetic brain
Prof. A. (André) Aleman (m) University of Groningen / UMCG Apathy or lack of initiative or interest in undertaking work, hobbies or other activities is an important symptom of schizophrenia. This project will examine which brain circuits are disrupted in apathy and whether magnetic brain stimulation can be used to treat apathy.
Does depression really exist?
Prof. P. (Peter) de Jonge (m) University of Groningen – PsychiatryDepression is becoming the illness with the greatest burden of disease. But does it really exist? Or is it merely a combination of symptoms devised by psychiatrists? The researchers will decide whether this is the case based on the degree of association between mood-related complaints among the population.
How bacteria get their vitamins
Dr D.J. (Dirk) Slotboom (m) University of Groningen – BiochemistryLike humans, many bacteria need vitamins in their diet. An interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists and physicists will try to get to the bottom of vitamin uptake in bacteria (pathogenic or otherwise) at the molecular level. This research may lead to the development of new antibiotics.
Vera Heininga is the Open Science coordinator and future programme leader of the upcoming Open Science programme of the University of Groningen. Together with her colleagues, she created the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG). She explains...
Prof. Slotboom co-applicant in awarded ZonMw project application
Individuals aged 75 and above who still have their natural dentition generally are in better health than those of the same age who are edentulous.
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