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.
The Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen is working on a concrete plan for a new observatory in the Dark Sky Park Lauwersmeer. The observatory will be placed at the Lauwersnest Activity Centre of Staatsbosbeheer in Lauwersoog...
Many major Dutch companies publish extensive information about climate impact in their annual reports. However, very few companies provide concrete, detailed information about their own CO2 emissions, the impact of climate change on their business...
The University of Groningen (UG) has permanently closed the project aimed at creating a branch campus in Yantai. Discussions were held with China Agricultural University, the city of Yantai and the Province of Shandong.