Our scientists and the corona crisis
Researchers from the UG are sharing their knowledge and doing extensive research into COVID-19 and the corona crisis from many different angles. Here is a selection of articles about recent research.
Ethical framework for equitable global COVID-19 vaccine distribution
4 September 2020 - Philosopher Lisa Herzog was member of an international research team that wrote the article An Ethical Framework for Global Vaccine Allocation (Science, 3 September). The team has researched how a corona virus vaccine can be distributed around the world fairly and equitably. Everybody acknowledges the importance of an equitable distribution of a vaccine, and many recognize that ethics is a central factor in the decision-making around it. However, so far nobody has provided a systematic framework or recommendations.
UG researchers will look at Covid-19 impact on hospital staff’s well-being
1 September 2020 - What is the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the psychosocial and emotional well-being of hospital staff? Which factors contribute to this well-being? And what can a hospital do to make sure that their staff is more equipped to deal with this or another crisis? Faculty of Economics and Business researchers Dr Joost van de Brake, Dr Peter Essens, Maxim Laurijssen and Prof. Gerben van der Vegt will start a new research project in September to look at these questions.
Substantial € 450,000 subsidy for UMCG research into role of overweight in COVID-19 cases
27 August 2020 - The Intensive Care Unit of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) has received a substantial subsidy of € 450,000 from the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW). The funds will be used to research why COVID-19 patients in IC wards are often more overweight than both patients who are not admitted to the IC and IC patients with other illnesses. In addition, it will be investigated as to whether the serious inflammation, including inflammation of the lungs, that COVID-19 patients may develop can be treated with the drug Resveratrol.
UG researchers help improve coordination around ICU bed utilization
24 August 2020 - The recent corona pandemic has shown us that we can quickly reach the maximum ICU bed capacity and that the supply of medical equipment can be largely disrupted. Faculty of Economics and Business researchers Taco van der Vaart, Paul Buijs and Gerdien Regts will look into the role that national and regional coordination can have to manage such scarcity.
More often complications in kidney patients with corona
11 August 2020 - Kidney dialysis and kidney transplant patients infected with the coronavirus are more prone to serious complications and have a higher risk of death. This is part of the first results of research by UMCG, Radboudumc and Amsterdam UMC, led by Ron Gansevoort, professor of Nephrology (UMCG).
Virus assembly has been filmed
Spanish and Dutch researchers discovered how the HIV/AIDS virus is formed
Scientists in Groningen and Madrid have managed to capture unique images of the first steps of virus assembly. By using a very fast scanning probe microscope, they were able to film how HIV proteins begin to form a virus. It appears that the virus forming process does not proceed in a very orderly manner.
Northern Netherlands carefully anticipating second wave
20 July 2020 - Even though they miss their freedom, gezelligheid and spontaneous fun, the inhabitants of the Northern Netherlands are careful when making their holiday plans for this summer. Only 14% of the Northern Dutch are going on holiday abroad this summer, compared to 60% in other years. If the expected second wave hits the Northern Netherlands, 84% will support new lockdown measures.
New Open Access review on Sars-CoV-2 in Chem
10 July 2020 - Professor Alexander Dömling (Drug Design, Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy) and his PhD student Li Gao published an open access review in Chem (Cell Press).
In this article they give an overview of the current knowledge of the spread, disease course, and molecular biology of SARS-CoV-2. Furthermore, potential treatment developments in the context of recent outbreaks, drug repurposing, and development timelines are discussed.
National research into the effects of corona in nursing homes
29 June 2020- Nursing homes should be given room to determine their own visitor regulations. These and other recommendations come from research carried out by the UMCG and Leiden UMC.
Scientists identify potential drug target in the new coronavirus
22 June 2020 - UG scientists, together with colleagues from the IIMCB in Warsaw (Poland) and the Leiden UMC, have identified putative drug targets in the RNA of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that is causing the current pandemic. Their results, which still have to undergo peer review, show which portions of the genetic material would be promising drug targets.
Ernst ziektebeloop COVID-19 deels erfelijk bepaald
19 June 2020 - Genetisch onderzoek wijst uit dat er plekken in het DNA zijn die mede bepalen hoe ziek iemand wordt van een coronavirusinfectie. Dat blijkt uit een groot internationaal onderzoek, waar ook het onderzoeksproject van het UMCG, de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen en biobank Lifelines aan heeft bijgedragen. De resultaten van het onderzoek zijn vandaag gepubliceerd in het gerenommeerde wetenschappelijke tijdschrift New England Journal of Medicine.
Preclinical tests on novel Covid-19 vaccines
The research group Molecular Immunology and Microbiology headed by Prof.dr. Geert van den Bogaart collaborates with the German company BaseClick to pre-clinically test new RNA-based coronavirus vaccines. For this, isolated immune cells from blood of healthy volunteers are studied to determine whether the vaccines correctly initiate the anti-viral immune response. This research specifically focuses on the activation of T-cells to recognize the Covid-19 virus.
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Leadership during the crisis: masculine or feminine leader?
08 June 2020 - Aan wat voor soort leiderschap heeft men ten tijden van de coronacrisis het meeste behoefte? Uit recent onderzoek van Expertisecentrum In the LEAD komt naar voren dat we het meest tevreden zijn met leiders die zowel masculiene als feminiene kenmerken heeft: androgyn leiderschap.
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Apps to trace COVID-19? Let’s get it right with lessons from humanitarian work
02 June 2020 - Contact-tracing apps can be helpful in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, data protection and privacy concerns arise. In their latest article Andrej Zwitter and Oskar Gstrein assess focus on data responsibility and on the dangers of data misuse such as through rushed implementation of digital contact tracing apps.
Two months and 1 million more answers: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Northerners
Insight from the Lifelines Corona Barometer
02 June 2020 - While Northerners were frequently stressed at the beginning of April, they began to experience less worry and tension by the end of May. Now, they are sleeping better than they were at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and fewer people are afraid of losing their jobs.
The Lifelines Corona Research Project has surveyed 50,000 Northerners on their health and wellbeing every week since the coronavirus measures were put in place. Insight into this data can now be obtained via www.CoronaBarometer.nl
Martini Hospital and the UG are working together on innovative application for planning ‘1.5-metre care’ for outpatients
20 may 2020 When establishing the provision of regular healthcare, the most important starting point is to guarantee patient safety. Martini Hospital wants to help as many patients as possible – but the hospital and waiting rooms should not become too crowded. Martini Hospital and the University of Groningen (UG) are therefore working together to develop an innovative application for planning ‘1.5-metre care’ for outpatients.
Mortality from the corona pandemic
After the outbreak of the coronavirus we have seen an increase in mortality. How much extra mortality is caused by COVID-19, what is the effect on life expectancy and how does that relate to a (serious) flu epidemic? A preliminary balance.
Crowdfunding against Corona
01 May 2020 - The corona COVID-19 virus is new and little is known about it, but the answers are near. Knowledge institutions in the Northern Netherlands want to do more to control COVID-19 and ensure that viruses have less impact on our lives now and in the future. The University of Groningen, the UMCG, the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, Lifelines and the NDC media group are calling on help from all over the Netherlands. The Ubbo Emmius Fund (UG) is the initiator of the action 'Crowdfunding against Corona'.
Large study on happiness among Dutch children and young people
Research program Ieder Kind Is Anders (Every Child Is Different) started
29 April 2020 - Dutch children are the happiest children in the world according to UNICEF. At the same time, a large part of the Dutch youth experiences psychological problems. The current measures concerning the coronavirus, such as staying at home for a long period of time and homeschooling, are an extra challenge for many young people and their parents. At first sight, happiness and psychological problems seem to be incompatible. But is that really true?
Key nose cells identified as likely COVID-19 virus entry points
23 April 2020 Two specific cell types in the nose have been identified as likely initial infection points for COVID-19 coronavirus. Scientists discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 virus uses to get into our cells. The identification of these cells by researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, University Medical Centre Groningen, University Cote d’Azur and CNRS, Nice and their collaborators, as part of the Human Cell Atlas Lung Biological Network, could help explain the high transmission rate of COVID-19.
Plea for a future-proof health system
20 April 2020 - Cor Wagenaar, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism focuses on different aspects of urbanism and health. Uniquely, the centre approaches issues from the disciplines of architecture and urbanism, and not from that of public health.
‘Health is not a medical issue. Non-medical factors have a much bigger effect on public health than medical intervention.’ Many of these non-medical factors are related to architecture and urbanism. For example, the integration of the sewage networks, the clean water supply and making the city accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.
Leadership during the corona crisis
Welke impact heeft de coronacrisis op jouw werkomgeving? En op leiders en hun verantwoordelijkheden? Onderzoekers van expertisecentrum In the LEAD en vakblad MT zijn benieuwd naar je mening. Het onderzoek staat onder leiding van hoogleraar leiderschap Janka Stoker. De vragen en stellingen gaan over ervaringen in het werk en specifiek over leiderschap in crisistijd.
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Using location data to control the coronavirus pandemic
16 April 2020 - There is an increased need for governments to monitor and control the public, which might make it necessary to limit individual freedom. Most prominently, the use of apps to track individuals - which European initiatives such as Pepp-PT are investigating at the moment - promises a ‘quick return to normality’ for the broader population. However, the systematic use of data on this scale has consequences for data protection, privacy and informational self-determination.
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Connecting experts from around the world online
15 april 2020 - The department of Alumni Relations & Fundraising arranged a brainstorm with alumni from Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Artificial Intelligence and other partners to discuss and share knowledge about the development of low-cost portable ventilators and the associated online training to assemble them.
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Does video calling work when treating psychological illness?
14 April 2020 - Nu de meeste mensen aan huis gebonden zijn door de Corona-maatregelen, is er een enorme belangstelling voor de behandeling op afstand van veel voorkomende psychische aandoeningen zoals depressies. Maar helpen deze vormen mensen wel bij de behandeling van psychische klachten?
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The psychological impact of the coronavirus crisis
7 April 2020 What are the consequences of the coronavirus crisis for our wellbeing? What are people’s thoughts surrounding this pandemic? What are their expectations regarding its future economic consequences? Psychologist Pontus Leander is leading a global psychological study, PsyCorona, into the consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
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Online survey Arie Dijkstra on corona measures opinions
06 April 2020 - Wat vinden mensen eigenlijk van de maatregelen tegen de verspreiding van het coronavirus? Geloven we dat ze werken? Gedragspsycholoog Arie Dijkstra zette razendsnel een online vragenlijst op.
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Major research in the Northern Netherlands into risk factors for coronavirus
30 March 2020 - Large-scale research into the risk factors for the coronavirus COVID-19 is being started in the Northern Netherlands. To this end, around 135,000 Northern residents will receive a weekly questionnaire in the coming period. Head researcher Lude Franke: "With this research, we want to see whether there are differences between the DNA of people who have fallen seriously ill due to the coronavirus and people who have experienced mild symptoms."
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National portal with COVID-19 expertise Social Sciences and Humanities
30 March 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has already affected the way we live, learn and work. These changes have deep short- and medium-term impact to individuals, groups and to society as a whole. SSH COVID-19 portal aims to consolidate and organize the Social Science and Humanities expertise across the Dutch universities in a publicly available national portal, ensuring fast and direct access to academic experts.
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UG and UMCG researchers investigate corona inhaler
20 March 2020 - UG and UMCG researchers are investigating the possibility of administering an existing drug that may be effective against the coronavirus via an inhaler. In the coming period they will test this on healthy individuals. It concerns two existing drugs against malaria.
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Overview scientific resources on Coronavirus
20 March 2020 - To make it easier for you to find scientific information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central Medical Library has compiled an overview of resources intended for care and research.
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Coronavirus breaking the law?
16 March 2020 - What emergency measures can we, as a municipality, implement? Can we requisition buildings to quarantine people there? Do we have the power to cancel events? As a mayor, am I authorized to make these decisions? These are just some of the questions that Adriaan Wierenga (Emergency Law) has received over the last few days from mayors and heads of security regions.
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