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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.
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Impact of COVID pandemic on surgical care in the Netherlands identified

08 september 2022 - To meet the increased demand for ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic, hospitals were forced to downscale regular healthcare. This led to major disruption of regular healthcare, which also affected patients who did not have COVID-19. It is becoming increasingly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of healthcare, whereby surgical care is one of the hardest hit sectors.

The Dutch COVIDSurg Collaborative study group, comprising various surgeons from different hospitals in the Netherlands, studied the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands has had on eight different surgical disciplines.
Read more about the findings of the study group

The Future of Blockbuster Exhibitions After the Covid-19 Crisis

1 April 2022 - University College Groningen's researcher Marline Wilders has recently published an article in Museum International on the consequences of the pandemic on the museum sector.

"The article deals with the long-known vulnerability of the blockbuster exhibition business model, which is defined as an exhibition that receives major loans, aims to attract a large body of visitors and uses marketing methods to achieve this. Also, we addressed the extent – and for which types of museums – it will continue to be feasible to organise blockbusters in a post-Covid era. Based on the data, conclusions were drawn regarding the viability of future blockbusters in different types of museums in the Netherlands."
Read 'The Future of Blockbuster Exhibitions After the Covid-19 Crisis: The Case of the Dutch Museum Sector'

Students and wellbeing: the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic (video)

21 March 2022 - Dr Bertus Jeronimus, developmental psychologist at the UG, researches the emotional and psychological wellbeing of young people and worries about this generation. Developing a personality is crucial at a young age, but it is hard to do so without having social activities. Many students suffered from loneliness and low spirits as a result of the lockdowns and the lack of social activities. According to Jeronimus, it is important to pay close attention to their wellbeing in the time to come.
Read more about student wellbeing and watch the video

Senior staff members are better able to cope with the pandemic than junior staff members

07 February 2022 - The amount of resilience that University staff members have demonstrated during the coronavirus pandemic differs remarkably between categories, according to a study among University of Groningen staff by the faculties of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Economics and Business, and by the Health, Safety & Sustainability Office (AMD) of the UG. The research focused on the relationship between age, resilience, task requirements and resources, and self-regulation among 1,715 University staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2021.

The general conclusion is that involuntarily working from home and teleworking during the pandemic had less negative effects on older than on younger staff. This was closely related to, on the one hand, a better work situation in terms of job security, facilities and equipment, and information channels and, on the other, better self-regulation when it comes to e.g. finding a good balance between work and private life or seeing the positive sides of a crisis.
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Earlier news articles


01 December

The Delta Variant Mutations in the Receptor Binding Domain of SARS-CoV-2 Show Enhanced Electrostatic Interactions with the ACE2

07 October

Virtual Reality Relaxation for Reducing Perceived Stress of Intensive Care Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

01 September

UMCG and UG take part in European project on accelerating vaccine development

02 August

Psycorona: what have we learned so far?

23 July

Rethinking Remdesivir for COVID-19: A Bayesian Reanalysis of Trial Findings (publication in PLOS ONE)

09 June

Corona crisis has lasting effects on news consumption

08 June

Influence of DNA on behaviour and well-being during corona crisis increasing

01 June

New study shows: one in five people believe fake news about COVID-19

19 May

UMCG participates in a worldwide study into the consequences of the pandemic for pregnancy care (Dutch)

17 May

New website for lonely people

26 April

Face masks reduce emotion-recognition accuracy and perceived closeness

15 April

One in ten young children did not play with friends during elementary school closure (Dutch)

25 March

Study with Lifelines data into the transmission of the coronavirus within households

18 March

UMCG to study potential coronavirus vaccine: volunteers sought

12 March

Will the Vaccination Passport be the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic?

12 March

More and more nursing home staff suffer from burnout symptoms (Dutch)

11 March

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 should postpone operations to reduce the risk of mortality

2 March

The new SARS-CoV-2 strain shows a stronger binding affinity to ACE2 due to N501Y mutant

22 February

New technique reveals switches in RNA

3 February

Mental health at lowest ebb since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

3 February

University Museum receives first Groningen vaccine ampoule and syringe

26 January

Study into the effect of COVID-19 vaccines in vulnerable groups

13 January

UG and Hanze University of Applied Sciences start pilot rapid testing centre with help from Noorderpoort students


December 2020 Lifelines Corona Research overview of 2020
8 December Dutch people think very differently about corona measures and vaccination
30 November One in five nursing home employees suffers from burn-out symptoms
November 2020 Why SARS-CoV-2 spreads much faster than SARS-CoV and why different populations respond differently to the virus (publication)
10 November NA structures of coronavirus reveal potential drug targets
20 October Corona booklet AJSPH - time capsule of the first wave
19 October COVID-19 once again proves the importance of ICU cafés
13 October First responses to the coronavirus pandemic are lessons for the second wave and the climate crisis
5 October Not enough savings ro ride out the pandemic
4 September Ethical framework for equitable global COVID-19 vaccine distribution
1 September UG researchers will look at Covid-19 impact on hospital staff’s well-being
27 August Substantial € 450,000 subsidy for UMCG research into role of overweight in COVID-19 cases
24 August UG researchers help improve coordination around ICU bed utilization
11 August More often complications in kidney patients with corona
August Virus assembly has been filmed
20 July Northern Netherlands carefully anticipating second wave
10 July New Open Access review on Sars-CoV-2 in Chem
29 June National research into the effects of corona in nursing homes
22 June Scientists identify potential drug target in the new coronavirus
19 June Ernst ziektebeloop COVID-19 deels erfelijk bepaald (dutch blog)
Mid June Preclinical tests on novel Covid-19 vaccines Program
08 June Leadership during the crisis: masculine or feminine leader?
02 June Apps to trace COVID-19? Let’s get it right with lessons from humanitarian work
02 June Two months and 1 million more answers: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Northerners
20 May Martini Hospital and the UG are working together on innovative application for planning ‘1.5-metre care’ for outpatients
14 May Mortality from the corona pandemic
29 April Large study on happiness among Dutch children and young people
23 April Key nose cells identified as likely COVID-19 virus entry points
20 April Plea for a future-proof health system
16 April Using Location Data to control the Coronavirus Pandemic
15 April Connecting experts from around the world online
07 April The psychological impact of the coronavirus crisis
30 March Major research in the Northern Netherlands into risk factors for coronavirus
20 March UG and UMCG researchers investigate corona inhaler
16 March Coronavirus breaking the law?

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