During the 1786e meeting of the Royal Physics Society the Van Swinderen Prize has been awarded yesterday. This price is awarded every year to the best summary of a PhD thesis published at the Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences or the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen in that academic year. Four graduates were nominated including Dr. Loes Kistemaker, postdoc in the research unit Molecular Pharmacology. We congratulate Dr. Kistemaker with winning the second price for which she received € 1000.
Dr. Kistermaker defended her thesis titled Acetylcholine beyond bronchoconstriction; A regulator of inflammation and remodeling on March 06 this year and was rewarded the classification "cum laude". The studies Dr. Kistemaker described in her thesis have revealed that acetylcholine contributes to airway inflammation and remodeling in asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) specifically via M3 muscarinic receptors. In addition, she provided the first evidence that inflammation in COPD is in part mediated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This suggests that patients with asthma or COPD might benefit from M3-selective antagonists to a much larger extent than previously appreciated.
Last week, Ben Feringa and Anouk Lubbe presented the first copy of their book Alledaagse Moleculen (Everyday Molecules) to minister Robbert Dijkgraaf. The richly illustrated book offers an accessible overview of 180 substances in our daily lives....
Dr Annette Scheepstra of the UG Arctic Centre, part of the Faculty of Arts, is about to conduct research into tourism in Antarctica and how tourists can become Antarctic ambassadors. She has been granted €1 million in funding by the Dutch Research...
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Professor Maria Loi and Professor Dirk Slotboom from the Faculty of Science and Engineering as members of the Academy.
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