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Each year the Young Academy Groningen is provided with three 4-year PhD positions to develop interdisciplinary PhD projects that cross between the disciplines of Young Academy Groningen members.

Learning to preserve: foreign language training as a cognitive vaccine to prevent old-age disorders - Saskia Nijmeijer

Supervisors: Dr. Marie-José van Tol (Faculty Medical Sciences) and Dr. Merel Keijzer (Faculty of Arts)

Saskia Nijmeijer
Saskia Nijmeijer

Mood and cognitive disorders are major contributors to lower quality of life and increased care costs associated with ageing. With the number of senior citizens reaching record levels, attenuating the development of the most prevalent disorders of old age is a major clinical and societal challenge. In this project we will test the hypothesis that learning a new language in older adulthood increases cognitive flexibility, which in turn mediates the vulnerability to develop cognitive or psychiatric disorders associated with old age.

Automatic detection of linguistic patterns in legal big data - Maria (Masha) Medvedeva

Supervisors: Dr. Martijn Wieling (Faculty of Arts) and Prof. Michel Vols (Faculty of Law)

Masha Medvedeva
Masha Medvedeva

For decades, summaries of court judgments were published in written journals, which were not easily accessible for the public. Nowadays, courts publish their judgments online. For example, through (NL) or through (ECHR). The goal of this project is to automatically identify (linguistic) patterns in this type of legal big data and use these to predict the outcome of the judgments.

Novel tools to dissect and monitor tumor metabolism in melanoma patients - Vincent Leeuwenburgh

Supervisors: Dr. Marthe Walvoort (Faculty Science and Engineering), Dr. Rudolf Fehrmann (Faculty Medical Sciences) and Dr. Hilde Jalving (Faculty Medical Sciences, non YAG member)

Vincent Leeuwenburgh
Vincent Leeuwenburgh

Metastasized melanoma cancer has a historically poor survival rate. Despite impressive recent advances due to the introduction of immunotherapy, most patients with metastatic melanoma still die of their disease. Recent research suggests that altered metabolism in cancer cells is associated with poor patient survival. The goal of this interdisciplinary PhD project is to combine bioinformatics, medical oncology and organic chemistry to understand and perturb cancer metabolism in order to eventually improve treatment strategies.

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