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August, 2015


Astronomers shine new light on invisible dark matter

Thursday, July 9, 2015

An international team of astronomers, using data processed within the Target expertise center at the University of Groningen, announced today a series of new findings from a major dark matter survey. These are the first results from the Kilo-Degree Survey which uses ESO's VST telescope in Chile and they include as yet the most accurate measurements of dark matter distribution in groups of galaxies. Read our full news release>>

Busy during the MUSE 'Busy Week'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The founding partner of Target, the OmegaCEN group at the Kapteyn Insitute, RUG is heavily involved in the data management of data from the MUSE instument mounted on the VLT telescope at ESO's Paranal site in Chile. MUSE is a multi-unit integral spectrograph whose strength lie in its ability to deliver both high resolution images and spectral information about astronomical objects. The MUSE consortium, which consists of seven major European research institutes gathers twice a year for a 'busy week' to discuss the scientific objectives of MUSE, share experience in processing MUSE data and draw out a plan for future observations. The latest meeting was held between 15 and 19 of June in Soreze, France where OmegaCEN team members presented the latest developments of the MUSE-WISE information system used to manage and provide access to MUSE data for the astronomical research community across the world.

A prestigious Spinoza prize for RUG professor Cisca Wijmenga

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Professor in Human Genetics and head of the Genetics Department of the UMCG Cisca Wijmenga was awarded the Spinoza prize which is the highest academic recognition in the country. In the last 20 years, she has dedicated her research to understanding the genetic origin of gluten intolerance also known as coeliac disease. Prof. Wijmenga will announce how she plans to spend the 2.5 million euros of the prize in the coming years during the official ceremony on September 18. Her initial statements suggest that she and her group will make use of the vast LifeLines database, managed by the UMCG and Target to find the genetic root cause of coeliac disease and develop personalized medicine. Read more>>

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