Brain Center nieuws

Brain Center nieuws

Tapering strips help people stop using antidepressants

antidepressant medication

When people want to stop taking antidepressants or other psychotropic medications, slow tapering is necessary to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Research by Jim van Os en Peter Groot shows again that the use of tapering medications can help 70% of the people to successfully stop their antidepressant medication.

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Hugo Kuijf receives Heart Foundation grant for innovative machine learning model

Hugo Kuijf

Hugo Kuijf today receives the Dekker Senior Scientist 2021 grant from the Dutch Heart Foundation for his research that uses self-learning computer algorithms to image damage to the small blood vessels in the brain.

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Vidi grant for Frank Meye

Frank Meye, researcher at the UMC Utrecht Braincenter, is one of the seven researchers from the UMC Utrecht that have been awarded a Vidi grant. Frank receives the grant for his research into how stress alters the brain to make fat and sugar even harder to resist.

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Bart van der Worp Professor of Acute Neurology

Bart van der Worp has been appointed Professor of Acute Neurology, with a special interest in cerebrovascular diseases, at the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University with effect from 1 March 2021.

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Grant for research prevention of brain diseases

An amount of over five million euros, divided over six grants, has been awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for research into innovative measurement methods to better understand and treat diseases. Two of the grants go to researchers at the UMC Utrecht.

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Mathematical brain model helpful in epilepsy surgery

Removing as small a brain area as possible to stop epileptic seizures. That is epilepsy surgery.

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Biological discovery heralds new medication

2 signaling proteins appear to be able to bind to 1 nerve cell at the same time, causing the cell to "switch off" temporarily

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A power solution for animal experiments

Publication Valeria Bonapersona et al - Nature neuroscience How can you use statistics to increase the power of animal experiments? Low statistical power reduces the reliability of animal research; yet, increasing sample sizes to increase statistical power is problematic for both ethical and practical reasons. Valeria Bonapersona and her colleagues present an alternative solution using Bayesian priors based on historical control data, which capitalizes on the observation that control groups in general are expected to be similar to each other. Their article is published in Nature Neuroscience.

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Women and girls in science

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It is still not always easy for women to get into the same positions, to be treated equally and seriously as men. Elly Hol is professor of gliabiology of brain diseases. In her career she has noticed that there are all kinds of obstacles and prejudices and sees this also happen among younger research colleagues.

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Clinical Established Investigator grant for Mervyn Vergouwen

Stroke neurologist Mervyn Vergouwen received the Clinical Established Investigator grant of the Dutch Heart Foundation (Hartstichting). This personal grant allows him to expand his research group in the field of unruptured intracranial aneurysms over the next 5 years.

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