Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs awarded to Nick Bergkamp


At 29 June, the second Karlijn Keijzer Scriptieprijs will be presented to Nick Bergkamp, MSc student in Drug Discovery and Safety (DDS) at VU University, by Jacqueline Keijzer, mother of Karlijn Keijzer.

Water management interventions push scarcity downstream


Human interventions to harness water resources, such as reservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures, have increased water availability for much of the global population, but at the same time, swept water scarcity problems downstream.

Insomnia genes found


An international team of researchers has found, for the first time, seven risk genes for insomnia. With this finding the researchers have taken an important step towards the unravelling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia.

Economic impact of climate change for major cities extra big


Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the ‘urban heat island’ effect, new research in Nature Climate Change shows.

Scientists find new genetic roots for intelligence


An international research team led by Prof Danielle Posthuma from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has made a major advance in understanding the genetic underpinnings of intelligence.

ITN funding for Prof. Bas Teusink


AIMMS is proud to announce that Prof. Bas Teusink (Systems Bioinformatics) is part of a consortium that managed to obtain a highly competitive MSCA Innovative Training Networks (ITN) funding award.

A step closer to eliminating a water-borne parasitic disease


Schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever and bilharzia, kills around 200,000 people each year. Researchers, among them Joris Koene, have identified a number of crucial processes of the intermediate snail host and publish about it in Nature Communications.

Environmental Studies and Health both hold 4th position in worldwide ranking


According to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) the VU holds the 4th position worldwide on the subjects ‘Environmental Studies’ and ‘Primary Health Care’.

VU-professor Eddy Moors starts as the new Rector of IHE Delft


Eddy Moors was officially introduced at the IHE’s 60th Anniversary Conference on 24th April. He will start on 1 July.

Dutch scientists chart coastal flooding: 50% more people at risk in 2080


Researchers from Deltares and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM-VU) have studied the risk of flooding on all coasts throughout the world until the end of this century. They conclude that 50% more people will be at risk in 2080 than at present.

Rubicon grant for Athena researcher Ruth Peters


Athena researcher Ruth Peters receives a Rubicon grant from NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. With this grant, Peters will do research on health-related stigma, for 18 months at the Harvard Medical School (USA).

AIMMS scientists add crucial knowledge to understanding of the biology of tuberculosis causing bacterium


In a paper published recently in Nature Microbiology, Edith Houben’s group (Molecular Microbiology) together with scientists from across Europe reveal the first structure of an assembly of membrane proteins known as the Type VII secretion system found in a group of bacteria which cause diseases such as tuberculosis.

Weather extremes: Humans likely influence giant airstreams


The increase of devastating weather extremes in summer is likely linked to human-made climate change, mounting evidence shows.

Urbanization increasingly constrains global food production


The global amount of urban land has been increasing rapidly, and this trend is expected to continue in the near future. This increasingly constrains global food production.

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