Utrecht and Qingdao, Sep 4th, 2020 – Hubrecht Organoid Technology (HUB) and BGI-Qingdao announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a collaboration to establish a joint Next Generation Diagnostics (NGD) center to improve personalized care, better treatments and cure as well as faster development of new safe medicines in China. The signing ceremony was conducted online in the Netherlands and China.
It's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: the whole month of September there will be extra attention for child cancer worldwide. Children are precious and that's why the 'golden ribbon' symbolizes children with cancer, as well as their families, caregivers and the importance of research.
On Monday, 31 August, the oceanographer Erik van Sebille won the third Agnites Vrolik Award for his research into ocean currents. This prize, which will be awarded by the Utrecht University Fund for a period of 10 years thanks to a bequest from an alumnus, highlights the vital impact of UU's research and shows that it can bring rich rewards. Van Sebille develops software that models ocean currents and can therefore map out the journey of plastic waste in the oceans. Upon awarding the prize, the jury said that 'Erik is an outstanding scientist, whose academic output and intense commitment to society are truly admirable.'
On 2 September, a clinical study involving a candidate vaccine for the coronavirus will begin at UMC Utrecht. A total of 45 healthy volunteers will be participating in the study. The researchers will be looking at both the immune response that the vaccine induces in the human body as well as at its side effects. A total of 550 people in Europe will be participating in the study, which was set up by Janssen Vaccines.
Due to the proximity of the heart, oesophagus and trachea, irradiating centrally located lung tumours is associated with relatively many side effects, with bleeding being the most dangerous risk. ‘The MR-Linac allows us to better determine the exact location of a tumour, with less of the healthy tissue being irradiated, particularly when centrally located tumours are involved,’ says radiation oncologist Joost Verhoeff. And much more is possible besides, with this innovative combination of an MRI scanner and radiation device.
The Botanical Gardens has a new management. For the first time it's a duo: Edwin Pos and Fenna Hanraets-van Charldorp. Edwin will be the scientific director, focusing mainly on research and education. Fenna will be the director of operations, focusing on finance, HR, marketing and accommodation. They aim to further develop the university gardens to become a knowledge institute and to make them more accessible to a wider public.
Lately, activities in the Utrecht Science Park and Rijnsweerd have been partially resumed. The next steps will follow after the summer holidays: the educational activities at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University will be further resumed within the applicable COVID-19 guidelines. This will result in additional travel to, from and within the area. We are taking additional measures accordingly.
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