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5.4 million euros to better visualize the effectiveness of medicines

11-07-19

The international Photonics Translational Research - Medical Photonics (MEDPHOT) consortium led by professor of Biophotonics Johannes de Boer of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive 5.4 million euros from the Perspective Program of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for the program 'Light for a better view on diseases'. The research will be partly done in the recently opened Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center.

Martin Luther King Lecture 2019

11-05-19

We cordially invite you to the lecture on 28 November from 7:30pm to 9:15pm that will be held in the Aula of the Main Building, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Impact Award 2019 for professors Erwin Peterman en Gijs Wuite

11-05-19

Erwin Peterman, professor of Physics and Living Systems, and Gijs Wuite, professor of Physics and Life Processes received the Impact Award 2019. The Amsterdam Impact Award is awarded annually to distinguished researchers or research groups who have made a meaningful contribution to society with their research and innovations. The award is a lifetime achievement award, not a cash prize.

Federica Burla wins Minerva Prize physics

11-01-19

The NWO Prize for the best scientific publication by a female physicist has gone to VU and AMOLF researcher Federica Burla (Physics of Living Systems).

Joint grant for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness

10-25-19

Stichting tot Steun and ZonMw have awarded Marcel Adriaanse (Health Sciences, VU) and Berno van Meijel (VUmc-InGeest/InHolland/Parnassia Groep) a joint grant of 510.000 euro for research into smoking cessation among people with serious mental illness.

Genetic changes affect human brain evolutionary expansion

10-24-19

Also relationship between genetic changes and brain diseases found

Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science

10-22-19

On 25 November Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC organize a symposium on Animal-Free Innovations in Science.

New methods to better use predictions for disaster prevention

10-21-19

Environmental scientist Gabriela Guimarães Nobre investigated the link between climate variability and the occurrence of floods and droughts. She is the first one who demonstrates that flood damage and flood occurrence in Europe are strongly related to these variabilities and introduces new methods to better use the expected effects of a weather forecast for disaster prevention.

Local land use change decision-making in a global context

10-18-19

IVM Researchers Žiga Malek, Bianka Douw, Jasper van Vliet and Peter Verburg from the Environmental Geography Group investigated decision-making on local land-use change in a global context.

Why ‘the roof of the world’ collapses

10-02-19

The roof of the world in Tibet is collapsing, and now we know why. A team of Earth Scientists, led by VU Professor Wouter Schellart, has demonstrated that the solution lies some 4000 kilometres eastward, at the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the continental margin of East Asia.

Arjen Amelink new endowed professor in Physics

09-27-19

The Executive Board of the VU has decided to appoint Arjen Amelink, from TNO, from 1 October 2019 as endowed professor of ‘Light-tissue interactions and spectroscopy in the sub-diffuse domain’.

New Headquarters VU startup LUMICKS in Amsterdam

09-17-19

The tech company LUMICKS celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in Amsterdam on September 16. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCV) performed the inauguration ceremony by cutting a DNA molecule using a laser beam.

VU Amsterdam success(ful) in Gravitation 2019 round

08-29-19

VU Amsterdam scientists coordinate or are main co-applicants of four of the six projects that receive a 2019 Gravitation (Zwaartekracht) grant.

Huge genetic study provides insight into how genes influence hundreds of human traits

08-19-19

An international research team led by Danielle Posthuma of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC has analyzed the results of more than 500 genome-wide studies for over 500 human traits, to provide novel insight into how our genome is linked to trait variation.