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February 28, 2020

Q & A about coronavirus with Marion Koopmans

Virologist Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC was a guest with us. Viewers could ask her questions about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). You can look back at the question session here. (in Dutch)

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February 27, 2020


Coronaviruses generally cause mild respiratory infections in humans. However, we also know the SARS and MERS variants, which cause serious diseases. On Friday 21 February 2020, the Academy organised a meeting on the new coronavirus.

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February 27, 2020

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: The Emerging Infectious Disease Threat

Emerging infectious diseases are relatively little understood. Their periodic, unpredictable outbreaks can quickly transform into global pandemics, as was the case with SARS and avian influenza. They tend to be zoonotic (deriving from an animal source), infect thousands of people at a time, engender significant fear and panic, and have high mortality rates, which is frequently because the public infrastructure to diagnose, prevent and treat them is lacking. Newer examples of these diseases include MERS and Ebola, both of which are RNA viruses with the ability to mutate from one outbreak to the next, making them that much deadlier.

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February 25, 2020

Hoofdpijndossier ontvangt NWO Vici-beurs

Op 20 februari ontving onderzoeker Antoinette Maassen van den Brink een NWO Vici-beurs van 1,5 miljoen! De migraine-expert van het Erasmus MC ontvangt de beurs voor haar onderzoek ‘Een hoofdpijndossier vol cardiovasculair risico’. Hiermee kan ze de komende vijf jaar haar onderzoek uitbouwen met de vraag waarom vooral vrouwen migraine krijgen, hoe zij specifiek behandeld kunnen worden en hoe de risico’s op hart- en vaatziekten verkleind kunnen worden.

BMW MG Ammodo Prize Winners
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February 11, 2020

Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research

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February 6, 2020

Dutch bats infected with 2019-nCoV?

Are bats in the Netherlands also infected with 2019-nCoV? Based on genetic research, the # 2019-nCoV is most similar to #coronaviruses found in specimens of a type of horseshoe nose (Rhinolophus affinis) sampled in Yunnan province, #China. This bat species is widely distributed in South and Southeast Asia, but not in Europe.

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January 30, 2020

Erasmus MC conducts research on coronavirus

Virologists from the Virology Department work closely with the WHO. Prof. Marion Koopmans and Dr. Bart Haagmans participate in the WHO virologists group – in which virologists from all over the world are affiliated. The virology department has – if necessary – tests available to determine whether someone has the coronavirus.

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January 30, 2020

CT scan screening reduces lung cancer mortality

Fewer current smokers and former smokers die of lung cancer if they are screened for this disease. Men at risk of lung cancer who undergo screening reduce their risk of dying from lung cancer by 24 percent. For women, this effect may even be twice as high.

surveillance and prediction of EIDs.
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January 17, 2020

15 million for development early detection system for infectious diseases outbreaks

“Our ambition is to revolutionize our ability to detect and analyze outbreaks of emerging disease at a much earlier stage than currently is possible, thus allowing time to respond rapidly to seriously curtail their impact,” says prof Marion Koopmans, head of department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam, and coordinator of the VEO project. The project started January 1st 2020, and will receive funding for 5 years.

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January 15, 2020

Imaging live brain activity during awake brain surgery

A new application of functional Ultrasound (fUS) now enables maximum safe brain tumor resection

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December 12, 2019

Slight hearing loss linked to poorer school performance

Children with slight hearing loss scored less well in their cito test, taken in the final year of primary school, and showed more behavioral problems than young teenagers who hear well.

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December 4, 2019

Large Josephine Nefkens Foundation subsidy for cancer research