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Translational Neuroscience

The research mission of the Department of Translational Neuroscience is to discover and delineate mechanisms and processes which are fundamental to the development of neural systems and to the control of behavior as well as to translate these to pathogenesis and disease models. We use cutting edge technology, disease models as well as computational tools to achieve these goals.

Our teaching mission is to raise the next generation scientists and clinicians with state-of-the-art knowledge, technical expertise and vision in the field of neuroscience. As a part of this effort, we teach in several Bachelor courses, coordinate the Neuroscience and Cognition master program of the Utrecht University and offer doctoral and postdoctoral training.

News

November 8, 2021 / Meeting, News

UMCU Brain Center Research day

The annual UMCU Brain Center Research was as lively as ever! Last Friday, fundamental and clinical researchers from several departments of the Utrecht Brain Center gathered to discuss developments of the last year and exciting plans for the future.

Science communication was the focus of this year. Presentations from Arun Sharma and Daylon James, who together organise the Stem Cell Podcast, highlighted the current state of science communication.  Jan Willem Gorter discussed best practices in patient engagement. Talks on brain organoids, deep machine learning, chemogenetics and more was capped by the keynote speech by Jurgen Knoblich, one of the leading brain researchers in the world. 2-min PhD student Blitz presentations were breathtaking! Congrats to Mark Bakker, Nick Weaver and Marion Sommers-Spijkerman for the awards!

“A great day for science communication today at UMCU Brain Center Research Day 2021. Had the opportunity to jointly present with the wonderful Fenne Smits, & discuss how we approach stress management and prevention of anxiety from a fundamental & clinical perpective” Danai Riga , Translational Neuroscience Department

And special thanks to the organizers Evelien Schut, Natalia Smith Cortinez and Manon Dontje ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŽŠ

 

October 25, 2021 / Graduation, News

Marieke G. Verhagen defended her PhD thesis ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ‘

PhD thesis of Marieke G. Verhagen

On 14th of October, Marieke G. Verhagen defended her PhD thesis titled โ€˜The multifunctional role of Semaphorin6A during brain development and disease. Moving forward with reverse signalingโ€™, UMC Utrecht Brain Center Universiteit Utrecht.

โ€œI am happy and grateful for this experience! In the past 5 years I studied early brain development and the role of axon guidance molecule Semaphorin6A. Without a doubt we have moved forward characterizing the complex functions of this molecule.โ€

Post defence image of Marieke G. Verhagen and Jeroen Pasterkamp
Marieke G. Verhagen and Jeroen Pasterkamp

She has recently started her new job as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Lynette Lim VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research.

โ€œMany thanks to my promotor Jeroen Pasterkamp, co-promotor Geert Ramakers, committee members Joost VerhaagenFreek Hoebeek, Erik Storkebaum, J. Peter H. BurbachManon Benders, and Roger Adan. Paranimfs Suzanne Lemstra, PhD and Anna Aster De Ruiter. โ€œ

Photography by Maarten de Kok.

October 4, 2021 / News, Public outreach

Frank Meye explains why stress leads to bad eating patterns

Frank Meye at the Betweter festival, 2021

Last Friday Tivoli-Vredenburg hosted the 5th edition of the Betweter festival, organized by Utrecht University, celebrating 385 years of science in Utrecht. Assistant professor Frank Meye was there, at Cloud Nine, a popular hall for concerts, explaining why we eat badly under stress. He discussed what drives our tendencies to eat fat and sugar after a long stressful day, and which processes in the brain are linked to this.

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