China’s booming aquaculture industry is increasingly dependent on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish, a practice that depletes wild fish stocks. A new study conducted by institutions including Leiden University and Stanford offers a more sustainable path. The study appeared in the journal Science on 9 January.
The oxytocin hormone is recognized as a potential medicine to treat mothers suffering from postpartum depression, but Beth Mah has discovered that this substance can produce negative as well as positive results. Her PhD defence takes place on 7 January 2015.
Doctors and pharmacists often do not take obesity into account when prescribing medication. For this, more insight into the influence of obesity on the distribution and elimination of drugs is of the utmost importance. This is emphasized by Catherijne Knibbe in the most recent issue of the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
In 2014, staff and students of Leiden University received prizes and prestigious subsidies for their research, education and studies. We are proud to present you with this overview.
Leiden archaeologist Ivar Schute recently discovered the foundations of the gas chambers at the Sobibor death camp. 'The Holocaust is pratically incomprehensible; this work makes it more tangible.' What did Schute learn from his study of archaeology?
From once controversial scientific works and historical bibles, to personal shopping lists and clothing bills. The 17th-century Bibliotheca Thysiana and the archive of the collector Johannes Thysius exhibit both the intellectual and everyday life as it was three hundred years ago. Now a brand-new digital inventory has been developed, which will enable us to make new discoveries.
The Leiden astronomers Frans Snik and Michiel Rodenhuis developed the technology for the Rainbow Station artwork. Since 11 December, this large projected rainbow of light can be seen every day after sunset on the outside of the Central Station in Amsterdam. ‘We had to design light that would not blind the train drivers’.
Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam are working together in a strategic alliance, with more than eight multidisciplinary centres that will be addressing complex issues facing society. The three universities' aim with this newsletter is to keep you up to date with news and developments.
Hendrik Vanden Abeele has used his experience as a musician to study various interpretations of the Gregorian chant. This musical style has been interpreted and performed in many different ways throughout its long history, which has caused some serious consternation and debate in the past. His defence is scheduled for 15 December.
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has awarded major grants to two consortia that Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center are part of. The money is intended for use in innovative research on health and sustainable raw materials.
Is it possible for sugar patterns on cells to activate the immune system to combat cancer? Sander van Kasteren is using his grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to discover whether this is possible.
The Dutch SPEX instrument means a breakthrough in high-precision measurement of the properties of particulate matter. That is the conclusion reached by the Leiden astronomer Gerard van Harten in his doctoral thesis, which he defends on 8 December.
Gerard Persoon, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, studied how indigenous peoples in the rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines live and how they respond to the influences of the modern world. Thre is now an online dossier available on his work.
The discovery of an ancient engraving on a half a million-year-old shell happened by chance, says archaeologist José Joordens. She led the investigation into the oldest engraving ever found. What is the story behind this discovery?
The soya sauce in our kitchen cabinets is not a recent acquisition. This sauce is an important element in a long history of exchange between Asia and Europe. This is what Anne Gerritsen claims in her inaugural lecture for the Kikkoman Chair on Friday 12 December.
Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on 3 December in Nature. The discovery provides new insights into the evolution of human behaviour.
Administering vaccines with microneedles could become a pain-free alternative to conventional thick injection needles. Koen van der Maaden devised a new strategy for using microneedles. Dissertation defence on 10 December.
In the coming years Leiden University’s Executive Board will be investing 1.4 million euros in the production of new online courses. In 2015 and 2016, a total of 15 new MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) and 10 new SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) will be introduced.
Children of the Famine of 1944, known in Dutch as the Hunger Winter, may have survived the adverse conditions in the womb thanks to adaptations to their DNA. However, these changes also made them more prone to health problems later in life. This is what LUMC researchers write in Nature Communications, together with colleagues from Columbia University and Harvard.
A major breakthrough in sustainability: nylon can be made out of scrap wood, without creating waste. This discovery was made by Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Lies Bouwman and PhD student Saeed Raoufmoghaddam