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World’s first population-level microbiome study reveals links between lifestyle and gut flora
28 April 2016
The Flemish Gut Flora Project, one of the largest population-wide studies on gut flora variation among healthy volunteers, has presented its first major results. These results provide important information for future disease research and clinical studies.
VIB/UGent researchers use viral particles to trap intact mammalian protein complexes
28 April 2016
VIB/UGent developed Virotrap, a viral particle sorting approach for purifying protein complexes under native conditions. This catches a bait protein together with its associated protein partners in virus-like particles that are budded from human cells.
Research opens new treatment strategies for specific form of Psoriasis
25 April 2016
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease that is characterized by patches of abnormal and inflamed skin. It is generally thought to have a genetic origin, which can be further triggered by environmental factors.
VIB alumni - Vanessa Morais knows how to make an entrance as a new group leader
22 April 2016
Vanessa Morais and Marijke Lein about women in science at VIB
Animal testing for biomedical research
22 April 2016
Today’s medical research cannot be carried out without animal testing. After all, many breakthroughs in medical science would never have occurred otherwise.
New insights in how blood vessels increase their size
21 April 2016
‘What are the fundamental mechanisms controlling size and shape of tubular organ systems’.
Research paves the way for monocyte based cell therapy
19 April 2016
VIB-UGent researchers reveal that adult circulating monocytes that get access to the macrophage niche in the liver or the lung can acquire identical tissue-specific macrophage functions and self-maintenance capacities as macrophages of embryonic origin
Building society into your DNA
15 April 2016
The relation between science and society is the subject of social research. First there was ‘science and society’, then ‘science in society’ and the latest trend is to talk about ‘science for society’.
The Baillet Latour grant 2016 for medical research awarded to Prof. Mohamed Lamkanfi
14 April 2016
To promote medical research in Belgium, the Baillet Latour Fund awards every year a Grant to help a young group leader. This year the Grant is awarded to Professor Mohamed Lamkanfi for his research project in the field of infectious diseases.
Nils-ilja-richter award 2015 goes to Markus Kleinewietfeld
5 April 2016
The German Society for Autoimmune Diseases (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Autoimmunerkrankungen e.V., DGfAE) has presented the 2015 Nils-Ilja-Richter Award to Markus Kleinewietfeld(VIB/UHasselt).
Strategic alliance between VIB and North Carolina State University offers growth potential to Agrotech clusters in Flanders and North Carolina
5 April 2016
VIB and North Carolina State University are proud to announce their strategic collaboration agreement. They want to combine the best of both worlds by exchanging researchers, starting collaborations and setting up new companies together.
New insights in blood vessel formation
1 April 2016
An international team of researchers under the direction of Holger Gerhardt found that blood flow drives lumen expansion during sprouting angiogenesis in vivo by inducing spherical deformations of the apical membrane of endothelial cells.
New insights in cancer therapy from cell death research: Killed cancer cells serve as a potent anti-cancer vaccine
31 March 2016
Researchers in the group of Prof. Dr. Peter Vandenabeele (VIB/UGent) show that killed tumour cells can serve as a potent vaccine that stimulates the immune system to prevent the outgrowth of cancer cells.
Decades-old mystery disease identified and potential cure found
30 March 2016
A mysterious inflammatory disease has been afflicting a Flemish family for three generations, causing severe skin lesions, fevers, pain and exhaustion. This disease, which previously had no known cause or cure, has now been identified as PAAND.
Research on largest network of cortical neurons to date profiled in Nature
28 March 2016
Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired.
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