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How can natural selection in the womb explain health problems in adulthood

Bas Heijmans and Elmar Tobi in collaboration with researchers of University of Lund (Sweden), Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands) and Columbia University (USA) published in Cell Reports about how selection of random epigenetic differences causes particular embryos to survive under adverse conditions in the womb.

December 05 2018 Author: MolEpi

BBMRI-Omics wins Dutch Data Prize 2018!

winnaars dataprijs 2018BBMRI-Omics wins he Dutch Data Prize for bringing together large-scale molecular data to accelerate the discovery of disease mechanisms! Stan Gielen, chair NWO and the jury, presented the prize to Bas Heijmans.

November 29 2018 Author: MolEpi

€ 100.000 Diabetes 2 funding for Leen 't Hart

LUMC researcher Leen 't Hart received €100.000 funding for his diabetes type 2 research. The funding comes from the program "Diabetes II Doorbraakprojecten" of the Diabetes Fonds and ZonMW.

September 27 2018 Author: MolEpi - Molecular Epidemiology

Nature review of Eline Slagboom and collegues about ageing is out!

Together with Linda Partridge and Joris Deelen, Eline Slagboom wrote an article "Facing up to the global challenges of ageing" which is published by Nature and out now! Have a look at:

September 06 2018 Author: Molepi

PhD defense of Wouter den Hollander

This morning 29th of March, Wouter den Hollander will defend his thesis! 

March 29 2018 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Longevity mainly ascribed to an extremely long-lived mother

For many years, scientists in Leiden have been monitoring 421 exceptional families with several members who have lived way beyond the age of 90. A new analysis of these extremely long-lived persons, their siblings, and parents now shows that longevity in these families is passed on mainly through the mother. The researchers present their results in the scientific journal The Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. (press release LUMC)

March 27 2018 Author: MolEpi - Molecular Epidemiology

Our Master's student Margot awarded research budget of € 5,000

2018 margo tuerlingsOur Master's student Biomedical Engineering Margot Tuerlings got awarded a hDMT Organ-on-Chip research budget of € 5,000 for her junior research project.

February 06 2018 Author: MolEpi

Prenatal famine drives DNA methylation and adult health six decades later

niod 85040DNA methylation, known to enable the activity of genes and be involved in development and metabolism, plays a key role in the link between prenatal famine exposure and body mass index and adult metabolic health, according to researchers at Leiden University Medical Center and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. While earlier studies using animal models have illustrated the potential of epigenetics to influence health over the short run, this study in humans shows that the impact of a nutrition shock, like famine, on epigenetic markers in early life can still be linked to adult health, six decades later. The findings are published online in the journal Science Advances.

February 01 2018 Author: MolEpi

Connecting by collaboration to make a joint

Yolande Ramos of the Molepi osteoarthritis group is collaborating with Hossein Eslami Amirabadi of the Microsystems group at TU/e using a micofluidic device to create a model for a joint.

September 12 2017 Author: Molepi

BBMRI and Surfsara collaborate on genomic data

Genome researchers in the Netherlands are working in close cooperation in the field of omics data (such as genomic and metabolomic data) in the BBMRI-Omics consortium. Surfsara is intensively involved in the construction of the digital research environment, where omics-data can be shared and analysed.

July 13 2017 Author: MolEpi


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