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Grants for medical talent The Junior Scientific Masterclass (JSM) offers students of medicine and dentistry the opportunity to gain additional knowledge in scientific research during their studies. The JSM is UMCG’s professional breeding pond for dentists and physicians, who later wish to combine patient care with scientific research. By offering additional courses and research areas, it is possible to obtain a BSc Honours degree for research and / or combined with internships to follow a PhD program resulting in an MD / PhD. Students will be offered this opportunity through an additional scholarship. The Ubbo Emmius Fund (UEF) helps to fund these scholarships. The research done by the students involves a lot of money, which cannot be financed from regular education and research. Through a donation to the JSM, our students can carry out scientific research and enrich themselves through this program. This gives them just the extra financial allowance to get the most out of their research project and possibly solve medical issues in the future. Since 2010, a total of 33 JSM students have received a grant for a total of € 267,590. 18 students received an Ubbo Emmius Fund Talent Grant and 15 other JSM students received a scholarship from the Van der Meer-Boerema Foundation through the UEF. This year, we want to give students this opportunity again. We do hope that you will support us! € 20.903 Raised € 22.500 Target 92% Reached
Support the godwit Two years ago, the godwit was elected as the National Bird of the Netherlands. But it does not go well with this primal Dutch migratory bird. In the past 25 years, the population more than halved. 2016 was again a dramatically bad breeding season. 30,000 Dutch godwit couples raised only 4,000 chicks, while 11,000 are needed to keep the species alive. If we are not careful, there is only a handful godwits left within a number of years. More knowledge is needed Theunis Piersma, professor Migratory Bird Ecology at the University of Groningen, and his research team, would like to determine how we can best help godwit. Piersma and his team have been studying the birds and their international habitats for years - the godwits are wintering in West Africa and migrate every spring to the Netherlands, where as many as 85 and 90% of all couple’s nest. Through this research, it is becoming increasingly clear how important changes in the environmental conditions are, mainly due to intensive agriculture, perhaps in conjunction with climate change. In 2014 Piersma has received the prestigious NWO Spinoza Prize for his research. Fly along For some time, it is possible to see what the birds are experiencing and to learn from them by - as it were - flying with them. This is made possible by equipping the godwits with small transmitter powered by very tiny solar panels, that communicates with particular satellites. Such research provides a wealth of information and can help to better protect the habitat of the godwit. Godwits with transmitters can tell us, when they’re in the wintering and breeding areas and along the route, what’s right and wrong for them, where there is plenty of high protein food, and where conditions are threatening. Please help With your help Theunis Piersma can equip more birds with a transmitter, in order to find out how we can best save the godwit. With an amount of € 20,000, he can equip godwits with a transmitter and track their hikes. We'd like to hear how we can prevent extinction of our national bird. Would you please help us? € 6.571 Raised € 20.000 Target 32% Reached
Shared care for shared organs: 50 years of transplantation in Groningen In 1968 voerde het Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen (UMCG) haar eerste succesvolle transplantatie uit. Inmiddels hoort Groningen bij de wereldtop op het gebied van transplantatiegeneeskunde. Jaarlijks krijgen in het UMCG honderden mensen een nieuw leven dankzij een nieuw orgaan. Het UMCG heeft alle orgaantransplantatieprogramma’s zijn in huis: dunne darm, hart, lever, long, nier, pancreas en stamcel. De programma's richten zich naast volwassenen ook op kinderen. En, regelmatig loopt Groningen voorop in het ontwikkelen van nieuwe technieken, zoals de recent geopende state-of-the-art orgaanperfusieruimte. Alle kennis en zorg rond transplantaties is samengebracht in het UMC Groningen Transplantatie Centrum. Dit is uniek in Nederland en zelfs op internationaal niveau zeldzaam. In 2018 is het vijftig jaar geleden dat die eerste transplantatie in Groningen plaatsvond. Daarom wil het UMC Groningen Transplantatie Centrum een jubileumboek uitbrengen, waarin de bijzondere geschiedenis en toekomst van de transplantatiegeneeskunde in Groningen wordt beschreven. Binnenkort start op deze site een crowdfundingcampagne om een deel van het benodigde geld hiervoor bij elkaar te brengen. We hopen dat we ook op uw steun mogen rekenen. Translation will follow soon. € 9.325 Raised € 30.000 Target 31% Reached
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Treasures from the Caves of Qumran The University of Groningen researches one of the most important archeological findings ever: the Dead Sea Scrolls. The story of their discovery reads like a Dan Brown thriller, but the scrolls are even more exciting because they are real. Last century, the more than two-thousand-years-old manuscripts were discovered in caves close to Qumran, near the Dead Sea. With this discovery, we got the chance to study the origins and evolution of one of the roots of western society, the Bible. Whether one is religious or not, this matters as it is world heritage. Mladen Popović, director of the Qumran Institute of the University of Groningen, is a leading expert on the ancient scrolls. He wants to offer young, talented scientists in this field the chance to join him in his research. You can help. The Dead Sea Scrolls are like a time machine that shows us what people read, thought and felt centuries ago. They date back to the third century BC to the first century AD. The manuscripts were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in 11 caves close to the ancient site of Qumran, near the Dead Sea. They - almost a thousand of them! - are amongst the oldest known religious texts concerning Judaism, Christianity and the Bible. Since its establishment in 1961, the Groningen Qumran Institute has been researching the Dead Sea Scrolls. The institute is unique in the Netherlands. It is the only center where all research evolves around ancient Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Internationally, the institute plays a leading role. In 2013 Prof. Popović accomplished something no one else had done before. He succeeded in bringing a dozen original Dead Sea Scrolls - that are preserved by the Israel Antiquities Authority - to the Netherlands for an unique exhibition in the Drents Museum. Popović acted as curator and the exhibition attracted 140.000 visitors. The young director also received a prestigious European grant to research the writers of the manuscripts. Who wrote and copied the Dead Sea Scrolls? An interdisciplinary project, together with artificial intelligence, where 'the humanities meet science'. Support usA lot of questions remain unresolved. The aim of the Qumran Institute is to create extra research positions to find answers. Popović’ wish is that young, talented scientists in his field get the opportunity to come to Groningen and research a specific subtopic of their interest - for one or two years. You can help him support a new generation of experts by donating via this website. Your help is needed since there is little research funding available in this niche. You can also help us by sharing this page. Share it on Facebook, or tell your family, friends and colleagues about this initiative. Motivate others to support this research as well. Every donation helps us to move forward and unravel the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Alumni in the Netherlands have already pledged 47.750 euro's. That means that we still need 24.250 euro's to fund one postdoc researcher for one year. The Ubbo Emmius Fund will use every muscle to get the final funding for the first year, and we hope for your support. € 59.556 Raised € 70.000 Target 85% Reached
Updates & Activities 20/06/2017 New update Prof. dr. Theunis Piersma, hoogleraar Trekvogelecologie aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, is met zijn onderzoeksproject 'bestuderen en beschermen van vogels die Nederland met de wereld verbinden' genomineerd voor de Huibregtsenprijs 2017. De jury heeft uit 24 inzendingen in totaal zes onderzoeksprojecten geselecteerd, waaronder dat van Piersma. Met een internationaal onderzoeksteam onderzoekt hij de manier waarop verspreiding en aantallen wad- en weidevogels samenhangen met klimaat, voedsel, roofdieren, ziektekiemen en de historisch-genetische achtergrond. Theunis Piersma won in 2014 al de prestigieuze Spinozapremie voor dit werk. Lees meer >> 02/06/2017 New update De muzikale masterclass over trekvogels die componist/slagwerker Sytze Pruiksma en hoogleraar Theunis Piersma tweemaal aan ‘insiders’ gaven, wordt voor Oerol 2017 toegankelijk gemaakt voor een breed publiek. Tweemaal daags zullen de mannen in de Westerkerk in West met TRACKS hun fascinatie voor vogels delen met de festivalgangers. Lees meer >> 02/06/2017 New donation Uit dankbaarheid en nieuwsgierigheid.