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Support talented students from developing countries Eric Bleumink Fund (EBF) offers talented students from developing countries the opportunity to study at the University of Groningen. At our university, they have access to a modern education system, advanced research facilities, an international academic network. Things that are very common in the Netherlands, but often lack in their home country. Since its inception in 2000, over 60 young, ambitious and highly talented people have received an EBF Talent Grant. Thanks to the contributions from almost 2.000 alumni, students and staff of the University of Groningen (UG) each year, the EBF can award average four students a scholarship. Unfortunately, not all applications can be honored, but our ambition is to increase the number of scholarships. We hope to be able to finance the study of an extra student via a telephone fundraising and a crowdfunding campaign among alumni. The costs for one grant are approximately € 25,000. You can help us. Every amount is welcome. The Eric Bleumink Fund The EBF is a named fund of the foundation Ubbo Emmius Fund. The Ubbo Emmius Fund supports science, education and research of the University and has an ANBI status. Donations to the Ubbo Emmius Fund for the EBF are tax deductible by Dutch law. Since the costs of the Ubbo Emmius Fund are carried by the UG, your donation will go entirely to the EBF and the bursaries. € 22.782 Raised € 22.500 Target 101% Reached
Travel grants for students The Groninger University Fund (GUF) supports students who want to study abroad for a while, contributing to travel and accommodation costs. For example, Jeri Nijland, master student Biology at the Faculty of Science & Engineering. She followed a research internship at the McGill University in Montreal from October 2014 to May 2015. With the help of the GUF scholarship for Excellence Students, I had the opportunity to visit the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) in Montreal, Canada. In addition to the treatment of patients, this institute also researches psychiatric disorders and treatments. I worked there as a Research Trainee at the department "Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms", under the guidance of prof. dr. Diane B. Boivin. This department uses special research rooms, the so-called "time-free spaces", which allow the study of the biological clock under strictly controlled conditions. Because the lab was part of the psychiatric hospital, this foreign internship offered me the opportunity to do highly specialized research into psychiatric disorders. - Jeri Nijland The purpose of her internship was to study light therapy as an intervention for the treatment of depression in patients suffering from a bipolar disorder. There are currently few good treatments for this group of patients. Light therapy could possibly mean something as this has shown a positive effect on other types of depression. In addition, bipolar patients often suffer from disturbed sleep and disordered rhythms in activity throughout the day. The idea is that these factors may affect the state of mind. During her project, Jeri studied the effects of light therapy on sleep and rhythms in activity in depressed bipolar patients. The results showed a number of very interesting findings, and at the moment she is together with prof. dr. Boivin and prof. dr. Beaulieu busy getting the findings published. Jeri: All in all, my study visit has been an incredibly fine educational experience, in which I have developed both professionally and socially and have learned a lot. I would like to thank the Groninger University Fund for the financial contribution that this trip has made possible. The Groninger University Fund would like to give more students the opportunity to study abroad, but unfortunately there are not sufficient resources. Would you please to help the Groninger University Fund? € 20 Raised € 12.000 Target 0% Reached
50 years of transplantation in Groningen Groningen belongs to the best of the world when it comes to transplantation medicine. More than 7,000 adults and children were given a "second life" because of a transplantation in Groningen. Consequently, the University of Groningen (UG) and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) have a rich history in this area. In 1968, the first successful transplantation was performed. Nowadays, Groningen is often regarded as a leader in scientific research, development of new surgery and organ preservation techniques and new treatment methods. Since a few years the knowledge and care regarding transplantations has been brought together in one place; the UMC Groningen Transplantation Center. All programs have been gathered: small intestine, heart, liver, lung, kidney, pancreas and stem cells or combinations thereof. This comprehensive center is unique in the Netherlands and rarely done internationally. The history of transplantation medicine in Groningen is a showpiece and deserves to be recorded. Therefore, the UMC Groningen Transplantation Center wants to publish a jubilee book in 2018, fifty years after the first transplantation. The book will discuss, in collaboration with a large number of stakeholders, the rich past, present and future of transplantation medicine in Groningen. For the fulfillment of this jubilee book, we seek your support. A significant part of the costs have been covered, thanks to the help of the UMCG, the UG and the UMC Groningen Transplantation Center. We hope you will help to raise the last € 30,000. May we count on your support? € 23.246 Raised € 30.000 Target 77% 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 of 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 the 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 85-90% of all couples 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 transmitters powered by very tiny solar panels, that communicate 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 are in the wintering and breeding areas and along the route, what is right and wrong for them, where there is plenty of high protein food, and where conditions are threatening. Support 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. May way count on your support? € 7.550 Raised € 20.000 Target 37% Reached
Support science Education and research are the drive for development in our society. In Groningen we believe that science can change the world, and you can contribute to that. The Ubbo Emmius Fund seeks support for special scientific projects at the University of Groningen. New medical treatment methods, other forms of energy, solid jurisdiction, insights into human and society; they all originate from academic knowledge. Extra money offers researcher space for creativity to put up projects of which the outcomes are unsure: there is a chance to get great new insights, but also similarly to end up in dead ends. Such a ‘playground’ is very important for the development of (fundamental) research. Besides, with extra money the University can also give students more possibilities and support in their education or, for example, offer chances to talents from developing countries to study in Groningen. By supporting the Ubbo Emmius Fund (UEF) you stimulate science in a field important to you. You can contribute to one of the following topics: Health: how can we stay healthy, happy and socially active for a longer time? Energy: the transition from current fossil energy sources to the new, sustainable energy production. Sustainability: creating and maintaining a sustainable and balanced society. Education: talented students are supported by various scholarships. These themes are closely linked and reinforce each other; research is increasingly interdisciplinary. In addition, good research flourishes in an environment where there is good education and vice versa. In this way, through its education and research, the University actively contributes to solving major societal issues. If you do not prefer any of the above-mentioned themes, you can donate to the UEF in general and the fund determines which project needs your support the most at that moment. € 300 Raised € 5.000 Target 6% Reached
Updates & Activities 01/02/2018 New update In de afgelopen twintig jaar is de overlevingskans na levertransplantatie bij kinderen gestegen met 12 procent. Van de kinderen die in de afgelopen tien jaar een donorlever ontvingen, was 83% na vijf jaar nog in leven. Tien jaar daarvoor was dat nog 71%. De resultaten van kinderen die een donorlever van een levende donor ontvingen, zijn nog beter: na vijf jaar is 95% van hen nog in leven. Onderzoekers van het UMCG Transplantatiecentrum publiceerden over de resultaten van het nationaal kinderlevertransplantatie-programma in het Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. Onlangs werd in het UMCG de 500ste kinderlevertransplantatie uitgevoerd. >> 11/01/2018 New donation Hope this campaign reach its result! 09/01/2018 New donation Met een levertransplantatie in 1999 heb ik gebruik kunnen maken van de kennis en ervaring van het UMCG op transplantatiegebied. Ik voel mij gezond als nooit tevoren en mijn jaarlijks bezoek aan het UMCG ervaar ik als een dagje uit! Dank aan alle mensen die zich hiervoor ingezet hebben en nog steeds inzetten!