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Normal 62fa8fe58937aa4047171be3b66a509695ac4a9e Salt marshes crucial to birds, coast protection, CO2 storage The salt marshes in the Wadden Sea - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - are one of the few truly pristine ecosystems in North-West Europe. Their well-developed vegetation is crucial to protect the coast, for the carbon storage, and it acts as a key stop-over for many migrating birds. Climate change, e.g. the rising sea levels, can cause permanent damage on salt marshes. In this respect Schiermonnikoog is seen as a ‘last resort’.   Prof.dr. Joana Falcao Salles "please give for more insight into the impact of climate change on salt marshes" The research To understand the impact of future climate change scenarios on salt marshes, I want to study the mutualist interactions between plant, microbes and soil detritivores in the salt marsh. The need The main part of the funding will be used for the unique research technique called ‘metatranscriptomic’. This technique is required to map the processes that influence the biochemical changes in salt marsh and processes by which the microbial community stimulates the growth of plants and live on the soil. You support helps me to understanding this process which is crucial to quantify the impact of future climate change scenarios on salt marshes, as well as to developing restoration strategies of degraded areas, under natural and stressed environmental conditions. The outcomes are crucial to support wildlife more broadly across other Wadden Sea island and down the coastal areas in the mainland. Would you please help us? We welcome any donation!   Joana Falcao Salles Faculty of Science and EngineeringGELIFES — Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences € 0 Raised € 25.000 Target 0% Reached
Normal 2be2b6da9da55182776c50c93ed4824f94147347 Support research in systemic leadership "There is no flow at all," "the same endless discussion every time," "I feel tired and drained..." These are only a few of the statements ambitious young professionals, working in a (large) organization, have shared. They thought they would bring innovation and inspiration to their workplace, but instead they became stuck in a swamp of procedures, elusive processes and stubborn habits. How can you, as a young professional, bring innovation in the often cumbersome and complex organizations, and also ensure that you stay true to yourself without burning out? But most importantly: how do you prepare for this?  An effective way to do this is to use the systemic method. This method helps you understand the social and organizational context in which we work, and is already frequently used in leadership development and team building. The current application of the systemic method is based on years of practical experience, but lacks a solid scientific basis. Without this scientific basis, it is difficult to introduce and use this method in education. That is unfortunate, because the development of self-leadership, particularly among students and young professionals, is seen as key element in dealing with and responding to societal challanges. Better self-management also contributes to overall wellbeing and helps prevent health problems, such as burnout.  Salome Scholtens, from the Department of Health Psychology at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at the University of Groningen (UG), is conducting research on this method. She needs € 25,000 for research to gain insight into the effectiveness of the systemic method for self-leadership training. A junior researcher will be appointed to collect the existing scientific knowledge, to conduct studies on how the method works, and to share the insights and results with the community. This will result in an effective, scientifically based method that can be implemented in education. Having more scientific evidence not only improves the quality of the method, it also increases the use of this method in educational institutions and organizations. The beginning is here: in 2017 and 2018, the systemic method was applied for the first time in medical education in Groningen and use in the development of medical leadership. An important characteristic of this research is that it is conducted according to the  Open Science principles. Salome Scholtens wants her research to be as transparent as possible, to share the results with as many people as possible, and to create a connection with the community. Hence, a website has been set up to share to the progress and results of the research (www.seedsandleaves.nl). Do you want to support this research? You can make Salome Scholtens’s vision possible. The € 25,000 is needed for hiring a junior researcher and carrying out the research. Donate here or help us by sharing the page on your social media, or with your family, friends, and colleagues. The UG and UMCG constantly strive to improve education. In addition, they implement innovative methods that have proven valuable in other fields. It is important for the UG and UMCG to contribute to finding a strong scientific foundation for this innovative method. In this research project active collaboration with training organizations, consultant agencies, and (team) coaches in the Northern region, including the Bert Hellinger Institute Netherlands are established. Thus, the results from this research can be directly applied in practice. € 785 Raised € 25.000 Target 3% Reached
Normal 7f186cccc134a098ff2eda1fabb74a9688902de6 Travel grants for students The Groninger University Fund (GUF) supports students who want to study or to follow an internship 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?   € 3.335 Raised € 12.000 Target 27% Reached
Normal 6472f9a6a3cadf39bed1a872015fbba17f27ca06 Support leukaemia research Leukemia is a disease that is still difficult to treat. But we do understand better why that is the case. We now know the mutations in our DNA that lead to leukemia. Our challenge for the future is to understand how these mutations disrupt normal blood formation. We do this, among other things, by incorporating these mutations into the DNA of healthy stem cells. In this way we are able to unravel how molecular changes in the cell lead to disturbed blood formation. In addition, we use these models to test new treatment methods.     prof.dr. Jan Jacob Schuringa   "Within individual patients, different populations of cancer cells may exist with unique DNA mutations, each of which needs their own medicine. In recent years we have mapped leukemia-specific markers (plasma membrane proteins). With this, we can now distinguish leukemic cells from normal blood cells, and even different populations of cancer cells within one patient. The challenge for the future will be whether we can use this knowledge to improve the monitoring of the development of the patient's disease, and whether we can use these markers to send the right medicines to the right cells in order to arrive at a patient-specific treatment method: 'personal and precise'."   Professor Schuringa and his team are working hard to improve treatment methods. They have chosen a new approach to combat leukemia in better way. The identification of the population in a specific cancer cell in individual patients is increasingly possible. With a personal and precise approach Schuringa ensures greater chances of survival in leukemia. An approach that is already being applied in the clinic of the UMCG, but that needs to be further refined and rolled out. Multi-pipettes enable this refinement and further roll-out. This increases the chance of survival. However, the multi-pipettes are expensive to use. You can take the leukemia research a bit further and help prof. Schuringa with the purchase of a fair amount of multi- pipettes. Please support him and donate! € 650 Raised € 20.000 Target 3% Reached
Normal af11c5f1824fb9444fb0e8afc0fa3747aec1c69f 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 and an international academic network. Things that are very common in the Netherlands, but often lack in their home country. Since its inception in 2000, 71 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 around 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!   About 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 at the University and is a public benefit organization by Dutch law. Donations to the Ubbo Emmius Fund for the EBF are tax deductible to a certain extent. Since all costs of the Ubbo Emmius Fund have born by the University, your donation is fully benefiting the EBF and ultimately the grant holders. € 25.369 Raised € 25.000 Target 101% Reached