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Why do some people get sick of Corona and others feel no effects? How do we build antibodies and immunity? What are the long-term consequences of the virus? The researchers of the project 'Crowdfunding against Corona' are looking for answers to these and other questions in order to get the current coronavirus under control and be more prepared for new viruses in the future. Can you help too? For yourself, each other, now, and in the future?
The corona COVID-19 virus is new and little is known about it, but the answers are near. Together with you, the University of Groningen, the University Medical Center Groningen, Lifelines and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health want to learn more about the virus and share that knowledge with the world. This way, we can offer solutions now, but also find out what we can learn from the current pandemic for the future.
Lifelines offers a wealth of information
Thanks to all the data in biobank Lifelines we know quite a bit about 10% of the Northerners in our country about their health, well-being and lifestyle. We will connect these data with new data we collect to find out how the distribution of the coronavirus is proceeding in the Northern Netherlands and what the long-term physical and mental consequences are. By doing this, we will gain insight into the risk factors and the possible connection with other diseases, lifestyle or genetic predisposition. With that knowledge, we can look for solutions here and elsewhere in the world to control the coronavirus and similar pandemics in the future.
Every euro helps
Jochen Mierau is Scientific Director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health: "Thanks to Lifelines participants, we have the opportunity to get a uniquely detailed picture of how this virus affects people and society. That wealth of data contains answers to questions about, for example, which groups are at an increased risk of serious disease progression or why some young people do become very ill. This can have to do with all kinds of factors, hereditary, the immune system, environmental characteristics, lifestyle, socio-economic position. Collecting and processing all that information costs a lot of time, manpower, and money. We get that from our own ranks, but we also want to call on everyone in the Northern Netherlands and beyond to help us. Support our research! Because together we get corona out of the world. Every euro helps! '
Cooperation in the Northern Netherlands
The 'Crowdfunding against Corona' project was set up by the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health and is a collaborative project between the University of Groningen, the UMCG, Lifelines, and the NDC Mediagroep, supported by the Ubbo Emmius Fund.
Start an action yourself?
In addition to donating, you can also take action yourself and start an action alone or with a group. The proceeds of your action will then count towards the 'Crowdfunding against Corona' project. Then choose the button "Take action!" and follow the instructions.
In addition, with more research we can focus even more on two specific questions:
Who is at risk and why? With the data collected, we can try to find out which groups are at increased risk of a serious disease course with a COVID-19 infection. Many people become infected, a large part of which only have mild complaints, some worse and a small, but still significant, group has very serious complaints. They are admitted to hospital, sometimes in intensive care, and some of them die. Knowing at an early stage who is at increased risk of a serious disease course enables us in a renewed outbreak to protect targeted people who are vulnerable. Many different factors can underlie the heavy course - genetic factors, environmental characteristics, lifestyle aspects, socio-economic position - because of the broad collection we do now we can consider these different factors.
What does Corona do to young people? Young people seem less susceptible to the virus, yet some can become seriously ill. We would like to understand why they do get sick due to a Corona infection. We are already looking at the DNA to find out whether that can provide an explanation. Another explanation, which we have not yet investigated, is whether perhaps the immune system in these people is adjusted slightly differently. By studying the RNA and some signaling substances (so-called cytokines) in the blood, we can gain a better insight into this.
De Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health – een samenwerkingsverband tussen de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, het UMCG en de Hanzehogeschool Groningen – is de trotse vaandeldrager van healthy ageing in Noord-Nederland:
"Wij zijn een netwerk van researchers en partners met één gezamenlijk doel: meer gezonde jaren. Geworteld in fundamenteel onderzoek dragen wij kennis en expertise actief over door middel van onderwijs, advies en integrale samenwerkingen. Ongehinderd door dagelijkse debatten kan iedereen in Noord-Nederland die dat wil, bijdragen aan een gezondere wereld, samen met ons. Wij opereren zowel lokaal als regionaal, maar hebben de ultieme ambitie om wereldwijd impact te genereren".
Onze wortels liggen in het noorden van Nederland en we koesteren de speciale band met de regio. We verbinden onderwijs en onderzoek met duurzame en economische processen in de maatschappij. Dit komt samen in onze drie speerpunten: Energy, Healthy Ageing en Sustainable Society.
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