- € 34.252 Donors
- € 32.390 Ubbo Emmius Fonds
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.
The extra research into the consequences of the coronavirus provides a lot of extra work. This means that, among other things, we need money to pay for the PhDs and PhD students, without whom research with these enormous amounts of data is not possible.
The Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health – a joint partnership of the University of Groningen, UMCG and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences – is the proud flag-bearer of healthy ageing in the Northern Netherlands. The AJSPH is a network of researchers and partners with one single goal: more healthy years.
"Rooted in fundamental research, we actively convey our knowledge and expertise through education, consultancy and integral collaborations. Unhindered by daily debates, every person in the Northern Netherlands who wants to, can contribute to a healthier world, together with us. We aim to act both locally and regionally, with the ultimate ambition to create impact on a global scale."
Lifelines enables scientific research into healthier aging:
"We contribute to the goal of making people age healthier in the future. We do this by collecting all kinds of data and body materials such as urine, blood and hair from a large group of participants and making them available to researchers.
Since 2006, we have collected data and body materials from more than 167,000 inhabitants from the three northern provinces. Participants come to a location about once every 5 years for donating body materials and having a number of measurements taken, such as measuring blood pressure and having a heart film.
In addition, participants receive questionnaires every eighteen months.
Lifelines is unique because of the combination of the number of participants, consisting of three generations, the long lead time, the flexible data collection and the diversity of data that Lifelines collects. This makes research possible into risk factors, the origin and development of diseases."
The University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with a rich academic tradition. Since the establishment in 1614, the university has brought forward striving academics, like the first female student, the first Dutch astronaut and various Nobel prize winners.
Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. 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.
The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) was established in 2005 as a joint activity of the University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital Groningen (AZG). At present, the UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on ‘healthy and active ageing’.