Inaugural lecture Prof Irene Heijink

On 6 October 2023 Professor Irene Heijink gave her inaugural lecture titled: “Let’s Keep in Touch: Strong Cell-cell Contacts for Healthy Lungs” in de academic building of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Lung diseases are a major social problem. Diseases such as asthma and COPD are common and have a major impact on quality of life. In…

PhD defence of Mehmet Nizamoglu

On 27 September 2023 Mehmet sucessfully defended his thesis titled: “The Extracellular Matrix to Bind Them All: Interactions between ECM and cells in lung fibrosis and influences thereof”. Congratulations, Dr. Mehmet (Matt)!!

NWO grant for consortium for innovative treatment of COPD

A research consortium led by Irene Heijink from the Department of Pathology & Medical Biology of the UMCG has received a €2.3 million grant from NWO. With this the consortium will conduct research into innovative treatment of COPD. Around 600,000 people in the Netherlands suffer from COPD. To date, this progressive lung disease cannot be…

Wat maakt dit coronavirus zoveel gevaarlijker dan zijn voorgangers?

A very nice publication in the NRC, mentioning the work of Martijn Nawijn and Marijn Berg from our group (Sorry, in Dutch only) Er zijn twee specifieke celtypes in de neus geïdentificeerd als waarschijnlijk initiële infectieplaatsen voor het COVID-19 coronavirus. Onderzoekers van het Wellcome Sanger Institute, het Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, de Université Cote d’Azure…

Logo competition

We are having a logo competition for the new website running. So far we have the following contributions: LOGO 1: LOGO 2: LOGO 3: LOGO 4: LOGO 5: LOGO 6: LOGO 7: LOGO 8: LOGO 9: LOGO 10: LOGO 11: LOGO 12: