Rik van der Kant, Natalia Goriounova and Priyanka Rao-Ruiz have been awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) with a Vidi grant. NWO has awarded 101 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. Amsterdam Neuroscience congratulates the three neuroscience affiliated researchers with this great achievement.
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Rik van der Kant: Bad fat? Improving lipid metabolism to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Amsterdam UMC, Alzheimer Center Amsterdam; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Center for Neurogenomics & Cognitive Research
Genetic risk factors that increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease have a major role in brain fat metabolism and immune function. This research will investigate how fat accumulation in the brain contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and will develop new pharmaceutical interventions that can prevent or treat the disease.

Natalia Goriounova: Fast neurons of our cognition

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Center for Neurogenomics & Cognitive Research
Our ability to think, reason, solve problems, depends on the activity of neurons in our brain. Recent studies show that our neurons can generate fast signals to process large amount of information, but the mechanisms behind this fast signalling are unknown. This research will study how specialized types of human neurons generate and maintain fast signals. By looking at gene expression in these neurons we will understand how these neurons achieve fast computation and link to cognition.

Priyanka Rao-Ruiz: Unravelling the synaptic code of memory

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Center for Neurogenomics & Cognitive Research
Memory formation and its storage requires strengthening of connections between sparsely distributed neurons that are activated at the time of learning. In this project, researchers will causally pinpoint and connect the neurobiological processes that underlie and regulate this strengthening, in order to identify the precise synaptic code of successful memory formation.

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Source: NWO