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What is the coronavirus and how does it make us sick? How can we make sure we don’t get the virus? Why do we have to stay home, and when will everything be normal again? These questions are on all of our minds, including those of children. A weird little virus from bats has us all staying at home. Adrian Liston wrote a children's book about the Corona virus and how we can defeat it.
On the resignation of Mauro Ferrari as President of the European Research Council (ERC), EU-LIFE would like to express its public support to the ERC Scientific Council in its decision and declaration.
Chaperones are essential for proper protein folding. Understanding the biological principles of chaperone-protein binding can help prevent toxic protein aggregation, which occurs in a wide range of disorders. A Leuven research team now shows how the preference of chaperones for basic residues came about.
Adrian Liston teamed up with illustrator Sonia Agüera-Gonzalez to tell the story of Tim, a regular 7-year-old boy, who happens to have a primary immunodeficiency.
Our DNA determines a large part of our risk for Alzheimer’s disease, but it remained unclear how many genetic risk factors contribute to disease. A team led by Prof. Bart De Strooper (VIB-KU Leuven) and Dr. Mark Fiers now show that many of those risk factors affect brain maintenance cells called microglia, and more particularly their response to amyloid-beta, one of the proteins aggregating in the brains of Alzheimer patients.
Meet Van Den Bosch lab alumna Kim Staats.
A new edition of The Optimist is out! The central theme is mental health.
Today, VIB and KU Leuven present a new venture, Augustine Therapeutics, with the mission to develop innovative therapeutics for patients suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Augustine raises a seed-round of 4.2 million euro with V-Bio Ventures, PMV, Advent France Biotechnology, Gemma Frisius Fund and VIB.
While big international funding initiatives might be the most eye-catching science funding sources, local foundations often play an equally pivotal role. They are often more in touch with the local scientific landscape and patients. VIB research would not be where it is now without their support. Here you can find a small sample of generous givers and their interactions with VIB researchers.
Funding for scientific research is not easy to come by. At the same time, many foundations generously pledge significant amounts to scientists and research programs they believe can further their cause. Below is a snapshot of foundational funding for VIB research.