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10 March 2012
Inaugural speech Prof. Dr. Bert 't Hart: 'Multiple Sclerosis, a progressive problem'

Inaugural speech Prof. Dr. Bert 't Hart: 'Multiple Sclerosis, a progressive problem'


On 6 March 2012 at Groningen University, Prof. Dr. Bert ‘t Hart held his inaugural speech entitled: ‘Multiple Sclerosis, a progressive problem’.

New tools to study the genetic origin of chimpanzees: the existence of a fourth genetically distinct chimpanzee population

New tools to study the genetic origin of chimpanzees: the existence of a fourth genetically distinct chimpanzee population


Chimpanzees are viewed with fondness as our closest animal relatives and are valued by scientists for the biological and evolutionary insights they provide. In spite of this, the relationships between different populations of common chimpanzees are still relatively poorly understood, a situation that potentially threatens conservation efforts.

28 January 2012
Protection of HIV-1 vaccinated rhesus macaques can be predicted in vitro by the speed at which virus is neutralised by rhesus antibodies

Protection of HIV-1 vaccinated rhesus macaques can be predicted in vitro by the speed at which virus is neutralised by rhesus antibodies


In the search towards an HIV vaccine it is important to test the level of protection against a vaccine. This can not be done in humans and therefore research in monkeys can provide a way ahead. Rhesus monkeys can be immunised with human vaccine candidates and subsequently the level of protection provided by the vaccine candidates can be determined after infection of the animals with an adapted variant of HIV. Neutralising antibodies can protect against HIV through inactivation of the virus. The mode of action of the neutralising antibodies can be assessed by various in vitro tests.

20 January 2012
PhD awarded to Kwadwo Kusi at Leiden University

PhD awarded to Kwadwo Kusi at Leiden University


On 18 January 2012 Kwadwo Kusi successfully defended his thesis entitled ‘Towards a blood stage malaria vaccine; dealing with allelic polymorphism in the vaccine candidate apical membrane antigen 1’.

The importance of tissue-sequestration of malaria parasites for their growth

The importance of tissue-sequestration of malaria parasites for their growth


Malaria infected red blood cells can bind to the small blood vessels inside various organs. In humans, the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum causes severe disease because this sequestration can lead to malfunctioning of the affected organs and coma in case the brain is affected. Therapeutic interventions to avoid this sequestration are currently being investigated, but the consequences of disrupting sequestration are unknown, since this can not be studied in humans.

Successful joint meeting of EUPRIM-NET and European Primate Veterinarians (EPV)

Successful joint meeting of EUPRIM-NET and European Primate Veterinarians (EPV)


On November 4 and 5 2011, the first joint meeting between EUPRIM-NET (Network activity 2) and the EPV was held at the BPRC.

BPRC in the news

BPRC in the news


In the popular journal Elsevier (5 November 2011) the new building of the BPRC is highlighted.

The role of T-cells in a marmoset model for multiple sclerosis (MS)

The role of T-cells in a marmoset model for multiple sclerosis (MS)


It has been shown that immunisation with a protein part of the isolation layer of nerves can cause a MS-like disease in common marmosets. Researchers of the BPRC describe in ‘European Journal of Immunology’ the effects of this immunisation on the nervous system of the common marmoset.

An animal model for neurofeedback

An animal model for neurofeedback


Neurofeedback is a special form of a brain-computer-interface that by direct feedback, e.g. through sound or image, enables training of the brain to control its own activity.

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