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25 May 2012
PhD awarded to Anwar Jagessar at Erasmus University

PhD awarded to Anwar Jagessar at Erasmus University


On 23 May 2012 Anwar Jagessar successfully defended his thesis entitled "Mechanistic refinement of the common marmoset model for multiple sclerosis"

A new class of antimalarial drugs

A new class of antimalarial drugs


New drugs against malaria are urgently needed, since resistance against all currently available drugs has been shown. In the leading journal PNAS a new development is reported: a new generation of compounds has been discovered that can attack the parasite at two compartments.

A map of genetic exchange of DNA in chimpanzees

A map of genetic exchange of DNA in chimpanzees


Recombination is an important process in biology. During this process DNA of the parents is exchanged generating a unique combination of DNA in the children. In the absence of this process we would all be equal at DNA level. A natural selection takes place in which benificial combinations remain in the population.

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.

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