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Prestigious Vici grants for four UvA researchers

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The projects: Prof. Hilde Geurts (Psychology): The curious case of autism and aging With increasing age, people’s cognitive skills decline. How quickly this happens, differs among people and depends on a variety of factors. It is not known whether having autism is a risk-factor for aging or a potential protective factor. In this project this will be tested and influential factors will be determined. Dr Filip Meysman (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics): Microbial electricity: a surprise from the seafloor In the seafloor bacte... Read More »

Philips announces changes to its Executive Committee

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At the same time, Philips has appointed Carla Kriwet as Chief Business Leader of the Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses and new member of the Executive Committee. In this role, she succeeds Jeroen Tas with immediate effect. In addition, she will continue to lead the Business Group Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions, which is part of the Connected Care & Health Informatics segment.   As a further change to Philips’ Executive Committee, Ronald de Jong has been appointed as Global Head of Human Resources (HR) pe... Read More »

Amsterdam ranked best student city in the Netherlands

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In the latest ranking, Amsterdam is placed 36th out of 100 cities from across the globe and is the only Dutch city on the list. Last year, Amsterdam also came out on top in the Netherlands. Methodology The QS Best Student Cities ranking is based on a number of factors, including diversity, affordability and employment prospects, and assesses cities in six categories: student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability, rankings and student view. Top 3 This year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking is topped by Montréal, followed by Pari... Read More »

Philips and Diagnostics Development win European Union ‘Horizon Prize – Better Use of Antibiotics’ for the rapid detection of bacterial infection on Philips’ Minicare I-20 platform

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Antimicrobial agents – such as antibiotics – have dramatically reduced the number of deaths from infectious diseases since their introduction 70 years ago. However, through their overuse and misuse, many micro-organisms have become resistant to them. It is estimated that each year this growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) causes around 25,000 deaths and accounts for over EUR 1.5 billion in healthcare costs and productivity losses in Europe alone, making it one of the greatest challenges facing society today. To boost development and bring new... Read More »

UvA ranked most international university in the Netherlands

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Methodology The Most International Universities in the World ranking is a new initiative by Times Higher Education and is drawn largely from the ‘international outlook’ pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, which covers international staff, students and co-authors. It also includes a measure of universities’ international reputations, taken from THE’s annual Academic Reputation Survey. The UvA is ranked 63rd in the World University Rankings 2016-2017. Top 3 The inaugural Most International Universities in the World is led by t... Read More »

Reinstate community health workers to reach vulnerable populations

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A community or lay health worker (CHLW) is a member of the community who is able to carry out functions related to health care delivery at community level without a formal certificate or educational degree. CHLWs have the potential to reach local and vulnerable populations but health programmes that include these workers often seem to fail and show high attrition rates. The authors propose that the roles and interests which support community health work should emerge directly from the way in which health is organized at community level. Acce... Read More »

Philips and Banner Health sign 15-year agreement to extend successful connected healthcare programs, transforming care and lowering costs, while improving quality

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Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the United States, managing 28 acute care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health operates in six states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.   As part of the agreement, Banner and Philips will create a gove... Read More »

Three UvA researchers receive Rubicon Grant

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Jesús Aguirre Gutiérrez (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics and Naturalis Biodiversity Center): Making Sense of Diversity: Remote Sensing of Functional Diversity of Tropical Forests The diversity of tree species in a forest ensures resilience against changes. Together with colleagues at Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment, Gutiérrez will use new satellite data, e.g. hyperspectral data, to distinguish tree species so that a forest's resilience can be determined remotely. Marc Heerdink (Psychology): Twitter Wars: Bipol... Read More »

AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips to purchase green energy from wind farm Bouwdokken

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The Krammer and Bouwdokken wind farms have a total capacity in excess of 140 MW – sufficient to supply around 140,000 households. Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Marcel Galjee said, “With this new contract, we are taking the next big step towards a new way of generating energy for the Netherlands’ leading industries. It shows that we really are serious about promoting sustainability and creating a future without carbon emissions.” As part of the Dutch Energy Agreement, the Netherlands is working towards a target of using 14% renewable ... Read More »

First results advisory referendum and follow-up steps

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Turnout Of the 6,902 voting-eligible staff, 2,582 (37.4%) cast their vote (excluding AMC-UvA staff). Of the 34,849 students who were eligible to vote, 4,064 (11.66%) cast their vote. Results The questions posed by the committee broadly covered three topics: the creation of a broad deliberative forum (a ‘new-style senate’), a charter and four governance models. In short, the advisory referendum has shown that many people are in favour of a new-style senate and a charter. With respect to the preferred governance model, the picture is mixed ... Read More »

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