Research in the spotlight

From the smallest nanoscale building blocks to the universe and beyond, from cybercrimes to copyrights, from Rembrandt to Reve, from the language of love to the problems of integration in large cities. Our research is a response to societal developments and we seek to uncover solutions that can enhance our lives.

Research examples:

Stiff heart
The older the population becomes, the more significant a problem heart failure will be for society. In Western European countries, heart failure is now the leading cause of hospital admissions.
Exploring ecosystem services
Ecosystem services are the benefits mankind derives from ecosystems, or our natural resources. In spite of its increasing international popularity, the concept does not feature much in Dutch environmental policies.
Neuropeptides exert a strong influence on our behavior and our feelings. Defects in neuropeptide release are considered to be central in many diseases, from diabetes and obesity to memory- and mood disorders.
Succes at school
Are girls better at languages than boys? And are boys better at maths and the science subjects? Or does it depend on the stage of their intellectual development? How can you ensure that schoolchildren can learn to concentrate better? Does it matter if the teacher is young or old?
Mental health
Depression and anxiety are disorders which cause many physical and social burdens such as diminished functioning, absence from work, high costs for society and even the development of other physical illness. The Dutch Study for Depression and Anxiety (NESDA)started in 2004 and studies the long-term course of anxiety and depression disorders.
Our virtual selves
Nowadays, virtual worlds are all around us. Not just in the form of amazingly popular games like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty or Second Life, but also in the form of e-mail, texting, Hyves and many other applications. As a result, the virtual world is playing an increasingly important role in our everyday lives.
Problems with moving
Long-term complaints of the arm, neck or shoulders, severe back pain, stiff legs – things that many elderly people know all about. Musculoskeletal complaints are common among this age group
New country
Since the creation of the Closure Dike (1927-1932) the appearance of the area around the Zuider Zee has been changing all the time. The former sea-based traditional way of life, and the related patterns of existence in the villages on the Zuider Zee, are now largely a thing of the past.