Surgeons at Erasmus MC have achieved a world-first by successfully removing a lung tumor with the assistance of augmented reality during a robot-assisted surgery. This technique allows for the projection of virtual images of the tumor, blood vessels, and airways onto the lung during surgery. ‘Augmented reality enables us to navigate more safely and effectively.’
Scientists from the Erasmus MC and LUMC have shown that skin organoids are highly suitable for studying the mpox virus, formerly known as the monkeypox virus, and for testing new treatments for viral diseases. In skin organoids, the mpox virus behaves virtually the same as in real skin.
As a young scientist, Siamala Sinnadurai dedicated her career to data science. Already during her PhD, she achieved success. She linked a gene for leukemia to cardiovascular disease prognosis. ‘Human diseases are so complex that a cross-disciplinary view is essential.’
Neuroscientists at Erasmus MC have discovered a previously unknown connection in the brain of mice. This pathway appears to be highly important for the coordination of fast movements, for example of the eyes. ‘It works exactly the opposite way from what textbooks tell us.’
Erasmus MC scientists, together with international colleagues, have discovered genes that determine what your ears and eyebrows look like. In the future, that knowledge may become applicable in search for the unknown perpetrator in cold cases.
Some pieces of human DNA are tightly wrapped in a jacket of proteins. Intended to turn off genes, was the prevailing idea in science. Rotterdam researchers now uncover a new function of protein packaging in Nature Cell Biology. ‘This is huge.’
Low-income patients improve less with the first specialist mental health treatment compared with those with higher incomes, according to a study by researchers from Rotterdam. This indicates that inequality by income persists throughout the treatment process.