The omicron BA.1 variant of SARS-CoV-2 is less infectious in the brain and triggers less inflammation in brain cells than the virus variant responsible for the first SARS-CoV-2 wave. This has been shown in research with hamsters and human brain cells by scientists from the Erasmus MC. ‘Good news, but no guarantees for the future.’
One thing stands out about children with the rare SETD1B syndrome. More boys than girls have the disease, and boys are more severely affected. Scientist Kristina Lanko is on a quest to discover what causes this sex difference. ‘Brain cells are my favorite cells.’
A patient with an immune disorder and neurological problems brought together an international team of scientists and clinicians from Rotterdam and Vienna. Together they determined that all his symptoms have the same genetic cause.
The number of people with dementia will not increase as much in the coming years as previously assumed. This was discovered by researchers at Erasmus MC who used a new, detailed computer model that looks beyond the effects of an aging population.
In people with the rare neurological disease ALSP, the white matter in the brain shrivels up, resulting in death. New research by Erasmus MC scientists shows what is going on: loss of microglia, the brain’s ‘cleaning cells.’
Neuroscientists Prof. Chris de Zeeuw, Dr. Devika Narain and Dr. Christos Strydis have received 3 million euros for their contribution to the Dutch Brain Interface Initiative consortium. The consortium received a Gravitation Grant of almost 22 million euro from the Ministry of OCW.
New language and memory tests enable a more accurate diagnosis of dementia in people with a multicultural background. Neuropsychologist Sanne Franzen developed the tests together with colleagues and describes them in her thesis.