Health

From Vocational Training to PhD: 'Being underestimated serves as fuel'

Marjolein de Jong4 March 2024
Sara Ben Hmido is far from following a standard career path: after starting in vocational training, she quickly climbed to pre-university education.

Psychiatrist: 'Brain and gut more connected than you might think'

Marjolein de Jong29 November 2023
Psychiatrist and VU alumna Iris Sommer emphasises the significant role gut bacteria play in combating diseases like depression and Parkinson's.

Racism in elderly care: an overlooked problem

Marjolein de Jong27 November 2023
According to Saskia Duijs, racism in the workplace is an overlooked issue. „The harm is concealed in the silence of white colleagues and supervisors."

Unknown facts about saliva

Redactie VU Magazine27 November 2023
„Een druppel spuug bevat soms al een miljard bacteriën, maar dat is allesbehalve een slechte zaak”, aldus hoogleraar Orale Biochemie Floris Bikker.

VU lecturer Petra Verdonk: ‘Criticising your own organisation is frowned upon’

Marjolein de Jong15 May 2023
Senior lecturer Petra Verdonk is proud to call herself a climate activist and is now also fighting the climate crisis during office hours.

Better understanding of brain diseases: VU Amsterdam scientists map the brain

Marjolein de Jong8 November 2022
Professor of neurophysiology Huib Mansvelder has been awarded one million dollars for brain research. His goal is to create an atlas of the brain.

‘I have learnt to press on when things get tough’

Marjolein de Jong14 September 2022
Rowan Blijd discusses topical issues as a media maker. Last week, the moving documentary, Silent Life about her stillborn son Amari, was released.

‘We can learn a lot from students living with autism’

Marjolein de Jong18 July 2022
Theo Bakker spent four years studying a group of 101 VU students living with autism, and compared the group with other VU Bachelor’s students.

'I always wanted to stay in control of my life'

Marjolein de Jong13 December 2021
Cees Smit was born with the rare illness of haemophilia. Although he wasn’t expected reach old age he’ll be 71 this month.

What can we learn from happy people?

Marjolein de Jong31 August 2021
Have you come through the pandemic happy? According to genetics and well-being professor Meike Bartels, the reason is partly coded in our genes.