New data from a collaboration between University of Antwerp, the University of Applied Science Kaiserslautern, Saarland University, Heidelberg University, the Brain Mind Institute of EPF Lausanne and the Roche Innovation Centre Basel, show that in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease there are distinct functional and molecular changes in the gut long before motoric disease onset.

My name is Kaat Colman and I’m currently completing my third Bachelor year in Biomedical Sciences at UAntwerp. In the 3rd Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences there is the course ‘Bachelor Thesis with Internship’. I had to choose a topic on which I would write my Bachelor thesis and later also perform an internship. I chose to do an internship on the auditory system at the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA).

My name is Michelle Zurek and I study Biomedical Sciences at UAntwerp. Last year, I won the ActUA prize which is awarded by the UAntwerp Service Council. This prize supports personal development through an internship abroad at one of the partner institutions of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance. In my blog article, I’ll share my experiences of my Erasmus exchange with you.

I’m Jasper Van Goubergen and I’m a PhD student at the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria. I graduated from UAntwerp with a Master in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. I had the opportunity to do a voluntary research internship at the UAntwerp Center for Oncological Research (CORE). This was an excellent opportunity for me to learn new skills in a state-of-the-art lab. I’d like to share with you what I learnt and why I think it’s useful to do research internships.

Hi, my name is Nathalie Verzele and I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in Australia. My PhD topic is “The neuromodulation of inflammation in pulmonary infections” in the virology lab of the “Flu Fighter”, Dr. Kirsty Short in collaboration with Dr. Alice McGovern. How did I get here, you ask? Let me tell you, it was a long road with many ups and downs.

New research from Prof. Vincent Timmerman’s lab, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Oxford, has elucidated the structural changes caused by a mutation in the molecular chaperone Hsp27 (HSPB1). Chaperones are a group of proteins that have functional similarity and assist in protein folding. This work not only sheds light on an important disease-causing mutation, it also reveals an important mechanism by which this chaperone functions.

Hi, my name is Christina Christia. I studied chemistry at the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in Greece, where I obtained my Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry. I am currently a PhD student at the UAntwerp Toxicological Center, under supervision of Prof. Adrian Covaci. My PhD project is focused on characterising the occurrence, metabolism and contribution to human exposure of new chemical compounds present in the indoor environment.

Researchers from the Laboratory for Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) and the Toxicological Centre, have joined forces with the Belgian health agency Sciensano to measure levels of the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in wastewater. This research builds on methodologies and expertise that were previously optimized by Prof. Peter Delputte and Prof. Alexander van Nuijs.