Two Radboud scientists have been awarded a prestigious Spinoza Prize - the highest award in Dutch science - last Friday in Amsterdam: Wilhelm Huck (Physical Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science) and Mihai Netea (Infectious diseases, Radboudumc). In the upcoming weeks, staff and students can meet both of them during lunch break lectures at the Linnaeus building. In approximately 30 minutes, they will tell you more about their work, discoveries and their future research plans.Wilhelm Huck will speak on Tuesday June 14, and Mihai Netea on Wednesday June 29. Both lectures will be given in English, and are located in Linnaeus 1 from 12:40 to 13:15. You can read more information about both lectures below. We hope to see many of you there.
Day & time Tuesday June 14, 12:40 – 13:15
Location LIN 1
Cells are small and crammed with many different components, and they are the stage for continuous complex chemical reactions. Wilhelm Huck, Professor of Physical Organic Chemistry at the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), wants to understand how this works. He starts at the very beginning: how can life emerge from dead chemicals? 'We know a great deal about DNA, cell membranes, proteins and the other building blocks of a cell. But the complexity of the innumerable interactions between all those building blocks creates a dynamic system, and in chemical terms, we do not yet understand how it can support itself.'
Day & time Wednesday June 29, 12:40 – 13:15
Location LIN 1
Professor Mihai Netea is an internist and specialist in infectious diseases, and currently heads the laboratory of Experimental Internal Medicine at the Radboud university medical center. His main research interests are in the area of innate immunity and resistance to infection. He investigates how the immune system recognizes pathogens and how immune responses are induced. A major breakthrough during the last years was the discovery of innate immune memory induced by infections or vaccinations, a process identified and described as ‘trained immunity’. This discovery can be used to develop better vaccines against infectious diseases.
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