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This Week’s Discoveries | 12 December 2017

12 december 2017
Oort Building
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
De Sitterzaal

First Lecture

Optimizing drug development & therapeutics using quantitative pharmacological modeling

Coen van Hasselt (LACDR)
Coen returned to Leiden University as an assistant professor at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) in December 2017, after a two year Marie Curie fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, US where he studied drug-induced cardiotoxicity. His research involves the development of quantitative pharmacological models to optimize drug treatment and drug development with a focus on applications in infectious diseases and oncology.

Second Lecture

The Universe’s Largest Particle Accelerators

Reinout van Weeren (Leiden Observatory)
Reinout is an Assistant Professor at the Leiden Observatory. His research focusses on galaxy clusters, particle acceleration, cosmic rays, and low-frequency radio surveys.

Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound objects in our Universe. Clusters grow by mergers with smaller subclusters and galaxy groups. In this talk I will present radio and X-ray observations of merging clusters showing that they can act as giant particle accelerators, producing extremely energetic cosmic rays.

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