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Lecture

This Week’s Discoveries | 8 March 2016

Date
8 March 2016
Explanation
This Week's Discoveries
Address
Gorlaeus Laboratories
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden

International Women’s day special


First Lecture

Title “Ambiguous Loss in Refugee Streams: the Role of Data Science.”
Speaker Mirjam van Reisen (LIACS)

Mirjam was appointed professor “Computing for Society” at LIACS and LCDS January 2016. She leads the research network Globalisation, Aging, Innovation and Care (GAIC), which connects ICT innovation with challenges in care, demographics and migration in an international context. She became well-known with her research on the influence of ICT innovation on changing migration patterns in Africa. In her research, Van Reisen investigates the impact of ICT solutions for trauma, health care demand, migration and survival strategies in vulnerable groups. She received an NWO grant in 2015, and in 2016 she will start a research project in North Africa, financed by the EU. Furthermore, Van Reisen leads the Eritrea Expertise Center.


Second Lecture

Title “Circulating immune cells as biomarkers in cardiovascular disease: the difference between men and women”.
Speaker Johan Kuiper (LACDR)

Johan is professor of “Therapeutic Immunomodulation” at LACDR. His present research is mainly focused at immunomodulation of inflammatory responses that lead to the development of atherosclerotic plaques. The regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines by various strategies such as tolerance induction, vaccination and modulation of the activity of natural killer T cells is the main topic of research. In addition dendritic cell therapy is exploited as a new therapy for atherosclerosis. He was an Established Investigator of the Netherlands Heart Foundation (NHF). NHF funded his research on gender specific traits and treatment in cardiovascular