Booster Grants for collaboration in Utrecht youth research

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In the scientific research within UMCU-Child Health and UU-Dynamics of Youth, interdisciplinary collaboration is of great value. Therefore, four Booster grants were awarded on August 29 2023 to researchers who are pushing the boundaries of research by crossing borders. Working together is what we do!

Recognition & Rewards

The grant applications were made, among other things, through speed dating sessions in which researchers from various faculties worked out joint proposals. This exchange resulted in a mix of surprising projects, stimulated team spirit and led to unique encounters. In this way, UU Dynamics of Youth and UMCU Child Health contribute to the efforts within science for new forms of recognition and rewards.

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Tom Schlösser and Judith Masthoff

There is an award of €15,000 for Tom Schlösser (UMC Utrecht) en Judith Masthoff (UU). They will research how to support the use of back braces in adolescents.


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Sanne Nijhof, Anne Hoefnagels and Anne Margit Reitsema

Also €15,000 for Anne Hoefnagels (UMC Utrecht/ WKZ) and Anne Margit Reitsema (UU). They will study hidden patterns in the data of chronically ill patients.

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Anja Volk, Anneloes van Baar and Corline Parmentier

There is an award of €25,000 for Anja Volk – Information and Computing Sciences (UU), Anneloes van Baar – FSW, Educatie en Pedagogiek (UU)  & Corline Parmentier (UMC Utrecht). They will study how musical stimulation could help the development of young children at risk, for instance for children with perinatal asphyxia.

Joyce Endendijk & Michael van der Kooij

And also €25,000 for Joyce Endendijk – FSW, Education and Pedagogy (UU), Michael van der Kooij (UMC Utrecht) & Developmental Origins of Disease & Ronald Poppe – Information and Computing Sciences (UU). In their project, they will focus on early life stress (ELS) and the consequences for parent-child interaction.