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Can you help Raissa?

Raissa Timmerman is a PhD student at the alternative unit at the Biomedical Primate Research Center. Aging is the biggest risk factor to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer. Studying aging in rhesus macaques is very time consuming. Raissa is now using immune cells (microglia ) from rhesus macaque brains in a simple monolayer cell culture model. Can you help Raissa find a more complex organoid-like brain and immune model based on rhesus microglia to study aging in relation to neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases?

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A better understanding of aging of the brain is key to studying neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. We believe there is a potential for breakthrough in using our existing live macaque data obtained from past aging experiments to develop more complex in vitro rhesus brain-like models and then to correlate all this data with data from human in vitro models and human live data.

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To help Raissa we are looking for people committed to fighting neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer. We are looking for researchers involved in studying the aging process of the brain especially those developing in vitro models of the brain and the immune system, and we are looking for researchers with expertise in handling big data and computational modeling. But also people from outside this research area are very welcome to join us at this Helpathon. We are looking for a diverse group of people to help Raisa further on her question. During this Helpathon you also are invited to help two other BPRC researchers in their development of in vitro models: Frank is studying lungs in relation to a new Tuberculosis vaccination strategy and Anne-Marie is studying liver in relation to dormant malaria cells.

Hybride Helpathon
Building on the succes op Helpathon #3 (watch video impression here), we can assure you this Helpathon will be enjoyable to join both online and in real life taking all the corona precautions. Please let us know your preference. In both cases make sure you are available:
- November 2nd between 13h00 - 17h00 and 19h00 - 21h00
- November 3rd between 09h00 - 15h00.
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