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The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Rubicon Grant to four talented researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA). The grant will allow the researchers to gain valuable research experience abroad.

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A total of 93 researchers applied for a Rubicon Grant, 17 of whom were successful.

The UvA and AMC-UvA recipients

Camille Creyghton (History/Cultural Studies): Political refugees in Paris and London, 1815-1848

Many modern political ideologies, such as nationalism and socialism, emerged in the first half of the 19th century, often in environments with political refugees. This research will examine how refugees exchanged revolutionary ideas among themselves and laid the groundwork for the democratic revolutions of 1848. Creyghton will conduct research for a period of 24 months at Queen Mary University of London’s School of History in the United Kingdom.

Ralf Harskamp (Medicine): Influence of comedication on risk of bleeding with new anticoagulants

General practitioners play a key role in locating and providing anticoagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation. It often affects elderly people who use other medications. These other medications have an influence on anticoagulants and increase the risk of bleeding. This proposal aims to improve how we map the risks of new anticoagulants and comedication. Harskamp will conduct his research for a period of 12 months at Duke University’s Duke Clinical Research Institute in the United States.

Mischa Huson (Medicine): Tuberculosis: visualising the invisible

Controlling tuberculosis is impeded by the fact that it is difficult to diagnose and diagnostic tests are not available everywhere. Ultrasound is affordable and universally applicable. This researcher is going to examine whether lung ultrasound can make it easier to diagnose tuberculosis. Huson will conduct her research for a period of 18 months at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine in South Africa.

Hadassa Noorda (Law): The protection of freedom in times of terrorism

Anti-terrorism measures, such as freezing assets and travel bans, require a new theory of the restrictions on individual freedoms. This project is going to develop a philosophical foundation for current practices of restricting freedoms and provide prospects for the development of legal rules for the protection of individuals subjected to these restrictions. Noorda will conduct research for a period of 24 months at Rutgers University’s Institute for Law and Philosophy in the United States.

About the Rubicon Grant

A Rubicon Grant allows researchers to conduct research at a top research institution for up to 2 years. The funding level depends on the chosen destination and the duration of stay. The NWO is annually able to fund about 60 researchers with a Rubicon (for a total amount of 7 million euros, spread out over three months).