The research groups of Joost Verhaagen and Chris de Zeeuw have jointly won the NWO Open Competition ENW-KLEIN and will receive 700,000 euros for research into why young brains have the ability to learn new skills and recover from brain injury much faster than adult brains.
The study will focus on specific structures around the neurons, the perineuronal nets, that are important for learning and memory. Changes in these structures are therefore most likely also involved in the course of neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
KLEIN grants are intended to realize high-quality, fundamental research driven by curiosity and/or scientific urgency. The KLEIN grant offers researchers the opportunity to develop creative and challenging ideas and to realize scientific innovations that can form the basis for the research themes of the future.