Five Utrecht scientists get Covid-19 research grants
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The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (or ZonMw) has approved grant proposals from five researchers in Utrecht that will study the social and economic consequences of the corona virus pandemic in the Netherlands.
The “COVID-19 Programme” is a collaboration between ZonMw and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Along with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the programme “funds research that focuses on the effects of the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken against the pandemic. Knowledge and practical solutions are urgently needed because limiting the negative consequences of the pandemic is a top priority”.
The DUIC reported a total of 125,000 euros was dispersed between the five recipients. Among them is author Geert Buelens, professor of Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University. He is conducting research into the effects of Covid-19 on the book sector and on literature during the crisis. Across town, art professor Eva Maria Troelenberg is at the Centraal Museum, looking into how the illness is experienced and documented as part of “The Healthy City” exhibition.Ewout van de Garde received ZonMw money to help guide hospitals into making smarter local corona policies whereas researcher Esther Kluber is using her grant to explore family and relationship problems in the time of corona. Utrecht sleep doctor and UMC researcher Lisanne Koomen is dealing on the effects of the pandemic on the mentally ill, and exploring online solutions to reach those affected through virtual contact and exercise regimes.