Stichting Ammodo, For arts, architecture and science

Tazuko van Berkel – Laureate

Tazuko van Berkel – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Tazuko van Berkel researches self-image, humanity, and worldview in classical Greek society and in particular how the advent of the money economy affected the Greek idea of friendship.

She is currently focusing her research on how the economic domain was defined in antiquity, not only by scholars, but also in the everyday views of citizens.

Van Berkel’s research invites critical reflection on economic thinking in our own time.

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Merel Keijzer – Laureate

Merel Keijzer – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Merel Keijzer researches how learning a new language contributes to healthy ageing. To do so, she uses innovative and multidisciplinary research methods and works closely with neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists.

Keijzer has shown that people who are multilingual, and who still actively used their languages, generally showed better cognitive functioning. In particular, frequent switching between different languages seems to be able to compensate for ageing processes in the brain, such as mild memory loss.

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Daniël Lakens – Laureate

Daniël Lakens – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Daniël Lakens studies how scientists conduct research, with the aim of increasing the reliability and efficiency of social science research.

He played an important role in investigating the global ‘replication crisis’ in psychology, and thanks to his empirical and theoretical analyses, scientific awareness of ‘publication bias’ and ‘p-hacking’ has grown considerably in recent years.

Over the past decade, Lakens has become one of the leading scientists in meta-science in the Netherlands and abroad.

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Omnes Pro Uno – Winner

Omnes Pro Uno – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2022

For ten years, research group Omnes Pro Uno of Utrecht University has had the mission of seeking to find a cure for patients with a genetic disease before irreversible damage occurs in the body. The researchers have succeeded in growing mini-organs from almost all tissues in the human body so that treatments can be tested and genetic errors corrected.

The next ambitious step is for Omnes Pro Uno to be the first in the world to correct the genetic cause of diseases directly in the bodies of patients via the bloodstream, before the disease has an opportunity adversely to affect the body.

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Patricia Dankers – Laureate

Patricia Dankers – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Patricia Dankers designs, synthesizes, and investigates synthetic biomaterials that can control, mimic or even surpass complex biological processes in the human body. Using intelligent chemistry ageing or damaged tissue can be repaired. It is part due to her fundamental research that heart valves and vascular grafts made of synthetic biodegradable biomaterials exist, as well as synthetic hydrogels for the culture of stem cells.

 ammodo-science-award.org

Floris de Lange – Laureate

Floris de Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Floris de Lange studies how human perception arises from neurobiological processes in the brain. By measuring brain activity very precisely, he determines how information “flows” through the brain. Among other things, he has shown that our brain works like a prediction machine, actively using everything it learns to predict the future. Recently, De Lange has been studying why curiosity and surprise are important to the brain.

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Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome – Winner

Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

For decades the Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome research team at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam has been focusing on how exactly cells do in fact repair themselves. What is unique about this team is that they study this process, in relation to ageing and cancer, at difference levels of complexity: In relation to cancer and ageing, for example, they are looking atfrom single individual molecules to as well as at complete physiological processes within the cell or the patient.

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Tatiana Filatova – Laureate

Tatiana Filatova – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Tatiana Filatova researches the complex dynamics between socio-economic systems and climate change, seeking, among other things, to predict societies’ responses to different climate scenarios.

A distinctive feature of her research is the use of existing knowledge from the social sciences to enrich traditional climate models. For example, using computer simulations Filatova has shown that gradual poverty traps and ghettos may arise in climate-sensitive areas, including in rich countries.

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Jingyuan Fu – Laureate

Jingyuan Fu – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Jingyuan Fu studies the gut microbiome in relation to disease and health, focusing in particular on complex diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease.

She impressively demonstrated, for example, that the gut microbiome can be manipulated by both dietary interventions and certain drugs. This makes the microbiome an important starting point for disease prevention and treatment.

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Anja Spang – Laureate

Anja Spang – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Anja Spang studies the special role that various micro-organisms such as archaea have played in major evolutionary changes, including the origin of eukaryotes to which humans belong. She has discovered an impressive number of new archaea variants in recent years and has found revolutionary evidence in support of the hypothesis that eukaryotic organisms (such as humans) once evolved from a symbiosis between archaea and bacteria.

What makes Spang’s research especially relevant at present is that archaea also influence the climate. Exactly what their role there is is a question that Spang plans to focus on in the near future.

ammodo-science-award.org

Walter Immerzeel – Laureate

Walter Immerzeel – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Walter Immerzeel researches climate change in mountainous regions in Asia and its consequences for the availability of water for the millions of people living downstream. Immerzeel was the first to map the water cycle in the high mountains of the Himalayas. Over the next few years, he aims to understand thoroughly how natural disasters in mountain areas are related to their location and extreme weather, focusing on landslides, avalanches and glacial lakes.

ammodo-science-award.org

Louis Vermeulen – Laureate

Louis Vermeulen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Louis Vermeulen studies how derailments in the genetic material of stem cells can cause colon cancer. In doing so, he focuses specifically on the earliest development of tumors. He combines biochemistry and genetics with mathematical and physical models to map the dynamics of stem cells. With his innovative approach, he has made a major contribution to fundamental concepts within molecular oncology.

ammodo-science-award.org

Christian Lange – Laureate

Christian Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Christian Lange studies classical Arabic and Persian literature and is a pioneer in the field of Arabic digital humanities. His innovative analysis of digitized historical texts has yielded new insights, including into how Islamic criminal law was actually applied and how the five senses were understood throughout the centuries in different intellectual Islamic traditions. Lange’s research provides a multicoloured picture of the rich Islamic civilization.

ammodo-science-award.org

Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam – Winner

Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

One thing is clear: we need to understand how people interact with each other and above all what motivates them to make choices in their social interactions that are positive for themselves and others as well as for future generations and the natural world. This is what the nine-member team Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam (SENSA) at the VU University in Amsterdam is working on. It is investigating what happens in the brains of children and adolescents during all sorts of often subconscious, social interactions, the assumption being that the sooner you understand what is going on in the young, still developing brains, the greater the chance that you, their teacher or parent, can influence them in a positive way.

Read our interview from 2023 with Lydia Krabbendam en Tieme Janssen from SENSA.

ammodo-science-award.org

Stan Brouns – Laureate

Stan Brouns – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Stan Brouns is engaged in fundamental research into the age-old battle between microbes and viruses. In particular, he studies the so-called CRISPR-Cas defence mechanisms that bacteria deploy to arm themselves against viruses.

Thanks to Brouns’ research we now know that bacteria possess a smart, adaptive immune system that can remember and render invaders harmless.

In addition, Brouns is leading an innovative study of bacteriophages, the natural enemies of bacteria, as a possible alternative to antibiotics.

ammodo-science-award.org

Hugo Snippert – Laureate

Hugo Snippert – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Hugo Snippert uses microscopy and molecular genetics to unravel how it is that there is a huge diversity of tumour cells and what the consequences of this are.

He was one of the first researchers to apply microscopy to organoids – mini-organs grown in the lab – enabling biological processes in living cells to be studied in detail.

He recently succeeded in using organoid technology to track how a colon tumour responds to combined drug treatment. This knowledge helps towards the tailoring of individual cancer therapies.

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iHub – Winner

iHub – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2022

Research group iHub from Radboud University Nijmegen focuses on urgent questions arising from the increasing digitalisation of our society. How does one develop technology that promotes privacy? What are the risks to society now that large tech companies are playing an increasingly active role in the public sector?

iHub identifies which social values are threatened by digitalisation and what can be done to protect these values. The group also designs and develops technology that embeds and protects public values.

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Rivke Jaffe – Laureate

Rivke Jaffe – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Rivke Jaffe conducts research on urban space and everyday urban life. She has published on topics including crime and citizenship in Jamaica, the popular culture of illegality, and public-private security arrangements. Jaffe explores how technologies that are supposed to lead to increased security – such as guns, barbed wire, cameras and algorithms, but also animals such as police dogs – can simultaneously reproduce or increase social inequality.

ammodo-science-award.org

Lisa Herzog – Laureate

Lisa Herzog – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Lisa Herzog analyses how moral and democratic norms can play a greater role in our economic system. What does it mean to act morally when employees feel like small cogs in the wheel of a large organisation? Herzog explores socially relevant issues such as these, always looking at the economic system from a philosophical perspective.

ammodo-science-award.org

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus – Laureate

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus has made an important contribution to research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Patients with this serious hereditary muscle disease lack the protein dystrophin, because the gene code for dystrophin is unreadable. Thanks in part to the fundamental pioneering work of Aartsma-Rus, an exon skipping therapy is now available in the USA and Japan that can make the genetic code readable again. This can slow down disease progression for Duchenne patients.

ammodo-science-award.org

Jacco van Rheenen – Laureate

Jacco van Rheenen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Jacco van Rheenen developed a groundbreaking form of microscopy, allowing individual cells to be tracked for weeks in a living organism. This new form of research provides valuable information about the behaviour of, and the interaction between, cells. For example, he was the first person to film the process of metastatic cancer.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Tazuko van Berkel – Laureate

Tazuko van Berkel – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Tazuko van Berkel researches self-image, humanity, and worldview in classical Greek society and in particular how the advent of the money economy affected the Greek idea of friendship.

She is currently focusing her research on how the economic domain was defined in antiquity, not only by scholars, but also in the everyday views of citizens.

Van Berkel’s research invites critical reflection on economic thinking in our own time.

ammodo-science-award.org

Tatiana Filatova – Laureate

Tatiana Filatova – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Tatiana Filatova researches the complex dynamics between socio-economic systems and climate change, seeking, among other things, to predict societies’ responses to different climate scenarios.

A distinctive feature of her research is the use of existing knowledge from the social sciences to enrich traditional climate models. For example, using computer simulations Filatova has shown that gradual poverty traps and ghettos may arise in climate-sensitive areas, including in rich countries.

ammodo-science-award.org

Stan Brouns – Laureate

Stan Brouns – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Stan Brouns is engaged in fundamental research into the age-old battle between microbes and viruses. In particular, he studies the so-called CRISPR-Cas defence mechanisms that bacteria deploy to arm themselves against viruses.

Thanks to Brouns’ research we now know that bacteria possess a smart, adaptive immune system that can remember and render invaders harmless.

In addition, Brouns is leading an innovative study of bacteriophages, the natural enemies of bacteria, as a possible alternative to antibiotics.

ammodo-science-award.org

Merel Keijzer – Laureate

Merel Keijzer – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Merel Keijzer researches how learning a new language contributes to healthy ageing. To do so, she uses innovative and multidisciplinary research methods and works closely with neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists.

Keijzer has shown that people who are multilingual, and who still actively used their languages, generally showed better cognitive functioning. In particular, frequent switching between different languages seems to be able to compensate for ageing processes in the brain, such as mild memory loss.

ammodo-science-award.org

Jingyuan Fu – Laureate

Jingyuan Fu – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Jingyuan Fu studies the gut microbiome in relation to disease and health, focusing in particular on complex diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease.

She impressively demonstrated, for example, that the gut microbiome can be manipulated by both dietary interventions and certain drugs. This makes the microbiome an important starting point for disease prevention and treatment.

ammodo-science-award.org

Hugo Snippert – Laureate

Hugo Snippert – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Hugo Snippert uses microscopy and molecular genetics to unravel how it is that there is a huge diversity of tumour cells and what the consequences of this are.

He was one of the first researchers to apply microscopy to organoids – mini-organs grown in the lab – enabling biological processes in living cells to be studied in detail.

He recently succeeded in using organoid technology to track how a colon tumour responds to combined drug treatment. This knowledge helps towards the tailoring of individual cancer therapies.

ammodo-science-award.org

Daniël Lakens – Laureate

Daniël Lakens – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Daniël Lakens studies how scientists conduct research, with the aim of increasing the reliability and efficiency of social science research.

He played an important role in investigating the global ‘replication crisis’ in psychology, and thanks to his empirical and theoretical analyses, scientific awareness of ‘publication bias’ and ‘p-hacking’ has grown considerably in recent years.

Over the past decade, Lakens has become one of the leading scientists in meta-science in the Netherlands and abroad.

ammodo-science-award.org

Anja Spang – Laureate

Anja Spang – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2023

Anja Spang studies the special role that various micro-organisms such as archaea have played in major evolutionary changes, including the origin of eukaryotes to which humans belong. She has discovered an impressive number of new archaea variants in recent years and has found revolutionary evidence in support of the hypothesis that eukaryotic organisms (such as humans) once evolved from a symbiosis between archaea and bacteria.

What makes Spang’s research especially relevant at present is that archaea also influence the climate. Exactly what their role there is is a question that Spang plans to focus on in the near future.

ammodo-science-award.org

iHub – Winner

iHub – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2022

Research group iHub from Radboud University Nijmegen focuses on urgent questions arising from the increasing digitalisation of our society. How does one develop technology that promotes privacy? What are the risks to society now that large tech companies are playing an increasingly active role in the public sector?

iHub identifies which social values are threatened by digitalisation and what can be done to protect these values. The group also designs and develops technology that embeds and protects public values.

ammodo-science-award.org

Omnes Pro Uno – Winner

Omnes Pro Uno – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2022

For ten years, research group Omnes Pro Uno of Utrecht University has had the mission of seeking to find a cure for patients with a genetic disease before irreversible damage occurs in the body. The researchers have succeeded in growing mini-organs from almost all tissues in the human body so that treatments can be tested and genetic errors corrected.

The next ambitious step is for Omnes Pro Uno to be the first in the world to correct the genetic cause of diseases directly in the bodies of patients via the bloodstream, before the disease has an opportunity adversely to affect the body.

ammodo-science-award.org

Walter Immerzeel – Laureate

Walter Immerzeel – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Walter Immerzeel researches climate change in mountainous regions in Asia and its consequences for the availability of water for the millions of people living downstream. Immerzeel was the first to map the water cycle in the high mountains of the Himalayas. Over the next few years, he aims to understand thoroughly how natural disasters in mountain areas are related to their location and extreme weather, focusing on landslides, avalanches and glacial lakes.

ammodo-science-award.org

Rivke Jaffe – Laureate

Rivke Jaffe – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Rivke Jaffe conducts research on urban space and everyday urban life. She has published on topics including crime and citizenship in Jamaica, the popular culture of illegality, and public-private security arrangements. Jaffe explores how technologies that are supposed to lead to increased security – such as guns, barbed wire, cameras and algorithms, but also animals such as police dogs – can simultaneously reproduce or increase social inequality.

ammodo-science-award.org

Patricia Dankers – Laureate

Patricia Dankers – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Patricia Dankers designs, synthesizes, and investigates synthetic biomaterials that can control, mimic or even surpass complex biological processes in the human body. Using intelligent chemistry ageing or damaged tissue can be repaired. It is part due to her fundamental research that heart valves and vascular grafts made of synthetic biodegradable biomaterials exist, as well as synthetic hydrogels for the culture of stem cells.

 ammodo-science-award.org

Louis Vermeulen – Laureate

Louis Vermeulen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Louis Vermeulen studies how derailments in the genetic material of stem cells can cause colon cancer. In doing so, he focuses specifically on the earliest development of tumors. He combines biochemistry and genetics with mathematical and physical models to map the dynamics of stem cells. With his innovative approach, he has made a major contribution to fundamental concepts within molecular oncology.

ammodo-science-award.org

Lisa Herzog – Laureate

Lisa Herzog – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Lisa Herzog analyses how moral and democratic norms can play a greater role in our economic system. What does it mean to act morally when employees feel like small cogs in the wheel of a large organisation? Herzog explores socially relevant issues such as these, always looking at the economic system from a philosophical perspective.

ammodo-science-award.org

Floris de Lange – Laureate

Floris de Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Floris de Lange studies how human perception arises from neurobiological processes in the brain. By measuring brain activity very precisely, he determines how information “flows” through the brain. Among other things, he has shown that our brain works like a prediction machine, actively using everything it learns to predict the future. Recently, De Lange has been studying why curiosity and surprise are important to the brain.

ammodo-science-award.org

Christian Lange – Laureate

Christian Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Christian Lange studies classical Arabic and Persian literature and is a pioneer in the field of Arabic digital humanities. His innovative analysis of digitized historical texts has yielded new insights, including into how Islamic criminal law was actually applied and how the five senses were understood throughout the centuries in different intellectual Islamic traditions. Lange’s research provides a multicoloured picture of the rich Islamic civilization.

ammodo-science-award.org

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus – Laureate

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus has made an important contribution to research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Patients with this serious hereditary muscle disease lack the protein dystrophin, because the gene code for dystrophin is unreadable. Thanks in part to the fundamental pioneering work of Aartsma-Rus, an exon skipping therapy is now available in the USA and Japan that can make the genetic code readable again. This can slow down disease progression for Duchenne patients.

ammodo-science-award.org

Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome – Winner

Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

For decades the Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome research team at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam has been focusing on how exactly cells do in fact repair themselves. What is unique about this team is that they study this process, in relation to ageing and cancer, at difference levels of complexity: In relation to cancer and ageing, for example, they are looking atfrom single individual molecules to as well as at complete physiological processes within the cell or the patient.

ammodo-science-award.org

Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam – Winner

Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

One thing is clear: we need to understand how people interact with each other and above all what motivates them to make choices in their social interactions that are positive for themselves and others as well as for future generations and the natural world. This is what the nine-member team Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam (SENSA) at the VU University in Amsterdam is working on. It is investigating what happens in the brains of children and adolescents during all sorts of often subconscious, social interactions, the assumption being that the sooner you understand what is going on in the young, still developing brains, the greater the chance that you, their teacher or parent, can influence them in a positive way.

Read our interview from 2023 with Lydia Krabbendam en Tieme Janssen from SENSA.

ammodo-science-award.org

Jacco van Rheenen – Laureate

Jacco van Rheenen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Jacco van Rheenen developed a groundbreaking form of microscopy, allowing individual cells to be tracked for weeks in a living organism. This new form of research provides valuable information about the behaviour of, and the interaction between, cells. For example, he was the first person to film the process of metastatic cancer.

www.ammodo-science-award.org