Wishful thinking

In this series scientists talk about the research they would like to do the most.

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Depressed because of clogged veins

Depressed because of clogged veins

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Thomas van Sloten would like to test a pill that would improve the tiniest veins in the brains of older patients. There is just one problem: that pill doesn't exist yet.

The new humanitarian aid: export of business philosophy

The new humanitarian aid: export of business philosophy

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Elsje Fourie, researcher at Fasos, would like to do fieldwork in one of the many Ethiopian businesses that are currently so taken in by the Japanese business philosophy of Kaizen. What does that entail?

Looking for a reliable blood test

Looking for a reliable blood test

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Hugo ten Cate would like to design a blood test that would make it possible to assess the risk of a subsequent thrombosis.

On a mini-expedition to South Siberia

On a mini-expedition to South Siberia

When he is at a birthday party and he tells people that he carries out research into thermoregulation - or to be more precise, the regulation of the body's temperature - he is told story after story. About how women always feel colder than men, a...

Hit by a car, then what?

Hit by a car, then what?

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Gijs van Dijck, Professor of Private Law, would like to set up an experiment with the larger insurance companies in the Netherlands, focussing on the best way to deal with compensation.

Down with the regulations on health claims!

Down with the regulations on health claims!

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Nutrition scientist Alie de Boer (29) would like to clear away all European legislation on food claims – things like Becel butter that helps lower your cholesterol level - and find out how it can be improved. At the moment it is a thorn in the side of consumers, businesses and scientists.

Sorrow, mourning, empathy, feelings animals are all to familiar with

Sorrow, mourning, empathy, feelings animals are all to familiar with

Suppose you’re a scientist and you get a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Pim Martens, professor of Sustainability, would like to put dogs in an MRI scanner.