Wishful thinking

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

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“The end is often the scariest”

“The end is often the scariest”

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Psychologist Dalena van Heugten would like to monitor patients suffering from nightmares in a sleep lab for a period of time.

Teaching political scientists a lesson

Teaching political scientists a lesson

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Political scientist Arjan Schakel would like to prove that many social researchers take the wrong approach in their research into voting behaviour. To do so, he needs tens of millions. 

Revaluation of the welfare state

Revaluation of the welfare state

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Zina Nimeh, university lecturer of Social Protection and Human Development, wants to discover why people no longer appreciate the welfare state.

Better understanding of the risk factors for heart failure

Better understanding of the risk factors for heart failure

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Blanche Schroen wants to get a better understanding of the risk factors of heart failure in order to develop more effective medication.

Breaking the trend in South Limburg

Breaking the trend in South Limburg

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Maria Jansen dreams of having ten million euro to carry out a study into the poor state of health in South Limburg. She would focus on the hereditary nature of unhealthiness, passing from one generation to the next. 

Cardiac arrhythmia accelerates ageing

Cardiac arrhythmia accelerates ageing

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Harry Crijns would like to research cardiac arrhythmia using an implanted monitor. What happens to the rest of the body during those palpitations?

Standing places in lecture halls and bowls of fruit in all buildings

Standing places in lecture halls and bowls of fruit in all buildings

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Stef Kremers would set up a large-scale experiment at the UM in an attempt to promote the health of students and employees.

Digital reproduction or preferably the original?

Digital reproduction or preferably the original?

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Cultural scientist Vivian van Saaze would look into how digitisation of art would influence our appreciation of the authentic object.

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?

Standing places in lecture halls and bowls of fruit in all buildings

Standing places in lecture halls and bowls of fruit in all buildings

Imagine you, a researcher, are given a bag of money, unlimited time and personnel. What research would you do? Professor Stef Kremers would set up a large-scale experiment at the UM in an attempt to promote the health of students and employees.

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.