Detailed brain map uncovers hidden immune cells that may be involved in neurodegenerative disorders


Our brains do not only contain neurons, but also a variety of immune cells that play an important role for its functioning. A team led by Dr. Kiavash Movahedi (VIB Center for Inflammation Research at VUB) has developed a comprehensive cell atlas of the brain's immune compartment. This revealed not only the striking diversity of brain macrophages, but also found microglia where they were not expected. 

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on cell developmental dynamics


​What happens inside a cell when it is activated, changing, or responding to variations in its environment? Researchers from the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research have developed a map of how to best model these cellular dynamics. Their work not only highlights the outstanding challenges of tracking cells throughout their growth and lifetime, but also pioneers new ways of evaluating computational biology methods that aim to do this.

Big data in life sciences: hype or hope?


​In science, business and society, the term big data has been on the rise for quite some time now. The last decade, however, the concept has evolved from an all-round label to tangible applications that affect our lives in numerous ways. In life sciences as well, big data technology is helping us cope with a seemingly endless tsunami of biological information. And considering the rapid pace of progress in our sector, we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg.