Leiden University

Leiden University (Dutch: Universiteit Leiden), located in the city of Leiden, is the oldest university in the Netherlands. The university was founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War. The royal Dutch House of Orange-Nassau and Leiden University still have a close relationship. The Queens Juliana and Beatrix and crown-prince Willem-Alexander studied at Leiden University. In 2005 Queen Beatrix received a rare honorary degree from Leiden University. Leiden University has six faculties, over 50 departments and more than 150 undergraduate programmes and enjoys an outstanding international reputation. Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Leiden University as the 65th best university worldwide. Times Higher Education World University Rankings consistently rank Leiden University as the best university in Continental Europe for Arts and Humanities. The University is associated with at least sixteen recipients of the Nobel Prize. The university is a member of the distinguished Coimbra Group, the Europaeum and the League of European Research Universities.

Address
Rapenburg 70, Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands
Website
http://www.leiden.edu/
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leiden_University

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Psychology & Psychiatry

Stimulating the gut–brain nerve can influence emotion

Stimulating the vagus nerve, which provides a direct link between the gut and brain, makes people pay less attention to sad facial expressions. This research study by psychologists Katerina Johnson and Laura Steenbergen is ...

Oncology & Cancer

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Neuroscience

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Immunology

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Researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), and Oncode have created a tracking system that can reveal how often cells have divided. This allowed them to find a yet-undiscovered ...

Medical research

Q & A: Unravelling the complexity of HIV/AIDS

Dr. Josien de Klerk, Associate professor in Global Public Health at Leiden University College The Hague recently published some of her work on HIV/AIDS. In collaboration with a team of interdisciplinary researchers from the ...

Medications

Is a cancer pill a matter of time?

A cancer pill, preferably without severe side effects, is something we'd all welcome. Is it a matter of time before such a pill is a reality? We put this question to three Leiden researchers and asked how they themselves ...

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