University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES)
Nijenborgh 7
9747 AG Groningen
Netherlands

http://www.rug.nl/

Prof. Dr. Martien Kas

University of Groningen
Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Phone: +31 50 3632381

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Dr. Sietse de Boer

Phone: +31 50 3632355

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Dr. Bauke Buwalda

Phone: +31 50 3632352

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Niels Jongs

Phone: +31 88 7567909

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Raj Jagesar

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Dr. Emma J. Wams

Phone: +31 50 3637658

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The Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) fills a special niche in the field of life sciences that not only covers mechanistic, evolutionary and ecological approaches, but also specifically aims at the integration of these fields to provide a full understanding of fundamental biological processes. Evolution on a long time scale has shaped the regulatory mechanisms acting on short time scales that determine the potential and limitations of adaptive capacity. This is relevant for understanding the prevalence and treatment of diseases, including neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as individual differences in aging and health that determine the scope for personalized medicine. In turn, the nature of these mechanisms determines the potential, direction, speed, and limitation of evolutionary change. This is important, e.g. for understanding speciation and changes in biodiversity, predicting effects of global change, and brain adaptations to cope with environmental challenges.

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