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Veni, Vidi and Vici grants awarded to the University of Groningen in 2020

Grants awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, Innovational Research Incentives Scheme).

Vici Awards

Prof. Matthias Heinemann
Prof. Matthias Heinemann

Unvraveling the metabolic clock of the cell

Prof. M. (Matthias) Heinemann (FSE)

Metabolism and cell division are essential for continuing life, but we still do not understand the interaction between these processes. Matthias Heinemann intends to unravel the mechanism that is responsible for the clock-like dynamic behaviour of metabolism during eukaryotic cell division. This will generate important information for the fields of biomedical science and biotechnology.

Prof. Fanny Janssen
Prof. Fanny Janssen

Future socioeconomic inequality in mortality

Prof. F. (Fanny) Janssen (FRW)

Socioeconomic differences in mortality constitute an important social issue, but we do not know how these differences are realistically likely to develop. In her research, Fanny Janssen intends to devise an advanced prediction model for mortality inequality using new information about the effects of smoking, obesity and alcohol. She also aims to ascertain the possible effects of preventive health policy.

Prof. Giovanni Maglia
Prof. Giovanni Maglia

Next-generation nanosensor for home diagnostics

Prof. G. (Giovanni) Maglia (FSE)

Cells cannot function without proteins. The concentration, expression and chemical modifications of proteins are accurate indicators of many diseases. In this project, Giovanni Maglia will develop cheap, fast technology for detecting and analysing proteins, to be used to improve home diagnostics.

Prof. Judith Rosmalen
Prof. Judith Rosmalen

Symptom sensitivity

Prof. J.G.M. (Judith) Rosmalen (FMW/UMCG)

Judith Rosmalen has been researching psychosomatic illness for many years. She will use the Vici grant to study how experiences from a person’s youth can affect the degree to which they suffer from physical symptoms. Previous research has revealed vast differences in people’s reactions to physical symptoms. This is related to hereditary differences as well as to previous experiences with physical symptoms. Rosmalen will use people’s childhood experiences to explore how these differences develop.

Prof. Liesbeth Veenhoff
Prof. Liesbeth Veenhoff

Poor old pores

Prof. L.M. (Liesbeth) Veenhoff (FMW/UMCG)

Liesbeth Veenhoff wants to know how and why cells change as they age. Her research focuses on changes in the nuclear pore complexes; the ‘gatekeepers’ to the nucleus. Nuclear core complexes play a key role in biology. After all, information in the DNA must leave the nucleus in order to make new molecules. The researcher wants to know which quality control mechanisms are in place to ensure that nuclear core complexes can do their job effectively. This isn’t as easy as it may sound, and tends to go wrong during the ageing process and if the body is confronted with certain neurodegenerative diseases. It is hoped that activating these control mechanisms may provide a new way of repairing old or diseased cells.

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