The European Research Council (ERC) awards grants to excellent researchers, thus stimulating groundbreaking research in Europe.
ERC Starting Grants support talented young researchers in setting up a research team and starting an independent research project. Consolidator Grants are meant for scientists who want to consolidate their independence by establishing a research team or who have recently created an independent, excellent research team and want to strengthen it. The Advanced Grants are open to established academics of all nationalities and all ages. An ERC grant enables these researchers to start bold, groundbreaking research and thus open up new avenues in their field of study. The Proof of Concept grants help ERC laureates link their research to the market.
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ERC Grants 2019
Geert van den Bogaart
Professor Geert van den Bogaart has been professor of Molecular Immunology and Microbiology at the UG since 2018. His research focuses on the link between the so-called congenital (innate) immune system and the acquired (adaptive) immune system. He studies how the congenital immune system decides to initiate an acquired immune system response.
With the ERC Consolidator Grant, Van den Bogaart would like to research why immune responses against pathogens are made selectively in cases of infection, while autoimmune diseases are prevented.
More information about his research can be found in the news article.
Professor Marleen Kamperman has been professor in Polymer Science at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (ZIAM) since 2018. Her research focuses on the creation of 'new materials', such as the long, organic molecules that are often known as polymers.
With the ERC Consolidator Grant, Kamperman wants to develop new materials by using environmentally friendly processes, such as those that can be found in nature when looking at spider webs and the threads of the velvet worm. She hopes to simulate these processes in the laboratory.
More information about her research can be found in the news article.
Dr. Cristóbal Bertoglio (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for hi-fi cardiovascular modeling from super-fast MRI. Bertoglio’s research project called CardioZoom, aims to make possible quantitative MRIs of thin cardiovascular structures at very short MRI scan times.
Dr. Giulia Fulvia Mancini (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials) has been awarded a Starting Grant for her project entitled 'Advanced EUV/soft X-ray microscopy in the ultrafast regime: imaging functionality of nanomaterials across length scales' (ULTRAIMAGE). ULTRAIMAGE tackles the need for novel strategies in the characterization of functional nanomaterials, through the study of their fundamental structure-property relationships.
Dr. Cyril Moers (Faculty of Medical Sciences/UMCG) will be conducting research in the coming years into the use of perfusion machines with which donor kidneys can be tested. The insights from the research should lead to nephrologists and surgeons being able to make the right choice more often in the future when it comes to accepting or rejecting donor kidneys.
Read more about Moers in the UMCG news item.
Helga de Valk
Prof. Helga de Valk is honorary Professor of Migration and the life course at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Her research focusses on the demographic characteristics and behavior of migrant populations.
De Valk was awarded the ERC Grant for her research Migrant youth mobility in Europe: Patterns, processes and consequences.
Rudolf de Boer
Professor Rudolph de Boer is Professor in Translational Cardiology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences/UMCG. De Boer will use the ERC Grant to conduct research into the interaction between heart failure and the emergence of cancer.
The treatment for heart failure has improved, but the mortality rates remain high. It has become clear over the past few years that patients with heart failure often die of cancer, but this aspect has received little attention. De Boer will research whether different types of heart failure produce direct or indirect effects on the emergence of various types of cancer. It is expected that this will lead to the identification of factors that influence tumour growth, but possibly also to known kidney, liver and lung diseases that often occur alongside heart failure.
Prof. Franjo Weissing, Theoretical Biology, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. Weissing will use the grant to investigate the evolution of regulation networks.
The ERC project has been divided into subprojects, which deal with concrete questions from different fields. Which organisms in a time of global warming are still able to adapt to their changing circumstances? How does an immune system adapt to the range of pathogens to which it is exposed? How did our ability to learn evolve, and what can we conclude from this about the structure of our brains and our emotional system?
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