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Euro-Latin American network for diabetes research granted EU funding

19 March 2012

The University Medical Center Groningen and the University of Groningen have successfully submitted a European grant application for diabetes-related research.

The Euro-Latin American Network on Diabetic Microangiopathy (EULAMDIMA) is a direct spin-off of the internationalization focus of UMCG and the University of Groningen and will start 1 November 2012. It is a FP7 PEOPLE Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES). IRSES provides the financing for the mobility of researchers between Europe and Latin America, i.e. Mexico and Chile.  

Partner Universities

The following partners are involved:

  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), Chile
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

The Groningen coordinators are prof. dr. Martina Schmidt, prof. dr. Jan-Luuk Hillebrands and dr. Marco Harmsen.


In 2003 the late prof. Fokko van der Woude and the current Dean of Research of UMCG Lou de Leij initiated a bilateral collaboration between UMCG and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In more recent years, selected countries in Latin America have become another focus of the RUG/UMCG internationalization strategy. A key position is taken by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México that with over 200.000 students is responsible for about 50% of Mexico’s research output. The Universidad Andrés Bello is a much smaller private university in Santiago de Chile with high-quality research groups.

A logical evolution

Hans Peter Hammes, MD, PhD and Chair of the International Research Training Group on Vascular Medicine of the University of Heidelberg says " We are delighted to see EULAMDIMA realized as a logical evolution of a bilateral Dutch-German collaboration starting 10 years ago"

Cooperation has been pivotal

Enrique Graue , MD, PhD, Dean of the Facultad de Medicina of UNAM expressed that “Cooperation with RUG/UMCG has been pivotal, as we have successfully accomplished the transition from the signature of agreements to actual implementation of several cooperation modalities, including student and faculty mobility.” Dr. Graue has included, as part of his development plan for his next term (2012-2015) to maintain and strengthen cooperation with RUG/UMCG.

More information

For more information, please contact  Peter Braun of the Research Office UMCG or Joyce Fongers of the University of Groningen Office for International Relations.

Last modified:04 July 2014 9.30 p.m.

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