The Board of NWO Domain Science has awarded in the NWO Open Competition Domain Science, Ronald van Rij, theme Infectious diseases and global health and Jennny van der Wijst, theme Renal disorders, an XS grant. The maximum funding is 50.000 euros per project. The XS category emphatically strives to encourage curiosity-driven and bold research involving a relatively quick analysis of a promising idea. As a pilot, applicants are also an assessor in the XS assessment process.
Ronald van Rij
Project: Defining the regulatory circuit that drives early development of virus-transmitting mosquitoes
Complex organisms are composed of a wide diversity of cell types, tissues, and organs, yet they all emerged from just a single fertilized cell. The very first steps in this developmental process are similar between different animal species, however, they can differ greatly at the molecular level. Early embryonic development has not been studied in the mosquito Aedes aegypti that is responsible for transmission of important epidemic viruses. In this project, the researchers will unravel genes that are essential for early development of this important mosquito species.
Project: Novel peptide therapeutic to fight kidney stones
Kidney stones affect around 1 in 10 people worldwide. It can be treated, but recurrence rates are high (>30%) resulting in increased risk of chronic kidney disease. An improved, possibly preventive treatment is needed. Our research aims to develop a novel drug to prevent kidney stone formation, based on our body’s calcium regulation. Calcium, obtained from our diet and essential for i.a. bone, can precipitate in our kidneys. This may lead to crystal formation, and ultimately kidney stone development. We propose to stop this process and prevent stone formation by local calcium buffering in the kidney via an original peptide-drug.
Lowlands Science call for projects17 February 2020
Researchers pay attention! Lowlands is looking for research teams to participate in Lowlands Science 2020. It’s a great way to reach a large audience, do unique experiments with and on them, and to have a memorable experience with your colleagues.Read more
Five ZonMw ‘Off Road’ grants for Radboudumc researchers17 February 2020
Benoit Besson, Annemarie Boleij, Jonne Doorduin, Jorik Nonnekes and Sara Roig Merino have each received an ZonMw ‘Off Road’ grant of €100,000. The grants are intended for biomedical health researchers who dare to go off the beaten track in their search for new insights and unexpected breakthroughs.Read more
Dutch Kidney Foundation PhD grant for Johan van der Vlag and Tom Nijenhuis14 February 2020
Johan van der Vlag and Tom Nijenhuis, theme Renal disorders, received this grant for their joint research project “Targeting a novel paracrine signaling pathway between glomerular endothelium and podocytes to treat glomerular injury”.Read more
KNAW Early Career Award for Geert Litjens13 February 2020
Twelve young researchers received the Early Career Award from KNAW on 4 february. One of them is RIHS researcher Geert Litjens. The Award is aimed at researchers in the Netherlands at the start of their career who are capable of developing innovative and original research ideas.Read more
Interactive career day for Postdocs and PhD candidates13 February 2020
45 Postdocs and PhD candidates attended the first Interactive career day organised by Janssen Pharmaceutica, to learn more about career perspectives and R&D activities that on the longer term can lead to ideas and potential future collaboration.Read more