Research Departments Physiology 20201104 Vidi grant Laurien Buffart
4 November 2020

The Dutch Research Council has awarded 81 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. At the Radboudumc, Francesco Ciompi (Department of Digital Pathology), Koen Haak (Donders Institute) and Laurien Buffart (Department of Physiology) took part. Which topics will they be working on in the next five years?

Laurien: Physical exercise to boost benefit from chemotherapy?

Exercise during cancer treatment benefits physical fitness and quality of life. Yet, the effect on clinical outcome is unknown. Her study will elucidate whether exercise can improve benefit from chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Therein will be examined which of two different exercise programs can best prevent chemotherapy dose modifications via reduced toxicity and enhanced psychological strength and what the exercise effects are on immune function.

Francesco: Predicting Lung Cancer Immunotherapy Response. It’s personal.
Koen: The way I see it: bridging the gap between visual function and functional vision

Veni, Vidi, Vici –NWO Talenten programme

Vidi is aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. This way NWO encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research.

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