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ERC Advanced Grant

Three Utrecht researchers receive prestigious European grant


The European Research Council (ERC) awarded prestigious ERC Advanced Grants to researchers Hans Clevers, Frank Holstege en Karl Kügle. They each receive a grant up to 2.5 million euros for groundbreaking projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains.


Intestinal organoids
Hans Clevers, professor in Molecular genetics at Utrecht University, received his first ERC-Advanced grant in 2008 for the detection of and research on stem cells in multiple adult organs using marker genes. With his second ERC-grant, Clevers will use the organoid technology for dissecting microbiome and immune interactions in human intestinal (cancer) organoids. Clevers works at the Hubrecht Institute. More

HolstegeGenetic predisposition for diseases
Frank Holstege, professor in Genomics at Utrecht University, receives his grant for research on the dynamics in human gene regulation. Deviations in gene expression cause many different diseases. Moreover, it is recently become clear that genetic predisposition to many diseases is associated with the site where transcription factors bind to DNA. In the long term results of this research will make it possible to predict the level of gene expression. This is important for determining the effect of genetic variation on health. Holstege works at UMC Utrecht. More

Music in late-medieval court cultures
Karl Kügle, professor in Musicology at Utrecht University, and his team will explore the role of music in late-medieval court cultures of the ‘long fourteenth century’ (1280-1450) on a European scale. They will focus on music in relation to three central cultural dimensions: 1. the other arts such as poetry, visual arts, and architecture; 2. material culture from manuscripts to jewelry and dress; and 3. the performance of social ritual, from the liturgy to informal interactions among courtiers. 

ERC Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.

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