Nine EUR researchers receive Vidi grant of 800,000 euros

Nine researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and Erasmus MC each receive a Vidi grant of 800,000 euros from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years.

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.

Laureates Erasmus University Rotterdam

Towards Accurate Prediction of Healthcare Choices - dr. Esther de Bekker-Grob, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

Accurate prediction of patients’ choice behaviour avoids poor policy decisions and ‘trial-and-error’ implementation in healthcare. However, current models study choices as if they are independent of other people’s influence hampering accurate ex-ante (‘before’) evaluation of healthcare policies. This project develops and validates a social-interdependent choice paradigm to fill this gap.

Limited liability: blessing or curse? - prof. Peter Koudijs, Erasmus School of Economics

Under limited liability entrepreneurs can walk away from certain debts. This incentivizes them to take more risk. Is this a blessing or curse? Peter Koudijs will dive into the history of the introduction of limited liability in the US and analyze its effects on entrepreneurship and innovation.

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ENCODE: Explicating Norms for Collective Deliberation - dr. Frederik van de Putte, Erasmus School of Philosophy (per 1 februari 2021)

True democracy requires collective deliberation: citizens should not only vote, but also discuss their views. But what norms can such discussion obey? This is the central question behind this project, in which Frederik Van de Putte will develop formal models of deliberation as an interactive, dynamic process, thus mapping out its normative limitations.

Empowering children to behave safely online - dr. Esther Rozendaal, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Digital media offer opportunities but also risks for children. Therefore, schools are increasingly investing in digital media literacy. However, being media-literate does not automatically mean that children behave safely online. With innovative game-technology, the researchers examine how children can be empowered to use digital media in a safe and responsible manner.

Laureates Erasmus MC

The right time to be optimal - dr. Devika Narain

Precisely timed actions are reflected in virtually every skilled behaviour in humans and do not merely represent normal function of the nervous system, they represent optimal function. This proposal studies how the brain uses memory and signals in the environment to generate rapid and precisely timed actions.

Stabilization of DNA replication machinery in maintenance of genome integrity - dr. Arnab Ray Chaudhuri

DNA replication stress is a precursor of genome instability, that is linked to tumor development. In this project, the researcher wants to study the factors that cause instability of the DNA replication process and how our cells cope with the genetic instability.

New imaging biomarkers for stroke - dr. Kim van der Heiden

Stroke is caused by rupture of the cap overlying an atherosclerotic plaque in the carotid artery. In this project, the scientist working on the intersection of cardiovascular biology, technology, and imaging, will tissue engineer caps to identify new imaging biomarkers for the identification of the cap at risk of rupture.

Towards personalized screening for colorectal cancer - dr. Iris Lansdop-Vogelaar

Cancer screening is a one-size-fits-all approach, despite substantial differences in risk in the population. This project aims to bring personalized screening into practice. The researchers will determine the optimal screening strategy based on age, gender and prior screening results and test the advantages of personalized screening in a clinical study.

The brain-infiltrating T cell uncovered - dr. Marvin van Luijn

Epstein-Barr virus infection is associated with autoimmune diseases showing genetic changes in CD4+ T- and B-cells. The researcher wants to understand how cytotoxic CD4+ T-cells are forced to recruit and cause damage in the brain, and utilize this knowledge to improve the prognosis and treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.


View the previous laureates of Vidi grants at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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