NWO Veni grant for seven EUR-scientists

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to seven highly promising young EUR-scientists. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. For example, they will conduct research into the increasing number of migrants who sell their kidneys, prevention of hip osteoarthritis and the lack of concern about the growing gap between rich and poor.

NWO Veni laureates 2020

The Happy Hip: prevention of hip osteoarthritis - dr. Rintje Agricola, Erasmus MC

Osteoarthritis becomes the most prevalent disease in the Netherlands by 2040, but its etiology is still unknown. This research combines all worldwide available hip osteoarthritis data to create a prediction model, providing novel insights in person-specific risk factors for personalized treatment and prevention.

Organs as a gateway to Europe: studying kidney sales among migrants entering the EU - dr. Frederike Ambagtsheer, Erasmus MC

From countries across the European-Mediterranean border, growing numbers of irregular migrants are being identified who are selling their kidney to facilitate arrival into Europe. This research aims to explain how, where and by who migrants’ kidney sales take place and to improve understanding of the factors that induce their exploitation.

Towards a [more] personalized treatment of patients with Pompe disease - dr. Nadine van der Beek, Erasmus MC

Pompe disease is a severe myopathy, for which enzyme-replacement therapy is available. Despite treatment not all patients benefit equally well. This research uses a multidisciplinary approach to detect the factors underlying the variable response, and validate new outcome-measures, in order to improve therapy and tailor it to the individual patient.

Effective Monitoring of Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) with MRI: the M-ILD study - dr. Pierluigi Ciet, Erasmus MC

Treatment optimization in patients with ILD is achievable by detection of lung fibrosis and inflammation. The M-ILD study will quantify fibrosis and inflammation using innovative MRI techniques and develop a new sensitive patient-tailored monitoring platform of treatment response.

Large-scale personalization: personalized screening programs - dr. Kevin ten Haaf, Erasmus MC

Is personalization possible within large-scale screening programs? Ten Haaf’s research investigates how screening programs can consider an individual’s unique characteristics, such as familial history and comorbidity. Innovative models will be developed, which combine these individual characteristics with recent test results to enable personalized screening programs for breast, colon and lung cancer.

What does your meat eat? The global impact of Dutch livestock feed from 1954 up to the present - dr. Floor Haalboom, Erasmus MC

What does the meat on your plate eat? Huge amounts of feed from all over the world made Dutch factory farming possible. Haalboom researches historical changes in the origins of that feed and its global consequences for societies and environments. This is critical for present-day debate about the livestock industry.

Disconnected inequality: Understanding popular apathy in times of growing economic inequality - dr. Jonathan Mijs, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Why has rising inequality not been accompanied by growing popular concerns? This project is a comparative investigation of The Netherlands and the US into the disconnect between reality and perception of economic inequality, and how to realign the two. It combines insights from innovative qualitative and quantitative, experimental, methods.

Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate, and is part of the NOW Talent Programme. View previous EUR Veni-laureates.

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