ERC Advanced Grants
The ERC awards the Advanced Grants to established, leading principal investigators who require long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project. Have a look at the researchers of Erasmus University Rotterdam who were able to start such a project because of an ERC Advanced Grant.
ERC Advanced Grant in 2017
In 2017, Prof. Jan Hoeijmakers (Erasmus MC) received an ERC Advanced Grant for his project 'DNA damage and ageing'. Hoeijmakers discovered that deficiencies in DNA repair processes in humans and mice accelerate ageing in virtually every organ. In addition, he established that quickly ageing mice that are put on a diet l see a 200% increase in their lifespan and remain far healthier. Hoeijmakers now wants to gain a clearer understanding of the mechanism behind this dietary restriction. In addition, he is examining how this knowledge can be applied in a clinical setting – for the benefit of patients suffering from accelerated ageing or early-onset dementia, for example. The results could contribute to healthy ageing and the prevention of ageing diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.