Vici is a funding instrument from the Talent Scheme. Several senior researchers at Erasmus University Rotterdam have been awarded this grant and given the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship.
Vici grants in 2020
Affordable civil justice - Prof Xandra Kramer
The research conducted by Professor Xandra Kramer, Professor in Private Law at Erasmus School of Law, is entitled: How do we keep civil justice affordable in Europe? Access to justice to enforce rights is crucial for consumers and businesses, but the cost and financing of justice are under pressure. The researchers evaluate alternative pathways to fund civil procedures and share the costs of civil justice in a number of countries and at the European level. Lees meer over het onderzoek van Xandra Kramer.
Why mainly women suffer from migraines - Dr Antoinette Maassen van den Brink
Migraine is a highly debilitating disease, especially in women. Moreover, it is an important cardiovascular risk factor. The project From Headache to Heartache by Professor Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, a pharmacologist at Erasmus MC, studies why specifically women get more migraines, how to specifically treat women and how to mitigate that cardiovascular risk in migraine, taking into account potential cardiovascular risks of antimigraine medication.
The picture of Antoinette Maassen van den Brink is made by Sacha de Boer.
Vici grants of previous years
Overview of the two researchers who won a Vici grant in 2019:
Dr Marleen de Bruijne is developing computer techniques to discover new patterns in large collections of medical imaging data related to diseases such as stroke and lung disease. This will help predict the patient’s risk of developing a disease, leading to better, more personalised treatment and perhaps even disease prevention.
DNA damage impedes transcription. This can result in severe cellular dysfunction and accelerated aging. Dr ir Jurgen Marteijn will use an innovative microscopic analysis method to study effects of DNA damage on transcription in living cells. Combined with advanced protein analysis, the scientists will study how cells cope with transcription-blocking DNA damage.
In 2018, Dr Gijs van Soest received a grant of 1,5 million euros to study arteriosclerosis. with the Vici grant, Van Soest wants to study biochemical traces, to learn how we can prevent cerebral and cardiac infarcts.