Good News from Thu, 29 September, 2011:

Finnish professors win European grants

Advanced grants are designed to encourage pioneering research Advanced grants are designed to encourage pioneering research

Three medical science researchers from the University of Helsinki have been awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grants.

Professor Lauri Aaltonen received funding for research into the genetics of cancer predisposition.   

Academy Professor Kari Alitalo is looking into the functions and therapeutic potential of vascular endothelial growth facts.This research aims to provide new treatment options for cancer and cardiovascular diseases which are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the western world.

Professor Anu Wartiovaara was given funding for her research project which has the potential for breakthroughs in the fields of mitochondrial disease pathogenesis and treatment, neurodegeneration and obesity.

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. If they are defective, your body cannot function as it should.

ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders in any field of science, engineering and scholarship to pursue ground-breaking research of their choice.

They are designed to encourage risk-taking and interdisciplinarity and normally provide funding of up to 2.5 million euros for a maximum period of five years.