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Seven life scientists get research boost to set up in Europe


EMBO Installation Grants provide three years of funding & support


Heidelberg, 11 December 2008 – Seven talented life science researchers will receive the 2008 EMBO Installation Grants, assisting them to relocate and set up their research groups in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. These seven scientists are the third group of awardees since the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) introduced the scheme in 2006.


EMBO Installation Grants are awarded annually and aim to strengthen science in selected member states of the EMBC, the EMBO intergovernmental funding body. The EMBC Member States hosting the grantees finance the grants entirely. EMBC Member States participating in the scheme include Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.


Each scientist receives 50,000 euro annually for three to five years to help them establish their groups and themselves in the European scientific community. Grantees are integrated into the prestigious EMBO Young Investigator network, providing networking opportunities with some of Europe's best young group leaders and a range of career development programmes.


"We welcome these seven talented researchers to the EMBO community as recipients of the 2008 EMBO Installation Grants," said Hermann Bujard, EMBO Director. "They represent a promising scientific future for the countries receiving them and for Europe as a whole. The secure financial backing of their host countries plus the active interest and support of EMBO will foster their scientific and professional development."


A committee of EMBO Members selected the successful candidates for the high standard of their research. By bringing this level of scientific talent into the participating countries, EMBO hopes to improve the competitiveness of these countries in European science.


One of the seven grantees will establish a research group in the Czech Republic, one in Estonia, two in Hungary, one in Poland, one in Portugal and one in Turkey. Three scientists will move from positions in the USA, two will move from the UK, one from Sweden and one from Switzerland.


The next application deadline for EMBO Installation Grants is 15 April 2009.


Name Moving to Moving from
Anger, Martin Academy of Sciences, Libechov, CZ University of Oxford, UK
Research Interest: Chromosome segregation during meiosis
Jaks, Viljar University of Tartu, EE Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, SE
Research area: Hedgehog signaling in liver stem cells
Gacser, Attila University of Szeged, HU Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, US
Research area: Candida infectivity
Sinka, Rita University of Szeged, HU Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK
Research area: Spermatogenesis in Drosophila
Guzik, Tomasz Jagiellonian University, PL Emory University, Atlanta, US
Research area: T-cells in hypertension
Outeiro, Tiago Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, PT Harvard Medical School, Boston, US
Research area: The molecular basis of neurodegeneration
Kilic, Ertugrul Yeditepe University, TR University of Zurich, CH
Research area: Cholesterol transport & drug delivery


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