Christian Ottmann and Natal van Riel receive European grants

Christian Ottmann and Natal van Riel both received a European grant from the Marie Curie program of Horizon 2020. The consortium coordinated by Christian Ottmann received 3.3 million euros for research into a new type of medical molecule and accompanying new research method. Nathal van Riel is part of a consortium that investigates the effect of ageing and lifestyle on metabolism in skeletal muscle.

Christian Ottmann coordinates a consortium of three major pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, UCB), two small companies (Lead Discovery Center and Taros) and six partner universities (TU/e, University of Prague, Universita di Siena, Université Lille1, University of Leeds en University of Dundee). This collaboration aims to research a new type of medical molecule and accompanying new research method. With this new type of molecules, they hope to address a number of medical problems like cancer, neurological diseases like Alzheimer or Parkinson, lung diseases, inflammation and metabolic disorders like Diabetes. With the received 3.3 million euros, 13 PhD-students will be appointed.

Natal van Riel is part of a research collaboration of 18 European partners, named PANINI (Physical Activity and Nutrition INfluences In ageing); from the Netherlands five parties are involved: de TU/e, de Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), UNIE KBO and Danone Nutricia Research. From the total amount of 2.8 million euros, the TU/e receives 250.000 euros for the research into the effect of ageing and lifestyle on metabolism in skeletal muscle. Changes in muscle function are a known hallmark of ageing and have been associated with age- and lifestyle related diseases such as heart failure and type 2 diabetes.

Marie Curie program
The Marie Curie program is a mobility program of Horizon 2020 to stimulate exchange between countries and between companies and the academic world. These grants are so-called ‘Innovative Training Networks’ (ITN), training networks for the education of starting researchers.