For this purpose, Kerstin Bartscherer will use planarians and zebrafish, which – contrary to humans – can quickly replace amputated body parts, without even leaving scars. "The strength of our project's approach is the unique combination of regenerative model organisms and state-of-the-art technology", Bartscherer explains.
The European Research Council ERC supports highly innovative research projects. "Excellent research always depends on an inspiring and supportive environment – a condition more than met in the present case. The MPI for Molecular Biomedicine maintains close collaborations with the institutes of the Westphalian Wilhelm's University in Münster and the Cluster of Excellence research groups 'Cells in Motion'," Kerstin Bartscherer praises Münster's potential for research.
The fact that Bartscherer was awarded the grant is a renewed recognition of Münster as location for European cutting-edge research on regeneration and stem cell biology. In 2015, the ERC awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for a research project on stem cell-based regeneration to the Max Planck Director Hans Schöler. In 2013, another Advanced Grant dedicated to research on blood vessels and their importance in the formation of new bone tissue went to Max Planck Director Ralf Adams. In addition, the MPI Research Group Leaders Sebastian Leidel (2012), Arndt Siekmann (2010) and Takashi Hiiragi (2007) all won one of the prestigious ERC Starting Grants.
(© Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, AcademiaNet)