Roughly half of the world’s population will experience menstruation, yet we still don’t know enough about what a ‘normal’ period is. We spoke to AcademiaNet member Professor Hilary Critchley about why it’s so important that society moves past period shame and gets cracking on developing treatments for the people that suffer.
The grants will be used to explore commercialisation of existing projects, ranging from RNA technology to textiles made with artificial spider silk.
277 senior researchers received an ERC Advanced Grant, among them are Susanne Albers, Gabriela Constantin, Rachel Griffith, Martina Havenith, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Mercedes Maroto-Valer (photo), Eva Schinnerer, Christa Schleper, Dr. Maria Sibilia, Ingrid Van Keilegom, and Hanna Vehkamäki. Congratulations!
The growth of neuronal and vascular networks is controlled by the same molecules. Now Amparo Acker-Palmer plans to study the communication between neurons and blood vessels in the brain. She hopes to use her findings to gain important insights into dementia progression, and into other mental illnesses.
Healthy cells reduce their growth when there is a lack of oxygen, or hypoxia. But hypoxia is a characteristic of malignant tumours. The team of Prof. Amparo Acker-Palmer from Goethe University Frankfurt and colleagues from the University of Giessen could show how cancer cells succeed at circumventing the genetic program of growth inhibition.