WWTF grants for 3 outstanding young researchers and 8 new imaging projects

The Vienna Science and Technology Fund strengthens the application of novel imaging technologies in biological and biomedical research projects in Vienna. Within its Life Sciences Call 2014 in total 4.4 million Euros have been granted to 8 research projects. In addition, WWTF allows the set-up of three new research groups in the life sciences in Vienna with up to 1.6 million Euros funding each.

The WWTF Life Sciences Call 2014 "Innovative biological and biomedical applications of novel imaging technologies" is finished. Out of 126 short proposals 28 have been invited for further elaboration.

From 27-28 November 2014 a two-day jury meeting took place in Vienna gathering 9 international jurors. During the meeting, the jury extensively discussed the submitted proposals on the basis of at least three international reviews per proposal as well as based on their own expertise and formed their funding recommendation. On December 9, 2014 WWTF Board of Directors fully confirmed the jury’s funding recommendation.

Within this call, 8 projects with a total amount of 4.407 Mio € will be funded:

Imaging recruitment of chromatin remodelling proteins to the sites of DNA damage induced by laser microirradiation
Funding: 517k €
Dea Slade, University of Vienna/ MFPL

Elucidating mitotic spindle assembly mechanisms by super-resolution fluorescence microscopy
Funding: 582k €
Daniel Gerlich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

High-Resolution Imaging to Unravel the Molecular Etiology of Disturbed T-Cell Antigen Recognition
Funding: 582k €
Johannes Huppa, Medical University of Vienna

In vivo optophysiology in humans using a novel laser interferometric approach
Funding: 417k €
Rene Werkmeister, Medical University of Vienna

Novel approach to individualized mechanical ventilation of critically ill patients through Computed Tomography-enhanced bedside Electrical Impedance Tomography Imaging
Funding: 575k €
Klaus Markstaller, Medical University of Vienna

Whole brain imaging of decision-making in freely moving C. elegans
Funding: 582k €
Manuel Zimmer, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology

Imaging neuronal circuits of the prefrontal cortex during a gambling task
Funding: 582k €
Thomas Klausberger, Medical University of Vienna

Improved Monitoring of Tumor Response to Breast Cancer Therapy by Sodium Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Ultra-high Field
Funding: 570k €
Siegfried Trattnig, Medical University of Vienna

In addition, WWTF grants up to 1.6 million Euros for each of three research groups in the life sciences that receive funding within its second call for "Vienna Research Groups for Young Investigators". The hearings in Vienna have taken place and the funded scientists are:

Martin Leeb moves from MRC Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge
to the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna

Christopher Campbell moves from the University of San Francisco
to the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna

Jillian Petersen moves from the Max-Planck-Institut in Bremen
to the Department for Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna

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