Veni grant awarded to Ellen Dirkx

The Netherlands (29-07-2014). Ellen Dirkx of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University received a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Scheme (Veni, Vidi and Vici) aimed at different career phases of scientists. A Veni grant is worth a maximum of 250,000 euros, made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and is one of the individual grants from NWO to promote scientific talent.  Veni researchers gained their PhD no more than three years ago. They are free to choose the subject of their research. With this approach, NWO and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science encourage curiosity-driven and innovative research. Veni enables researchers to take an important step in their scientific career.

Ellen Dirkx previously received fellowships from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action of the European Union and an EMBO Long Term fellowship from the EMBO organization. In her Veni proposal “Targeting the miR-106b-25 cluster in pathological cardiac hypertrophy” Ellen Dirkx will focus on the communication between genes in chronic heart failure and develop strategies to adjust where failures occur.

For the execution of her Veni grant, Ellen Dirkx will closely collaborate with the ICGEB in Italy. For original press releases, click here at the NWO site and here for the press release of Maastricht University.