Vici grant awarded to Leon de Windt

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands (18-02-2013) - "Veni, Vidi, Vici" is a Latin phrase. It’s popular usage reportedly originates from a letter that Gaius Julius Caesar wrote to the Roman Senate around 46 BC, after achieving victory in his short war at the Battle of Zela. The phrase is used to refer to a swift, conclusive victory.
6 excellent biomedical scientists have received a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros from NWO. Leon de Windt of UM/Maastricht UMC+ receives for his research one of these prestigious grants. The funding will enable the laureates to do research for the next five years and to build up their own research group.
Vici is one of the largest grants for individual scientists in the Netherlands and is part of NWO's Talent Scheme, which consists of the Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. With this scheme NWO encourages scientific talent by offering scientists in various stages of their career the opportunity to do groundbreaking research. The Vici grant is a boost for the laureates and it also creates opportunities for a large number of young researchers who will work in the laureates’ research groups. 
Leon de Windt previously received a Veni grant (2001) and a Vidi grant (2007), making his Veni, Vidi, Vici Talent scheme cycle complete with the award of this most recent Vici grant. In his Vici proposal “EXPERT: EXploiting non-coding RNA Pathways for novel diagnostics and thERapeuTics in heart failure” Leon de Windt and coworkers will first establish the cause-effect relationship between biological mechanisms underlying one specific subtype of heart failure, discover new diagnostic tools in defined clinical cohorts and use antisense oligonucleotide technology to design fundamentally new classes of drugs aimed to ameliorate this subtype of heart failure.
For the execution of his Vici grant, Leon de Windt will closely collaborate with high profile research groups in Germany and Italy, as well as scientists in the recently established MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine ( and Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio -
For original press releases, click here at the NWO site, here for the press release of Maastricht University, and here for press releases in the popular press.