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2 VIDI grants awarded

May 2014: NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) has awarded VIDI grants to Jingyuan Fu for her project on “Understanding the causal relationships between the host genome, microbiota and lipids” and to Lude Franke for his project on “A novel approach to understanding how DNA variants cause disease”. (1) Understanding the causal relationships between the host genome, microbiota and lipids - Dr. Jingyuan Fu Lipid composition varies widely between human individuals and is associated with many diseases. Numerous studies have shown that the lipid composition can be affected by an individual’s genetic make-up and intestinal microbial composition. Over millions of years, microbes and humans have formed a truly symbiotic relationship.

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Yang Li awarded top Chinese-Netherlands prize

On February 20th, Dr. Yang Li, a post-doc in the Wijmenga group, went to Rotterdam to attend a ceremony organised by the Chinese Qingtian Association of the Netherlands. For her achievements in research, she was awarded a top prize: ‘The Scholarship of the QingTian Association of the Netherlands’. This event was reported on several official news channels and Chinese websites, including the Xinhua Agency, the most important news channel in China. Although this is an award from a non-governmental organisation, it aims at encouraging all Chinese researchers/students in the Netherlands to achieve a better performance in future.

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