Paul Wieringa awarded with prestigious Veni grant for “NeuroBeta”
Dr. Paul Wieringa, researcher at the Department of Complex Tissue Engineering from MERLN / Maastricht University has been awarded with the prestigious Veni grant, from Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
This grant accounting for 250.000 euros, will allow this MERLN junior researcher to setup his innovative project "NeuroBeta: Creating an organ-on-a-chip screening platform of functionally innervated Islets of Langerhans". The project aims at creating a 3D in vitro platform in order to "recreate the nerve-pancreas circuit for the study of neural regulation of pancreatic function and the development of relevant therapies".
Alongside Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of NWO's Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. Veni is aimed at outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their doctoral degrees. In the latest call, five junior Maastricht University researchers have been awarded a Veni. Lars Hausfeld, Lotte Lemmens, Lucas Lindeboom, Veerle Melotte and Paul Wieringa are now set to further develop their own research ideas over the next three years.
Dr. Paul Wieringa (Photo: MERLN)