EMBO selects Babraham Immunologist for its prestigious Young Investigator Programme
Marc Veldhoen, Group Leader at the Babraham Institute, has been selected as one of 22 new scientists to join the prestigious EMBO Young Investigator Programme, which aims to support the career development of Europe’s most promising young researchers.
“The EMBO Young Investigators have the potential to be tomorrow’s life science leaders,” says Gerlind Wallon, EMBO Deputy Director and manager of the Young Investigator Programme. They are already active contributors to science in Europe and, by supporting them, EMBO wants to highlight both their work and their potential.”
Selected for excellence in research from 164 applications in 2011, the scientists join a growing network of more than 300 young group leaders with access to a comprehensive array of networking, training, mentorship and funding opportunities. EMBO Members act as mentors to the Young Investigators, helping them to develop their careers. The young scientists join a dynamic network of current and former young investigators and installation grantees that encourages collaboration.
Marc, who joined the Babraham Institute in 2010, joins an internationally-regarded team of immunologists, carrying out research to identify the molecular and biochemical mechanisms required for the development of the immune system and how immune function changes during ageing. Babraham’s Director,
Professor Michael Wakelam, said, “We are delighted that Marc has been selected for this prestigious scheme supporting the career development of some of Europe’s most promising researchers. His recent research, revealing how dietary insufficiencies can adversely impact the immune system, is bringing new insight to understanding the basis of intestinal inflammatory disorders. A greater understanding of immunity and how the immune system is established is central to the goal of promoting a healthier lifespan.”
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About the Babraham Institute:
The Babraham Institute undertakes world-class life sciences research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health. Our research focuses on cellular signalling, gene regulation and the impact of epigenetic regulation at different stages of life. By determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli and manages microbial and viral interactions, we aim to improve wellbeing and support healthier ageing. The Institute is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, through an Institute Core Capability Grant and also receives funding from other UK research councils, charitable foundations, the EU and medical charities.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, health and well-being and pharmaceutical sectors. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and institutes.
EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. The organization enables the best science by supporting talented researchers, stimulating scientific exchange and advancing policies for a world-class European research environment. EMBO is an organization of 1500 leading life scientist members that fosters new generations of researchers to produce world-class scientific results.
EMBO helps young scientists to advance their research, promote their international reputations and ensure their mobility. Courses, workshops, conferences and scientific journals disseminate the latest research and offer training in cutting-edge techniques to maintain high standards of excellence in research practice. EMBO helps to shape science and research policy by seeking input and feedback from our community and by following closely the trends in science in Europe.