This prize will enable Dr Pierre Maquet's team to carry out a double study on the evolution of cognitive capacities and the functioning of the human brain when individuals are subjected to long periods of sleep deprivation or deficit.
In a study published in Nature, researchers identify a new role for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in regulating skin cancer stem cells. The study was lead by Cédric Blanpain, WELBIO investigator at Université Libre de Bruxelles, in collaboration with the groups of Peter Carmeliet (VIB/K.U.Leuven) and Jody J. Haigh (VIB/UGent). The results can have important implications for the prevention and treatment of different epithelial cancers.
In a study published in Nature, researchers lead by Cédric Blanpain, MD/PhD, WELBIO investigator at the IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium,identify novel classes of breast stem cells that ensure the development and expansion of the different cell lineages of the mammary gland during pregnancy.
Pierre Vanderhaeghen is rewarded for his seminal contributions to our understanding of brain development and evolution. His work opens new directions for research on neurological diseases, which are funded by WELBIO.
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Dr Seung-Hyun Cho recently joined the laboratory of Dr. Jean-François Collet, WELBIO principal investigator (de Duve Institute, Université catholique de Louvain).
The 15 research programmes, selected as the outcome of the first call for projects, started on February 1st, 2011.