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Three researchers at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC) have been granted a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Three researchers at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC) have been granted a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). A maximum of € 1,500,000 will be awarded to each person. The recipients can use the money to set up their own research group over a period of five years. The NWO received 220 applications and awarded 31 proposals.

The Vici grant is intended for highly experienced researchers who have a proven ability to successfully develop a line of research and act as a mentor to young researchers.

The UvA recipients

Professor Susan Bögels (Pedagogics, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences): Fearless fathers and frightened children (Stoere vaders en bange kinderen)
Babies are born scared. How their parents react in new situations helps children qualify their fears. Bögels investigates the relative role that fathers play in this process considering their evolutionary advantage in dealing with external danger.

Dr Teunis Geijtenbeek (Centre for Experimental and Molecular Medicine, AMC): Gatekeepers fight HIV (Poortwachters strijden tegen HIV)
HIV must get past the gatekeepers of our immune system in order to infect. These cells protect against HIV and prevent it from spreading in the body. In this study Geijtenbeek will crack the code of the defence mechanisms in order to find ways to prevent HIV infections and consequently AIDS.

Dr Martijn Rep (Phytopathology, Faculty of Science): Chromosome exchange in fungi (Chromosoomverhuizing in schimmels)
Special chromosomes have been proven to lead to certain fungi causing diseases in plants. These chromosomes can be passed from one fungus to another. Rep will explore the workings of chromosome transfer and determine the source of the special chromosomes.