The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that Roland Schüle, Scientific Director at the Department of Urology, University of Freiburg Medical Centre has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.Professor Schüle will receive €2.5 million for a period of 5 years for his research proposal to identify and characterize the molecular and physiological functions of the epigenetic enzyme LSD1 and to explore its role in prostate cancer.
LSD1 is an enzyme that has been identified by the Schüle lab as a histone demethylase with important functions in the onset and proliferation of prostate cancer. “This 5-year funding will allow us to establish the molecular functions of LSD1 by using disease models and high-throughput genomic approaches. This may lead to novel therapeutic and diagnostic concepts for prostate cancer.”
The ERC Advanced Grant complements the recently established Collaborative Research Centre Medical Epigenetics (CRC MEDEP), a consortium of about 20 Freiburg-based investigators who determine the potential of epigenetics in medical applications. Roland Schüle is also coordinator of the CRC MEDEP.The ERC Advanced grant is one of the most prestigious research grants awarded to individual scientists within Europe. The grant is awarded to excellent researchers who already have a track record of significant research achievements and who have worked for at least ten years successfully at the highest international level. The evaluation process takes into consideration the scientific achievements of the applicant as well as the specific research project submitted. The grants are awarded based entirely on the scientific quality of the applications.
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