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One thousandth ERC grant awarded to Erika von Mutius

Munich, 06/24/2010

Today in a signing ceremony, the European Research Council (ERC)  will award the one thousandth ERC grant to LMU Professor Erika von Mutius, who is thus the recipient of one of the most highly endowed and renowned EU grants for investigator-driven frontier research.

To mark this occasion Professor Bernd Huber, LMU Munich President, and Dr. Jack Metthey, Director of the European Research Council Executive Agency, are hosting a ceremony in Academic Senate’s Room of LMU Munich. Speakers include Professor Annette Schavan, German Federal Minister of Research, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian State Minister for Sciences, Research and the Arts, as well as ERC President Professor Helga Nowotny and Herbert Reul, Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the European Parliament.

Professor Erika von Mutius, a pediatrician at LMU Munich’s Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, has received an Advanced Investigator Grant for her research project into new strategies for the prevention of asthma and allergies. Besides von Mutius, four other LMU researchers have so far been awarded Advanced Investigator Grants. Such funding aims to support highly innovative and transformative research which leads to fundamental advances well beyond the current frontier of knowledge and identifies new directions to investigate. In addition, four LMU researchers have already received ERC Starting Grants—a grant scheme specifically targeting the next generation of top researchers.


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