The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to Amélie Fréal for her research into brain cell information processing at a molecular scale. She will receive a maximum of 250,000 euros.
Communication in the brain
In the brain, cells communicate with each other using electrical signals. These cells continuously adapt their communication to the changes in our environment. Amélie Fréal will use new genetic approaches to visualize with live cell microscopy how the molecules generating electric signals rearrange for efficient information processing.
Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of NWO’s Talent Scheme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. A total of 1,151 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 166 of these have now been granted.