Alumni Spotlight presents outstanding research achievements and special awards received by members of the Alumni Club and the Medical University of Vienna. Once again the spotlight is on research projects awarded with a European Research Council (ERC) grant.

Three recognized MedUni Vienna researchers - Thomas Vogl, Alwin Köhler and Bernhard Baumann - present their projects, on which they are able to continue their research thanks to the European Commission‘s research funding. In a subsequent discussion they will explain the challenges involved in submitting a proposal, what you need to pay particular attention to and how important international networks are. The talk is moderated by Maria Siblia, head of the Institute for Cancer Research at MedUni Vienna, who also received a generous 2.5 million Euro European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for her project entitled "TNT Tumors" which is looking at immunomodulation of the innate immune system to fight cancer.

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Thomas Vogl, research group leader at MedUni Vienna‘s Center for Cancer Research, has been awarded a „Starting Grant“ from the European Research Council (ERC) of around EUR 1.65 million over five years in 2022. The aim of the „EarlyMicroAbs“ project is to investigate the interaction between the human immune system and the gut microbiome in the development of the immune system and to uncover connections and long-term effects on human health.

Alwin Köhler, research group leader at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), a joint research and training center of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna at the Vienna Biocenter, received the prestigious „ERC Consolidator Grant“ from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2017. A grant for outstanding scientists who have already successfully established their own group. This is his second ERC grant after receiving an ERC Starting Grant in 2011 and will provide long-term funding for his mechanistic studies on the nuclear pore complex.

Bernhard Baumann, research group leader at MedUni Vienna‘s Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a highly remunerated Proof-of-Concept Grant from the European Research Council. In the OPTIMEYEZ project, the physicist will continue his research into optical coherence tomography, which he began in 2015 with an ERC Starting Grant (OPTIMALZ project).




6:00 - 6:10 pm
Welcome and Introduction
Harald Sitte, President MedUni Vienna Alumni Club

6:10 - 7:00 pm
Thomas Vogl - ERC Starting Grant
Alwin Köhler - ERC Consolidator Grant
Bernhard Baumann - ERC Proof-of-concept Grant

7:00 - 8:00 pm
Moderation: Maria Sibilia

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