Eur-USH awarded with 1.2 million

Wijk , Erwin Van

The European research proposal ( Eur-USH) within the E-Rare program "European Research Projects on rare Diseases Driven by Young Investigators has been accepted. Together with 5 other young scientist Erwin van Wyk (department Human Genetics) received a grant of 1.2 million euro. In this proposal young scientists with different backgrounds in medicine, genetics, cellular and molecular biology aim to synergize their expertise and bring new insights towards the understanding of Usher syndrome. The combination of state-of-the-art clinical examinations and molecular analyses (e.g. next generation sequencing) will improve diagnosis and provide more details to genotype/phenotype correlations. Basic research (proteomics, imaging) will provide more insight into the molecular pathogenesis. The aim is to evaluate gene-based therapy options, gene augmentation and translational read-through, to stop or slow down the progressive retinal degeneration with the ultimate goal to improve the life quality of Usher syndrome patients.

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