The Dutch Research Council has awarded 78 experienced researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros and one of them is our researcher Alexander Vlaar. The grant enables him to develop his own innovative line of research and set up his own research group in the coming five years.

With the grant this Vidi laureate will do research on Transfusion-related acute lung injury – a breathtaking syndrome. Although often regarded as lifesaving, blood transfusion can also induce life threatening side effects. The most important is acute shortness of breath. In this Vidi project researchers will search for the mechanism of onset. Based on these findings novel strategies can be developed to improve safety of blood transfusion.