Felipe Vieira Braga and Lonneke van Vught have been awarded a Veni grant by the Dutch Research Council NWO.

NWO has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 161 highly promising young scientists. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

Felipe Vieira Braga received a Veni award for his research project 'Good cop, bad cop: the role of regulatory T-cells in colorectal cancer development and treatment'. Cancer cells reside in busy neighbourhoods. The moment cancer cells move into the neighbourhood, things start to go wrong. Neighbours usually contact the police (immune cells) to get rid of the cancer cells. I will study how immune cells evict cancer cells from their neighbourhood.

Lonneke van Vught received a Veni award for her research project: 'Clinical phenotypes in sepsis: course and association with the immune response' .
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition in which the runaway inflammatory response harms the patient. Great diversity in sepsis patients is seen as a cause for the lack of treatments. In this study, large datasets are analyzed to identify comparable patient groups and to analyze the course during ICU admission.