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24.10.2012 12:07

GENyO Research Project to Receive 1.5 Million Euros in EU Funding

A research project on the epigenetics of the human genome, to be carried out in the GENyO Centre, will receive 1.5 million euros in funding over the next five years thanks to the lead researcher's successful application for one of the most competitive grants in the European Union.

The Andalusian healthcare researcher José Luis García-Pérez

According to a news article published on the website of the Genomics and Oncology Research Centre (GENyO), the EpiPluriRetro research project, led by scientist José Luis García-Pérez, is one of 29 Spanish projects to be awarded one of the most competitive and highly renowned research grants around, as part of the seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development. GENyO is run by Pfizer, the University of Granada and the Autonomous Government of Andalusia and is located in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS).

Work on the project will start in 2013, and its aim is to identify the epigenetic mechanisms affecting the human genome and find out how they behave. According to García-Pérez, the project "is highly innovative, state-of-art, examining an area not yet studied in detail, and, most importantly, it represents new study concepts in human biology".

These grants, awarded by the European Research Council, aim to help up-and-coming scientists by giving them support to carry out their lines of research and encouraging them to come up with new and highly competitive ideas. This year, a total of 800 million euros will be awarded to fund 536 projects of very different types, including 29 Spanish projects.

José Luis García-Pérez is the first Andalusian healthcare researcher to receive this grant, and he says that "it is vitally important to have support so that we can continue to carry out research and apply the knowledge that we have". He prepared his application for the funding with support from the International Projects Office of the Andalusian Public Health Service.