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External Grant (Yale, USA) Supports UMCU Research Collaboration

Although heart transplantation is a lifesaving procedure for end-stage heart failure patients, it is still challenged by rejection processes. In the quest of fighting rejection, microRNAs are suggested as possible key factors.

For this research project, Manon Huibers (PhD student under supervision of Roel de Weger, Pathology UMC Utrecht, NL) visited the lab of professor George Tellides at Yale School of Medicine (New Haven, USA) last year. This 4-month visit was amongst others supported by a travel grant of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).

This successful collaboration is now followed up by practical work in both labs (Tellides-lab USA and de Weger-lab NL). The Department of Surgery Ohse Research Grant Program at Yale School of Medicine awarded this collaboration with a $40,000 grant. The funds will be used in the coming year (until summer 2015) to support expenses for this collaborative project at Yale School of medicine.

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