New treatments for inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and gout, could be on the way thanks to a significant discovery made by an international group of scientists, including ERC Advanced grant winner Prof. Luke O'Neill. Other media outlets also covered the news, for example RTÉ News, Irish Examiner and Irish Central.
ERC in the Press
On 5 February, the ERC published its latest ‘Proof of Concept’ grant results (see ERC press release). 59 excellent researchers received up to €150,000 each to bring their research results to the market. With the funding, they aim to develop, for example, a simple blood test to diagnose breast cancer, a forensic device to trace the origin of tropical timber, and artificial veins inspired by marine sponges.
Dozens of media outlets, such as newspapers The Irish Times (IE) and To Vima (EL), press agency Agencia SINC (ES) and online portal Nanowerk (US), highlighted funded researchers and their projects. Other publications, such as ANSA (IT), New Europe and Radio Romania Actualitati focused on the European dimension of the funding.
The ERC took part in the World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos to bring in science into the debate (see press release). Agence France Presse (AFP) reported from the ERC press conference on the importance of frontier research, which was picked up by e.g. TV5 Monde (FR), Le Parisien (FR), Sciences et Avenir (FR), La Libre (BE) and Swisscom (CH). Daily newspapers Jornal da Madeira (PT), Noticias ao Minuto (PT) and Poslovni dnevnik (HR) also covered it.
Indian newspapers The Economic Times and Business Standard reported from a global outlook session with ERC participation. Also, ERC speakers at the event gave interviews to numerous international media, including CNC World (CN), SRF (CH) and CNBC TV 18 (IN).
ERC Starting grantee Dr Claire Belcher is part of a research team that has debunked the theory that dinosaurs were made extinct when an asteroid hit earth. By combining computer simulation of the impact with engineering methods, Dr Belcher and her team have been able to recreate the enormous heat of the impact in a laboratory. Read also in The Daily Mail, Raw Story, The Huffington Post, or in The Independent.
National Geographic covered an article on the origins of art, illustrated with picturesque photos from archaeological excavations. ERC Advanced grantee Prof. Christopher Henshilwood is featured in the text. He is well-known for unearthing some of the oldest artwork, such as ocher marked with deliberate cross-hatchings, dating 100,000 years back.