ERC in the Press

Euroasia Review
19 October, 2014

How can we detoxify harmful pollutants released into the air we breathe? Looking at how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants, ERC Starting grantee David Leys and his team have found out that vitamin B12 could be the key to combating pollution. According to the researcher, "new ways of combating some of the world's biggest toxins can now be developed more quickly and efficiently".

Quotidiano sanita
14 October, 2014

Scientists have created a new therapy for type 2 diabetes, activated by blue light. Although the drug would remain inactive under normal conditions, a patient could release the right amount of insulin using blue LED lights directed at his or her skin. The research is co-funded by an ERC Advanced grant.

Quotidiano sanita
14 October, 2014

Scientists have created a new therapy for type 2 diabetes, activated by blue light. Although the drug would remain inactive under normal conditions, a patient could release the right amount of insulin using blue LED lights directed at his or her skin. The research is co-funded by an ERC Advanced grant.

Three ERC grantees amongst 2014 Nobel Prize winners
13 October, 2014

This year, three ERC Advanced grantees have been awarded Nobel Prizes. On 6 October, Prof. Edvard Moser and Prof. May-Britt Moser won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their contribution to the brain's GPS discovery (see press release). A week later, the prize in Economics went to Prof. Jean Tirole for "his analysis of market power and regulation" (read more).

The news was covered broadly by different media on a global scale, many of them acknowledging the ERC and the European Union's financial support which the researchers received to continue their work.

Nature published a profile of Edvard and May-Britt Mosers, painting a picture of passionate researchers focused on their project to solve mysteries of the human brain. The Chinese press agency Xinhua picked up European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's congratulations to the duo and the ERC’s support to them. One of Norway's largest newspaper, Aftenposten, recognised that the ERC funding helped the Mosers perform their research.

The prize to Prof. Tirole and the comments from EU representatives were broadly covered in Spain, for example in one of the biggest Spanish newspapers, ABC. The laureate's views were presented in the pan-European news outlet Euractiv, which also quoted Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who said: " He is the third ERC grantee to be a Nobel laureate in this year's awards. This shows that the ERC is clearly funding the best of the best - researchers who truly push the frontiers of knowledge." Horizon Magazine, a European Commission's publication, published an article giving an overview on Prof.Tirole's research.

 

ERC ‘Proof of Concept’ grant results in the press
Various media
22 September, 2014

On 22 September, the ERC published its latest ‘Proof-of-Concept’ grant results (see ERC press release). In this call, 50 outstanding ERC grant holders received up to €150,000 each to bring their research results closer to the market. Different media reported on these results and highlighted the funded projects at national level, e.g. Chronicle Live (UK) and  La Informacion (ES), as well as press agencies ANSA (IT) and APA (AT).