Which is more likely to raise blood sugar levels: sushi or ice cream? ERC grantee Prof. Eran Segal, from Weizmann Institute of Science, monitored blood sugar levels in 800 people for a week and discovered great variations in individuals' responses to different foods.There's also a very good video explaining the project.
ERC in the Press
ERC grantee Prof. Deniz Kirik was first drawn to medicine by his desire to better understand human brain. Today, he is a neuroscience professor at Lund University in Sweden and he uses his medical background to develop novel gene-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Prof. Kirik received an ERC Proof of Concept grant to build a spin-off company and to bring the results of his work to the clinic. Read also an ERC story.
ERC grantee Prof. Maria Rescigno and her research team have discovered the existence of a physical barrier in our bodies that prevents the bacteria we have in our stomachs from migrating to other organs. If the bacteria could move freely, they would be harmful for the organism and could potentially cause cancer. These findings might help broaden our understanding of celiac disease and type 2 diabetes. Read also in HealthDesk.it and Scienza in rete.
ERC Advanced Grantee Prof. Laurent Keller explores the secret life of ants. "In terms of social organisation, the human being is taking the same course as the ant," says the grantee. His research focuses on how ants have established societies and "invented it all before the humans did" at least in terms of agriculture, police and division of labour.