Nuria López-Bigas wins an ERC Consolidator grant<

Dr Nuria López-Bigas, work package leader of the Bioinformatics in Oncology WP in the MedBioinformatics project, has won one of the ERC Consolidator grants recently given by the European Research Council (ERC).

The developing project using the ERC grant, called NONCODRIVERS (Finding noncoding cancer drivers), aims to characterize the role of mutations in non-coding regions in the most prevalent tumours of the population. The work will count with the collaboration of the International Cancer Genome Consortium, an organization created for the classification of the molecular profile of 50 different types of cancer. The work of López-Bigas, of 5-year long, will identify those non-coding alterations that are more relevant for tumour biology through computational methods and will explore new therapeutic strategies that can revert its effects by means of the creation of the corresponding cellular models.

The European Research Council, created by the European Union on 2007, is the first European financial organization for a frontier research of excellence. Each year the ERC selects and funds researchers of any nationality and age to conduct projects emplaced in Europe. The ERC has a budget of more than 13 thousand million Euros for the period 2014-2020 and takes part of the research and innovation programme of EU, Horizon 2020. So far, this organization has funded more than 5.500 of the best researchers in the different stages of their careers.

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