The ZonMw Off Road subsidy is meant to give young researchers the opportunity to test their groundbreaking hypothesis and to develop this innovative idea into a proof of concept. Applications should be characterized by their high-risk profile and unconventional research methods ('high risk, high gain' projects). Specifically, the research should be fundamental (pilot data are not needed), in the field of (bio)medical of health sciences and concerns the development of technologies for a durable health system.
This year ZonMw granted two RIMLS researchers an Off Road subsidy:
Jenny van der Wijst, theme Renal disorders aims to deliver exciting new findings on renal crystal retention. Outcomes of the project can be used to develop better treatments and offer translational insights to stop the growing incidence of kidney stone disease.
Rogier Thurlings, theme Inflammatory diseases aims to develop a medicine for patients with Sjögren and Lupus Erythematodus syndrome. These are severe diseases where inflammatory cells attack the body's tissues. The goal is to develop a medicine that only shuts off the disease causing cells.
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