ERC Consolidator Grants awarded to TUM researchers - European funding for five projects

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Researchers at TUM have so far been able to acquire a total of 182 of the highly endowed ERC grants. These are awarded each year in various categories. Consolidator Grants are awarded to researchers who have completed their doctorate between seven and twelve years ago. The projects are funded with up to two million euros. In the future, five additional projects will be funded with the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants - one of which will go to Prof. Uhlenhaut from the TUM School of Life Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut
Prof. Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut

Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut is Professor of Metabolic Programming at the TUM School of Life Sciences, a member of the ZIEL Institute for Food and Health, and Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Helmholtz Munich. In 2014, she was already awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

Investigating the molecular mechanisms of stress hormones.

Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones that are secreted every 24 hours in the day-night rhythm as well as in stressful situations. They play an important role as endogenous hormones and chemically as drugs. High levels of stress hormones are associated with metabolic disorders and with premature aging. In contrast, diets such as caloric restriction or interval fasting improve metabolic function and prolong life. However, these diets also increase glucocorticoids.

With the ERC Consolidator Grant, Prof. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut now wants to answer the open questions: What are the effects of these increased hormone levels, and are these diets beneficial because of or despite the steroids? The GRACE project aims to identify diet-specific "rejuvenating" proteins and genes that influence our internal circadian clock. Ultimately, the study of molecular mechanisms of stress hormones will identify new pharmacological or nutritional interventions for longer, healthier lives.

More information:

•    The other Starting Grants: EU funding for five research projects
•    ERC Grants at the Freising-Weihenstephan site
•    ERC-Grants at TUM

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