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Scientists of the Imperial College London University benefit from EU grants


The Synergy grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) are for projects aimed at enhancing collaborations between lead researchers, and complementing each others´ skills, knowledge and resources.

The first project is called ´Intelligent implantable modulator of Vagus nerve function for treatment of obesity´ (i2MOVE), led by Professor Christofer Toumazou, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Professor Sir Stephen Bloom, from the Department of Medicine. They have received a grant of over EUR 7,000,000. The team will combine their expertise in bioengineering and endocrinology to create a device that mimics the response of the vagus nerve after eating, suppressing the appetite of a patient.

The second project is the ´Developing Human Connectome Project´ (dHCP). Professor Daniel Rueckert, from the Department of Computing, received the grant in conjunction with colleagues Professor David Edwards and Professor Joseph Hanjal from King´s College London and Professor Steve Smith from the University of Oxford. The aim is to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track brain connectivity in foetuses and newborn children, providing insights into neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism. The project has received EUR 3,250,000.

The College also secured an additional EUR 15 million in Starting and Advanced Grants.

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