January 18 2010

Silvia Arber receives prestigious ERC research grant

This week, Silvia Arber was honored with the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigators Grant, which is awarded only after a highly competitive, Europe-wide selection process, with rigorous peer review. The award comes with 2.5 Million Euros prize money for five years of research.

In this ERC-funded neuroscience research project, Silvia Arber and her group aim at dissecting the development and function of the neuronal circuits controlling movement. These so-called motor circuits reside within the spinal cord and brain, and they ultimately drive the complex activation of the many muscles of our body responsible to make us move. The project will use an array of approaches to elucidate the mechanisms underlying motor circuit connectivity which are currently poorly understood. It is such "highly ambitious, pioneering and unconventional" projects the ERC Advanced Investigators Grant funding scheme encourages.

Though still relatively young, Silvia Arber has an astonishing scientific track record. She did her doctoral studies in the group of Pico Caroni at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research and then complemented her training during a post-doc at Columbia University. There she established her interest in motor neurons and in the development of the motor system.
In 2000, she returned to Basel, Switzerland, for a dual appointment at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the FMI. At the FMI she became part of an active and successful group of neurobiologists with a strong focus on neuronal circuits. She is a full professor for Neurobiology at the Biozentrum since 2008 and a Senior Group Leader at the FMI since 2004.

Silvia Arber joins Dirk Schübeler and Mohamed Bentires-Alj who both have received ERC Starting Grants in 2009.

ERC announcement
Silvia Arber's research interests
More about the ERC Advanced Investigators Grant

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