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HIMS professor Sander Woutersen has been awarded funding through the 'Idea Generator' programme of the Dutch Research Agenda. He will receive 50,000 euros for research into 'How Nature prevents protein aggregation in cells'.

Woutersen will set out to investigate how nature uses molecules such as ATP to prevent the aggregation of proteins in cells. This research is important for understanding the origins of life, but also for understanding and preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which are caused by the aggregation of proteins.

About Idea Generator
The Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) aims at a closer connection between society and research. The NWA Idea Generator funds are awarded to projects that address a societal question and that have the potential for societal impact. The projects in the Idea Generator programme are characterised by their innovative nature and their potential impact on society. In total, €2 million was awarded to 40 researchers in this round.