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Periodic Report Summary 1 - EGF-R FOR IMMUNITY (Use of EGF-R antagonists for the treatment of chronic infections and tumor growth)

The aim of the Career Integration Grant scheme by the European Union has been to contribute to research excellence within the European Union by attracting and retaining first class researchers. To this end, in 2014 Dr. Dietmar Zaiss has been supported in his move from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands to the University of Edinburgh in the UK. The grantee had taken up a tenure track position at the University of Edinburgh and was in the progress of establishing himself there as a productive member of the scientific community.
In part due to the support by this Career Integration Grant, he succeeded in establishing a small but productive research group at the University of Edinburgh and was able to attract further funding from the Medical Research Council UK, the Wellcome Trust and from Asthma UK, a private, non-profit funding agency, which supports research into lung-associated disorders. In total, after two years of CIG support, his research group consists of one Post-Doc, a clinical research fellow, a PhD student three technicians and one MSc by Research student. The work of this newly established research group led to the development of an inhibitor, which is able to target the EGF-like growth factor Amphiregulin in vivo, and to the first submissions of research manuscripts to top-ranked journals in the field, such as Nature Immunology and Immunity. The progress of the grantee’s research group further led to the establishment of a wide scientific network of collaborators at the University of Edinburgh, within the UK, spread over the European Union – as well as worldwide.
In parallel, the grantee established himself as a full-fletched academic teacher within the School of Biological Sciences, participating with lectures in courses of second year, third year as well as Honours (fourth year) classes of Immunology. In particular, he became course organizer for the Clinical Immunology and Hematology class of the third, as well as the Immunological Refresher Course of Graduate Students of the Institute. Furthermore, he contributed to out-reach activities in the form of TV and radio interviews, presentations to cross-party working groups of the Scotish parliament and supported the publication of newspaper articles regarding the grantee’s research.
All these achievements together allowed the grantee to be granted tenure in 2015.
Thus, taken together, this Career Integration Grant substantially contribute to the career of scientist moving in between two European Countries and can easily be seen as a “tipping point” in the grantee’s progress to a tenure faculty position at one of Europe’s leading research Universities.

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