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Program 'Proteins At Work'

Program 'Proteins At Work'

In 2012 the programme Proteins At Work, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Albert Heck (Utrecht University), has received 13,5 million euro from NWO to set up a large-scale research facility. Proteins At Work builds upon the Netherlands Proteomics Centre and the European large-scale proteomics facility, PRIME-XS.

Proteins At Work will make high-level technology, equipment and expertise for studying proteins in cells and tissues available to the biological and biomedical researchers in the Netherlands. The facility consists of a core facility at Utrecht University, with smaller out-stations at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (EMC Rotterdam) and the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU).

The facility is of great benefit to Dutch Life Sciences and, in particular, will aid in the prevention and diagnosis of disease. “We work with everybody who wants to understand how proteins work, for example how proteins can cause disease, but also how stem cells can develop into healthy organs”, says Albert Heck, the initiator of Proteins At Work. “Proteins are the essential workhorses in cells and to understand life, we need to know how proteins work together.”

Research Programme
Proteins At Work has a research programme for proteomics technology development and highly demanding application projects. At the core site in Utrecht, researchers will develop novel proteomics technolgies which are required to answer the biomedical questions of the future. In addition, dedicated researchers will be employed on selected proteomics application projects, in close collaboration with biomedical researchers. These projects, which will be selected on scientific quality and their large demnd for proteomics experiments, will be jointly coordinated between Proteins At Work and partner institutes throughout the Netherlands.

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