Veni grant awarded to Margo Dona
Date of news: 17 December 2021
The Dutch research council NWO has awarded Dr. Margo Dona a Veni grant. Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. In the project (acronym ACCELERATE) a zebrafish cancer model will be employed to lead the way towards treatment development for phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas.
Mutations in the SDHB-gene are the most important risk factor for malignant phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas, endocrine tumours, for which no curative treatment is available. This project entails the development of a mutant zebrafish tumour model, in which treatment modalities will be tested leading to novel treatment possibilities.