Two new Academy Projects at FIMM
The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Health has granted Academy Project funding to two research projects led by FIMM Group Leaders. Academy Project funding is the Academy’s key funding opportunity, designed to support scientifically ambitious research of the highest quality. The projects will run for a period of four years. Read more here.
Professor Aarno Palotie and his group received 470.000 € for elucidating the genetics of migraine susceptibility. Although tens of migraine susceptibility variants have already been identified, they explain only a part of the heritability of this common brain disorder. The project aims to provide insight in basic mechanisms of migraine pathophysiology by identifying new migraine risk variants in families. The group will utilize a large Finnish migraine family sample consisting of 1100 families that has been collected during the past 25 years.
The other funded project is led by Professor Samuli Ripatti. He and his group received 450.000 € for their project called “Human model for genetic variation using phenomewide screens in human knock-outs”. The group will combine unique Finnish genomics data with unbiased health registry data and develop tools pointing to actionable disease genes. The main aim of this project is to identify and prioritize new drug targets.