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Joint European research into the herpes virus

HORIZON 2020 has granted 3.9 million Euros to the EDGE project; The project will train 15 Ph.D. students from 5 European countries in virology and immunology

Aarhus University

15 PhD students now have the opportunity to improve their skills via the EDGE project. Here they will specialise in the herpes virus, which is widespread and can cause of serious diseases, particularly in children, elderly people and those with a weakened immune system. The project will take place interactively with the aim of creating new knowledge and new synergies between basic research and ways of utilising the new knowledge for the benefit of society.

The joint European project receives support to the tune of 3.9 million Euros from the EU's research and innovation programme HORIZION 2020.

Søren Riis Paludan from Aarhus University is coordinator on the project, which brings together PhD students for work in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy and Denmark.

"EDGE is a network-based platform to train the next generation of researchers to solve some of the challenges that need to be overcome so we can be better to prevent and treat herpes virus infections," says Søren Riis Paludan.

The PhD students come from nine different universities, and as part of the project they will also collaborate closely with the involved partners across sectors.

"This grant will lead to the establishing of a European network that will provide the PhD students with research training and teaching, so they are prepared for future career opportunities within academia, hospitals and the biotechnology industry," says Søren Riis Paludan.

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EDGE - Who is in the project?

Coordinator of the program is Professor Søren Riis Paludan, Aarhus University.

Further participants are:

Hannover Medical School
Helmholtz Center for Infektion Research
University of Oxford
University Medical Centre Utrecht
Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry
University of Torino
Aarhus University Hospital
Janssen Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Crucell Holland.

Jena Biosciences GmbH og LADR GmbH are connected as partners.

Further information:

Søren Riis Paludan
Aarhus University, Department of Biomedicine
Telephone: (+45) 2899 2066
srp@biomed.au.dk

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