Cisca Wijmenga, Professor of Human Genetics, is one of the winners of the Spinoza Prize 2015. She receives the most important Dutch research prize especially for her work to unravel the genetic basis of gluten intolerance (celiac disease). The prize consists of 2.5 million that she can spend freely on research.
The NWO Spinoza prize in brief:
The NWO Spinoza prize is the highest award in the Netherlands science arena and can be seen as the ‘Dutch Nobel Prize’. Each year, NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) awards Spinoza prizes to three or four researchers working in the Netherlands who, according to international standards, belong at the very top of their scientific field. The prize winners will each receive €2.5 million to spend on scientific research.
This year the prizes will be awarded to four scientists:
• René Janssen, Professor of Molecular Materials and Nanosystems at TU Eindhoven
• Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies at Utrecht University
• Aad van der Vaart, Professor of Stochastics at Leiden University
• Cisca Wijmenga, Professor of Human Genetics at University of Groningen
Professor Wijmenga says: “This is incredibly good news for my research work, for my research group, for the many patients who have made my work possible over the past 20 years by willingly cooperating with my projects, for the UMCG and the University of Groningen and certainly for my department! The NWO Spinoza award is not only a prize, an honour, but also primarily a huge encouragement for my further research work”.