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New Approaches for Treating Periodontitis
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums and the predominant cause of tooth loss in adults. Therapy and regeneration represent a major challenge for dentists. In this research the cell biologist Oleh Andrukhov is breaking new ground by exploring dental stem cells in interaction with the body’s immune defence. His findings show that vitamin D3 plays a decisive role in this context.
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) honours six other top researchers with the START Award
START Excellence Grants: EUR 1.2 million each for aspiring top researchers from Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna
In addition to the Wittgenstein Award, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) also conferred this year’s START Excellence Awards. From a field of 99 applicants, the jury chose six researchers in a very competitive selection process.
Since 2021, the FWF’s open access guidelines have been based on the principles of the international Plan S Initiative. The aim is to make research results more openly available. What experiences have FWF-funded researchers had so far with Plan S? Share your feedback with us in an online survey.
In a long-term study, independent experts at the University of Zurich scrutinised more than 10,000 funding decisions made by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). They found that the quality of proposals has continuously increased, that there is a fair distribution of funding odds across all disciplines, and that age and gender have no effect on the probability of receiving funding. Minimal distorting effects were found only for interdisciplinary research projects.
In the past year, 49 female researchers were selected for the FWF’s career development programmes ESPRIT, Hertha Firnberg and Elise Richter. At the FWF’s invitation, they and many other successful female researchers came together in Vienna’s Museum Quarter to receive their awards, and to discuss women’s careers in science.