Boyd Kenkhuis (MD/PhD-student at Dept. of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center) has been granted the Eurolife Scholarship for Early Career Researchers, to visit the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at University of Edinburgh. During the 6-months project he will study iron accumulation in neurodegenerative disease.
The main aim of the study is to elucidate the pathophysiological and functional consequences of iron deposition in human iPSC-derived microglia-like cells (iMG). During the Eurolife Scholarship, Boyd will be supervised by Prof. Josef Priller, chair of Brain Inflammation and Repair at the University of Edinburgh and the UK Dementia Research Institute. Supervisors at his home institute are: Louise van der Weerd, Willeke van Roon-Mom and Silvère van der Maarel (Dept. of Human Genetics, LUMC). The 6-month research stay of Boyd will take place from January till July 2019. Boyd has been granted the Eurolife Scholarship of 6.500 euro by the Directorate of Research Policy, LUMC.