The TRANSREG project (Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of cardiac regenerative capacity in the zebrafish), which is supported by the ERC, is researching the impact of previous wounds on the cardiac regenerative capacity of the zebrafish. The issue of whether previous wounds affect the healing and regeneration of tissue is a general question in regenerative medicine and is expected to be of importance also for the development of therapies in humans – especially in the area of cardiac regeneration. According to Nadia Mercader of the Institute of Anatomy, who is leading the project, in this respect, the interdisciplinary environment of the University of Bern and the contacts between clinical and basic research is of importance. The project will also benefit from the long-term planning for doctoral students and post-docs: “It is often the case that researchers only have short-term appointments, which only allows the research to be planned over the short and medium term. The TRANSREG project requires long-term planning – and the University of Bern provides us with this possibility, of which we are very appreciative,” explains Mercader. For Mercader, it is the second time she has received support from the European Research Council: As a junior researcher, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.
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