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Frank van Steenbeek receives K.F. Hein Fonds grant for cardiovascular research

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. The current model to study cardiovascular behavior is based on endothelial cells that originate from the human umbilical cord. However, the question is whether umbilical cord endothelial cells are truly an appropriate model for health issues occurring at later age. Currently research slowly tends to focus more on the variation between different blood vessels. Frank van Steenbeek (faculty of veterinary medicine) has, with his many years of experience in vascular research and in close collaboration with the biofabrication facility, developed a model system based on adult endothelial cells.

The innovative character and the potential applicability in future cardiovascular research were appreciated by the K.F. Hein Foundation by rewarding this application with a €18,000 grant. The grant will be used for RNA-Seq and further characterization of endothelial cells derived from different arteries and veins. For any additional information or possible applications, please contact Frank van Steenbeek