Latsis Foundation announces funding of scientific research projects in 2012

Latsis Foundation announces funding of scientific research projects in 2012

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation on Monday announced the 18 research projects selected for funding in 2012. The scientific community’s response to the foundation’s public call was notable with a total of 921 proposals submitted.
The 18 proposals selected cover a wide spectrum of scientific fields and involve 70 scientists and researchers from 30 academic foundations and research centres in Greece and abroad.
The research projects in the scientific field of Social Sciences and Humanities are: modern Greek history in the digital domain: preserving, displaying and teaching the past; the effects of the energy production and consumption mix and of environmental policies on renewable resources, on CO2 emissions for the EU-15 economies; learning culture through city soundscapes - an educational tool; natural hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] occurrence in potable waters of Greece - current situation and determination of exposed population; valuation of the Greek Gene Bank (GGB) and the chronicle of a long winter.
In the field of Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Information and Communication, Universe and Earth Sciences they are: osmotic effects of hard spheres on star polymer glasses; is the Spili fault, Crete, responsible for the double destruction of the Minoan palace at Phaistos? dynamic brain connectivity mapping for virtual representation of prosthetic hand movement; liquid-crystal nanotechnology: functional targeting and superstructure development in anisotropic soft media; probing inside the dense molecular clouds in galaxies and modeling the Past: Digital Technologies and Excavations in Polis, Cyprus.
The selected research projects in the field of Sciences are: a quest for predictive factors for the anti-angiogenic therapy of colorectal cancer; magnetically assisted hemodialysis: ferromagnetic nanoparticles employed for toxins removal; Activin-A mediated protection from allergic asthma; development of a novel, environmentally friendly method for the control of Bactrocera oleae; species on the brink of extinction; microRNAs studies in normal and thalassaemic human erythroid progenitors to investigate modifiers of globin expression and potential therapeutic pathways for thalassaemia syndromes.