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“Young Investigator Fund” for Cordelia Imig

11.04.2018, Berlin | Why do we have butterflies in our stomach or feel nauseous before an important exam? Our digestive system plays an important role in influencing our behaviour via constant communication with the brain. A major form of information exchange is mediated by signalling molecules (hormones) that are secreted from ‘sensory’ enteroendocrine cells in the gut. Despite a growing understanding of the signals that stimulate enteroendocrine cells, the process by which they secrete hormones is essentially unknown. The research project by the young scientist Dr. Cordelia Imig from the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen therefore tries to identify key molecular players of the hormone release machinery in enteroendocrine cells. These findings will set the basis for a detailed understanding of the hormone signalling mechanisms that regulate pivotal body functions and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple disorders including diabetes mellitus. Dr. Imig’s project is funded by a start-up grant of the Schering Stiftung as part of its program „BOOST – Young Investigator Fund for Innovative Research Ideas“.

Cordelia Imig

About Cordelia Imig

Cordelia Imig works a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen. She studied Biology (B.Sc.) at the Philips Philipps-Universität Marburg and completed the international  Neuroscience Program (M.Sc.) at the Georg-August University Göttingen. She joined the department of Nils Brose at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine and received her doctorate degree in 2013 from the „International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Neurosciences“ and the Göttingen Graduate School of Neurosciences and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB).

About the funding program

The Schering Stiftung offers start-up grants to fund promising research ideas by young scientists. Support is provided for projects in the fields of biochemical, neuroscience or immunological basic research with biomedical implications that cannot be realized with existing funds and resources and for which application for other funding is not possible because of a lack of preliminary research. The start-up grant thus lays the foundations for a subsequent DFG or similar grant application. The program is explicitly aimed at highly motivated young investigators who want to become independent researchers and pursue their own research ideas. The Schering Stiftung has earmarked a total of EUR 120,000 for this grant program. In 2017, the foundation received more than 120 applications for the program. Two scientists were selected for funding.

The program will be continued this year in cooperation with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The call for applications will be published in the next weeks.


Founded in 2002 by Schering AG, Berlin, the independent and non-profit Ernst Schering Foundation aims to promote science and art ...