The FIBROFORCE project on Deciphering the role of fibroblast mechanical forces in epithelial morphogenesis aims to lay the foundations for the development of effective therapies targeting the pathological functions of myofibroblasts underlying fibrosis and cancer, two devastating diseases representing a global health burden. With a budget of €2 million for five years, this project would allow Dr Sumbalová Koledová to focus on her research topic without major concerns about research funding.
Dr. Sumbalová Koledová has been preparing intensively for her November interview with the expert panel. Firstly, she underwent a mock interview for ERC Consolidator grant applicants organised by Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences together with the Expert group for supporting ERC applicants, then she attended a preparatory course provided by an external company in cooperation with the Research and Development Office of RMU. At the Faculty of Medicine, we arranged two mock interviews with the help of researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science and CEITEC.
The actual interview with the panel of experts took place on 22 November 2022. It comprised of a ten-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute discussion with the panelists.
We are looking forward to receiving the results which should be announced in January 2023 and believe that the scientific excellence and originality of Dr. Sumbalová Koledová's research and the potential to achieve truly ground-breaking results will be duly recognized and Dr. Sumbalová Koledová will become the first recipient of this type