19 Jan 22 | News

A prestigious ERC Starting grant from the European Commission

A prestigious ERC Starting grant from the European Commission for Camille Perchoux, young researcher at LISER. A project dedicated to the societal scourge of the modern world: the stress.

LISER, thanks to its researcher Camille Perchoux (Department Urban development & Mobility), is honoured to have received an ERC Starting Grant.

The ERC’s (European Research Council) mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

Stress is nearly ubiquitous in everyday life, and imposes a tremendous burden worldwide by acting as a major risk factor of mental disorders, autoimmune, infectious and cardiovascular diseases, and some cancers. The aim of the FragMent project is to evaluate to which extent the spatial and temporal fragmentation of exposures to environments in daily life influences physiological and psychological stress, as well as social inequalities in stress. Some evidence shows that exposures to daily environments may either act as a stress contributor or provide some stress restorative qualities. While the protective effect of greenness has been clearly established, strong uncertainties remain regarding the effects of urban environments.