The EURAS project received over 8 million euros funding from the Health Cluster of the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme


The EURAS consortium received Horizon funding to develop new treatments for rare neurodevelopmental disorders of the Ras pathway.

Rare neurodevelopmental disorders of the Ras pathway continue to evade effective treatment. The EURAS consortium has been awarded over 8 million euros from the Health Cluster of the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme to develop new effective therapies and establish a framework for early, accurate diagnosis of neurological symptoms in a specific group of RASopathies (cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome, Costello syndrome and SYNGAP1-related encephalopathy).

– The consortium will identify disease signatures, develop new and use existing disease models, identify and validate new therapeutic approaches and brain delivery systems and, with patient organisations from 13 countries, establish a patient registry for stratification and evaluation of therapeutic approaches, says group leader and Senior Research Fellow Michael Courtney from Turku Bioscience Centre, University of Turku.

In the EURAS project the research group of Courtney will identify dynamic neuronal response phenotypes that are specific to each disease studied. The most suitable phenotypic signatures will then be used as readouts for drug repurposing screens using the intrastructure of the Turku Screening Unit, which is member of the Drug Discovery and Chemical Biology platform of Biocentre Finland and a partner site of EU-Openscreen.

– The hits identified by the screens will be validated in multiple alternative models for each rasopathy available to the consortium, and provided to the remaining consortium partners for further proof-of-concept validation, Courtney says.

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There is a position available on this project, application deadline is on 19 June 2023.

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Created 17.05.2023 | Updated 17.05.2023