VIDI grant awarded to Dr. Aaron B. Wong
Congratulations to Dr. Aaron B. Wong for receiving the Vidi grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for his project “Hearing more than Sound”.
This year, the NWO has awarded 101 researchers out of 625 applicants a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme aimed at experienced researchers who have carried out successful research for a number of years after obtaining their PhDs. The grant will enable Dr. Wong to develop his own innovative line of research and set up his own research group in the coming five years.
Hearing More than Sound
The perception of sound can often be enhanced by stimulus from a different sense. For instance, lip-reading helps the understanding of speech. This fundamental brain function, called “multisensory integration”, depends on putting the right information at the right place at the right time. Dr. Wong and his team will use microscopy and electric recordings to investigate how brain cells connect and communicate with each other, and uncover how they integrate sound information with information from other senses.
Official announcement from NWO:
Announcement on Amazing Erasmus MC (Dutch):