Our colleague Froukje Vanweert has been awarded a Kootstra Talent Fellowship. Froukje will focus on the role of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) catabolism in type 2 diabetes. The role of BCAA, a specific group of essential amino acids, in the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes has been a topic of renewed interest. Patients with type 2 diabetes feature elevated BCAA levels in plasma, which are linked with metabolic dysfunction. Froukje wants to gain more insight into the link between elevated BCAA levels and metabolic health in type 2 diabetes aiming to develop new therapies to prevent and treat this disease.