My Marie Curie fellowship helped me acquire technical skills for my projects and obtain the required accreditation for professorship in France. It is a rewarding process which has strengthened my career with a strong international networking, exposure and skills development.

Born in Lebanon, Aksam is a French-American researcher, who benefitted from a Marie Curie grant to return to Europe and continue his research on atherosclerosis, a progressive condition involving a hardening of the arteries which often leads to heart disease. High cholesterol and ageing are two of the main causes of atherosclerosis, but thanks to Aksam, Marie Curie Actions and a healthy diet, European citizens could have a treatment available sooner than expected.