26 January 2022

Nine researchers at LiU have received research funding in a large funding round from the Swedish Heart Lung Foundation. The funded research will include work on the immune system in heart disease, the development of new drugs for atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm), and the effects of remote yoga on heart failure.

Lena Jonasson.Lena Jonasson has been awarded a grant for research into the immune system in patients with heart disease. Photo credit Anna Nilsen Lena Jonasson, a professor at the Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV), has been awarded SEK 4.35 million for research into the immune system in patients with heart disease. The aim of Professor Jonasson’s research is to investigate why people with coronary artery disease have an imbalanced immune system, and to see whether it is possible to restore this balance.
Fredrik Elinder.Fredrik Elinder. Photo credit Magnus Johansson
Fredrik Elinder, a professor at the Institution for Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (BKV), is to receive SEK three million for research and development of new medicine to treat atrial fibrillation, a common kind of abnormal heart rhythm.TeleyogaYoga training at a distance

Anna Strömberg, a professor at HMV, will receive SEK 2.4 million for research into the effects of remote medicinal yoga on work ability, quality of life and mental health in people suffering from heart failure.

Naoko Perkiö Kato, an associate professor at HMV, has been awarded SEK 1.8 million for a clinical study analysing the effects of home-based support programmes using digital tools to help patients with heart failure.

Carl Johan Östgren, a professor at HMV, is to receive SEK 1.2 million for research on biomarkers of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries, with a particular focus on diabetes.

Jonas Holm at HMV has been given SEK 1.2 million for investigating the post-operation functionality of coronary arteries using computer tomography.

Tino Ebbers, a professor at HMV, has been awarded SEK 1 million for a research project titled “The Cardiovascular Functional Digital Twin: from Diagnosis to Treatment using Image-Based Modeling”.

Maria Lerm, a professor at the Institution for Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, has been granted SEK 800,000 for research into DNA methylation in precision medicine. In an earlier release of funds specifically for COVID-19-related research, Professor Lerm received SEK 500,000 for a project on epigenetic changes following COVID-19 infections.

Eva Swahn, a guest professor at HMV, has been granted SEK 500,000 for research on spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a rare cause of heart failure that primarily affects middle-aged women.

The Swedish Heart Lung Foundation has granted a total of SEK 333 million during this funding round, comprising 223 grants to Swedish research into the heart, coronary arteries and lungs. The largest grants are divided over three-year periods. These grants are financed by gifts from private individuals and companies.

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