24 October 2018

Twenty-two LiU researchers have been awarded more than SEK 75 million from the Swedish Research Council for research in medicine and health.

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Nineteen projects in medicine and health have received research project grants, ranging from SEK 1.6 million to SEK 5.6 million. Principal investigators for projects that have been awarded grants are Maria Bäck for physical training via video link during cardiac rehabilitation, Carl-Johan Carlhäll for research using magnetic resonance tomography in atrial fibrillation, Michelle Chew for research into cardiovascular biomarkers during major abdominal surgery, Björn Gerdle for the development of precision medicine in commonly occurring chronic pain conditions, Martin Hägglund for research into the prevention of sports injuries, Lena Jonasson for research into the immune defence and coronary artery disease, Joanna Kvist for research into active lifestyles after musculoskeletal injury, Stig Linder for research into new molecular targets for cancer treatment, Francisca Lotterberger for research into genomic stability, Anneli Peolsson for research into web-based exercise programmes after whiplash injury, and Anna Strömberg for research into the use of tele-yoga for patients with heart failure. All of the above researchers work in the Department of Medical and Health Sciences.

Researchers at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine who have received research project grants are Charlotta Dabrosin for research into the effects of sex hormones on breast tissue in breast cancer, David Engblom for research into the molecular mechanisms behind depression and malaise triggered by disease, Jan Ernerudh for research into immunotolerance during pregnancy as a model for the identification of biomarkers and improved treatment for multiple sclerosis, Anders Fridberger for research into molecular control mechanisms used in hearing, Laura Korhonen for research into biomarkers associated with psychotic experiences in children, Maria Lerm for research into the memory of the immune system following mycobacterial infection, and Lennart Svensson for research into rotavirus and norovirus infections.

Gerhard Andersson of the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning has been awarded a research project grant for research into the use of the internet in treating depression.

A research project grant in pharmaceutical sciences has been awarded to Gunnar Cederlund of the Department of Biomedical Engineering for research into knowledge-based pharmaceutical development.

Starting grants

Two researchers in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Eric Augier and Kajsa Igelström, have been awarded starting grants, intended to help younger researchers become established as independent researchers. Eric Augier has received SEK 6 million in the coming four years for research into the molecule mechanisms that control the choice between narcotics and natural rewards. Kajsa Igelström has also received SEK 6 million in the coming three years to implement new brain imaging techniques to characterise and treat neuropsychiatric syndromes.

The Swedish Research Council has awarded a total of SEK 1.2 billion kronor for research into medicine and health in the period 2018-2023. These decisions were collected into a total of five calls, for which 1,229 applications were received. The approval rate was 23%, and was essentially the same for women as for men.

Translation by George Farrants

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