Program for mathematics 2017

Wallenberg Clinical Scholars 2017

Blood cancer cells and pneumococcal bacteria in focus for this year’s Wallenberg Clinical Scholars

Our genes are contained in long DNA molecules. But 97 percent of the DNA chain is not genes; it is something else – long believed to be of no consequence. Recent research, however, appears to show that the “in-between bits” may involve matters of life and death. Erik Larsson Lekholm at University of Gothenburg wants to find the key sequences, and understand the part they play in cancer.
Researchers in Lund will be using a mediocre model and making it a lot better. The result may be self-building materials, and drugs that are more effective.
Autophagy is the cell’s cleaning squad. Its purpose is to clear detritus in the form of harmful molecules that can lead to mutations and aggregation of amyloids – protein clumps – which play a part in many diseases.
Being forced to change laboratories shifted David Drew’s scientific focus from forensic science to biochemistry and membrane proteins. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, his aim is to understand, in minute detail, both the structure and function of glucose transporters in the cell membrane.