Published: 10-11-2021 13:21 | Updated: 10-11-2021 13:57

Almost SEK 23 million to BioNut from the Swedish Research Council

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Professor Staffan Strömblad, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. Photo: Anders Lindholm

Five researchers active at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, have received grants from the Swedish Research Council.

"We are glad that several established groups got continued funding from the Swedish Research Council, says Janne Johansson, Head of the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition. "In particular considering the very strong competition for those grants. The grants include one >7 Mkr grant to Staffan Strömblad for cellular and molecular cancer research, a very good sign of continued strong standing of one the major research themes at our department".

Professor Staffan Strömblad received SEK 7 200 000, for the period 2022 - 2025, for a project on "Cell-matrix-interaction in cancer". This project aims to define how the stiffness of the tissue controls breast cancer development and progression. Tissue stiffening is common in tumors and is sensed by cells through so called mechanotransduction stemming from a stiffened extracellular matrix (ECM), which is driving cancer progression. We will use in vitro and in vivo models where we tune the ECM stiffness to unravel molecular mechanisms of mechanotransduction that control cancer.

Congratulations to all the grantees

Staffan Strömblad

Project: "Cell-matrix-interaction in cancer".
Project grant: 2022 - 2025, total amount SEK 7 200 000 

Lauri Aaltonen

Project: "Against tailored treatment of uterine fibroids".
Project grant: 2021 - 2024, total amount SEK 5 400 000

Marianne Farnebo

Project: "Investigate how RNA controls repair of damaged DNA and its potential as cancer therapy".
Project grant: 2022 - 2025, total amount SEK 5 200 000 

Karl Ekwall

Project: "Epigenetics, chromatin transformation in cellular resting states and cancer".
Project grant: 2022 - 2024, total amount SEK 2 400 000 

Marie Löf

Project: "HealthyMoms2.0 a digital platform for treating gestational diabetes and improving maternal and child health: a randomized controlled trial".
Project grant: 2022 - 2024, total amount SEK 2 400 000