Published: 2017-12-04 09:33 | Updated: 2019-06-17 14:53

Igor Adameyko receives the Hans Wigzells Research Foundation Science Prize

Igor Adameyko, senior researcher at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, was awarded the Hans Wigzell Research Foundation Science Prize (Hans Wigzells Forskningsstiftelses vetenskapspris) on November 29, 2017.

Igor Adameyko's research concentrates on understanding cellular aspects of development and evolution, elaboration of novelties in cellular lineages, issue of biological individuality and competition of cells inside of the multicellular organisms. Igor’s laboratory made a significant contribution to our understanding of non-canonical functions of the nervous system that, as an example, includes the delivery of multipotent Schwann cell precursors to the locations in the body, where these cells leave the nerves and convert into melanocytes, autonomic neurons, neuroendocrine cells and other derivatives. Lately, Igor works with different aspects of facial development and brain-face interactions during development and regeneration.

Among other things, the Research Foundation highlights:

"A fascinating example of what Igor Adameyko's research can lead to is the study of how the development of an individual's facial parts is controlled by molecular predetermined information. This could mean that in the future, one might be able to reproduce an almost photographically identical image of an individual's face from a simple DNA-test."

About the Hans Wigzell Research Foundation

The foundation promotes its support of scientific research and education in the medical field, in particular through scholarships and other grants. It will also organize and/or support seminars and conferences. Rhenman & Partners Asset Management are initiators and founders of the Hans Wigzell Research Foundation. The Hans Wigzell Research Foundation Science Prize of 500.000 SEK is distributed on an annual basis.

About Hans Wigzell

Professor of Immunology, Karolinska Institutet. Former President of Karolinska Institutet, Chairman of KI’s Nobel Committee, Director General of the Infectious Diseases Institute and National Bacteriological Laboratory. Hans Wigzell is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences IVA.