Two new Wallenberg Fellows at LiU
LiU has two new Wallenberg Academy Fellows, who will get the opportunity to develop their research ideas. The challenges they’re taking on relate to relapses in acute leukemia, a form of cancer, and materials that can help us create new organs using 3D printers.
Twenty-nine new Wallenberg Academy Fellows have been appointed, of which two at Linköping University. The programme, financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, provides promising young researchers five years of funding. They also get to take part in a leadership programme.
For people requiring a transplant, the demand for healthy organs is greater than the supply. Consequently, medical researchers dream of being able to create new organs from stem cells. Daniel Aili, senior lecturer at Linköping University (LiU), is working on the development of a material that can support cells that will form new organs. An important goal is to make it possible to create new organs using a 3D printer.
A 3D printer can, layer by layer, position all the specialised cells in exactly the right place. But cells are sensitive. One problem is that most cells die when forced through a 3D printer’s nozzle. Daniel Aili is developing a material, a cell-friendly hydrogel, that can protect the cells during this process. The material will support the cells in their new environment. It will also be adaptable, so that it contains substances that encourage the cells to develop into the desired tissue.
Sasan Zandi is currently at the University of Toronto, but will work as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow at LiU. He will investigate why it is so difficult to cure relapses of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a form of cancer. Even if the treatment is initially successful, many people with AML suffer relapses. It was previously believed that this was because the previous cancer cells had returned. However new research shows that the cells causing the relapse may be significantly different from the first cancer cells.
Sasan Zandi will investigate whether relapses in AML are due to new cancer cells having developed from the cells that made up the pre-stage of the cancer. One important aim is also to develop treatments that kill these cells, possibly preventing AML and life-threatening relapses.
The researchers who are appointed as Wallenberg Academy Fellows have been nominated by various Swedish universities. Assessors at the five scientific academies evaluate the candidates, and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation makes the final selection.
“More than half of this year’s Academy Fellows have doctoral degrees from abroad. This indicates that the programme is very attractive, outside Sweden as well. We’re also happy that in this highly competitive environment, close to 40 per cent of successful applicants are women,” said the foundation’s executive director, Göran Sandberg.
Pictures of Daniel Aili and Sasan Zandi by Markus Narcotic © Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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LiU researchers have won two major research projects within the field of design and construction for a world in which we husband, recycle and reuse natural resources. Both will be carried out in close collaboration with industrial partners.
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Thomas Lunner’s research has given improved hearing to millions of people with impaired hearing. He has been chosen as one of this year’s Alumni of the Year.
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The famous psychoanalyst, linguist, philosopher and feminist Julia Kristeva has her own dedicated conference. This year it will be held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 October, with researchers from a number of countries coming together to discuss her work and ideas. Co-organisers include LiU’s Department of Culture and Communication.
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Graduates of the Furniture Design Programme at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies will attend the London Design Fair, 22-25 September. The graduates will show innovative lighting for the private and public sectors. The pieces were first presented at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. In conjunction with the Stockholm fair, the graduates received invitations to participate in London.
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“We want to shed particular light on Sweden and Scandinavia. We believe we have so much equality, and this belief is part of our identity. But it can also lead to superiority over people from other countries. That ‘we’ are so good and ‘they’ don’t know what we’re talking about,” says Katarina Eriksson Barajas, professor of education at Linköping University.
As of 1 September, everyone studying at least half-time will be able to buy tickets from Östgötatrafiken at student prices. The student discount applies to 30-day central and suburban routes. The student association Stuff were the ones pushing the issue of student discounts on public transportation.
Last updated: Thu Dec 01 13:59:42 CET 2016