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Early signs in young children predict type 1 diabetes

Åke Lernmark New research shows that it is possible to predict the development of type 1 diabetes. By measuring the presence of autoantibodies in the blood, it is possible to detect whether the immune system has begun to break down the body’s own insulin cells.

Lost genes make fungi dependent on trees

Fungi A new research study has shed light on the underground interaction between tree roots and fungi. In order to understand how this important symbiosis came about, an international team of researchers have sequenced the genomes of different fungi that live underground. The study shows that in the course of evolution, the symbiotic fungi have lost many genes present in their free-living ancestors, and thus become dependent on the trees.

Previously unknown effect of vitamin A identified

Niels-Bjarne Woods Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A in human embryonic development. Their findings show that vitamin A affects the formation of blood cells.

WATCH: Students behind successful ”remote control” app eye gaming

Unified Remote A group of Lund University students are behind a ’universal remote control’ called Unified Remote, an app that enables you to control your computer with your smart phone. After millions of downloads, they’re now looking at breaking into the the gaming world - by turning your phone into a joystick.

Diabetes drug could protect against low blood sugar

Diabetes drug could protect against low blood sugar DPP-4 inhibitors are a group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes that lower high blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production in the body. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now discovered that DPP-4 inhibitors are also effective against low blood sugar levels. The study, which was carried out on mice, has been published in the journal Diabetologia.

New growth factor indicates possible regenerative effects in Parkinson's disease

Brain scan Researchers have long sought treatments that can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. Current treatments have for decades been only symptomatic in nature, supplying the neurotransmitter dopamine, which the dying nerve cells can no longer produce. Results from a recent clinical study offer hope that future therapies could take advantage of the brain's own protective mechanisms to limit neuronal cell death and restore dopamine production to natural levels.

Pharmaceutical companies violate own regulations

Shai Mulinari A new report from Lund University in Sweden shows how the pharmaceutical industry time and again violates regulations on the marketing of drugs. The study has been published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Follow the Deputy Vice-Chancellor's international blog

Eva Wiberg, Executive Director for the U21 network and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Lund University This week Lund University's Deputy-Vice Chancellor Eva Wiberg launched a new international blog.

Nanotechnology facility planned in Lund

Photo: Kristian Storm A production facility for start-ups in the field of nanotechnology may be built in the Science Village in Lund, a world-class research and innovation village that is also home to ESS, the European Spallation Source.

New molecular medicine centre at Lund University

New molecular medicine centre at Lund University The new Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Lund University, which will focus on regenerative medicine, is part of a national plan to re-establish Sweden’s leading position in medical research. The centre is being funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, in collaboration with Lund University and Region Skåne.