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New honorary doctors at the Faculty of Medicine in 2018

An astrophysicist who has developed new knowledge about cardiac function, a cardiovascular expert who stimulated research in general medicine, an internationally leading researcher in autoimmune diseases, and a neuroscientist who is deeply engaged in society: these are the new honorary doctors at the Faculty of Medicine, who will be formally recognised in Lund Cathedral on 25 may 2018.
Photo: Kennet Ruona
Photo: Kennet Ruona

Professor Elena Cattaneo, from the University of Milan, is one of Europe’s leading neuroscience researchers with strong links to the research field at Lund University. Collaboration began in the 1990s when Professor Cattaneo spent time conducting research in Lund, and has continued since then. Her own research has mainly specialised in Huntington’s disease and its causes. Today, she is internationally recognised for her major commitment to research ethics and research policy, and for increasing knowledge and engagement in research among the general public.

“With her great passion for research, combined with a unique personality, Elena is an inspiring example for a new generation of researchers, not least in Lund. Through her role as organiser of the annual UniStem day – the biggest stem cell event in Europe which reaches over 25 000 upper secondary school pupils – she has found a completely new way of inspiring and stimulating interest in research among the younger generation”, comment professors Malin Parmar and Anders Björklund of Lund University.

Professor Jeffrey P Krischer of the University of South Florida, USA, is one of the world’s foremost experts on the mechanisms behind autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and coeliac disease. Among other things, he coordinates the major international studies TEDDY and TrialNet, specifically focused on investigating autoimmune diseases, in which Lund University and Skåne University Hospitals are a central hub. Many important research findings have emerged from these studies, including dietary recommendations on gluten for children in Sweden.

“Jeffrey P Krischer has collaborated with researchers at the Faculty of Medicine since 2002 and contributed with his leading knowledge in the design and analysis of clinical studies. Not least, he acts as a mentor for several junior researchers in Lund who have had the opportunity to conduct research with him at his institute in Tampa”, says professor Åke Lernmark.

Professor Sándor J Kovács works at Washington University, St Louis, USA. He started his research career in astrophysics and wrote a doctoral thesis entitled “The Generation of Gravitational Waves” with Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne as his supervisor. Sandor J. Kovacs then changed course and became a cardiologist. For many years, he has collaborated with researchers at Lund University in the field of cardiac physiology, not least as a mentor for junior researchers, and the collaboration has resulted in new research projects.

“Sandor J. Kovács’s cardiology research is ground-breaking and his commitment to explaining the heart’s unique ability to pump blood is a great source of inspiration to students”, says Håkan Arheden, professor of clinical physiology at Lund University.

Professor John Chalmers, of The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney and University of New South Wales, Sydney, is an internationally leading researcher in cardiovascular medicine. Among other things, his studies of high blood pressure have had a major influence on current treatment. In recent years, he has received doctoral students from the Centre for Primary Healthcare Research at Lund University, contributing both to higher quality in research and to extended international networks in the field of general medicine.

"John Chalmers’s ground-breaking research into the brain’s role in the development of high blood pressure led to his 1987 appointment to the Australian Academy of Science. High blood pressure is a very common risk factor for stroke which affects the majority of people over the age of 65. Reducing blood pressure in various ways has brought great therapeutic benefits through a reduction in cases of stroke”, comment Patrik Midlöv, professor of general medicine at Lund University and Lars Hjalmar Lindholm chair of the board at the Centre for Primary Healthcare Research.

Contact:
Johanna Sandahl
+46 46-2223178
+46 70-9943479
johanna [dot] sandahl [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

 

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