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Three new Wallenberg Academy Fellows at Lund University

Johannes Rousk, Johan Östling and Hanna Isaksson Photo: Markus Marcetic © The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences The impact of soil microbes on carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere; the transformation of knowledge as it moves between different contexts; zooming in on the Achilles’ tendon to a cellular and molecular level to discover how weight should be placed on a torn tendon in order for it to heal. These are the research projects that Lund University’s three new Wallenberg Academy Fellows will dig deep into over the next few years.

The flight speed of birds is more complex than previously thought

Photo: Magnus Hellström The flight speed of birds is more complex than research has previously managed to show. In a new study from Lund University in Sweden, researchers have found that birds use multiple – each one simple yet effective - methods to control their speed in the air and compensate for tailwind, headwind and sidewind.

Social stigma obstacle to successful treatment of children with HIV in Ethiopia

Mulatu Biru Shargie The social stigma surrounding HIV is still strong in many parts of the world. Children living with HIV in Ethiopia are at high risk of receiving inadequate treatment – or no treatment at all – on account of deeply rooted prejudice. The most considerable risk can be found among very small children, who do not receive proper treatment right away.

Specially designed protein fights several species of bacteria

New approach to resistant bacteria. “The aim is for this patented protein to be usable as an anti-bacterial treatment, when ordinary antibiotics don’t work”, says David Ermert, one of the researchers behind the study. As resistance to existing antibiotics increases, new approaches to serious bacterial infections are needed. Now researchers at Lund University in Sweden, together with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in the US, have investigated one such alternative.

Towards personalised treatment for lung cancer

Mattias Magnusson (Photo: Kennet Ruona) New research aims to identify and characterise resistant lung cancer stem cells, and develop a model to customise drugs that can eradicate all cancer cells of an individual patient. This is the goal of researcher Mattias Magnusson, who received SEK 6 million from the Sjöberg Foundation to conduct this research project.

“Death receptors” – new markers for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Jan Nilsson (Photo: Sara Liedholm) Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found that the presence of death receptors in the blood can be used to directly measure the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. “We see that people with known risk factors such as high blood sugar and high blood fats also have heightened death receptor levels”, says Professor Jan Nilsson who led the study.

Life under the surface in live broadcast

Photo: Kristin Aleklett Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have invented new systems to study the life of microorganisms in the ground. Without any digging, the researchers are able use microchips to see and analyse an invisible world that is filled with more species than any other ecosystem.

Amniotic fluid is a rich source of stem cells – that can now be harvested

Amniotic fluid is a rich source of stem cells – that can now be harvested Amniotic fluid, the protective liquid surrounding an unborn baby, is discarded as medical waste during caesarean section deliveries. However, there is increasing evidence that this fluid is a source of valuable biological material, including stem cells with the potential for use in cell therapy and regenerative medicine. A team of scientists and clinicians at Lund University in Sweden have now developed a multi-step method, including a unique collection device and new cell harvesting and processing techniques, that enables term amniotic fluid to be safely harvested for large quantities of cells.

The gluten riddle – searching for the triggers of coeliac disease

The gluten riddle – searching for the triggers of coeliac disease A new trend among the food-conscious is to adopt a gluten-free diet. However, according to LU researchers studying coeliac disease (gluten intolerance), the trend is not solely a good thing as it may blur the line between illness and health.

Prestigious ERC grants awarded to Lund researchers

Prestigious ERC grants awarded to Lund researchers Capsules for transporting drugs, knee injuries that are really osteoarthritis, skin cells reprogrammed into nerve cells, variations in our DNA affecting the production of blood cells, and the urban sharing economy as a potential solution to our sustainability challenges. These are the research areas which have been awarded ERC Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) in the 2017 round of awards.

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