Volker Lauschke

We have developed novel 3D tissue models that accurately reflect the biology and function of human liver. Furthermore, we ANALYZED the pharmacogenomic landscape in 130,000 individuals and found that previously unappreciated rare genetic variants in drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters contribute 30-40% to differ inter-individual differences in drug response. Scientific Read more

Erik Norberg Awarded Grant from the Swedish Cancer Society

Erik Norberg was awarded a 2.3 million SEK project grant from Cancerfonden and a 6-year Young Investigator position from the same foundation. These grants are a direct continuation of his previous work supported focusing on understanding the metabolic regulation in cancer.   Read more

Report by Erik Norberg

Our main goal of this study was to determine the functional role of distinct utilization of serine metabolism to lung adenocarcinomas. We identified a metabolic subtype, described by PHGDH, with poor prognosis that display with unique metabolic dependencies (Zhang et al. Cell Reports, 2017). Summary Tumor cells display metabolic profiles Read more

Human Rights and Community-led Development

"Human Rights and Community-led Development ,Lessons from Tostan" by Ben Cislaghi recommends Tostan as a best practice for ethical and effective development. The book is published by Edinburgh University Press. Ben Cislaghi is an Assistant Professor in Social Norms at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Centre for Read more

Maria Ulvmar awarded grant from VR

Maria Ulvmar has been awarded the starting grant from the The Swedish Research Council (VR) 2016. The aim of the 4-year grant of 1.5 million per year (6 million SEK in total), is to support junior researchers to become established as independent group leaders. The grant is awarded to researchers Read more

Article by O. Idevall-Hagren

In a recent study we discovered that a rare lipid in the outer membrane of b-cells plays a critical role in regulating the amount of calcium that enters the b-cell and, in extension, also the amount of insulin that these cells release. Experimental removal of this lipid by an optogenetic Read more

Progress report. Jorge Ruas

The transcriptional coactivator PGC-1alpha4 is induced by resistance exercise training and regulates skeletal muscle hypertrophy. The main aim of this project is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which PGC-1alpha4 increases muscle size and strength. Progress Report: As mentioned in our previous report, Manizheh Izadi (the PhD student who is Read more

Scientific Report, Olof Idevall-Hagren

Many diseases are associated with disturbed organelle communication. We are trying to understand how such cross talk between cellular compartments are achieved and why they sometimes malfunction in disease. Just like our organs need to “talk” to each other to make our body function properly, the organelles inside each of Read more

Mast cell progenitors identified in human blood

Jenny Hallgren and her group's discovery of the rare human blood mast cell progenitor population implies that the development of human mast cells resembles the development of mast cells in mice. For the first time, we have identified human mast cell progenitors1. That murine mast cells are derived from committed Read more

Erik Norberg gets SSMF grant

Erik Norberg has been awarded with a 3-year grant from the Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF). The grant is 3 million SEK and was awarded to 4 researchers in the medical field of research in Sweden. Read more

Thomas J. Dodd Prize

Tostan and former president Bill Clinton to be awarded the seventh biennial Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights . Tostan, along with former president Bill Clinton, will be awarded the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut next month. The Read more

121 Communities Declare Abandonment of FGC and Childmarriage

In December 121 communities in Northern Senegal declared their abandonment of FGC and child/forced marriage! Of these only 20 participated in Tostans Community Empowerment Program (CEP) while the other 101 villages were adopted. On a sunny Sunday afternoon in the remote village of Velingara Ferlo, 121 communities from the department Read more

First Lady Michelle Obama on Tostan

“Tostan brings together communities in Africa to assess barriers to girls’ education and other issues. The communities work to develop their own plan of action: a plan that meets their needs and is in accordance with their values. As a result of this program, 7000 communities have publicly announced that Read more

Committed mast cell progenitors in mouse blood differ in maturity between Th1 and Th2 strains

Committed mast cell progenitors have been postulated to exist in adult mouse and human blood. We have isolated a rare population of cells in adult mouse blood, committed to the mast cell lineage. Strikingly, the mast cell progenitors from the Th2-prone BALB/c strain expressed FcεRI to a higher degree (66 Read more