Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy is located at the Biomedical Center (BMC), Lund University, Sweden. This Department is a joint venture between the Medical Faculty, Lund University and the Hematology Clinic at Lund University Hospital.
The laboratory investigates the properties of blood stem cells and is developing cell and gene therapy for blood disorders. The development of cell and gene therapy is considered important for many genetic disorders and cancer, disorders that remain incurable at present. Within the laboratory, there are eight independent research groups that collaborate closely to understand the regulation of blood stem cells.
Six of these research groups are members of the Hemato Linné excellence program in blood stem cell biology (Linnaeus Program) funded by The Swedish Research Council and Lund University and several of the groups are also members of STEMTHERAPY, a strategic research and infrastructure program, also supported by The Swedish Research Council.
The Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) has awarded Göran Karlsson with their big grant for young researchers. The purpose is to allow young promising scientists to start up and establish their own independent research group. The aim with Görans research is to identify kay factors to distinguish blood stem cells from leukemic stem cells.
Dr Miharada was awarded the competetive Project grant for junior scientists from the Swedish Research Council to study how ER stress influence the growth of hematopoietic stem cells. The purpose of this grant is fund the most outstanding young researchers, the funding period is five years starting in 2014 and sums up to approximately 7 million SEK.
We congratulate Dr. Joan Yuan awarded the competitive Wallenberg Academy Fellowship! Dr Yuan is studying fetal and adult lymphopoiesis with the goal to improve bone marrow transplantations and to understand the development of childhood leukemia. The Wallenberg Academy Fellows program aims to provide long term financing for promsing young Swedish and international researchers in all disciplines.