MOVING SCIENCE FORWARD
MultiPark is a strategic research area funded by the Swedish Government. The aim of the MultiPark project is to radically improve life for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. In a multidisciplinary mobilization neuroscientists are cooperating with researchers from nanotechnology, chemistry, physics and computer science. A union between experimental and clinical science is at the core of the overarching MultiPark vision – improving the quality of life for Parkinson patients.
With his recent SRC grant of 2,3 M SEK MultiPark ethnologist Markus Idvall is shifting his attention further towards Parkinson’s disease. In the project ‘The Two Horizons of Research’, kicking off in 2014, he will investigate the cultural and social negotiation that is taking place between researchers and patients when clinical trials are performed.
A consortium consisting of a total of 23 partners, where half are from Lund University, have received funds to develop a national research school in the area of aging and health. An important goal is to increase the recruitment base for graduate students that can develop into scientists with expertise in interdisciplinary research on aging and health. The key recruitment base are graduate students and postdocs who are already involved in aging research or in research relevant to the field of aging and health.
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research has presented MultiPark's Johan Jakobsson with a grant of ten million SEK. The program, Future Research Leaders, supports young, particularly promising researchers with leadership potential. It provides selected scientists with the financial base required to establish their own internationally competitive research group, as well as a training course in academic leadership.