Two prestigious grants to SciLifeLab researchers

Published: 2016-04-04


Thomas Helleday, Karolinska Institutet/SciLifeLab is one of nine Swedish researchers who have been granted funding from the 2015 call from the European Research Council, ERC. A total of 34 Swedish life science researchers applied for the ERC Advanced Grant and five of these applications were approved. The granted PIs, who are established researchers considered to be world leading in their field, receive up to EUR 2,5 million each during a five year period. Thomas Helleday receives the grant for his project “Targeting oxidative repair proteins for treatment of cancer and inflammation”.

Thomas Helleday

Thomas Helleday

“We are very happy that ERC wants to continue funding our translational research group aiming to take basic science concepts in repair of oxidative DNA damage all the way to make a difference for patients” Said Thomas Helleday.

Also recently, The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) selected holders of their Career Development Award (CDA). In a global competition, eight young scientists received the award worth around EUR 260 000 spread over three years to jump-start their first independent laboratory. Among the awardees of 2016, selected from 57 applications, is SciLifeLab Fellow Magda Bienko, Karolinska Institutet/SciLifeLab.

Magda Bienko

Magda Bienko

“I am extremely proud of the fact that HFSPO recognized as frontier science my team’s efforts to understand the fundamental principles that govern how the genome is spatially organized inside the cell’s nucleus, and I now feel a great sense of responsibility to deliver our best energies towards this goal.” Said Magda Bienko.