GRANT. Stefano Romeo, Professor of Molecular and Clinical Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, has been appointed as one of this year’s Wallenberg Academy Fellows. It is a recognition that provides longterm resources for young researchers, and an opportunity to focus on their research.
“This program is among the most important today for strengthening Sweden’s position in research and development,” says Göran K. Hansson, Permanent Secretary, The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, in a statement on the website of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
Stefano Romeo, born 1976, has identified genetic variations that explain why some individuals are at increased risk of major fat accumulation in the liver. The long term goal of his research program is to develop and introduce precision drugs against non-alcoholic fat liver – a disease that, in parallel with the obesity epidemic, has increased and become the most common liver disease. Today there are however no drugs that slow or reverse the course of disease.
The award gives Stefano Romeo a total of SEK 11.25 million over five years, with the option of a five-year extension. Two other researchers at the University of Gothenburg were appointed at the same time as Wallenberg Academy Fellows: Elin Naurin, Associate Professor at the Department for Political Science, whose project deals with the effects of pregnancy on political perception, and Karl Börjesson, the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, whose aim is to make organic LEDs more effective, by developing molecules where more of the energy is converted into light.
“All three research areas provide social benefits and are well in line with the University of Gothenburg’s ambition to help solve various societal challenges,” says Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg.
Here you can read more about all the three recipients: https://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/nyheter/detalj//forskning-pa-lysdioder–fettlever-och-graviditetens-effekter-pa-politisk-uppfattning-far-wallenberg-anslag.cid1536374