The Wallenberg Foundations

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In 2016, the Wallenberg Foundations jointly contributed with nearly SEK 187 million to research at Karolinska Institutet. Established in 1917, it is especially the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) that over the years has funded major investments in research infrastructure and grants to individual researchers and projects at KI.

KAW is also one of the largest private funders of research in Sweden, currently granting about SEK 1.7 billion per year to research projects and infrastructure at Swedish universities, mainly in the fields of science, technology and medicine. This year, the KAW foundation celebrates its 100th anniversary in support of excellent Swedish research and education. The other major Wallenberg family foundations are the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, and the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation. 

Strategic KAW funding at KI

Project grants from KAW

Funding by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for research projects at KI with high scientific potential.

Researcher Project

Professor Patrik Ernfors, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 17.2 Million in 2016.

Decomposition of pain into cell types

Professor Sten Eirik Jacobsen, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded SEK 45.2 Million in 2016. 

Characterization, Surveillance and Targeting of Cancer Stem Cells

Professor Nils-Göran Larsson, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 47 Million in 2016. 

Regulation of mammalian mtDNA gene expression

Assistant Professor Katja Petzold, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 33.5 Million in 2016

MicroRNA control of neural development: Dissecting biological function with atomic resolution

Professor Elias Arnér, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 43.7 Million in 2015.

Cancer redox-targeting redox pathways for improved cancer therapy

Professor Olli Kallioniemi, Karolinska Institutet

Awarded SEK 46 Million in 2015.

Systems precision medicine platform to optimize therapies for cancer patients: AML and beyond

Professor Juha Kere, Department of Medical Biosciences and Nutrition

Awarded SEK 17 Million in 2015.

Molecular mechanisms of early development

Sten Linnarsson, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 26.8 Million in 2015.

Cis-regulatory logic of the mouse brain trancriptome

Professor Jonas Bergh, Department of Oncology-Pathology

Awarded SEK 39.6 Million in 2014.

Hitting cancer on target - Novel strategies for optimizing drug target engagement for improved breast cancer therapies

Professor Thomas Helleday, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 14.2 Million  in 2012. Awarded prolongated funding of SEK 21.3 million in 2014.

A common Achilles heal for cancer?

Professor Thomas Perlmann, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Awarded SEK 40.4 Million in 2013.

Cell identity loss a cause of Parkinson's disease

 

Professor Jussi Taipale, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition

Awarded SEK 38.9 Million in 2013. 

Growth Control and Cancer

 

Professor Lars-Gunnar Larsson, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded SEK 33.6 Million in 2013.

Permanently stopped cell division may pave the way for new cancer therapy

Professor Anna Wedell, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery 

Awarded SEK 26.4 Million in 2013.

Hope for a new treatment against brain disorders

 

Professor Kenneth R. Chien, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded SEK 24.7 Million in 2013.

Producing the blue prints for the heart

 

Professor Bo Angelin, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded SEK 10.8 Million in 2013. Awarded prolongated funding of  SEK16.2 million in 2015.

Genetic genealogy saves lives

 

Professor Björn Andersson, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded SEK 22.3 Million in 2012

The body conceals an unknown jungle of microbes

 

Professor Karl Tryggvason, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded SEK 16.7 Million in 2012

Diabetes - a genetic mystery behind damaged kidneys

 

Professor Karl Ekwall, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition

Awarded SEK 41.9 Million in 2011

Epigenetics provides hope for more effective treatment of acute leukemia

 

Professor Birgitta Henriques Normark, Department och Microbiology, Cell and Tumour Biology

Awarded SEK 25.8 Million in 2011

She wants to defuse pneumococcal bacteria

 

Tomas Olsson, Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Awarded 57.2 Million SEK in 2011

They hope to dispel the mysteries surrounding MS and rheumatoid arthritis

 

Wallenberg Clinical Scholars

The Wallenberg Clinical Scholars programme strengthens Swedish clinical research by means of identifying the best clinical researchers, providing them with good conditions to undertake their work, and facilitate the impact of research results in the scientific and healthcare communities. Each researcher obtains SEK 15 million for a period of five years, with possibility of extension for another five years.

Researcher Project

Miia Kivipelto, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Awarded in 2016

Treatments to preserve memory 

Per Svenningsson, Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Awarded in 2016

Wants to slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease 

Anna Wedell, Department of Molecular Medicins and Surgery

Awarded in 2015

Hopes for new treatment of congenital brain disorders

Wallenberg Scholars

The Wallenberg Scholars programme supports and stimulates some of the most successful reserachers at Swedish universities. In 2012 two researchers at KI were awarded SEK 15 million each to be divided over a period of five years:

Researcher Project

Per-Olof BerggrenDepartment of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

Awarded in 2012

How our nerves regulate insulin secretion

Carlos IbáñezDepartment of Neuroscience

Awarded in 2012

Nerve cells and metabolism is regulated by growth factors

Johan Ericson, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded in 2011

Stem-cell research to fight Parkinson’s and depression

Patrik Ernfors, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Awarded in 2010 and a second time in 2016

Basic research for self-healing brains

Jonas Frisén, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded in 2009

Great age variation in human cells

Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Wallenberg Academy Fellows is the largest private initiative to support young researchers in Sweden. It is a new career programme aimed at promising researchers in all disciplines. The programme provides long-term funding and enables the best researchers to focus on their research and it contributes to the internationalization of the Swedish research environment. Young researchers are awarded SEK 5 to 9 million to be divided over a period of five years.

Researcher Project

Laura Baranello, Deaprtment of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded in 2016.

Developing gentler cancer treatments

Olaf Bergmann, Deaprtment of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded in 2016.

A damaged heart will be helped to heal

Niklas Björkström, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded in 2016.

The liver’s natural killer cells – how do they work?

Claudia Kutter, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology

Awarded in 2016.

How does liver cancer develop?

Fredrik Lanner, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology

Awarded in 2016.

Stem cell treatment for common eye disease

Sidinh Luc, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded in 2016.

How do cells form in our blood?

Vicente Pelechano García,  Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology

Awarded in 2016.

Why can genetically identical cells function differently?

Petter Woll, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded in 2015.

Wants to find the cause of a dangerous form of blood cancer

Yenan Bryceson, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded in 2014

New ways of diagnosing rare diseases

Björn Högberg, Department of Neuroscience

Awarded in 2014

Molecule design with DNA origami

Pekka Katajisto

Awarded in 2014

Aging better with healthy stem cells

Edmund Loh, Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology

Awarded in 2014

Finding out why harmless nasal bacteria attack the brain

Jenny Mjösberg, Department of Medicine, Huddinge

Awarded in 2014

Studying the importance of new immune cells in gastrointestinal disease

Robert Månsson, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Awarded in 2014

A better understanding of why blood cancer occurs

Peder Olofsson, Department of Medicine, Solna

Awarded in 2014

Nerves makes drugs

Andreas Olsson, Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Awarded in 2014

Where does a fear of the unknown originate?

Eduardo Villablanca, Department of Medicine, Solna

Awarded in 2014

Explores mechanisms behind chronic bowel disease

Christian Göritz, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology

Awarded in 2013

Scarring prevents nerve repair

François Lallemend, Department of Neuroscience

Awarded in 2013

Dream project on peripheral nerve cells

Ola Larsson, Department of Oncology-Pathology

Awarded in 2013

Mapping cell protein production to find a cure for cancer

Gilad Silberberg, Department of Neuroscience

Awarded in 2012

More about the project.

Marie Carlén, Department of Neuroscience

Awarded in 2012

More about the project.

Video: Marie Carlén, about mental disorders

Camilla Svensson, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Awarded in 2012

Searching for the source of chronic pain

 

Johan Lundström, Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Awarded in 2012

A comprehensive approach to our senses

Video: Johan Lundström, psychological smell research

 

The Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The foundation supports research primarily in clinical medicine, law and social sciences.

Project grant to KI 2016: Ingemar Kåreholt – Psychosocial working conditions and late-life physical functioning: What role does gender, socioeconomic position, work-life balance, and coping mechanisms play? Granted funding of SEK 4.13 million over a period of three years. 

The Amalia and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The foundation supports research projects of high scientific potential, especially in social sciences and humanities, as well as projects in learning and information technologies and projects for children and youth activities.

Project grant 2015: Sven Bölte – Inclusion and quality of life through social skills training in schools for children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and their peers; from clinical to community settings. Granted funding of SEK 1 million. 

Project grant 2014: Clara Hellner Gumpert – Early interventions among young people at risk; Internet-based treatment of non-suicidal self-injury. Granted funding of SEK 1.2 million. 

Project grant 2013:  Torkel Klingberg – Digital cognitive and mathematical intervention; the DIKOM project. Granted funding of SEK 6 million över a period of five years. 

 

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