Professor of Experimental Endocrinology at the Department of Clinical Research and Education, Södersjukhuset since 2005.
Diabetes represents a rapidly increasing threat to the health of the population the world over. Physical inactivity and inappropriate food choices are contributory factors. Excessive calorie intake leads to reduced insulin production that is no longer able to regulate blood sugar levels. This, in turn, leads to markedly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, even in young people.
Åke Sjöholm's research aims to clarify the molecular pathways that regulate insulin secretion, cell growth and cell death, why this goes wrong in diabetes as well as find new ways of preventing and treating the disease.