Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Prize

The purpose of the Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Foundation is to stimulate and foster scientific research within the medical and biochemical fields respectively. Each year, an award is made of a personal prize as well as financial support to young researchers who have distinguished themselves in their particular field.

The foundation’s grant and prize, in alternate years, go to the two different categories of medicine and biochemistry. Where questions of nomination for the awards are concerned, the Foundation collaborates with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien) and Karolinska Institutet.

Sven Hagberg (1894-1961) was a graduate engineer and cereal chemist. He developed a new method for measuring the baking characteristics of flour. This method, called the "Hagberg Falling Number", is now in use the world over. Ebba-Christina Hagberg (1900-1972) was involved in organisational work and shared her husband’s interest in foreign cultures. The couple had no children of their own but bequeathed their property to the Foundation.

Prize winners 2020 - Elizabeth Arkema and Marcus Buggert

Portrait av Elizabeth Arkema
Elizabeth Arkema. Photo: Prospect Photography

Elizabeth Arkema at the Department of Medicine in Solna was awarded the prize “for her population-based studies concerning the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis”.

She has built a unique data repository leveraging the power of Swedish population-based data with biobanked blood samples from well-characterized and longitudinally followed clinical cohorts. Elizabeth’s research focuses on identifying the links between genes, inflammation and lifestyle factors which cause sarcoidosis, and how these factors can be used to identify novel phenotypes and predict prognosis.

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

Marcus Buggert at the Department of Medicine in Huddinge received the award "for his studies on specific populations of T cells and their importance for our defense against viral infections."

Marcus Buggert's research aims to use new technology platforms on model systems and unique patient materials to be able to answer how T cells recognize and fight viral infections and tumors in tissues. This knowledge can increase our understanding of how T cells control viruses and tumors and in the future lead to new treatment strategies against these diseases. 

Previous prize winners at KI

2018 - Petter Brodin and Ljubica Matic

Petter Brodin, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, was awarded the prize for his studies concerning immune system development in newborn children.

Ljubica Matic, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, received the Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg prize for her studies concerning molecular mechanisms of smooth muscle cell function in atherosclerosis.

2016 – Katja Petzold and Simon Elsässer

Katja Petzold, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB), was awarded the Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg prize for her discoveries concerning RNA structure and function using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and other biophysical techniques.

Simon Elsässer, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB), received the prize for his discoveries concerning epigenetic silencing mechanisms involving histone modifications.

2014 – Emma Andersson and Robert Månsson

Emma Andersson was awarded the prize for her work concerning how the Wnt and Notch signalling pathways control differentiation and morphogenesis during embryonic development. It is important to gain an understanding of these signalling pathways, since a range of diseases can arise when they do not function properly during development. Dr Andersson is doing important research into Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder that arises in early childhood and affects the liver, heart and kidney.

Robert Månsson was awarded the prize for his work concerning early haematopoiesis and three-dimensional genomic architecture, and the relationship between this higher order genomic organization of genes and transcriptional regulation. He is particularly interested in genes that are involved in the development of blood cells. The overall aim of his work is to gain a greater understanding of normal blood cell development why some genetic mutations cause blood cancers.

2012 – Pernilla Lagergren and Rickard Sandberg

Pernilla Lagergren, at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, was awarded the prize for her research on health-related quality of life after surgical treatment of tumors, especially esophageal cancer.

Rickard Sandberg, at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, was awarded the prize for his mapping of genome regulation, which has led to new insights on gene activity. His new genomic approach is pioneering basic research and has great potential to improve clinical diagnostics.

2010 - Marie Carlén and Luca Jovine

Marie Carlén at the Department of Neuroscience, received the prize for her application of an ultramodern light-based technique that revolutionises medical science's knowledge of how the brain works and the causes of brain conditions such as schizophrenia.

Luca Jovine, at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition was awarded for his research on conception at a molecular level.

2008 – Jonas Muhr and Kirsty Spalding

Jonas Muhr at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, was awarded for his study of the regulation of stem cells in the brain.

Kirsty Spalding at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology was awarded for her research into the formation of new brain cells.

2006 – Mikael Björnstedt