Sven Gard's scholarship
Sven Gard's scholarship is awarded annually for the best dissertation in virology. The scholarship takes place as a result of nomination.
Sven Gard scholarship winner
This year's scholarship recipients for the best dissertations in virology in 2022 are;
Katie Healy, with her PhD at the Department of Dental Medicine. Now postdoc at the Department of laboratory medicine in Huddinge
Sebastian Ols at the Department of medicine in Solna
Katie Healy receives the prize for her dissertation "Potential role of MAIT cells in cancer immunotherapy and viral infection."
The reviewers consider this thesis to provide important evidence for the immunological role that MAIT cells may have during viral infection in tissue and for potential use of MAIT cells in immunotherapy context. The thesis is comprehensive and well written.
Sebastian Ols receives the prize for his dissertation ”Cellular and molecular mechanisms for induction of broad anti-viral B cell responses through vaccination.”
The reviewers consider this thesis to provide improved knowledge on how antiviral B-cell responses can be modulated by the selection of vaccine platforms. The thesis is comprehensive and well written.
Previous scholarship winners
Scholarship winner 2022 - Maike Winters
Maike Winters was awarded the prize for her dissertation "Contagious (Mis)Communication: the role of risk communication and misinformation in infectious disease outbreaks".
Scholarship winner 2021 - Benedict Strunz
Benedikt Strunz was awarded the prize for his dissertation "Human innate lymphocytes in host defense, tissue function and reproduction.".
Scholarship winner 2020 - Carles Solà Riera
Carles Solà Riera, was awarded the prize for his dissertation "Hantaviruses, Escapees from the death row – viral mechanisms towards apoptosis resistance."
Scholarship winner 2019 - Ganesh Phad
Ganesh Phad was awarded for his disseration, Repertoire diversity and maturation of HIV-1 vaccine-induced B cell responses.
Scholarship winner 2018 - Heinrich Schlums
Heinrich Schlums was awarded for his dissertation Human Cytotoxic lymphocyte differentiation in health disease.
The dissertation deals with the differentiation of cytotoxic NK and T cells, among others. a. in conjunction with cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has clear effects on the development of the immune system.
Scholarship winner 2017 - Eva Herweijer
Eva Herweijer at the Department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics, MEB, won the scholarship for her thesis on HPV vaccination,Register-based evaluation of HPV vaccination programs.
Scholarship winner 2016 - Klara Miriam Elfström
Klara Miriam Elfström was awarded the scholarship for her thesis Optimizing Cervical cancer Prevention through Screening and HPV Vaccination.
Scholarship winner 2015 - Marcus Buggert
Marcus Buggert at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge (MedH) won the scholarship for his thesisInterdisciplinary characterization of T cell dynamics in HIV Infections.
Scholarship winner 2014 - Lina Odevall
Lina Odevall at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) won the scholarship for her thesis Characterization of HIV-1 populations in infected cells.
Scholarship winner 2013 - Christopher Sundling
Christopher Sundling at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) won the scholarship for his thesis Dissection of HIV-1 Env-Specific B Cell Responses in Nonhuman Primates.
Scholarship winner 2012 - Niklas Björkström
Niklas Björkström at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge (MedH) won the scholarship for his thesis Human natural killer cell activation and differentiation in health and viral infection.
Scholarship winner 2011 - Ulrika Johansson
Ulrika Johansson at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge (MedH) won the scholarship for her thesis Dendritic cell responses to apoptotic cells – is there a life after death?
Scholarship winner 2010 - Shang-Rung Wu
Shang-Rung Wu at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BioNut) won the scholarship for her thesis Activation of the spike proteins of alpha- and retroviruses.
Scholarship winner 2009 - Jonas Hardestam
Jonas Hardestam at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) won the scholarship for his thesis Hantaviruses – Shedding, Stability and Induction of Apoptosis.
Sven Gard - Virologist with a decisive role in the eradication of polio
Sven Gard was born in 1905 and grew up in Södermalm, Stockholm. Early in college at Södra Latin, Gard showed a clear talent for mathematics and natural sciences. He chose to study medicine and received a medical candidate degree in 1929 and a medical licentiate degree in 1934 at Karolinska Institutet (KI). He early came in contact with microbiology, especially virology since the polio epidemics emerged as an ever-increasing threat in the 20th century. He made decisive action for the development of the Swedish killed polio vaccine. With this vaccine, the disease was eradicated from our country.
Sven Gard had a sharp intellect and an unusual overview of the medical sciences and especially the microbiology. He came to play a major role in the Nobel Prize work at KI, for almost all his time as a professor. He was an introductory speaker at the Nobel Prize ceremonies no less than five times, which is unique among teachers at KI.
Gard didn´t have any children. All the assets he and his wife collected and which he left behind at his death in 1998, was donated to the Karolinska Institutet's Virus Research Fund.
With great success he handled the management of the assets, as long as he lived. Extended text about Sven Gard (PDF).