2018 Sjöberg Prize winners to lecture at KI

Published 2018-02-12 09:44. Updated 2018-02-12 09:44Denna sida på svenska

Professor Zhu Chen, who was made honorary doctor at KI in 2014, has been awarded the 2018 Sjöberg Prize along with researchers Anne Dejeane and Hugues de Thé. The prize-winners will be holding a lecture at KI on 12 April at 3.00 pm in the Gustaf Retzius hall on the Solna campus.

The prize-winners have developed an entirely new tailored treatment for a specific form of blood cancer called acute promyelocytic leukaemia. From having been one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it is now curable in nine out of ten cases. The new therapy is unique in being the first toxin-free standard treatment for acute leukaemia.

“It’s a combination therapy comprising a form of vitamin A and arsenic trioxide, and has its roots in Chinese folk medicine,” says Ingemar Ernberg, professor at the Deaprtment of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology.

Zhu Chen works at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Anne Dejean is at the Institut Pasteur and Inserm in Paris, and Hugues de Thé is at the Collège de France.

The Sjöberg Prize is an annual international award for cancer research, and is conferred by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.