GRANTS. This year, the Jubilee Clinic’s Cancer Fund is awarding approximately SEK 16.2 million for cancer research at, or in connection with, the Jubilee Clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Of this amount, about SEK 1.2 million relates to research months for clinically active researchers.
One of the 33 researchers receiving funding is Cecilia Bull, who will receive SEK 400,000 per year for two years. Her team is mapping what happens in the intestine upon exposure to radiation.
“Unfortunately, if you are treated with radiation for pelvic cancer, you may suffer from chronic intestinal distress. Symptoms can be very limiting in everyday life. We want to find ways to maintain and improve intestinal health after radiation treatment,” Cecilia Bull says.
“The grant is a very important cornerstone for my research, and the Jubilee Clinic’s Cancer Fund is an amazing opportunity for us as we become established.”
Collecting samples from breast cancer patients
Toshima Parris, a researcher at the Department of Oncology, is also receiving funding from the Jubilee Clinic’s Cancer Fund. She will receive a total of SEK 600,000 over two years for her research on triple-negative breast cancer.
“We will be able to start a new collection of tumor material and blood samples from about one hundred patients. These samples will be used to map the disease by identifying mutations and investigating treatment responses when we treat the tumors with different chemotherapies in culture bottles. We will also investigate whether cancer stem cells can explain why some patients do not respond to treatment,” says Parris.
She is delighted to receive the grant from the Jubilee Clinic’s Cancer Fund:
“Without the grants from that fund and others we would not be able to do what we do! Their support means we can continue to look for new pieces of the puzzle that will help us understand and, we hope, find better treatments for patients with triple-negative breast cancer.”
Over the past five years, the Jubilee Clinic’s Cancer Fund, established in 1952, has awarded a total of about SEK 72 million to cancer research connected with the Jubilee Clinic. Funding comes entirely from generous donations from individuals and companies.
Researchers receiving project grants:
Toshima Parris, Max Levin, Andreas Hallqvist, Khalil Helou, Peter Bernhard, Barbro Linderholm, Maria Hedelin, Anna Bäck, Maja Sohlin, Cecilia Bull, Kerstin Lagerstrand, Maria Ljungberg, Lars Ny, Anne Thilander Klang, Tom Bäck, Stig Palm, Niclas Pettersson, Per Albertsson, Marianne Jarfelt, Gunnar Steineck, Caroline Olsson, Per Karlsson, Daniel Giglio, Sture Lindegren, Ingela Franck Lissbrant, Eva Forssell-Aronsson, and Thomas Björk-Eriksson.
Clinically active researchers receiving funds for research months:
Jan Nyman, Malin Blomstrand, Anna Nordenskjöld, Esmaeil Mehrara, and Thomas Henry.
BY: ELIN LINDSTRÖM