Per-Ola Carlsson recieves the Johnny Ludvigsson Award 2019

2019-10-17

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's Johnny Ludvigsson Prize of SEK  250,000 for Outstanding Child Diabetes Research in the Nordic countries is awarded this year Professor Per-Ola Carlsson. The motivation from the Child Diabetes Foundation's Price Committee mentions, among other things, Per-Ola's important and successful translational studies - experimental research translated into clinical studies - and his work on stem cell transplantation for newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic patients.

Per-Ola Carlsson,
photo by Johan Alp

The price committee's reasons are as follows:

“Professor Per-Ola Carlsson conducts translational type 1 diabetes research, ie experimental research that translates into clinical studies. He is very active and has over 145 publications. Currently, his main focus includes the importance of paracrine interaction for insulin-producing beta cells in combination with stem cell research to support beta cells after transplantation. This has also led to research on how beta cells can be preserved and restored after a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Carlsson was the first to show that autologous mesenchymal stem cells can be used safely and effectively in the treatment of newly diagnosed patients with type 1 diabetes. The concept is now being studied in a larger clinical study. He also conducts studies of the neurallist stem cells.

Thanks to his translational research which has made progress in experimental studies and followed by very important studies to show that the concept holds in clinical treatment of patients, the prize committee has decided to award Per-Ola Carlsson the Nordic Prize 2019. "

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