The Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Swede, has been awarded a large grant worth 1.6 million euros to investigate the fundamental causes of diabetes. The donatio, from the Stichting af Jochnick Foundatio, means the university will be able to use new ways of exploring how the release of insulin is regulated in living animals, and hopefully bring new treatments to benefit patients of the metabolic condition.
The grant will allow researchers the potential to use unique microscope technology to assess in detail and for long periods how a range of signals can manage the release of insulin in living organisms.
Robert af Jochnick, co-founder of the Jochnick Foundatio, pointed out “Diabetes is a global problem, and this means that it is vital that we understand the causes of the disease, in order to be able to offer more effective treatment. This is why we find it particularly important to support Professor Berggren’s innovative and creative research.”
Per-Olof Berggren from the Karolinska Institutet, who has been mapping the signalling systems that regulate the release of insulin for some time, said “The generous grant will enable us to hold a long-term perspective in our research projects. This enables us to work with greater boldness, using more advanced technology in experiments in living organisms.”

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