Lund University

Laurels for stem cell groundbreaker

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Tobias Prize 2016 to stem cell researcher David Bryder of Lund University for his “groundbreaking hematopoietic stem cell discoveries”.

The prize, which amounts to SEK10m (€1m), will be awarded on 9 November 2016 after the general meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Bryder, Director of Research and Assistant Professor at the Division of Molecular Hematology at Lund University, has been selected “for his groundbreaking research into blood cell creation, factors that regulate the maturation of hematopoietic stem cells, and hematopoietic stem cell ageing, all of which of great importance to the successful transplantation of stem cells”.

“[His] basic research is judged to be of great importance for the understanding of how individual stem cells are maintained and develop, and will likely contribute to improving the methods for stem cell transplantation” says Klas Kärre, professor of Molecular Immunology at the Karolinska Institute and member of the prize committee.