Olof Eriksson receives SEK 1,3 million for PET project
Olof Eriksson, researcher in translational imaging, is awarded a Project Grant of SEK 1,303,000 from Diabetes Wellness Sweden for his project GPR44 as a PET marker for measuring beta cell mass in human.
Olof Eriksson, Associate Senior Lecturer at Uppsala University's Department of Medicinal Chemistry, will use the grant to develop and validate a new radioactive contrast agent for PET, which will enable imaging of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
“Our long-term goal is to be able to measure the number of surviving insulin-producing cells in the pancreas with a short PET examination. We can then quickly evaluate various treatments aimed to protect or expand the insulin-producing cells. We could also understand how the amount of insulin-producing cells changes during the development of different types of diabetes, states Olof Eriksson.
The Diabetes Wellness Project Grant is a research grant awarded to research projects related to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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- Uppsala University’s Uppsala University’s Preclinical PET-MRI platform bridge the gap between basic research in medicinal chemistry and clinical application of molecular imaging.
- The platform work in close collaboration with collaboration with the Uppsala University Hospital PET centre.
- The platform is part of a pilot initiative to develop a national resource for PET-MRI within SciLifeLab.
Olof Eriksson, Associate Senior Lecturer
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
text: Magnus Alsne, photo: Mikael Wallerstedt
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