Greta Hultqvist receives Bissen Brainwalk's grant for research on Alzheimer's disease

2024-02-02

The Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates Greta Hultqvist, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, on receiving SEK 250,000 from Bissen Brainwalk for her ongoing research to develop a new drug against Alzheimer's disease.

The Bissen Brainwalk, led by the three-time Swedish champion in bandy, Mathias "Bissen" Larsson, who after suffering a severe stroke founded his now famous walks to support brain research, has grown into a regular popular movement. Since 2015, more than SEK 8 million have been collected for important research, and this year’s grant is awarded to Greta Hultqvist, Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, who receives kroner 250,000 for her continued development of a future drug against Alzheimer's disease.

“During Alzheimer's disease, the amyloid beta protein aggregates into clumps that damage the brain's nerve cells and cause impaired memory. Our group is currently working on a potential drug that breaks down these clumps, which would provide a greater impact on the disease than previously available treatments,” says Greta Hultqvist.

Bissen Brainwalk - In benefit of the research that saved my life, that have arranged several well-attended events in Uppsala, is today an important force in the work to spread information about and understanding of brain diseases and injuries. Decisions on who will receive research grants are made by Bissen Brainwalk's board in dialogue with Mathias "Bissen" Larsson.

“I am very happy and grateful to receive this grant from Bissen Brainwalk, which will enable us to speed up the work to develop and test this new treatment method, which we hope will be of real and great significance for those living with Alzheimer's disease, says Greta Hultqvist.

FACTS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

  • 44 million people worldwide are estimated to live with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Finland is most severely affected, Sweden is in seventeenth place and just over 110,000 diagnosed cases.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases are currently the fastest growing cause of death globally with an acute need for effective treatments.

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CONTACT

Greta Hultqvist, Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy
Greta.Hultqvist@farmaci.uu.se

text: Magnus Alsne, photo: Bissen Brainwalk​, private

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Last modified: 2024-04-04