Wallenberg Academy Fellows is designed for young researchers and was launched by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 2012. It provides long-term funding for young, promising Swedish and foreign researchers from all academic fields. This year 27 new researchers were appointed to the program, and the group leader Daniella Rylander Ottosson at the SCC was one of them.
“I am very happy and proud. It means a lot to me, especially because it creates the long-term security needed to be able to drive an ambitious research project forward and this fellowship enables me to lay the foundation for my ambition.”
Daniella focuses her research on reprogramming human glial cells into interneurons, a specialized type of nerve cells that shape brain plasticity and that often are dysfunctional in disorders such as schizophrenia, epilepsy or autism. Her long-term ambition is to create a future cell therapy where the patient's brain becomes self-healing utilizing cell reprogramming.
“This is the first time a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship goes to neuroscience in Lund, which is a cherry on the cake.”
We congratulate Daniella and wish her luck with her ambitious plans and look forward to exciting results.