SEK 4.2 million grant to Hans Lennernäs and Johan Lennartsson

23 November 2021

Hans Lennernäs and Johan Lennartsson, the Faculty of Pharmacy

Hans Lennernäs and Johan Lennartsson, the Faculty of Pharmacy

Hans Lennernäs and Johan Lennartsson, Professors at the Faculty of Pharmacy, receive a total of SEK 4.2 million when the Swedish Cancer Foundation allocates funding for research projects with great potential to contribute to defeating cancer.

The Swedish Cancer Foundation allocates SEK 4.2 million to research projects at Uppsala University’s Faculty of Pharmacy. Hans Lennernäs, Professor of Biopharmacy, is awarded SEK 2.4 million for the continued development of fat-based particles that are loaded with chemotherapy drugs and then search for cancerous tumors in the liver.

“The increase in liver cancer may be due to more widespread body obesity in the population, as fat is stored in the liver and causes an inflammation that can lead to the development of liver cancer. Our method is based on using small fat particles that for a while are stored in the liver and deliver chemotherapy. Hopefully the effects will be greater and the side effects less with such local and advanced treatment, says Hans Lennernäs.

Johan Lennartsson, Professor of Pharmaceutical Cell Biology, receives SEK 1.8 million for the project Studies on cross-talk between steroid receptors and receptor tyrosine kinases in cancer development. Both grants will be allocated over three years.