Prince Daniel presents the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation's research grant to a promising young researcher
Prince Daniel with Professor Fredrik Bäckhed (centre) and Secretary General of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation Staffan Josephson. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
On Monday 7 October, Prince Daniel presented the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation's new research grant, Prince Daniel's Grant for Promising Young Researchers, to Professor Fredrik Bäckhed.
The Prince gave a speech, in which he said: "As an honorary member of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, I am delighted to be here today to present this newly established research grant, which I am proud to note bears my name. Research is something that is particularly close to my heart. Many of us are helped by this." The committee's reasons for awarding the grant to Professor Fredrik Bäckhed were as follows: "Prince Daniel's Research Grant for Promising Young Researchers is presented this year to Professor Fredrik Bäckhed from the University of Gothenburg. He has been awarded the grant for his pioneering studies of the importance of the intestinal flora in terms of the development of cardiovascular disease. These discoveries have identified previously unknown causes of heart attacks and strokes, and show that the risk of suffering such incidents can be reduced by altering the composition of the intestinal flora."
After the presentation, Professor Bäckhed gave a talk on his research and concluded by explaining how the grant will be used. Professor Bäckhed has previously won a number of prestigious awards, including the DuPont Young Professor Award (2013). In 2010, he was ranked 12th in Veckans Affärer's list of "101 super talents", and in 2011 he was made a member of the Young Academy of Sweden by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Photo: royalcourt.se
Prince Daniel's Research Grant for Promising Young ResearchersThe Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation works to promote the development of young researchers. One of the ways in which this is achieved is by awarding grants to particularly promising researchers under the age of 40. Prince Daniel is an honorary member of the board of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation and has given his name to the SEK 6 million grant, which is allocated over a period of three years.