The Crown Princess with blood cell researcher Sten Eirik Waelgaard Jacobsen, winner of the 2014 Tobias Prize. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures
On Wednesday 15 January, The Crown Princess presented the 2014 Tobias Prize to blood cell researcher Sten Eirik Waelgaard Jacobsen during a ceremony at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The Tobias Prize is Sweden's biggest individual research award. This year's winner was Eirik Waelgaard Jacobsen, from Karolinska Institutet and the University of Oxford in the UK, who was awarded the prize for his "pioneering research efforts within the field of blood cell regeneration, in particular the identification of factors that regulate the maturation of haemopoietic stem cells, which is of great significance for the results of stem cell transplantation." The Crown Princess also attended a talk given in connection with the prize-giving. The title of the talk was "Stem cells and their niche: lessons from the blood", and was given by Professor David Scadden from Harvard University, Boston and Cambridge, USA.
The Tobias Foundation
Tobias suffered from aplastic anaemia from an early age, and died in 1991 aged just 17. After his death, his family set up a foundation in his name with the aim of supporting the establishment and maintenance of a Swedish bone marrow register, and supporting research within the field. The foundation was created in 1992. The Crown Princess is patron of the foundation. Find out more about the Tobias Foundation here.