The Eric K. Fernström prize 2019 to Igor Adameyko
Igor Adameyko at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (FYFA) receives 2019 Eric K. Fernström's prize for young, especially promising and successful researchers, at Karolinska Institutet, for his pioneering research in developmental biology.
He receives the prize of 90 000 SEK at a ceremony in Lund, November 6 and will also receive a diploma at the installation ceremony at Karolinska Institutet.
"lgor Adameyko is a developmental biologist, who in 2009 produced a breakthrough by demonstrating that Schwann cell precursors residing along growing peripheral nerves give rise to melanocytes. These studies introduced a radically new concept for developmental biology, in that defined precursor pools existing in a highly specialized niche use nerves as conduits to migrate and differentiate. The concept of peripheral nerves serving as migration "highways" for progenitor cells, has rapidly entered mainstream research and led to a revision of earlier paradigms in the field. The medical benefits of lgor Adameyko's research are vast, his nerve-guided tissue expansion hypothesis will significantly impact several research fields, including neurobiology, internal medicine, dentistry and neurology."
The Eric K Fernström Foundation was formed in 1978 to promote scientific and medical research. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to make an annual award of monetary prizes to researchers who have made outstanding contributions within the medical sciences. Fernström’s special desire was to stimulate younger researchers. The Foundation therefore makes an annual award of a Nordic prize and six prizes to relatively young medical researchers active in Sweden. Each one of Sweden’s medical faculties designates its own prize winner.