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Characterisation of Pancreatic Beta-Cell Antiviral defence, providing a basis for the development of a novel preventative treatment for Type 1 Diabetes


The aim of this proposal is to assure the return and stable reintegration into a EU member country of an experienced, European scientist who has been working in the U.S. Dr. Malin Flodström, Ph.D. has spent more than five years at one of the world¿s leading immunology research centres, The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden, will offer Dr. Flodström a faculty position (assistant professorship) and financial support covering her salary for at least 3 years, with the possibility of a 2-year extension. Dr. Flodström will also receive the laboratory and office space required for the implementation of her research programme ¿ addressing fundamental questions on the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. Besides the scientific training that Dr. Flodström will obtain during the reintegration period, she will take part in KI's Career Development Programme for Junior Faculty.

By the end of the Marie Curie funding period applied for, Dr. Flodström should have developed such a track record that she will be able to compete for lectureships and/or professorships at KI or other leading European universities. In addition, Dr. Flodström will have been able to build up the nucleus of a new research group. Dr. Flodström's reintegration should have an immediate strategic impact on Europe's competitiveness in type 1 diabetes research and help to reverse European 'brain drain'. Moreover, this reintegration project will contribute to increasing the proportion of higher-level female researchers, as it involves a female researcher who has a very high likelihood of pursuing a long-term career in research and teaching. Taken together, it is expected that the implementation of this research programme will assure the return of a highly promising, European scientist to the European research community.

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