U-Share-funded collaboration projects
Two new projects have been granted funding in U-Share’s call for applications for collaboration projects. The projects have a PI at either SLU or UU, and a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD from the other university.
A solution for spinal injury: A biomaterial that stabilises injured vertebra and stimulates new bone growth
Odd Höglund and Michael Pujari-Palmer
The goal of this project is to be able to fuse vertebras using only a biomaterial, without the need for fixation or invasive metal implants. The researchers will evaluate two new biomaterials, an osteostimulatory cement and a bone adhesive, that can improve healing of bone tissue and achieve fusion based on the biological and regenerative properties of the material. The findings could be used to develop treatment strategies in cases of spinal weakness or instability, caused by for instance a fracture or arthritis, when a portion of the vertebral disc is removed or replaced and the adjoining vertebral surfaces need to be fused to stabilise the spine.
AI tools to predict risk of common diseases using genetic data
Åsa Johansson and Hadrien Gourlé
In this project the researchers aim to develop a novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool than can enable the identification of individuals with high risk of developing a disease. They will combine AI tools with large-scale sequencing data from a cohort with more than half a million participants. The focus will be on a subset of common diseases, such as osteoporosis and myocardial infarction, where the models can be verified in a clinical setting and for which good preventive treatments are available. With this approach, the researchers hope to develop a new AI tool for disease prediction that goes beyond the ones that are state-of the art today.
Previously funded projects
In the 2019 call for applications for collaboration projects, two projects were granted funding:
The project at SLU is called "Targeting mast cells and carboxypeptidase A in asthma", with Sara Wernersson as PI and Srinivas Akula as postdoc.
The project at UU, "Antimicrobial resistant bacteria linking animal and human health: determination of the risks along the pork value chain in Vietnam", has unfortunately been discontinued.