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Published: 2023-02-02

Heart and lung money for research leaders at UCMR

NEWS Nine projects at Umeå University are granted a total of eleven million SEK from Hjärt- och lungfonden. One of the researchers receiving funding is UCMR PI Anne-Marie Fors Connolly whose project maps the risk of acute cardiovascular complications and severe disease after viral infection and to compare it with the risk after vaccination against COVID-19 and influenza.

Text: Ingrid Söderbergh

"This research is possible thanks to gifts from the Swedish people to the Hjärt- och lungfonden. My hope is that my research will lead to doctors in the health center or the emergency being helped to find the most vulnerable individuals who would be at risk of a severe disease or complication if they were infected with the viruses I study (influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and Puumala virus infection)," says Anne-Marie Fors Connolly, physician and docent in microbiology at Umeå University.

UCMR PI Clas Ahlm also receives a grant for a project that deals with what mediates the progression from mild to severe COVID-19.

In Sweden, over two million people live with cardiovascular disease. Despite successful research that contributed to fewer people dying from cardiovascular disease today, it is still Sweden's most common cause of death. About 1.3 million people in Sweden live with some form of lung disease.

About the grants 

Anne-Marie Fors Connolly receives SEK 2,685,000 for the project Acute cardiovascular events following viral infections - A cohort to clinical study.

Clas Ahlm receives SEK 800,000 for the project Pathogenesis of COVID-19 – what mediates progress from mild to severe disease?

For more information, please contact:

Clas Ahlm
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician