Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Research award puts focus on future malaria prevention

08.02.2010
The Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg has presented the recipient of their third annual Faculty of Science Research Award. The winner of the SEK 250 000 prize is a chemist whose research may eventually help prevent the spread of malaria.

Professor Richard Neutze, 40, earned his doctorate in physics in his home country of New Zealand. Following postdoctoral positions in the UK and Germany, he moved to Sweden in 1997. In 2006, he became a professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Gothenburg, where he currently directs a successful research team in the Lundberg Laboratory.

The town walls of the cell
The team studies how proteins transport substances across cell membranes. 'All cells are surrounded by membranes, and the membranes contain proteins that are responsible for transports across the membrane and communication with the outside environment. You can liken this to a medieval town with a heavily guarded city wall. For the town to function, it needs to be able to transport water, rubbish, energy and information through the wall,' says Neutze.
Preventing malaria
'To learn how this structure works, we are exploring the chemistry behind how the proteins carry out their different tasks.'
Neutze's research may lead to new ways of preventing the spread of malaria.
'Some of the substances transported through the cells are sugar alcohols. These are important for the ability of the malaria parasite to reproduce inside the human body. A little simplified, our research may one day make it possible to shut down the transport of sugar alcohols in the malaria parasite by taking a pill, and this would greatly slow down the spread of the disease.'
Spray against brain damage
Another application concerns human brain damage. The research may enable emergency medical personnel to one day treat brain damage with a simple spray bottle.

'If we can block a cell's water transport, we can keep it from swelling when damaged. Experiments on mice show that this reduces the risk of brain damage, which otherwise occurs when the brain swells and presses against the skull.'

Internationally renowned
Neutze and his team have had several articles on their findings published in top scientific journals. He also cooperates with researchers from other disciplines, both locally and internationally, and has in only three years established an internationally renowned and very attractive research environment in Gothenburg. One motivation for the award is Neutze's ability to support young researchers in their career development - several young members of Neutze's team have been recruited to some quite prestigious research positions.
Strengthen profile
'I'm of course very happy, especially for my great co-workers since the award will strengthen our profile even further, both inside and outside the University of Gothenburg.' The SEK 250 000 will be spent on further research.
Contact:
Richard Neutze, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Gothenburg
+46 (0)31 786 39 74
+46 (0)73 853 66 22
Richard.Neutze@chem.gu.se

Helena Aaberg | idw
Further information:
http://www.gu.se

Further reports about: CHEMISTRY Science TV Sek brain damage cell membrane malaria parasite

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht Oestrogen regulates pathological changes of bones via bone lining cells
28.07.2017 | Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien

nachricht Programming cells with computer-like logic
27.07.2017 | Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Abrupt motion sharpens x-ray pulses

Spectrally narrow x-ray pulses may be “sharpened” by purely mechanical means. This sounds surprisingly, but a team of theoretical and experimental physicists developed and realized such a method. It is based on fast motions, precisely synchronized with the pulses, of a target interacting with the x-ray light. Thereby, photons are redistributed within the x-ray pulse to the desired spectral region.

A team of theoretical physicists from the MPI for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in Heidelberg has developed a novel method to intensify the spectrally broad x-ray...

Im Focus: Physicists Design Ultrafocused Pulses

Physicists working with researcher Oriol Romero-Isart devised a new simple scheme to theoretically generate arbitrarily short and focused electromagnetic fields. This new tool could be used for precise sensing and in microscopy.

Microwaves, heat radiation, light and X-radiation are examples for electromagnetic waves. Many applications require to focus the electromagnetic fields to...

Im Focus: Carbon Nanotubes Turn Electrical Current into Light-emitting Quasi-particles

Strong light-matter coupling in these semiconducting tubes may hold the key to electrically pumped lasers

Light-matter quasi-particles can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University...

Im Focus: Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.

At first glance, the proximity sensor appears to be nothing special: a thin, elastic layer of silicone onto which black square surfaces are printed, but these...

Im Focus: 3-D scanning with water

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

Closing the Sustainability Circle: Protection of Food with Biobased Materials

21.07.2017 | Event News

»We are bringing Additive Manufacturing to SMEs«

19.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

New 3-D imaging reveals how human cell nucleus organizes DNA and chromatin of its genome

28.07.2017 | Health and Medicine

Heavy metals in water meet their match

28.07.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Oestrogen regulates pathological changes of bones via bone lining cells

28.07.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>