Prof. Per-Ola Carlsson,
M.D., Ph.D.

Prof. Per-Ola Carlsson, M.D., Ph.D

Prof. Carlsson is a professor in Medical Cell Biology at Uppsala University, Sweden, which is a position inaugurated to support translational research activities, with affiliation to both a preclinical department, Department of Medical Cell Biology, and a clinical department, Department of Medical Sciences. He also serves as senior endocrinologist at the Division for Diabetology and Endocrinology at Uppsala University Hospital, and is a member of the board of the Nordic Network for Clinical Islet Transplantation with diabetologist responsibility for the transplantation program at Uppsala University Hospital.

Prof. Carlsson’s research focus has been on islet vascular biology, islet oxygenation, and engraftment of transplanted pancreatic islets. In 1998, he was the first to measure oxygen tension within native and transplanted pancreatic islets in vivo, and he has also pioneered studies on direct measurements of pH, capillary pressure, and tissue metabolites in pancreatic islets in vivo. Recently, Prof. Carlsson has also focused on intervention studies to prevent development of overt type 1 diabetes (T1D) in newly diagnosed patients with T1D, non-invasive imaging of human islet mass, as well as on clinical islet transplantation studies. Currently, Prof. Carlsson serves as the principal investigator in phase I and IIa clinical trials conducted by Beta-O2 Technologies, Ltd.

As a combined experimental and clinical scientist, his focus over the years has been on translational studies with the ultimate aim to find new strategies for treatment of T1D.

In 2005, Prof. Carlsson received the Rising Star Award by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes as most promising young scientist in Diabetology under 35 years of age in Europe; in 2010 he received the Fernstrom Award as most promising and successful Scientist below 45 years of age at a Swedish Medical Faculty; and in 2012 the Swedish Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Prize for outstanding work in T1D research. Prof. Carlsson has been invited to give lectures at many international meetings over the years and has authored more than 130 scientific publications.

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