Portrait – Kerstin Lindblad-Toh

Swedish EURYI winner publishes Open Access

Swedish researcher Kerstin Lindblad-Toh is one of 20 outstanding European scientists who have received the prestigious research grant European Young Investigator Awards (EURYI) for 2007, in fierce international competition. Among 474 nominations, 20 awardees were finally selected.This year France received most awards (5) whereas Sweden was the only Nordic country to receive an award.

”It is big to receive this grant,” says Pär Omling, Director General for the Swedish Research Council and President of EUROHORCs. ”I often compare it to winning a gold medal in a European championship. It is fantastic that Sweden for the second year in a row has a researcher who has qualified for it.”

What seems to have been a consistent choice, Lindblad-Toh and her research groups have published their scientific results almost exclusively as Open Access articles, for instance in PloS ONE, PloS Computational Biology, BMC Immunome Research, and BMC Genome Biology; or in hybrid journals such as PNAS and Genome Research. Did that count toward the prize?

Kerstin Lindblad-Toh will receive 1.2 million euro to develop her research about canine disease genes, which may help toward understanding the mechanisms behind several human diseases, including cancer. There is all reason to believe that even the results of her future research projects will be freely and globally accessible.