Med. Dr. Marta Persson
The 2014 Assar Gabrielsson Award was presented to Doctor of Medicine Marta Persson for her research into how normal cells can turn into cancer cells. By combining basic cancer research with clinical information, the results can boost the development of better treatment for patients with salivary gland tumours. Marta Persson received the award and 50,000 kronor.
Cancer is a condition caused by various types of damage to the genetic material (DNA). One such change is the emergence of fusion oncogenes, which can occur when damage is repaired incorrectly so that the genetic material from two chromosomes joins together. Increased knowledge about the links between fusion oncogenes and cancer is therefore important in order to understand how cancer occurs, which in turn can promote new and better treatment methods.
“Marta Persson has in particular studied the molecular and clinical significance of the existence of fusion oncogenes. She has obtained results that may be significant in the treatment of the most common form of cancer in the salivary gland,” says Eva Forssell-Aronson, Executive Member of the Assar Gabrielsson Foundation.
In her doctoral thesis at University of Gothenburg, Marta Persson successfully linked together clinical information about patients and laboratory-based analyses. She currently holds a post-doctoral position in Professor Göran Stenman’s research team at the Sahlgrenska Cancer Center and is working on a project that is a direct continuation of her thesis speciality – adenoid cystic carcinoma (a malignant salivary gland tumour).