Ludwig Uppsala Director Carl-Henrik Heldin was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The newest class of 213 members, comprised of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers and artists, as well as civic, business and philanthropic leaders includes winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Wolf Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Fields Medal, the Grammy Award and National Book Award. Ludwig Cancer Research congratulates Heldin for this well-deserved, prestigious recognition.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the United States’ oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world.
Heldin is also professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Uppsala University. His research focuses on the mechanisms whereby growth factors, in particular PDGF and TGFß, activate their receptors and control cell growth, migration, apoptosis and differentiation, and how perturbations of signaling pathways promote tumor progression, with an aim to explore the usefulness of signal transduction inhibitors for tumor treatment.
Please see the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ release for more information on the 2016 class. Heldin will be formally inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.