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Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations

The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.

Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.

The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.

Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).

The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.

Bo Hjelt


We congratulate the four new Diabetes grant holders for 2015!

Petter Storm (LUDC, Malmö)
Title: Towards precision medicine for diabetes ­ pharmacogenomics within the ANDIS­-project

Olga Göransson (LUDC, Lund)
Title: Salt-inducible kinase 2 (SIK2) and insulin signalling in human adipocytes – implications for adipocyte metabolism and development of insulin resistance.

Charna Dibner (University of Geneva)
Title: Molecular interplay between α- and β-cellular clocks: roles in the islet physiology and pathophysiology

Jordi Altirriba Gutiérrez (University of Geneva)
Title: POMC and AgRP transcriptome characterization in basal, type 2 diabetes and oxytocin treatment conditions.

Interviews with the new grant holders will be published in April.