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Prof. Lars Larsson | Physiology Award | Leadership in Research Excellence Award

Prof. Lars Larsson, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sweden

Prof. Lars Larsson is a distinguished figure in medical academia, renowned for his contributions to neurophysiology and muscle biology. With a career spanning from Karolinska Institute to prestigious roles at Penn State University, he has held numerous leadership positions, including Director of the Muscle Biology Program at the Viron Molecular Medicine Institute. A seasoned educator, he has supervised a plethora of PhD theses and served on various committees, showcasing his commitment to advancing research and education. Larsson’s expertise extends to international collaborations and military healthcare leadership, highlighting his multifaceted impact on academia and society. πŸŽ“πŸ§ 


Publication Profile


Prof. Lars Larsson embarked on his journey by enrolling as a medical student at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in 1971. His pursuit of knowledge led him to obtain a PhD from the Department of Physiology in 1978, followed by an MD degree in 1982, both from the same institution. By 1985, Larsson had solidified his expertise, achieving specialization in clinical neurophysiology. This educational trajectory laid the foundation for his subsequent impactful contributions to the field, marking the beginning of a distinguished career marked by innovation and dedication. πŸŽ“πŸ§ 


Prof. Lars Larsson’s outstanding contributions to the realms of physiology, pharmacology, and clinical neuroscience have garnered widespread recognition. In 2017, he was honored with the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, underscoring his significant impact on the scientific community. Additionally, Larsson’s expertise has been sought globally, as evidenced by his election to advisory boards in Romania and the USA. His tireless dedication to advancing healthcare and finding peaceful solutions earned him the prestigious Gusi Prize in 2023, further solidifying his status as a beacon of excellence in his field. πŸ…πŸ§¬



Prof. Lars Larsson’s dedication to education spans decades and continents, enriching the minds of students and professionals alike. From his early years at Karolinska Institute to his tenure at Penn State University and Uppsala University, Larsson’s teaching prowess has left an indelible mark. He has covered a diverse array of topics, from clinical neurophysiology to molecular biology, ensuring a comprehensive understanding for his students. Larsson’s commitment to fostering knowledge exchange is evident in his initiation of seminar series and development of specialized courses. His impact extends beyond the classroom, shaping future generations of researchers and clinicians. πŸ“šπŸ§ 


Research Focus

Prof. Lars Larsson’s research focus primarily revolves around understanding the intricate mechanisms underlying muscle aging and function. Through seminal works such as “Sarcopenia: aging-related loss of muscle mass and function” and “Histochemical and biochemical changes in human skeletal muscle with age,” he has delved deep into the physiological and molecular aspects of muscle degeneration. Larsson’s investigations span from muscle morphology to molecular signaling pathways, shedding light on age-related changes in muscle composition, function, and performance. His pioneering contributions have significantly advanced our understanding of muscle physiology in aging populations, paving the way for potential interventions to combat sarcopenia and age-related muscle decline. πŸ‹οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ”¬


Publication Top Notes

  1. Muscle strength and speed of movement in relation to age and muscle morphology
    • Published in 1979 πŸ“„, cited by 1694 πŸ“Š
  2. Sarcopenia: aging-related loss of muscle mass and function
    • Published in 2019 πŸ“„, cited by 1071 πŸ“Š
  3. Histochemical and biochemical changes in human skeletal muscle with age in sedentary males, age 22–65 years
    • Published in 1978 πŸ“„, cited by 776 πŸ“Š
  4. Maximum velocity of shortening in relation to myosin isoform composition in single fibres from human skeletal muscles.
    • Published in 1993 πŸ“„, cited by 617 πŸ“Š
  5. Morphological and funcional characteristics of the aging skeletal muscle in man
    • Published in 1987 πŸ“„, cited by 485 πŸ“Š
  6. Lower limb skeletal muscle function after 6 wk of bed rest
    • Published in 1997 πŸ“„, cited by 473 πŸ“Š
  7. Effects of aging on shortening velocity and myosin isoform composition in single human skeletal muscle cells
    • Published in 1997 πŸ“„, cited by 449 πŸ“Š
  8. Aging, muscle fiber type, and contractile function in sprint-trained athletes
    • Published in 2006 πŸ“„, cited by 405 πŸ“Š
  9. The sick and the weak: neuropathies/myopathies in the critically ill
    • Published in 2015 πŸ“„, cited by 369 πŸ“Š
  10. Effects of ageing on the motor unit
    • Published in 1995 πŸ“„, cited by 363 πŸ“Š
Lars Larsson | Physiology Award | Leadership in Research Excellence Award

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