October 2012

Late Swedish lipidologist Olofsson remembered by colleagues

Cover of the October 2012 Journal of Lipid Research

The October issue of the Journal of Lipid Research includes a tribute to Sven-Olof Olofsson, a principal researcher at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, who passed away suddenly in December at the age of 64.

Photo of Sven-Olof Olofsson 

Though he was heavily involved as part of the medical faculty of the university, supervising 17 successful doctoral candidates, and was known to his patients as a knowledgeable yet empathetic cardiologist, his colleagues Jan Borén, Göran Bondjers and Olov Wiklund explain in their “In Memoriam” article that it was research that remained Olofsson’s true passion.

His legacy includes his many studies on the assembly and secretion of apolipoprotein B100-containing very low-density lipoproteins, including elucidating the many steps of VLDL1 assembly. His more recent research included innovative exploration into lipid-induced inflammation and the development of insulin resistance, identifying the soluble NSF attachment protein-reception protein SNAP23 as a new link between how fat accumulates in cells and the development of diabetes.

He handily took the knowledge he learned from the bench to treat lipid disorders at the university’s teaching hospital, where he was beloved by his patients. This human touch, along with his many scientific contributions, will be remembered for years to come.


Mary L. ChangMary L. Chang (mchang@asbmb.org) is managing editor of the Journal of Lipid Research and coordinating journal manager of the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

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