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For early career researchers

The Diabetes Programme at Lund University (DPLU) is an academic network within Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC). DPLU organises events, awards grants, and works as a central hub for young scientist, postdoctoral students and PhD students at LUDC.

Photograph of early career researchers at a lecture.
The academic network works as a central hub for young scientist, postdoctoral students and PhD students at LUDC.

DPLU was formed in 2002 and, since its conception, it has been fundamental in organising and strengthening diabetes research at Lund University. LUDC provides the majority of the funding for DPLU’s activities.

It is especially important to meet and network with other researchers at the early stages of your career as a diabetes scientist. DPLU gives you the opportunity to do this and much more. Within this network you can present your research, get feedback and advice on your studies, apply for grants, and get help to plan your career path. 

When you join LUDC, you automatically become a member of DPLU. You are added to the DPLU mailing list and will be notified about all our upcoming events, calls for funding, and other relevant information for early career researchers. 

How to get involved

DPLU is always interested in extending the network. If you would like to be involved in organising events and other DPLU activities you are welcome to join, either as part of the DPLU main steering board or as part of the early career research network. DPLU representatives also attend LUDC governing board meetings to update the board on DPLU’s activities and to feed relevant information back to the DPLU network. 

Please contact Karl Bacos if you would like to be a part of the DPLU steering group. If you would like to contribute to our activities, please send an email to Sabrina Ruhrmann or Joao Vieira. 

DPLU main steering board

The main steering board is responsible for organising the Diabetes Research Day and the Postgraduate Course in Diabetology, and for awarding the PhD Student grant and the Leif C. Groop Young Scientist Scholarship. 

Board members

  • Karl Bacos, chair 
  • Peter Spégel
  • Karin Filipsson 
  • Ben King 

DPLU young researcher network committee

The young researcher network committee is responsible for the Half-Day Seminars, Methodology Day, Young Researcher Day, social events, promotion of the LUDC mentors, and for organising other relevant activities. 

  • Sabrina Ruhrmann, chair
  • João Vieira 


Karl Bacos, chair of the DPLU main steering board

karl [dot] bacos [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Sabrina Ruhrmann, chair of the DPLU early career researcher network committee

sabrina [dot] ruhrmann [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Joao Vieira, chair of the DPLU early career researcher network

joao [dot] vieira [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se