During 2016/2017 fifteen postdocs have been recruited to the UCMR /MIMS postdoctoral programme in competitive calls.
UCMR and MIMS has the ambition to facilitate visibility and promote networking for these postdocs. Eight of these young investigators are now invited to present themselves and their research to the broad UCMR/MIMS research community.
Meet Umeå scientists Felipe Cava, Maria Fällman, Fredrik Almqvist, Elisabeth Sauer-Eriksson and Jörgen Johansson and MIMS Board member Birgitta Henriques Normark and their research on new antimicrobial strategies to fight antibiotic resistance.
Details of antibiotic resistance mechanisms revealed in hospital-acquired drug-resistant pathogens
[2018-03-02] A new paper published by the research groups of Gemma Atkinson and Vasili Hauryliuk at Umeå University resolves years of uncertainty about how the widespread antibiotic resistance factors in the protein group ABCF family confer resistance to lincosamide antibiotics, often used in treatment of infections caused by staphylococci, streptococci and anaerobic bacteria.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today and the new antimicrobial strategies are urgently needed. Scientists at the Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) and at The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) study therefore also antibacterial resistance mechanisms in order to develop new therapeutic strategies against resistant bacteria. The researchers solved recently a mystery in antibiotic resistance research and published their findings in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, which specialises in leading edge research into nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA, and the proteins with which they interact.
UCMR Scientific Ambassadors honored on the UCMR DAY 2018
[2018-02-06] Best talk and posters presented by PhD students and postdocs were awarded with "UCMR Scientific Ambassador 2018" during the UCMR DAY 2018.
UCMR started the new year with the centre's annual update, the UCMR DAY, which was organised on 11th January. More than 140 scientists participated, including external guests and collaborators from Karolinska Institute, and University of Tromsø, Norway. The programme covered several novelities. Instead of a full day programme with talks and poster presentations, the afternoon of the UCMR was dedicated to interaction activities. In two poster sessions 45 posters were presented and the short coffee break was then followed by two sessions with round table discussions. The topics for the fifteen discussion groups highlighted research areas as well as infrastructures novel techniques/methods. Vivid discussions took place in separate meeting rooms and could hardly being interrupted for a mingle and refreshment. With continued discussions about present and future activities for UCMR, the 9th UCMR DAY finished in the late evening.
Two Nordic foundations support a network in Cryo-EM, a Nobel Prize–winning technology
A new Swedish-Danish research alliance wants to advance understanding of how biological molecules look and behave. With support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, scientists at four universities in Sweden and Denmark will join forces to create a Nordic network in cryoelectron microscopy, whose developers were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The CryoNet network will bring together experts in cryoelectron microscopy at universities in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Umeå. A Swedish- Danish partnership between the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation will fund the network. Each foundation has awarded a grant of €1 million over 4 years for CryoNet.