Roland Benz honorary doctor at Umeå University

Benz_RolandRoland Benz, member of the Rudolf Virchow Center, University of Würzburg, Germany and Wisdom-Professor in Biotechnology at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany is one of this year's two doctors who will be honoured by the faculty of medicine at Umeå University.

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Call for Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR) grants for postdoc positions

Applications for grants intended for postdoc recruitments are invited from group leaders
active within the UCMR Linnaeus program and UCMR Infection Biology,
one of the strong research environments at Umeå University.

Up to four grants will be awarded for one or two years (550kSEK/yr).

Application is closed.

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Eric K. Fernström's Prize to Emmanuelle Charpentier

Emmanuelle_Charpentier_web2The prize committee at the Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, decided to award Emmanuelle Charpentier with Umeå University's Eric K. Fernström prize 2011 for young and promising scientists. The prize amount is 100.000 Swedish Krona and Emmanuelle will be honoured at a Umeå University's annual ceremony in autumn and receive the prize from the Fernström foundation on November 2nd, 2011 at Lund University.
playPress release, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University (in Swedish only)

playEmmanuelle Charpentier's research group
playEric K. Fernström's foundation

Call for UCMR Linnaeus Program Gender Support grants

The UCMR Linnaeus program actively attempts to reinforce and increase the role of women in science. The objective is to achieve a gender equal distribution within each of the principal investigator categories, i.e. for research professors/teachers with tenure and junior research group leaders.

Female scientists holding positions as assistant/associated professor (forskarassistent/universitetslektor) are invited to apply for research grants of 500 kSEK/year during two years.

Entitled to apply are female group leaders associated with UCMR at Umeå University and who have established themselves as independent principal investigators with research of relevance for infection biology.

The call is closed.

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Publication in PLoS Genetics: New important player identified in the synthesis of building blocks of DNA

scheme_thumbAndrei Chabes and his group at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics publishes new research results in PLoS Genetics (open-access journal by the Public Library of Science). The group, which is also part of The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Sweden (MIMS) studies DNA repair in yeast. Their findings show how the protein lxr1 is involved in the regulation of DNA repair (click on picture for larger view of the regulation scheme).

-> Press release of Umeå University (in Swedish)
-> Publication in PLoS
-> Andrei Chabes' group at Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

UCMR scientist publishes in Nature:

Streptococcus_pyogenes_thumbWhen bacteria get the flu and sharpen their knives:  Scientists identify a novel pathway to activate the bacterial immune system

It is true; also microbes get infected by viruses. Consequently, they have evolved immunity mechanisms to fend off attacks by the enemy. In bacteria and archaea CRISPR/Cas has recently been discovered as a novel immune system to fight alien genomes. ...

Press release in Swedish

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New clues to help patients with immune deficiency disease

Neutrophils_CGD_thumbConstantin Urban and his colleagues at MIMS have uncovered a new disease mechanism in patients with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) in an international clinical collaboration with the University Children's Hospital in Zurich. Their new findings are published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (online publication 4 March 2011). 
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New methods for infectious diseases research developed at UCMR

UCMR scientists are studying the properties of bacteria with the same methods that materials scientists use to research surfaces. Studies of the outermost parts of the cell walls of bacteria yield new information about the chemical composition of structures that are key to the capacity of bacteria to infect organisms. (Publication in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, On-line 17 February)
playPress release  (in English)
playPress release (in Swedish)

Staffan Normark awarded with the Pasteur medal

Staffan_Normark_pasteur_prizeThe Swedish Society of Medicine awarded Staffan Normark, a UCMR Linnaeus Visiting Professor, with their prestigious prize and celebrated him with a honoury lecture at the Society's meeting in February. Normark, professor in Infectious Disease Control at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, was awarded for his "fundamental discoveries in bacteriology in Pasteur's spirit and tradition".
playInformation in Swedish
playStaffan Normark at Karolinska Institute
playThe Swedish Society of Medicine

Umeå researchers describe future target mechanism for antibiotics

PNAScover_fllmanType-3 secretion systems of pathogenic bacteria may be a suitable point of attack for future antibiotics. This is shown by Professor Maria Fällman and her associates at Umeå University in Sweden in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS, in the US (PNAS Early Edition 10-14 January 2011)

play Press release on (in English) 
Publication in PNAS (Open Access article)
Information on the cover image of PNAS:108 (4) (January 25, 2011)