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New Speaker announced for the Nordic EMBL Partnership

EMBL logo rgb webProfessor Bernt Eric Uhlin, Director of MIMS, will replace Professor Kjetil Taskén, Director of NCMM. The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine is delighted to announce that Professor Bernt Eric Uhlin has been named as the Partnership’s new Speaker.

[20170919] Professor Uhlin is the Director of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), and is also a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology at Umeå University. He was elected by the Partnership’s Steering Committee at the 8th annual Nordic EMBL Partnership meeting, hosted by the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) in Helsinki in September 2017.

Read more: New Speaker announced for the Nordic EMBL Partnership

Felipe Cava honoured at the 7th Congress of European Microbiologists

Felipe Cava Closing with a microbial bang

Felipe Cava at FEM 2017 picture private

[2017-07-16] Congratulations to MIMS- Group leader Felipe Cava! The Jaime Ferran Awardee and best young microbiologist in Spain 2017, was honoured at the 7th Congress of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) in Valencia. He closed the biggest conference of the European Microbiologists with his lecture entitled "The MUREINome: exploring cell wall diversity and plasticity in kingdom Bacteria".

The Jaime Ferran Award, is offered from the Spanish Society for Microbiology (Sociedad Española de Microbiología, SEM) to recognize the outstanding achievements of a young microbiology researcher. On the FEMS 2017, the award was presented by Antonio Ventosa, chairperson of the organizing committee, during the Closing Ceremony on Thursday, July 13 in Valencia.

(pictures FEMS 2017)

Link to the FEMS 2017 Congress of European Microbiologists, July 9-13, Valencia, Spain
Spotlight on… SEM Jaime Ferran Awardee Felipe Cava (Webpage of FEMS)
Webpage of the Cava lab
More about the Jaime Ferran Award 2017

Felipe Cava is SEM Jaime Ferran Awardee - best young microbiologist in Spain 2017

cava felipe Elin Berge 2017[2017-05-02] The Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM) awarded MIMS group leader Felipe Cava as best microbiologist in Spain for 2017. The Jaime Ferran Prize is the most prestigious recognition to a microbiologist in Spain, and is awarded to young scientists for their outstanding achievements in microbiology. The Federal European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) highlighted the awardee in a Spotlight interview on the 28 April 2017.

The prize is called after the Spanish physician Jaime Ferran who developed the first cholera vaccine in 1885. It consists of € 2000 and Felipe Cava is also invited to talk at the closing ceremony of the FEM congress in July this year.

Link to the FEMS spotlight about Felipe Cava (17-04-28)

Link to the FEMS 2017 Congress of European Microbiologists, July 9-13, Valencia, Spain

Link to the webpage of the Cava lab at MIMS

Link to the webpage of the Cava lab's own website

(picture: Elin Berge)

Emmanuelle Charpentier was honoured at the Japan Prize Ceremony

[2017-04-20] More than 1000 people, including the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, attended the formal Japan Prize Ceremony, on Thursday 19 April in Tokyo.

Emmanuelle Charpentier received the Japan Prize 2017 in the life sciences together with Jennifer Dounda, University of California at Berkeley. Adi Shamir, Weizmann Institute Israel, was awarded with the Japan Prize for his research in cryptography and his contributions to cybersecurity.

The same day the Japan Prize Foundation published videos which highlighted the laureates:

movie by the Japan Prize Foundation (activate the subtitle function in the down right corner)


More information about the Japan Prize and the announcement of the Laureates in February 2017

Novo Nordisk Foundation Awards for professors at two Nordic EMBL Partnership nodes

[2017-03-17] Two leading scientists from two Nordic EMBL Partnership sites, DANDRITE (Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience) and MIMS, have both been awarded prestigious prizes and will receive the prizes on a prize ceremony at the Novo Nordisk Headquater in Copenhagen, Denmark, today.

MIMS congratulates two fellow Nordic EMBL Partnership members, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Poul Nissen, who have both been awarded prizes from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. 

Read more: Novo Nordisk Foundation Awards for professors at two Nordic EMBL Partnership nodes

New method reveals how proteins stabilize the cell surface

[2017-02-22] To withstand external mechanical stress and handle trafficking of various substances, a cell needs to adjust its surrounding membrane. This is done through small indentations on the cell surface called caveolae. In order to stabilize its membrane, cells use the protein EHD2, which can be turned on and off to alternate between an inactive closed form and an active open form. The discovery, made by Umeå University researchers and colleagues, was recently published in the journal PNAS.

Read the whole press release from the Faculty of Medicine

Read the article in PNAS

Richards Lundmark’s research at MIMS

Text by: Daniel Harju, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University

Emmanuelle Charpentier - awardee of the 2017 Novozymes Prize

Emmanuelle Charpentier by HallhuberFioretti

[2017-02-13] Emmanuelle Charpentier, is one of the two awardees of the 2017 Novozymes Prize, which is awarded by the Novozymes Prize Committee on behalf of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

MIMS group leader and visiting professor at Umeå University Emmanuelle Charpentier has been awarded together with Virginijus Siksnys for their "pioneering research activities, which have been key in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic tool" (..).

More information:

Webpage of the Novo Nordisk Foundation

Picture: Hallbauer & Fioretti

Congratulations to Poul Nissen, recipient of the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize!


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Poul Nissen, director of DANDRITE and professor at Aarhus University, is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his "pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps".


More information:

Webpage of the Novo Nordisk Foundation


Picture: Poul Nissen at the 5th Network Meeting of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, 26 - 28 August 2014 in Umeå (Eva-Maria Diehl)

Jubilee symposium to celebrate Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation's 100 years anniversary

17 kaw 100Infection Research to Meet current and Future Challenges

To celebrate 100 years in support of excellent Swedish research and education, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation arranges, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Swedish universities, a series of symposia in areas where the Foundation has provided substantial financial support throughout the years.

The six symposia have different focus and are organised in Lund (4 April), Umeå (19 June), Linköping (13 September), Stockholm (15 September), Uppsala (21 September), and Gothenburg (28 September).

The symposium in Umeå "Infection Research to Meet current and Future Challenges" will take place on:

19 June 2017, 09.30 - 18.30

Venue: Aula Nordica, Umeå (->map)


Read more on the website of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Tick-borne infections - new findings

Felipe Cava Akhilesh Yadav 190[2017-01-23] Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick’s defences and colonize it. How they can manage this, is not well understood. To investigate this smart mechanism, researchers from Umea University, and Yale University, studied a model of the second-most-common tick-borne infection in the United States, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, which can cause headaches, muscle pain, and even death.

Researchers Felipe Cava and Akhilesh K Yadav from The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden at the Department of Molecular Biology in Umea University, in collaboration with researchers from Yale University have found that in ticks, the bacterium A. phagocytophilum, before infecting the humans causes the infection, first triggers the expression of a particular protein in the ticks. This protein then alters molecules in the tick’s gut, allowing the bacteria to enter and colonize the gut microbes.

Read more: Tick-borne infections - new findings

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