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2016 HFSP Nakasone Award to Emmanuelle Charpentier

logo hfsp[2015-11-19] The Human Frontier Science Program announced that the 2016 HFSP Nakasone Award will be presented to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna during the 16th HFSP Awardees Meeting which will be held in July 2016 at Biopolis, Singapore.

HFSP press release

Emmanuelle Charpentier will become Honorary Doctor of the Catholic University of Leuven

[2015-11-19] KU Leuven traditionally will confer a number of honorary doctorates in recognition of extraordinary academic, social, or cultural achievements. On November 19th, 2015, the KU Leuven published the names of the five new honorary doctors, among them Max-Planck-Director Emmanuelle Charpentier. She will receive the honor on the ceremony which will take place on February 10th as part of the University's Patron Saint’s Day celebrations.

Press release of KU Leuven

World Technology Award 2015 for Emmanuelle Charpentier.

World Technology Award 2015 for Emmanuelle Charpentier.

[2015-11-19/20] At the 2015 World Technology Summit & Awards Gala professor Emmanuelle Charpentier was awarded the World Technology Award in the field of biotechnology. The World Technology Network (WTN) conference took place in New York City on November 19th and 20th, 2015. Except for a presentation at the annual conference the winners also become members of the World Technology Network, which is connecting 1000 of the most innovative scientists and organizations. Among them are from Germany, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (in the field of energy) and another Max Planck Director Svante Pääbo (also in the field of biotechnology).

More information about the WTN Award

Exosome-like bacterial membrane vesicles containing RNA – “Bactexomes”

Sjostrom Sandblad Uhlin Wai Purified vesicles srep15329 f1 newsNew findings reveal a hitherto unrecognised feature of bacterial membrane vesicles that are mimicking eukaryotic exosomes and contain RNA that can be delivered to host tissues and cells. Professor Sun Nyunt Wai and colleagues at MIMS and Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University, are reporting that RNA can be found in bacterial membrane vesicles. This discovery highlights the potential role of RNA-containing bacterial membrane vesicles to be involved in bacteria-host interactions.

The findings are published in the latest issue of Scientific Reports-Nature Publishing Group.

Authors are Annika Sjöström, Linda Sandblad, Bernt Eric Uhlin, Sun Nyunt Wai.

Original Publication:
Annika E. Sjöström, Linda Sandblad, Bernt Eric Uhlin & Sun Nyunt Wai (2015): Membrane vesicle-mediated release of bacterial RNA. Scientific Reports 5:15329; DOI: 10.1038/srep15329. Published Online 2015-10-20.

Webpage of Sun Nyunt Wai's research group

Picture: Cryo-electron tomogram of purified vesicles. Original published in Scientific Reports.

A molecular switch to stop inflammation

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Our immune system is vital to us and can sometimes overreact causing chronic illnesses, such as for instance rheumatism and allergy. Now, researchers from Umeå University and University of Gothenburg have identified a molecular switch – MYSM1 – that can suppress such an overreaction and avoid inflammation. The study is published in the prestigious journal Immunity.

“The discovery of MYSM1 is a major milestone in our understanding of how our immune system works, and how its response could be controlled in order to prevent inflammatory diseases such as sepsis,” says Nelson O. Gekara, research leader at MIMS, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden at Umeå University.

Read more: A molecular switch to stop inflammation

A bridge between commensalism, allergy and infection provides new hope for a women´s neglected disease

Group Urban smallUmeå university scientists have shown how mast cells, immune cells typically associated with allergy and asthma, act as sentinels to orchestrate the immune response against the fungus Candida albicans the leading cause of fungal vaginitis. Vaginitis is a common women´s health concern affecting 75% of women at some time in their lives. Getting a grip on how the body senses the entry of fungal pathogens offers major opportunities for designing new strategies to improve women´s health. Details can be found in a recent research report published in the prestigious journal Nature Scientific Reports.

Read more: A bridge between commensalism, allergy and infection provides new hope for a women´s neglected...

Increasing abundance of antibiotic resistance genes found in human gut microbiome after traveling

Anders Johanssonweb[20150825] A study published online in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, shows that the travel behaviour of humans could also contribute to the dramatic increase of bacteria that are resistant against antibiotics. Anders Johansson, Clinical Research Fellow at MIMS, was leading the study, which showed that more types of resistant bacteria can follow along in our intestines when we travel than was previously known.

The researchers used explorative shotgun metagenomic sequencing to address more than 300 antibiotic resistance genes in fecal specimens from 35 Swedish students taken before and after exchange programmes on the Indian peninsula or in central Africa.

Publication in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Press release of Umeå University (in Swedish only)
Anders Johansson's webpage at MIMS
Anders Johansson in an interview with Radio Sweden

Emmanuelle Charpentier - Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin

[20150723] Emmanuelle Charpentier accepted the offer of the German Max Planck Society to become Scientific Member and new director at the Max Planck Institute of Infection Biology in Berlin.

MIMS congratulates Emmanuelle and wishes her all the best for the new position!

From October 1st, 2015 Emmanuelle will move her lab form Helmholtz Centre of Infection Biology, Braunschweig, to Berlin. She will still keep her guest professorship and research group at MIMS and UCMR.

Press release of the Max Planck Society
Webpage of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Webpage of Emmanuelle Charpentier's department at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research



Umeå University EC Jubilee Symposium 2015

DSC 4183 bright color[2015-06-24] Umeå University honours Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier for her pioneering research with the powerful discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, which has already been of great importance by providing new opportunities for Life Science research and its applications in Biology and Medicine. Umeå University will present a special Jubilee Award to Emmanuelle Charpentier at the University's Annual Celebration Ceremony in 2015: The MIMS Excellence by Choice Programme.

Press release of Umeå University (in English)
Press release of Umeå University (in Swedish)
The annual ceremony, 50th anniversary of Umeå University

Battling antibiotic resistance

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Research about infectious diseases:

Oliver Billker in movie of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation:
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