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Umeå University awards Bernt Eric Uhlin with Medal of Honour

Uhlin Bernt Eric 5460 110517 MPN W2[2015-06-17] The University Board decided on June 4th to honour Bernt Eric Uhlin with Umeå University's Medal of Honour, the highest distinction that is awarded to an individual at the university. Bernt Eric Uhlin is being honoured for his outstanding contributions to the university and the development of the strong research environment infection biology and molecular infection medicine.

On Bernt Eric Uhlin's initiative two research centres have been established at Umeå University: Umeå Centre for Microbial Research - UCMR and The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden - MIMS.

His diligent directorship and his commitment to the recruitment and guidance of talented young scientists have been critical to the success of the two centres and to the establishment of molecular infection research at Umeå University.

Despite his management duties, Bernt Eric Uhlin has maintained an active research programme and earned an international reputation as an expert in the field of virulence factors that control bacteria-host interactions in pathogenic Enterobacteria.

Umeå University's Vice-chancellor Lena Gustafsson, will present the Medal to the awardee on the Annual Cerelebration on October 17th.

MIMS congratulates Bernt Eric Uhlin!

Press release of Umeå University (in Swedish)

2015 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

[20150528] The Jury for the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research agreed to grant the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and the American researcher Jennifer Doudna for scientific advances that have led to the development of a technology that allows genes to be modified with great precision and simplicity in all types of cells, thus enabling changes that suppose the actual “editing of the genome”. Emmanuelle Charpentier will receive the prize, a sculpture of Joan Miró, and a monetary award at the prize ceremony in October 2015.

"The research carried out by Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna has meant a revolution in biotechnology", the Princess of Asturias Foundation said in its press release.

Press release of the Princess of Asturias Foundation

Eric K Fernström Prize 2015 to Richard Lundmark

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Richard Lundmark, PI at MIMS and associate professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, will receive Umeå University's Eric K. Fernström prize 2015 for young and promising scientists. The prize committee at the Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, decided to award Richard Lundmark for his exeptional scientific carreer after his disputation. In recent years he published several important papers in the research area of membrane trafficking which attracted international recognition. Richard Lundmark is head of the Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU) and Lecturer at the department of Integrative Medical Biology.

The prize amount is 100.000 SEK and Richard will receive the prize at the during the Annual Celebration Ceremony at Umeå University. According to the founder of the prize, the ship-owner Eric K. Fernström, the Fernström foundation awards every year six young researchers at Sweden's six university medical faculties.

It is the fifth time that the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University decided to award a MIMS young group leader with the Fernström Prize. Earlier awardees since MIMS was initiated are Andrei Chabes, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jörgen Johansson, and Niklas Arnberg.

Information about the Fernström Prize

Andrea Puhar new MIMS Group Leader

Andrea Puhar MIMS GL[2015-05-15] MIMS welcomes Andrea Puhar who is establishing her research group from May 2015 at the Department of Molecular Biology.
Andrea has during the previous years performed postdoctoral research at Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. Before her arrival in Umeå, she spent some months as a visiting scientist in the Department of Gastroenterology, RWTH University, Aachen, Germany.

Within the next months Andrea Puhar will recruit PhD students, master students and postdocs to her new lab. Interested persons are highly welcome to send a letter of interest with CV and motivation letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more: Andrea Puhar new MIMS Group Leader

MIMS Scientists on the ECCMID 2015 Congress in Copenhagen

[2015-04-29] Three MIMS members participated in the European Congress for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 25-28 April 2015, Copenhagen.
Dagens Medicin's journalist, Michael Borgert, reported about the Conference with more than 10 000 participants. (Dagens Medicin) He focussed also on three researchers from MIMS and Umeå University. Dagens Medicine 20150428 Chinmay DwibediChinmay Dwibedi, PhD-student at the department of Clinical Microbiology presented his poster on the phylogenomic study of the Clonal expansion of Francisella tularensis in continental western Europe.
Article in Dagens Medicin (in Swedish)
Chinmay Dwibedi's abstract at ECCMID 2015

Dagens Medicine 20150428 edin"Outstanding abstract": Alicia Edin, MIMS Clinical Research Fellow, medical doctor and PhD-student, was the second scientist who attracted the interest of Dagens Medicin. Her abstract was awarded as "one of the outstanding abstracts" at the conference and she received a travel stipend. She presented a metabolomic study on the metabolite profiles of patients who suffered from Community-Acquired Pneumonia, CAP. The study, performed in collaboration with the Swedish Metabolomics Centre, showed that it is possible to use a metabolite fingerprint as a tool for faster diagnosis and cure of these patients.
Article in Dagens Medicine (in Swedish)
Winning abstract at ECCMID 2015
Dagens Medicine 20150429JohanssonAnders Johansson, Clinical Research Fellow and PI at MIMS, medical doctor and head of the department of the Hospital Infection Control at Norrland University Hospital interviewed by Michael Borgert about his impression of the conference and the three most interesting topics on the congress of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Dagens Medicin about ECCMID
Read more about ECCMID 2015

Movie about Emmanuelle Charpentier

Louis Jeantet PrizeFor the prize ceremony on 22 April in Geneve, the Louis-Jeantet Foundation presented a movie about Emmanuelle Charpentier, the winner of the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine 2015. In the movie several people from MIMS and Umeå University give interviews.

Watch the movie on the webpage of the Louis-Jeantet Foundation

New centre for molecular medicine centre at Umeå University - 175 Million SEK

[2015-04-09] Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation announced today that the foundation will invest 175 million SEK during 2016-2024 in a new Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University. The centre will be part of the national plan of the the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foudation to re-establish Sweden's leading position in medical research. Similar laboratories will be set up at the University of Gothenburg and Lund University.

Apart from the funding by the Wallenberg Foundation, The Kempe Foundations, Umeå University and the County Council of Västerbotten will also contribute to the new laboratory.

Read the news on the webpage of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (in Swedish)

Press release from Umeå University

FIMM director Olli Kallioniemi - new director of SciLifeLab

Olli Kallioniemi 2015 250[2015-03-26] Today the board of the Science for Life Laboratory
(SciLifeLab) announces the appointment of Olli Kallioniemi as new director for the National Laboratory.

MIMS congratulates Olli Kallioniemi to the appointment.
Olli Kallioniemi will join SciLifeLab as professor at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and start as director of SciLifeLab from July 1st, 2015.

Press release from SciLifeLab


Picture: Veikko Somerpuro

DNA-damage causes immune reaction and inflammation and is linked to cancer development

Nelson Gekara[2015-02-17] For the first time scientists from Umeå University show the importance of DNA damage in fine tuning of our innate immune system and hence the ability to mount the optimal inflammatory response to infections and other biological dangers. The study is published on 17th February in the very prestigious international journal Immunity (CellPress).

The research group of Nelson Gekara within the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) at Umeå University is interested in understanding how the innate immune system, our first line of defense is regulated and how defects in the immune system contribute to infectious and inflammatory diseases. Our immune system does not lie idle waiting to be attacked before it responds. Even in the absence of infections, our immune system is in a constant state of alert. Among the immune mediators that are constantly produced at low levels and which keep our immune system awake are a group of factors called type I interferon. A very delicate balance in the production of type I interferons is essential for health: insufficient production results in susceptibility to viral infections, while excessive production normally leads to autoimmune/inflammatory diseases.

Read more: DNA-damage causes immune reaction and inflammation and is linked to cancer development

Emmanuelle Charpentier on Radio Sweden: Two interviews

Emmanuelle Charpentier SRListen to a portrait of Emmanuelle Charpentier on Radio Sweden broadcasted on 7th of February 2015 16.35

in Science channel (P1, Vetenskap, "Forskarliv").

In an personal interview with Annika Östman, Radio Sweden, Emmanuelle Charpentier, talks about her bakground, her childhood and her career.

She mentions the advantages of coming to Umeå and working at MIMS.

Listen to the programme "forskarliv"

A second interview Emmanuelle Charpentier talks about her discoveries and her research.

Read the interview with Emmanuelle Charpentier on the webpage of Radio Sweden, Sveriges radio (published 5th of February 2015).

Listen to the interview (20 min)

Battling antibiotic resistance

movie by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, with participation of scientists from MIMS and UCMR:
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Research about infectious diseases:

Oliver Billker in movie of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation:
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