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Dr Ellen Bushell is committed to make her time in the Swedish Young Academy to make as much positive impact for Umeå as she can. Image Mattias Pettersson/Umeå University

2020.10.23 | People

Four questions to researcher Ellen Bushell - new Swedish Young Academy member

Dr Ellen Bushell joined MIMS as a group leader in 2018. In the autumn of 2020 it was announced that she had been elected as a new member of the Swedish Young Academy.

Emmanuelle Charpentier. Photo: Hallbauer & Fioretti
The first MIMS group leaders, recruited 2008-2009. Back, L-R: Andrei Chabes, Jörgen Johansson, Niklas Arnberg. Front: Constantin Urban, and Emmanuelle Charpentier. Photo:Mattias Pettersson, 2009

2020.10.07 | Research news

Former MIMS group leader, Emmanuelle Charpentier, awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry

The Nordic EMBL Partnership congratulates Emmanuelle Charpentier, and collaborator Jennifer A. Doudna, on receiving the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2020. Here, Directors of the Nordic EMBL Partnership nodes past and present, alongside the former Director General of EMBL, recall Professor Charpentier’s appointment as one of the Partnership’s first…

Professor Oliver Billker, opening the 10th Nordic EMBL Partnership meeting. Image: Nora Lehotai/MIMS

2020.09.28 | Knowledge exchange

The annual Nordic EMBL Partnership meeting 2020: Connecting with colleagues to increase future interactions

MIMS hosts the 10th annual Nordic EMBL Partnership meeting from Umeå, Sweden.

Nerve cells in the brain has been under scrutiny at DANDRITE since 2013 and the research results are fundamentally important for promoting the understanding of the brain, explains centre director Poul Nissen. But they also throw off unexpected results. Illustration: DANDRITE

2020.09.18 | Research news

Meet DANDRITE

Our Danish node, DANDRITE (Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience) is hosted by Aarhus University and funded by the Lundbeck Foundation. Recently, the University featured an in-depth article about DANDRITE and its importance to the local and national research environment.

Image: Shutterstock

2020.09.09 | Research news

The Nordic EMBL Partnership and COVID-19

Across the Nordic EMBL Partnership, a wide range of projects are underway to help tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Partnership is home to a high number of highly talented young group leaders, recruited according to the EMBL model, who are well equipped to help contribute towards research into diseases and societal emergencies like…

Dr. Andrea Ganna. Photo: FIMM
Dr Jonas Barandun. Photo: MIMS

2020.09.03 | Research news

ERC starting grants for two Nordic EMBL Partnership group leaders

The Nordic EMBL Partnership wishes to congratulate Dr. Andrea Ganna, group leader at FIMM, and Dr. Jonas Barandun, group leader at MIMS, on receiving an ERC Starting Grant.

An image of a mosquito thorax. Image from authors.

2020.08.28 | Research news

First mosquito cell atlas published in Science

Professor Oliver Billker, Director of MIMS, is a senior author on the paper, 'Mosquito cellular immunity at single-cell resolution'; findings that will help researchers to further understand how mosquitoes fight malaria and other infections.

Dr. Dominik Fischer. Photo: MIMS

2020.08.24 | People

Welcome to: Dominik Fischer, Science Manager

Dr. Dominik Fischer joined MIMS in June 2020 as Science Manager. Here, he explains more about his role and what the Nordic EMBL Partnership annual meeting will look as it takes place online for the first time in September 2020.

Dr. Katja Kivinen. Photo: Jean-Luc Benazet

2020.08.05 | People

Meet Katja Kivinen, Research Director of the FIMM Technology Centre & HiLIFE Deputy Director for Research Infrastructures

Katja Kivinen leads the FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland Technology Centre), which provides state-of-the-art biomedical research services to national and international research groups. Dr Kivinen is also HiLIFE Deputy Director for Research Infrastructures. In this interview, Dr. Kivinen speaks about her role as Research Director and…

Dr Sebastian Waszak. Photo EMBL

2020.07.11 | People

Welcome to: Dr. Sebastian Waszak

Dr. Waszak joined NCMM in March 2020 as head of the Computational Oncology group.Dr Waszak completed his postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg in the group of Jan Korbel. In this article, he describes his research into precision medicine for young people with cancer, the role that rare genetic disorders can play when it comes to cancer treatment, and what…

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Upcoming Partnership Events

Mon 02 Nov
09:00-16:00 | Oslo, Norway
NCMM's national PhD course in molecular medicine
NCMM's annual national PhD course in molecular medicine will feature a number of talks from leading researchers
Mon 09 Nov
12:00-13:00 | Zoom
Inside the Coronavirus
A webinar with Dr Andrea Thorn, Universität Hamburg. In this talk Andrea Thorn gives an insight into these viral structures using models and animations. She will tell us about their implications for the pandemic and her team's work with over 500 known macromolecular structures from SARS-CoV and SARS-in order CoV-2 to build a bridge between the pioneers who determined these structures at large facilities and the drug developers at forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic.

News on publications

Illustration by Björn O. Schröder

2020.09.10 | Publication

New publication from MIMS group leader Björn O. Schröder in JBC on function of microbiota in obese mice

The paper, 'Obesity-associated microbiota contributes to mucus layer defects in genetically obese mice', has been published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Illustration by Barbara S. Sixt, showing a viable cell infected with Chlamydia, which reside in a vacuole inside the host cell. Due to the occuring cell death, the host cell dies and releases the bacteria.

2020.09.10 | Publication

A high profile review article from MIMS group leader Barbara S. Sixt on host cell death modulation by the bacterial pathogen Chlamydia

The review has been published in the journal FEMS Microbiology Reviews.

2020.09.02 | Research news, Publication

Comment article: Predicting Cancer Evolution Using Cell State Dynamics

Dr Kuijjer's article, 'Predicting Evolution Using Cell State Dynamics', examines research using state transitions to model cancer development and progression.

Protocells. Image: Advanced Science News

2020.09.02 | Publication

Rapid Growth and Fusion of Protocells in Surface‐Adhered Membrane Networks

Elevated temperatures might have promoted the nucleation, growth, and replication of protocells on the early Earth.

The scheme shows the TRACE method that labels active inputs to a specific brain area through a retrograde labelling activity depended viral approach. Credit: First author Nathalie Krauth

2020.05.14 | Knowledge exchange, Publication

Joint efforts between Nabavi and Capogna group have led to the development of a novel approach named TRACE ´Tracing Retrogradely the Activated Cell Ensemble’

The neural circuitry teams at DANDRITE and PROMEMO introduce a novel approach in their latest publication, which selectively labels sensory inputs that are activated by a defined stimulus and directed to a region of interest in the brain.

Photo: Manuel Rivas, Adapted from image by Lauren Solomon, Broad Communications

2020.05.06 | Publication, Knowledge exchange

Gene vari­ants that pro­tect against glauc­oma iden­ti­fied, open­ing thera­peutic pos­sib­il­it­ies

An international research collaboration led by researchers from the University of Helsinki and Stanford University has identified rare changes in a gene called ANGPTL7 that lower intraocular pressure and significantly reduce the risk of glaucoma. The results open important new therapeutic possibilities.

The zebrafish facility, NCMM. Photo: Øyvind Eide.

2020.04.24 | Publication, Knowledge exchange

New work from the Esguerra group provides novel insight into disease mechanisms of Dravet syndrome

A new article from NCMM’s chemical neuroscience group published in Epilepsia sheds light on the early mechanisms underlying seizure onset in Dravet syndrome, a severe and devastating type of epilepsy that occurs in children and infants.

Schematic of polyamine export from lysosomes by ATP13A2. Wild type ATP13A2 modulates cellular polyamine (orange dots) content by exporting it from lysosomes (left). Impaired ATP13A2 function leads to the accumulation of polyamines in lysosomes (right), resulting in compromised lysosomes. In addition, the decrease in cytosolic polyamine content may also potential further disease phenotypes.

2020.02.03 | Publication, Knowledge exchange

Assistant professor Joseph Lyons coauthors milestone paper in Nature on lysosome function.

New article published in Nature entitled “ATP13A2 deficiency disrupts lysosomal polyamine export” sheds light on a defective lysosomal polyamine exporter (ATP13A2) that represents a lysosome-dependent cell death pathway that may be implicated in several neurodegenerative disorders including Kufor-Rakeb syndrome – a rare form of inherited…

The publication's graphical abstract shows the signaling pathways involved in cell death following treatment with the ER stressor thapsigargin.
First author of the paper, Paula Lindner. Photo: Faculty of medicine, UiO
Corresponding author Dr Nikolai Engedal. Photo: Mechtild Hartlieb Engedal

2020.01.31 | Publication, Knowledge exchange, People

New publication for NCMM researchers: novel insights into cell death-inducing signals activated by ER stress

The new study, published this week in the open access journal Cell Communication and Signaling, was led by the autophagy team at NCMM.

Guinea pig cell infected with Chlamydia caviae (white = host cell, yellow = nucleus of the host cell, green = bacteria; microscopic picture taken by Barbara Sixt).
Contributing researchers at Umeå University. From left to right: Johan Henriksson, Katarina Vielfort, Barbara Sixt, Samada Muraleedharan. Photo credit: Karsten Meier.

2019.11.08 | Publication, Knowledge exchange

Targeted Gene Modification in Animal Pathogenic Chlamydia

Researchers at Umeå University (Sweden), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland and Duke University (USA), now for the first time successfully performed targeted gene mutation in the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia caviae.

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