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Latest News from the Partnership

2021.10.14 | People

Meet the new FIMM-EMBL-DSHealth doc­toral stu­dents

A warm welcome to the 2021 FIMM-EMBL & DSHealth International PhD Programme students! This energetic and ambitious group of junior scientists can’t wait to learn as much as possible during their first year.

2021.10.14 | Research news

The Cryo-EM platform receives grant from the Swedish Research Council

New grants from the The Swedish Research Council will allow SciLifeLab platforms and units to double screening capacity, acquire high-end instruments and conduct large scale clinical trials. Linda Sandblad, Platform Scientific Director at the Umeå node of the Cryo-EM SciLifeLab Infrastructure Unit, MIMS Team Leader, applied for the grant to expand…

2021.10.07 | Research news

New leads in research into the ori­gin of identical twins

An international group of researchers has made a groundbreaking discovery that could lead to new insights into the blueprint of identical twins. The researchers found a unique epigenetic profile in identical twins pointing to genes involved in cell adhesion.

Dr. Sandra Lopez-Aviles. Photo: Oda Hveem

2021.09.28 | People

NCMM group leader, Sandra Lopez-Aviles, appointed as an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo

NCMM congratulates Dr. Lopez-Aviles, who will join the Department of Biosciences (IBV), UiO, in December 2021.

Dr Marieke Kuijjer. Photo: Oda Hveem

2021.09.15 | Research news

Building bridges for NCMM: how national and international collaborations help to drive research

Dr. Marieke Kuijjer, head of the Computational Biology and Systems Medicine Group at NCMM, describes how she collaborates both nationally and internationally, and how it helps to drive her research.

Keisuke Yonehara with a research mouse. Photo: Katrine Ø Rasmussen

2021.09.14 | Research news

The eye registers motion in a hitherto unsuspected way

The Lundbeck Foundation has featured the work of DANDRITE's Yonehara group and their recently published paper in the journal Neuron. The findings were revealed with the help of a “homing” virus, and it is believed that the technique can also be used to study other mammalian senses.

Dr. Mahesh Tambe, FIMM-Bayer postdoctoral researcher. Photo: FIMM

2021.08.30 | People

FIM­M­POD pro­gramme pro­motes in­dustry-aca­de­mia part­ner­ships through joint postdoc po­s­i­tions

The second FIMM-Bayer joint postdoctoral researcher has been recruited as part of the FIMMPOD professional development programme activities. Congratulations to Dr. Mahesh Tambe who started this position in August 2021!

Anatomy of the human lung. Photo: Unsplash

2021.08.18 | Research news

New dia­gnostic as­say holds po­ten­tial for tail­or­ing personalized cancer treat­ment

Researchers at FIMM/University of Helsinki show that cells that are freshly isolated from lung cancers can be used to create robust drug response data.

Photo: Myocardial infarction. Credit: Mostphoto

2021.08.17 | Research news

Increased risk of acute myocardial infarction and stroke following COVID-19

Publication from MIMS Clinical Research Fellow, Anne-Marie Fors Connolly, concludes that the risk of acute myocardial infarction and stroke is three-fold increased the first two weeks following COVID-19. The study was published in The Lancet.

COVID 19. Image from

2021.08.11 | Research news

Large ge­n­omic analysis high­lights COVID-19 risk factors

Findings from an international collaboration, initiated at FIMM, uncovers several genetic markers associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 severity. The findings have been published in the high-impact journal, Nature

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Upcoming Partnership Events

Mon 18 Oct
09:00-16:00 | Online/Umeå University
4th Annual CryoNet Symposium
The 4th Annual CryoNET Symposium will, through a panel of distinguished speakers, highlight the latest discoveries facilitated by cryo-EM research and new directions that are emerging.
Thu 28 Oct
15:00-16:30 | Online
FIMM Meets Pharma Oc­to­ber: Digital Diagnostics for Pre­ci­sion Medicine
The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) has for several years been spearheading Pharma collaborations from the University of Helsinki. The "FIMM meets Pharma" webinar series showcases the current scientific frameworks and technological capabilities of FIMM, to spark interest in pharmaceutical partners for collaborations. The webinar series will showcase some examples of successful research collaboration between our research community and Finnish and international companies.
Mon 08 Nov
09:00-15:00 | Online
2nd Biennial Meeting of the Nordic Society for Human Genetics and Precision Medicine (NSHG-PM)
FIMM hosts leading academic and industry scientists, clinical researchers, academic leaders, funding organizations, and other stakeholders to discuss national overviews of precision medicine initiatives, research and clinical sequencing, health and other register data, as well as important issues in the return of results from genetics studies.
Mon 08 Nov
10:50-10:50 | Oslo
PhD Course in Molecular Medicine
NCMM will organise their annual PhD course in Molecular Medicine. The event runs for two weeks.
Tue 16 Nov
09:00-16:00 | Online
7th NorMIC Imaging Workshop - Methods in Optical Microscopy (and 3D Printing for Microscopes)
The NorMIC series of workshops aims to teach researchers the principles of biological microscopes and image processing. This workshop will cover the basics of optical microscope image formation, common artefacts, image data management with regards to the FAIR data principle, all with an emphasis on image processing.
Mon 22 Nov
14:00-20:00 | Zoom/online
EMBL Conference: Cancer Genomics
Leading researchers from across different areas of cancer research will come together to present the latest advancements in the field and to discuss the further integration of their scientific efforts.
Wed 01 Dec
09:00-16:00 | FIMM/University of Helsinki, Finland
FIMM Building Bridges 2021
'From Research Infrastructure to Clinical Translation'
Fri 03 Dec
10:00-14:00 | Copenhagen, Denmark
EMBL in Denmark 2021: Enzymes of the future
All EMBL staff, alumni, their colleagues and networks are invited to EMBL in Denmark 2021: Enzymes of the future at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen, held on Friday to Saturday 3-4 December 2021.
Thu 16 Dec
08:45-19:30 | Online
23rd EMBL PhD Symposium |The Big Picture: Zooming into Life
Join us for the 23rd Anniversary of the annual EMBL PhD Symposium. Since its conception in 1999, the EMBL PhD Symposium has evolved into a highly respected scientific meeting, connecting young researchers and high-profile scientists alike. This year, the symposium will bring together researchers who study life sciences at different scales and explore the interdisciplinary approaches utilized to link the different scales of life.
Wed 26 Jan
09:00-17:00 | Online
The Next Generation in Infection Biology
The EMBL Conference: The Next Generation in Infection Biology is a platform for late-stage postdoctoral scientists in the field of infection biology to present their work and connect with the leading European institutions in infection biology. The speakers will be chosen for their track record of research accomplishments and their high-reaching future plans. The audience will have the unique opportunity to experience cutting-edge science presented by the rising leaders in this field.

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News on publications

2021.10.07 | Publication

Gözen group (NCMM) sheds new light on primitive cell formation and communication

Latest work from the Bionanotechnology and Membrane Systems group, led by Irep Gözen, has been shared in two pre-prints.

2021.09.01 | Publication

Mapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19

The genetic makeup of an individual contributes to susceptibility and response to viral infection. While environmental, clinical and social factors play a role in exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease severity1,2, host genetics may also be important.

2021.09.01 | Publication

Risk of acute myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke following COVID-19 in Sweden: a self-controlled case series and matched cohort study

COVID-19 is a complex disease targeting many organs. Previous studies highlight COVID-19 as a probable risk factor for acute cardiovascular complications. We aimed to quantify the risk of acute myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke associated with COVID-19 by analysing all COVID-19 cases in Sweden.

2021.09.01 | Publication

Functional diagnostics using fresh uncultured lung tumor cells to guide personalized treatments

Fresh uncultured tumor-derived epithelial cells (FUTCs) are amenable for drug testing. Profiling of lung tumor and matched normal cells identifies cancer-selective treatments NSCLC FUTCs with targetable drivers expose genotype-matched responses or non-responses. The FUTC approach can guide personalized therapy in compassionate patient care

Pathogenex tool.

2021.06.08 | Publication

RNA atlas of human bacterial pathogens uncovers stress dynamics linked to infection

Bacterial pathogens have to cope with stressful environments in human host. Their response with the activity of gene products enables them to adapt to those stressful environments and cause troublesome infections. Therefore, genes involved in the adaptation are potential targets for new antimicrobials.

2021.02.01 | Publication

Cryo-EM structure of Helicobacter pylori urease with an inhibitor in the active site at 2.0 Å resolution

The Luecke Group at NCMM have published in the journal Nature Communications

2021.02.01 | Publication

Binocular integration of retinal motion information underlies optic flow processing by the cortex

Rune Nguyen Rasmussen and Akihiro Matsumoto et al. from Keisuke Yonehara’s lab have published in Current Biology.

Journal cover - featuring imagery from Irep Gözen.

2020.11.26 | Publication

Biological lipid nanotubes and their potential role in evolution

Research from the Gözen group at NCMM published in The European Physical Journal Special Topics.

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.

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