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News from the Faculty Management 27 January


Dear colleagues,

The current faculty management will serve its final term in 2017. The issues that are high on our agenda this year are the continued development of our external engagement with Region Skåne, new constructions, renovations and research infrastructure, as well as further work on our business strategies.

ESS and Medicon Village

ESS/Team Henning Larsen Architects.

On the Danish side of the Öresund strait, there is major interest in ESS which is currently being built in Lund. In January, a delegation from Denmark, led by the Danish Minister of Research, visited Lund. It is exciting to see how the Danes are now actively pursuing the opportunity to utilise the facility.

If you are curious about ESS and want to better understand how ESS will work, watch  the TED Talk given by Sindra Petersson Årsköld, senior advisor at ESS, at TEDxLundUniversity last autumn.

On 20 January, Medicon Village celebrated five years of cooperation, and on the same day, Lund University, the Mats Paulsson Foundation for Research, Innovation and Societal Development, and Region Skåne signed a joint consortium agreement. The agreement clarifies and formalises the triple helix cooperation that the parties initiated in connection with the establishment of Medicon Village. The Faculty of Medicine’s extensive research activities at Medicon Village benefit from the collaboration meeting place that Medicon Village has become.

Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, dean

Funding for research infrastructure

In 2016, Lund University set aside University-wide funding for infrastructure, focusing on interdisciplinary research environments which are of particular strategic importance to the University. The call for applications is planned to take place annually, and the decision on allocation will be made by the vice-chancellor following processing by the LU Research Board. The call for applications in 2016, which generated a large number of applications (28) which were received and reviewed by the Research Board, had a less than optimal outcome for the Faculty of Medicine with only one approved application (Jonas Björck, faculty-wide infrastructure for register research.


In view of future application rounds, our applications should be carefully planned and organised within the faculty, preferably together with colleagues at other faculties, and concern infrastructures of University-wide interest. It is important that the infrastructures are accessible, offer qualified service and training for users, and include a long-term strategy for its development, financing, communication as well as termination. Employees at the faculty are encouraged to already start to think of suitable structures in preparation of any upcoming calls for applications.

The faculty is also introducing the “infrastructure of the month” to highlight best practice, and a project is underway about including research infrastructure in Lund University’s new information system LUCRIS in the near future.

Lars Dahlin, pro-dean

New internal newsletter – replacing E-bulletinen, the management newsletter, and Nerve

This is the last issue of the management newsletter in the current format. In February 2017, the Faculty of Medicine will launch a new internal newsletter, combining the electronic weekly newsletter (E-bulletinen), the management newsletter (Ledningsnytt) and the staff magazine (Nerve). You will continue to receive the same information, but in a simpler and more clearer format.


The newsletter will be issued every other week, and contain management information, faculty news, articles, and links to courses and study programmes on offer, conferences, grants, and public defences. The newsletter will be available in Swedish and English, and like today, you are all welcome to contribute with information you would like to share with your colleagues.

If you have information you would like to share with the rest of the faculty, please send an email to

Upcoming events

Is the world becoming a better place? Science week 6–12 March

The first of five science weeks during Lund University’s 350th anniversary jubilee.

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How has development resulted in the current situation and what will we leave behind for our children and grandchildren? During this week we will address some of the burning issues of our time with regard to the environment, climate change and natural disasters, strong and weak states and their development, human rights, particularly during war and conflict, and much more. We will highlight International Women’s Day with an all-day seminar. The week will be concluded at the Vattenhallen Science Centre, which will organise a weekend for people of all ages on the theme Earth.


Congratulations to…

The most popular international Master’s programme in Sweden is the Public Health programme at Lund University. According to recent statistics from the Swedish Council for Higher Education, this programme has the highest number of applicants, in competition with more than 700 other international Master’s programmes at all higher education institutions in Sweden. Nine out of the ten most popular study programmes in Sweden are at Lund University.

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Maria Simonsson. Foto: Olle Dahlbäck

The Swedish Society of Medicine (Svenska Läkaresällskapets) confers the award for young researchers Asklepiospris 2016 for best published paper to Maria Simonsson, for her article in the breast cancer research field: "CYP1A2 - a novel genetic marker for early aromatase inhibitor response in the treatment of breast cancer patients".

Oskar Hansson, at the Department of Clinical Sciences at Lund University in Malmö, and medical consultant at the Skåne University Hospital,  has been awarded the 2017 research prize from the Swedish Alzheimer’s foundation (Alzheimerfonden) worth SEK 2.5 million.

Oskar Hansson and Laurent Roybon, together with Norwegian colleagues, received from the foundation Olav Thon Stiftelsen about 10 million each to fund two research consortia. Oskar Hansson has been granted for the project "Early biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease using single-molecule" detection. Laurent Roybon for the project Brain aquaporins: Novel therapeutic targets for Parkinson's disease.

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Anders Palm

Anders Palm  has received an honorary award from the Einar Hansen Research Foundation for his efforts to establish the field of Medical Humanities at Lund University.

Two researchers of the Faculty obtain the grant Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning (SSMF) stora anslag: Andreas Edsfeldt is granted 5.2 million for half-time research, and Joakim Esbjörnsson receives 6.8 million for full-time research.

Focus on research: Viruses in our genome important to the brain

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Johan Jakobsson

Over millions of years, so-called retroviruses have become incorporated into our DNA, accounting for almost 10 per cent of the total genome. Johan Jakobsson and his research group at Lund University have now discovered a mechanism by which retroviruses can affect how genes are expressed. This means that they may have been important to the development of the human brain, and that they may also play a role in various neurological diseases.

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Dean Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Pro-Dekan Lars B Dahlin, Vice-Dean Anna Maria Drake, Vice-Dean Anders Bjartell, Vice-Dean Stefan Hansson,Vice-Dean Cecilia Lundberg and Vice-Dean Roland Andersson.

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