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Newsletter Translational Medicine 1/2016

10 March, 2016

Dear colleagues,


Spring time is busy for many of us. A reoccurring and important job at this time of year is to compile and submit applications for various grants. We are for example getting close to the deadline for the Swedish Research Council’s (VR) call for project proposals.

Please also note that there in near future will be meetings and activities to support your preparations for ERC/KAW applications. Some of this information has been forwarded via e-mail, but you can also read about it in a notice in this letter. Using some time for these activities may be profitable in the future!

Tommy Andersson

Talking about VR, the Department’s professor Anna Blom has recently been elected to the chair of the VR’s Scientific Council for Medicine and Health. I congratulate Anna and wish her good luck on this important duty.

Best regards

Tommy Andersson
Head of department


Board meetings 2016

Remaining board meetings during 2016  will be held on 16 May, 19 August (preliminary) and 31 October.

Financial news

Increased costs - new overhead rate 2016

The financial closure of 2015 shows that the Department’s economy is in balance. But due to new costs we have to increase the overhead rate from 19 percent to 22 percent with start 1 January 2016.

Most of the increase is needed to meet new economic demands from the Faculty and University’s central administration. A smaller part will contribute to the financing of the new departmental office, explains Catrine Werder, head of the finances and the Departmental Office.

The decision was taken at the board meeting held on 18 February 2016.

More information:


New thresholds for procurement

Sheet with figures and calculator. Photo: Mostphotos

The new thresholds for public procurement, valid from 1 January 2016, are now also set in Swedish crowns (SEK). The amount for state agencies is 1.233.941 SEK. For direct award of contract the threshold is 534.890 SEK.

More information:


Financial reports – yet no substitute for LUPP

There is yet no new function for financial reports that earlier have been retrieved in LUPP. More information in Swedish on the following webpage:

More information: 


Travel expenses routines – important information about business travel and membership fees

The review of reported travel expenses has become more intensified. Because of this the Departmental office wishes to inform about two important issues: business travel and membership fees.

More information:

Get ready for your ERC/KAW application

Calendar and notebook. Photo: Mostphotos

Prepare yourself for upcoming ERC (the European Research Council) and KAW (the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation) calls. This spring there will be meetings and seminars with opportunity to get more information about the calls for proposals from ERC and KAW.

Human resources news

Vacations during 2016

It is time for technical/administrative employees and Ph.D. students with an employment to start planning this years’ vacation together with the research group heads. Paid vacation is a benefit for all employees but it is also mandatory due to work health reasons.

There are rules and regulations stating how many days one must take each year and when. These rules and regulations vary depending on employment category, employment period and age.

Specific question regarding an individual employee’s vacation days can be answered by the research group head or, if you one needs help or guidance, contact human resources coordinator Sandra Klinth.

Please note that time off for scholarship holders and students is handled differently.

More information:


Yearly staff appraisals

Staff appraisals are to be conducted annually with all employees. It is a conversation between the employee and the research group head (research group heads meet with the head of department) aiming to develop the organization and the individual employees. The research group head is responsible for ensuring that the appraisal is held. As an employee, one is responsible to be prepared for it.

All research group heads have been informed about this. The Departmental Office suggests that these conversations are carried out during the spring but it can be done throughout the year.

More information:

LUCRIS – soon time for data input

LUCRIS is Lund University’s new current research information system, where you will be able to input information about yourself, your research group, projects, publications and activities – all of which will be searchable in an external web portal that presents research from the entire university - open to all.

LUCRIS will be available for data entries on 11 April 2016, and the public launch of the portal will be on 9 may 2016.

The Faculty will arrange a LUCRIS workshop (with portrait photo opportunity) at CRC in Malmö on 21 April, 9-12.

There will be additional opportunities for the Department’s researchers and staff to get initial help and assistance with publishing in LUCRIS. Communications officer Björn Martinsson will provide individual help on Friday 15 April, 9-12, Friday 22 April, 9-12 and Monday 25 April 13-16.

More information will follow soon.

More information:

CRC 10 years - open for the public on 18 August 2016

CRC entrance in summer. Photo: Björn Martinsson

In August 2016 it is time for the 10 year-anniversary of Clinical Research Centre (CRC).

On Thursday 18 August the doors will be open for the public and the staff/researchers at Lund University, Region Skåne and Malmö University. The programme includes seminars and a lot of activities in the entrance hall . Please visit the CRC website for programme and more details.

On Friday 9 September, in the evening, there will be internal anniversary activities – more information and invitations during this spring.

More information:

ReproUnion website - frontpage
ReproUnion website launched

ReproUnion is a new cross border collaboration between Sweden and Denmark within the area of reproductive medicine in the Öresund Region, funded by EU Interreg V. Onwards you can follow the project via a recently launched website.

ReproUnion is the successor of two former projects within this field, ReproSund and ReproHigh, and reserachers/staff at the Department play an important role in the management and various project activities.

More information:

Popular medical science - podcasts this spring

A podcast-series will be launched with start in April 2016, and it will be produced by Lund University’s and Region Skåne’s mutual editorial for popular science, Aktuellt om vetenskap & hälsa.

The plan includes a close-up on vaccines featuring professor Kristian Riesbeck at Department of Translational Medicine. Severe pain, colon bacteria and allergic reactions are examples of other topics.

There will be more information on the Department and Faculty websites later this spring.

More information:

Portrait photo of Gottfrid Sjödahl.
Awards and career

The Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden) recently awarded Gottfrid Sjödahl, researcher with focus on bladder cancer (Fredrik Liedberg's research group), a long term clinical research employment.

Anna Blom, professor in protein chemistry and assistant head of the department, was recently elected to the chair of the Scientific Council for Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council (VR).

Doctoral dissertations

21 April Mariana Reza, “Bone scan index – An imaging biomarker in prostate cancer patients”

Midway reviews

17 May Elena Holm "Von Willebrand disease – aspects on diagnosis, prophylaxis and outcome”

More information about dissertations is available in Swedish at the Faculty’s intranet pages. News and features on new thesis are also published on the Department’s web site.

Tips are welcome! Dissemination and communication

Do you have information you want to share with your colleagues, research results to be disseminated, news tips, plans for a web site regarding your project etc. I will give advice and assist you! I also welcome comments on this newsletter and ideas about how it can be further developed. Björn Martinsson, communications officer, +46 72 723 44 99,

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