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Newsletter Translational Medicine 1/2017

14 March, 2017

Dear colleagues,


I hope you all have got a good start of the year.

One thing taking place this spring is the preparations for a new leadership at the Department. Since I will leave my position at the end of the year I want to be able to present a candidate to the Faculty’s Dean before the summer starts.

Tommy Andersson

Therefore we decided at the last board meeting to start the election process. Chairman of the election committee is professor Björn Dahlbäck. More information in this issue will follow.

I would also like to inform you about a new Head of one of our research groups. It is the Radiology Group, in which associate professor Sophia Zackrisson now has succeeded professor Olle Ekberg.

Tommy Andersson
Head of the Department

Upcoming board meetings

There will be two board meetings during the first six months of this year, 10 April and 20 June.

Departmental Office – financial/HR issues and scholarships 

Please note contact persons at the Departmental Office below:

During the absence of Catrine Werder, head of the Departmental Office, Thomas Gard, Economist and Administrator at Lund University, will give part-time support in financial issues.

If you are an employee or a Ph.D. Student please first check with your research group leader if you have financial and HR issues to be solved.

More information will follow about the Departmental Office, if you have any questions contact Ulrika af Sillén (see contact details above).


LUCRIS-profile PI Anita Sjölander

Most of our PI presentations in LUCRIS updated

Nearly all PI’s at the Department now has an updated profile in the University’s research web portal LUCRIS. There are still a few left to update, which we should get in place in near future.

During the board meeting 15 December 2016 it was decided that all PI’s at the Department shall update their personal profile at latest 15 March 2017 with keywords, portrait photo and a presentation of their current research.

Researchers, post docs, Ph.D.-students and all other individuals who are connected to the Department and have a LUCRIS profile are welcome to update, but shall before adding information about research in LUCRIS clarify this with their PI. This in order to make sure that all necessary patent and embargo considerations have been made.

Please contact Communications Officer Björn Martinsson if you have questions about your LUCRIS presence: 040-39 10 60, 072-723 44 99,

Humas Resources news

Vacations during 2017

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 questions regarding an individual employee’s vacation days can be answered by the research group head.

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:

Financial news

Finances – no more plusgiro


From 1 April 2017 there will be new bank state agreements in Sweden valid also for Lund University. Already now Lund University has removed all information about the plusgiro transfer service number on invoices and orders.

Onwards you shall instead use the bankgiro number 5051-4728 for payments to the University.



New account for open access reporting

Several research funders have conditions which include open access publication. Sometimes these conditions also include the specification of possible publishing costs in the financial reporting. Due to this there is a new account in our reporting system Raindance, 57170 “Open access”

Funders with open access requirements:

  • Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council)
  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • The Swedish Research Council Formas
  • FORTE - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare
  • Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Foundation
  • Östersjöstiftelsen (The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies)
  • EU research programme Horisont 2020
  • EU 7th framework programme, FP7
  • The European research Council (ERC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)



The University’s new strategic plan 2017-2026

Front cover LU Strategic Plan 2017-2026

The University’s board recently agreed upon a new strategic plan for Lund University. The plan runs for ten years, 2017–2026, and it highlights six development areas:

  •  Education and research are to be intertwined
  • Stimulating active collaboration to solve societal challenges
  • Continued development as an international university
  • Well-developed leadership and collegiality are success factors
  • Students, employees and visitors are to be offered attractive environments
  • The potential of MAX IV and ESS is to be fully exploited

The strategic plan will be followed by action plans at Faculty level, and it will also serve as a foundation for future planning and budget work.

Outreach - Lund University member of the Conversation

Lund University is the first Scandinavian University to become member of The Conversation.

The Conversation is a web tool of British origin where researchers around the world can publish and share popular science under their own name. In parts of the world and especially the U.K. The Conversations is already an established source for popular science.

For further information and help to get started contact Katrin Ståhl, Communications Officer, 046-222 0131, 0725-27 97 97,

Portrait photo of Roni Allaoui, Caroline Bergenfelz, Karin Leandersson
Awards and career

Article of the Month – Lund Medical Faculty Monthly

Roni Allaoui, Caroline Bergenfelz, Karin Leandersson

 “Cancer-associated fibroblast-secreted CXCL16 attracts monocytes to promote stroma activation in triple-negative breast cancers”


Doctoral dissertations

30 Mar, Nader Alaridah “Tuberculosis – clinical value of initial host molecular signaling and molecular fingerprinting.” Supervisor: associate professor Gabriela Godaly

21 Apr, Martin Andersson “Performing more realistic dose estimations for diagnostic examinations in nuclear medicine.” Supervisor: associate professor Sigrid Leide-Svegborn

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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