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Newsletter Translational Medicine 2/2019

18 June, 2019

Dear colleagues and staff,

Portrait photo of Lars B. Dahlin: Photographer: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg

Summer is approaching and I do hope that you have been able to enjoy the lovely days in May with the beautiful flowers of the plant "colza" (raps), the intensive green color of the leaves of the beech tree as well as the the returning birds.

RQ20 – work with the research quality evaluation

There are a number of projects going on at the Faculty, which I have to remind you about. First, RQ20 is an overall review of the research activities at the university level, which is directed by the Vice-Chancellor. A number of Panels have been created consisting of Units of Assessment (UoA) with a special theme.

Update your publications in LUCRIS – a part of RQ20!

Our department is responsible for Panel 2 – Basic Cancer. The Units of Assessment (UoA) will be reviewed by national and international expert after a self-evaluation performed by the UoA. To achieve an efficient and optimal review process, I encourage all of you to update your publications i LUCRIS at the latest 1st of July.

I also want to remind you about the delayed visibility of new publication records in LUCRIS. Due to increased RQ20 work load it will take longer time than usual for the library to validate the records that you have registered in LUCRIS. It can take several weeks before they become visible in the research portal. Still, the library will validate all publications relevant for RQ20 by August 23rd at the latest.

The review process, hopefully with a successful outcome, is important for future recruitment of new colleagues to the department and the faculty. A discussion has also been going on during the spring concerning "citations" of Science, where Swedish research has lost further during the last ten years. The faculty has a rather large volume of publications, but the "top is rather blunt". 

Apply for the new leadership programme: PREP!

PREP – Peer support and career development towards professorship – is the career support and leadership programme at the Faculty of Medicine for those who have earned their readership degree (docentur) and aim for becoming a senior lecturer or professor. The programme starts in September 2019 and ends in April 2020, and includes eight full day sessions. Deadline for applications is June 30th 2019.

I encourage you that have an interest to apply for this leadership programme, and if you are a PI, please encourage the ones you think is a good candidate for PREP.

New procedure for reporting incidents, occupational injuries and serious accidents or incidents

The faculty have a new procedure that describes how to report incidents, occupational injuries and serious accidents or incidents at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. These three types of events in the workplace represent an increasing degree of gravity and require different management procedures.

Introduction day for new managers in Swedish

In the beginning of November, you who are a new manager / head employed at Lund University can join a half-day introduction (in Swedish) for new managers. The introduction is held in Lund at Skissernas museum and you can read more about this in this newsletter.

Already you can register for the introduction in Kompetensportalen, and I think this is a good opportunity for you who is a new manager in our organization to get a greater understanding of your assignment as manager. So if you are a new manager at our department, please take the time to join the introduction day for new managers and register already today!

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9-13
Where: Skissernas museum, Finngatan 2, 223 62 Lund
Registration no later than: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
You have to sign up for the introduction day for new managers in Kompetensportalen no later than 9 October.

Seminar in May about Artificial Intelligence

I would like to take the opportunity to thank our colleagues from our and other departments who organized and performed the Artificial Intelligence (AI) workshop May 20th in Lund, where the different possibilities of AI in the health care were highlighted, for example in the future patient folder system Skånes Digitala Vårdsystem (SDV) and other applications in imaging. We will organize a new workshop in Malmö in the beginning of October focusing on ethics and legal aspects. Please, keep your eyes open for the advertising of the workshop.

Our website has a new address

I would like to stress that the faculty has a new URL (website address) for external users from June 10th – please check the link www.medicin.lu.se (in Swedish) and www.medicine.lu.se (in English). The website Intramed for internal users is still the same: www.med.lu.se/intramed

Please, see also below the different important information points concerning our department and faculty. 

Finally, I wish you all a most pleasant and relaxing summer!

Lars, Head of the Department


Upcoming meetings for the board and PI’s

This autumn's departmental board meeting with the board of the Department of Translational Medicine takes place on September 24 and on December 10, 2019.

The date of the autumn's meetings for PI’s (breakfast and afternoon) is not yet established – information about meeting times will come later. 


The Departmental Office this summer

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Shortly we will all probably be departing to enjoy our summer holidays. Therefore, we would ask that if you have any pressing administrative business with the Department's leadership or office that you raise the matters immediately.

The Departmental Office will not be open the full summer and the staffing level will sometimes be very limited. Please note that there will be no financial administrator or HR coordinator working during the period 15 July – 2 August. 

Urgent matters

In case of very important urgent matters please contact Acting Administrative Manager Henrik Steen: henrik.steen@med.lu.se or 040–39 10 48.

Contact: henrik.steen@med.lu.se


Information from the Departmental Office

New procedure for reporting incidents, occupational injuries and serious accidents or incidents

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The faculty have a new procedure that describes how to report incidents, occupational injuries and serious accidents or incidents at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. These three types of events in the workplace represent an increasing degree of gravity and require different management procedures.

New routines for benefits for healthcare, medical care and medicines

As of July 1, it is the HR section at Lund University that will endorse all matters concerning compensation for healthcare, medical care and pharmaceuticals. This means that you who are employed, after you have reported in Primula, will always send the documentation to the section HR instead of to your examiner at your institution / unit.

The reason is to relieve the auditors of the business because their workload has increased in connection with the transition to the State Service Center (SSC).

From July 1, you send your subject, together with the original receipt, with internal mail to the HR, HS 31 section and mark the internal mail with "Review".

Introduction day for new managers in Swedish

This autumn, Wednesday, November 6, you who are a new manager / head employed at Lund University can join a half-day introduction (in Swedish) for new managers at Skissernas Museum in Lund. The assignments as manager and leader differ depending on where in the organization / operation / business one is, but there are also university-wide expectations for a managerial assignment.

Being a manager at Lund University means that you have an important assignment in your three roles as an employer, leader and manager. Good leadership plays a major role in the university's opportunities for success in research and education.

During the day you will have the opportunity to hear more about what the executive role at Lund University means, Lund University's assignment and how some managers at the university experience their assignment.

You also get the opportunity to network with other managers at the university.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9-13
Where: Skissernas museum, Finngatan 2, 223 62 Lund
Registration no later than: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

You have to sign up for the introduction day for new managers in Kompetensportalen no later than 9 October.

Reminder of workshop in the fall about discrimination and harassment 

The workshop on abusive special treatment and harassment addresses concept definitions, outlines the rights and obligations of the employer and the employee, and gives a couple of examples of how we as employers can work with preventive measures. It also provides knowledge about the written management support that exists for dealing with offensive discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment.

The target group for the workshop is managers with responsibility for staff.

The workshop is given on two occasions:

  • Wednesday November 13 at 10–12 AM
  • Wednesday 11 December at 10–12 AM

You register your participation for the workshop offensive treatment and harassment in Kompetensportalen.

Contact persons: Anna Sjösten och Lena Lindell, section HR

Do you need help?


For evaluating research quality – Make sure your to register ypur publications in LUCRIS!

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As a part om the research quality evaluation at Lund University, RQ20, all researchers are asked to make sure their publications are registered in LUCRIS. Deadline: 1 July 019.

RQ20 is the new major research quality evaluation at Lund University (blogg for RQ20). One part of RQ20 is bibliometric analyses of the research outputs during 2014-2018. Consequently, it is very important that the researchers ensure that publications resulting from their work at Lund University and published during the period 2014-2018 are entered in LUCRIS. All types of publications should be added, including conference articles in proceedings. Publications from previous positions are not counted.

All researchers have to be finished with this task no later than July 1st.

Delayed visibility of new publication records in LUCRIS

Due to increased RQ20 work load it will take longer time than usual for the library to validate the records you have registered in LUCRIS. It can take several weeks before they become visible in the research portal. Still, the library will validate all publications relevant for RQ20 by August 23rd at the latest. 


Välkomstdag för nya medarbetare 2 oktober – på svenska

Alla nyanställda på Lunds universitet är inbjudna till Välkomstdagen för nya medarbetare onsdagen den 2 oktober. Under dagen presenteras universitetets olika delar – vision, organisation och aktiviteter.

Welcome day for new employees October 16th – in English 

All new employees at Lund University are invited to the Welcome Day for new employees on Wednesday October 16th. Here, the University will be presented – vision, organization and activities.


Online course for employees about GDPR

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An online GDPR course is now available. Produced by Chalmers and KTH among others, the course is complemented with comments from Lund University’s data protection officer. It consists of short videos in which each section is a few minutes long and provides answers to questions such as: What is personal data and how may we process it? How is personal data processed within research, education and administration, and who has ultimate responsibility? The course is intended for everyone at the University.


Artificial Intelligence – focus area for Translational Medicine

Bilden visar Lars Dahlin klädd i rutig skjorta och med glasögon i pannan.
– AI är institutionens strategiska utvecklingsområde, och jag tycker att uppdraget är mycket intressant men samtidigt en enorm utmaning. AI är väldigt brett och inom universitetet såväl som vid andra lärosäten pågår en enorm forskningsaktivitet som på olika sätt försöker belysa både nyttan och riskerna, säger Lars Dahlin, prefekt vid institutionen för translationell medicin. Foto: Tove Gilvad

The development of artificial intelligence, AI, is moving at a rapid pace and benefiting many industries and large parts of society. But when it comes to AI in healthcare, many Swedes are skeptical. On May 20, a seminar was held in Lund, where questions about AI, machine learning and future research opportunities with the Skåne digital care system (SDV) were discussed.

AI is the department of translational medicine's strategic development area. Head of Department Lars Dahlin, together with colleagues, was behind the arrangement that was held on 20 May in Fernströmsalen at the Faculty of Medicine. The seminar discussed risks and also the many opportunities that AI can offer in research and healthcare. The importance of collaboration between the healthcare sector, Region Skåne, and the research within the academy, will be important for the results the patient will benefit from.

– In the field of research and healthcare, we need to work safely and structured with AI and in the optimum way be able to handle large amounts of data. There are some ethical and legal challenges that we must solve in order to safely use it. We are several researchers from the department of translational medicine who together with people from different parts of the faculty have formed a working group to be able to work further with AI from different perspectives. For our part, we have the opportunity to have a transnational focus within the department. Therefore, we also choose to relate AI and its challenges to our nearest user, that is, the healthcare system, says Lars Dahlin, head of department at the Department of Translational Medicine.


The Wallenberg Laboratory in Malmö turns 25 years old

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Tuesday, June 11, the Wallenberg Laboratory, the advanced research laboratory, was celebrated in the hospital area in Malmö since 1994. Researchers working at Lund University's medical faculty and Skåne's university hospital in Malmö have since the beginning shared premises in the high-rise house which in 1996 received the City of Malmö City Building Prize.

Around 30 guests gathered on Tuesday afternoon on June 11 to celebrate a relatively vibrant 25-year-old with trumpets, cake and speech. The medical faculty dean Erik Renström was in place, as were the two professors in clinical chemistry, Björn Dahlbäck and Johan Stenflo, who have since the beginning been working in the Wallenberg Laboratory.


The faculty has a new website and web address

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The external website of the medical faculty and the institutions now has a new URL, so-called URL. Monday, June 10, 2019, the address www.med.lu.se was replaced by www.medicin.lu.se, and for the English pages the address www.medicine.lu.se.

Therefore, be sure to update with the faculty's new URL if you have any information material, e-mail signature etc. where you use the previous URL. The faculty's old web address www.med.lu.se now points to the visitor to the new URL.
On June 10, we also switched publishing tools from Ez-publish to Lund University's joint web solution Drupal. For our visitors, the difference is not that great. The website looks pretty much the same as before. New is that Library & ICT moved into the website instead of having previously had its own website. The faculty's internal web pages at Intramed are not currently affected by these changes, but remain in eZ-Publish until further notice.
Your e-mail address is not affected at all by the address change, but the principle with firstname.lastname@med.lu.se still applies.


Have you earned your readership degree? Apply for the new leadership programme PREP!

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PREP – Peer support and career development towards professorship – is the career support and leadership programme at the Faculty of Medicine for those who have earned their readership degree (docentur) and aim for becoming a senior lecturer or professor. The programme starts in September 2019 and ends in April 2020, and includes eight full day sessions. Deadline for applications is June 30th 2019.

I encourage you that have an interest to apply for this leadership programme, and if you are a PI, please encourage the ones you think is a good candidate for PREP.


Watch Anders Bjartell in video from ASCO 2019

Earlier in June Professor Anders Bjartell participated at ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) 2019. You can watch a video interview with him talking about hormone therapy in prostate cancer.


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Low risk of birth defects in children of fathers treated for testicular cancer

In a new directory study from Lund University, the researchers studied 4,207 children of 2,380 fathers treated for testicular cancer. The results of the study, which are published in PLOS Medicine, show that the cancer treatment itself does not entail an increased risk of having children with birth defects. 
It is well known that treatment with medical radiation and chemotherapy (chemotherapy) can affect male fertility. Studies show that radiation and cytostatics can cause DNA mutations, even in the DNA of the sperm. But does this increase the risk of congenital malformations in children born after fetal cancer treatment?
- Many men who just get testicular cancer are concerned about how the treatment with chemotherapy and radiation may affect their future children's health, says Yahia Al-Jebari, doctoral student at reproductive medicine at Lund University.


Grants and scholarships

Keep yourself updated with information about different grants and scholarships that you can apply for from the faculty and elsewhere.


Awards and career

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Anna Blom, Institutionen för translationell medicin. Foto: Tove Smeds

Johan Tham, Clinical infection medicine, has been appointed Senior lecturer, Reader (unsalaried).

Malin Zimmerman, has been awarded with a grant from Oscar II foundation for her project The Diabetic nerv. Studies on Outcome after Open Carpral Tunnel Release and Development of the Autonomic Neuropathy. 

Kristian Riesbeck, has been appointed to Wallenberg Clinical Scholar and awarded with the valuable grant from Wallenberg Clinical Scholars.

Anna Blom, appointed to Wallenberg Scholar.

Anders Bjartell, was earlier this spring awarded with Dominique Chopin Distinguished Award.


Doctoral dissertations


Tips are welcome! Dissemination and communication

Do you have information you want to share with your colleagues, research results to be disseminated, news tips or plans for a web site regarding your project and so on?

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Please let me know. I can give advice and assist you. 

I also welcome comments on this newsletter and ideas about how it further can be developed.

Contact: 

Tove Gilvad, Communications Officer, +46 722‑49 95 62, tove.gilvad@med.lu.se 

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