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Newsletter Translational Medicine 3/2016

21 October, 2016

Dear colleagues,


We are half way into this year’s autumn and we will soon be at the turn of a new year.

This will also be the two year-birthday for the expansion of our department. In the beginning of 2015 a number of new research group joined us and following this we also made a change of name to today’s The Department of Translational Medicine.

Tommy Andersson

I think we since then gradually have moved towards becoming one unity and that all groups together form an inspiring and successful ensemble, competitive for the future.

Now to every day-matters:  My role as a Head of the Department includes the signing of various documents. To make it manageable and efficient we have now introduced a routine for this, which you can read more about below.

In this newsletter you can also read about the possibility to apply for publication fees – even after publication.

Best regards,

Tommy Andersson
Head of Department


Upcoming board meeting

The next board meetings will be held on 31 October 2016.

Portrait photo of Ulrika af Sillén. Photo: Björn Martinsson
Welcome to…

… Ulrika af Sillén, new HR coordinator.

Ulrika’s previous experience includes a corresponding position at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund. She also has long experience from working with human resources at the University’s central management.

You are welcome to contact Ulrika regarding all matters connected with being employed at the university.

- I am looking forward to meeting you, and I trust we can perfect the Department’s HR processes and strategies, together.

Ulrika will also serve our research group leaders and administrators with relevant HR news. Look for subjects starting with “HR..” in your e-mail inbox!

Note: Ulrika af Sillén replaces our former HR coordinator Sandra Klinth who left her position a few months ago.

How to prepare and apply for docentship

Are you about to apply for docentship, or considering it as a later step in your academic career and want to know what is required for doing so?

Jill Storry and Christina Brogårdh from the docentship committee (Docenturnämnden) will talk about how to merit yourself for a docentship, and inform about the application process. The event will leave open for questions that you may have on the topic.

Date and time: 7 Nov at 3-4pm
Location: 93-11-002, CRC, Malmö

To note - ERC Calls

Information about some current calls:

  • Proof of Concept – the first of three deadlines will take place on 19 January 2017.
  • Consolidator Grant – new call opened on 20 October with deadline 9 February 2017.


Documents to be signed by the Head of Department

Due to the large amount of documents which must be signed by the Head of the Department there will onwards be set rules in order to make it run as smoothly and efficient as possible.

(These are in Swedish, contact your research group leader or Elin Gudmundson at the Departmental Office if you need help or explanations in English.)


Support for publication fees – also afterwards (valid for true open access publications)

It is possible to apply for support for 50 percent of the publications fees, also after publication. This is valid for publication fees during 2016, and only for publication in true open access journals.

Research database will be closed - update your LUCRIS profile

One of five researchers at Lund University has now updated their LUCRIS profile with personal information. If you are not among these it is wise to add your personal information now.

Following the introduction of LUCRIS the research database at the Faculty’s website will close down at 31 December 2016.

LUCRIS is Lund University’s new research information system available on the web address 

Since August 2016 LUCRIS is accessible also on for external visitors at the world wide web on the same address.


New web tool next year

During 2017 the Faculty, including all departments, will change web content management system from eZ-Publish to Drupal, which is the major web tool at Lund University.

Research groups with own web sites built in eZ-Publish will be affected. Further information will follow later this autumn or during the spring 2017.


Reminder - Electronic legal deposit

As of 1 January 2015 Lund University is obliged to submit electronic material to the National Library of Sweden, under the legal requirement of electronic legal deposit (eLD). These deposits are to be made through a designated system called ‘E-plikta’.

Which type of publications should be submitted? It must be digital publications of external, public interest. Some examples: 

  • Student recruitment material.
  • Commemorative and jubilee publications.
  • General information about the University/Department for the public such as brochures.
  • Research publications (this will be forwarded automatically, we don´t have to submit manually).​

At the web link below you will find more details about publications at Lund University that are subject to eLD.

Please forward these to our communications officer Björn Martinsson and he will help you to upload the files and documents. He can also answer your questions.

Contact: Björn Martinsson, 040-39 10 60,

Illustration bloddroppe - Forskningens Dag 2016
The Medical Science Day 2016 – Blood for life

This year’s Medical Science Day will take place on 1 November in Malmö and 2 November in Lund. There will be popular seminars and films on the theme “Blood for life – related to health and disease”. The arrangements will be held in Swedish.

Changes in the postal service at CRC

Due to rising postal costs Clinical Research Centre (CRC) has assigned new suppliers for internal and external postal service. As a consequence there will be new address details and some changes in the postal management. The changes will only affect units at CRC and the CRC Administration will contact and inform these units well in advance.


Awards and career

Christos Tsatsanis is visiting professor within the field of Molecular Reproductive Medicine from 1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017.

Ilpo Huhtaniemi, researcher, is employed at Molecular Genetic Reproductive Medicine 1 September – 31 August 2018.

Porträttbild av Caroline Bergenfelz. Foto: Björn Martinsson

Caroline Bergenfelz has got a two year-scholarship from the Swedish Society for Medical Research. This will enable her to look further into her immune defense studies in connection to pneumococci induced pneumonia.

Erik Berntorp, senior professor in coagulation medicine, who has recently received the award ”Per Morten Sandset paper of the year” for a review published in Trombosis Research.

Doctoral dissertations

27 Oct, Lubna Mehdawi (laboratory medicine/cell pathology. “Role of novel tumor suppressors in colon cancer. Mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities.” Supervisor: professor Anita Sjölander

19 Nov, Signý Vala Sveinsdóttir (clinical medicine), “Venous thromboembolism with special focus on genetic and potential acquired risk factors.” Supervisor: professor Peter J Svensson

25 Nov, Oliver Patschan (clinical medicine/urology), "Stage T1 Bladder Cancer – Aspects on Diagnosis and Treatment." Supervisor: reader Fredrik Liedberg

2 Dec, Cecilia Frej (laboratory medicine/clinical chemistry), "The apoM/S1P-complex: Its role in inflammatory vascular disease and interaction with S1P receptors." Supervisor: professor Björn Dahlbäck

3 Dec, Marianne Alanko Blomé (clinical medicine/infectious diseases), "Blood borne viruses (HIV, HBV, HCV) among participants of a Swedish needle exchange program" Supervisor: reader Anders Widell

15 Dec, Ünal Ören (public health/medical radiation physics), “Applications of radiation detectors intended for clinical radiology and nuclear medicine within nuclear and radiological emergencies.” Supervisor: professor Christopher Rääf

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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