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Newsletter Translational Medicine 3/2017

2 October, 2017

Dear colleagues,


I hope you all have had a nice and relaxing summer.

It is now time to welcome our new administrative manager at the Department, Owe Wybrands. In this letter you have the opportunity to get a brief introduction to Owe.

Porträttfoto av Tommy Andersson. Foto: Björn Martinsson

I am looking forward to a busy and eventful autumn, hoping your efforts in research and teaching will be fruitful. This autumn there will also, as you know, be an election for a new faculty dean. And at three departments, including Translational Medicine, there will be new leadership next year.

Best regards

Tommy Andersson
Head of Department

Upcoming board meeting

This autumn’s first board meeting was held on 29 September. Minutes will be published on the Deaprtment's web site. Date and time for next meeting is yet not fixed.

New head of the department

By the end of 2017 professor Tommy Andersson’s mandate as head of the department ends. Since his mandate has been renewed once, there must be a new nominee for the position. The nominating committee started its work this spring, in order to secure there will be a qualified candidate who is willing to take over in January 2018.

The nominating committee’s proposal is to appoint professor Lars Dahlin as the new head of the department (if he is still available after the ongoing election for a new faculty dean). The nominating committee’s proposal has been presented and approved by the board.

This autumn new head of department is also to be nominated at The Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö and at The Department of Experimental Medical Science.

Welcome to…

Portrait photo of Owe Wybrands. Photographer: Björn Martinsson

…Owe Wybrands, entering the position as administrative manager/head of the Departmental Office on 2 October 2017.

 Which are your previous job experiences?
- For the last three years I have been administrative manager at the Municipality of Simrishamn in Skåne. This position included, among other things, responsibility for the municipality’s comprehensive budget and the budget process.

- Earlier in my career I have worked at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö. I was then responsible for financial issues at the clinics for memory diseases and vascular diseases.

On your new position, which will be your main focus?
- I have advanced skills both in economics and IT which I in my former managing positions combined in order to develop the administrative processes and promote collaboration. I want to continue on this way at The Department of Translational Medicine. I hope that we together can find ways to a more efficient and proactive administration, both at the Department as a whole and within the Departmental Office.

Could you develop your thoughts further?
- The question is: How can we provide good quality in administration combined with a reasonable work burden for both the departmental staff and the research groups? It is a challenge!

- My idea is to save time and minimize stress by developing mutual and standardized working processes. My task will be to provide fast and efficient service together with the staff at the Departmental Office.

You will work at a global top 100-university – any thoughts about this?
- It is very exciting. I have already got in touch with the University during my work at The Skåne University Hospital and I am now looking forward to be a part of the Department and the University.

Owe Wybrands replaces Catrine Werder who resigned in April 2017. Owe has the overall responsibility for financial issues and is responsible for the Department’s main cost centers. He will also provide support in financial issues to: Clinical Microbiology/Riesbeck, Clinical Physiology/Wollmer, Nuclear Medicine/Trägårdh, Urothelial Cancer/Liedberg and Clinical Pathology/Johansson.

Attend to the Life science infrastructure fair and seminar on 3 October!

Vinjettbild infrastrukturmässa 3 okt

Want to sharpen your research and reach further? This fair is for all researchers who want to know more about the excellent life science infrastructure that Lund University provides. And how it can be an important tool in your research.

More than 20 infrastructures will present how they can support life science research. The presentations will be based on four different cases: diabetes, immunology, cancer and neuro science.

Malmö: 3rd of October 14-17, The Agardh Lecture Hall (The CRC aula)

It is still possible to participate - even though the registration deadline is passed.

Questions - Anna Mansfeld

Good research practice - updated version

Good research practice is a publication from The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) which recently was updated (the previous version was released in 2011).  The revised version incorporates new laws and regulations.

In the publication laws and ethical demands/recommendations is discussed, in a research context. The publication is directed towards researchers, and not at least those who are in the beginning of their career.

An English version is to be expected within a few weeks.

Tal vid invigningsceremoni Agardhsalen. Foto: Björn Martinsson

The CRC lecture hall named after Carl-David Agardh

The memory of late professor Carl-David Agardh, prominent diabetes researcher at Lund University and Clinical Research Centre (CRC), is now honored by giving the CRC lecture hall his name.

On 14 September 2017 the lecture hall was renamed and will onwards be entitled The Agardh lecture hall. The very same day a name giving ceremony was arranged, including short speeches by the Faculty’s dean Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, the chairman of the CRC board Jan Nilsson and the Skåne University Hospital’s head of research, Ingemar Petersson.

A special invitation was directed to the family of Carl-David Agardh.

Carl-David Agardh passed away in 2013. He was a nationally and internationally recognized diabetes researcher and also a driving force in the planning and establishment of the Clinical Research Centre, opened in 2006.

Familjen Agardh. Foto: Björn Martinsson

Carl-David Agardh’s family attended the name giving ceremony at CRC. From left: Daniel, Anna, Elisabet, Emilie and Fredrik in front of the portrait photo of Carl-David Agardh which was unveiled during the ceremony.

LUCRIS förstasida Molecular genetic reproductive medicine

Nearly all our groups promoted in LUCRIS

This summer’s effort to complete the update of our research groups’ front pages in LUCRIS has been rather successful. Only two groups are now left, then all groups will have a brief introduction text and illustration. Among our PI’s there are a few left who need to update their personal profile.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of web visitors are finding their way to LUCRIS. The web portal now has about 2 000 visitors/day of which 40 percent are visitors with Internet connections from abroad.

Doctoral student/junior researcher at the Department? You are also welcome to update your profile, but first you shall check with and get a clarification from the head of your research group.

If you have any questions about LUCRIS please contact the Department’s communications officer, Björn Martinsson, +46 40 39 10 60,

Equality at the Faculty - new statistics

Recently the Faculty presented updated statistics about equality. The new figures are from January 2017 and this makes it possible to get an overview of 2016.

A bright spot in the statistics is last year’s recruitment of professors at the Faculty (in total) which was gender equal – seven women and seven men.

Nevertheless, as a whole the statistics show that there is still a lot to do before the Faculty is an equal working place. Looking overall, none of the Faculty’s department is today gender equal. At The Department of Translational Medicine female professors amount to 24 percent.

Open and upcoming calls

ERC Starting Grant, deadline: 17 October
ERC Synergy Grant, deadline: 14 November
ERC Proof of Concept, deadline: 16 January

The Swedish Society for Medical Research (Svenska sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning, SSMF) will on 15 October open a call for proposals within the category postdoctoral scholarships. The call will close on 15 November.

The national strategic research area BioCARE has opened three calls designated for cancer research at Lund University:
• Clinical Trial Call - Step 1 (12 months)
• Infrastructure Call (up to 24 months)
• PhD Call (up to 24 months)
Deadline to submit applications is on 31 October 2017.

The Pufendorf IAS invites researchers to apply for a “theme” to start in the autumn of 2018. Provided that sufficient funding is granted, the aim of the Institute is to approve three themes for the 2018–2019 period. Deadline for the application is 8 January 2018.
The maximum amount that can be applied for is SEK 1 800 000. The project may not run for longer than eight months, which must be consecutive.

New recognition survey - Lund University still in top

Which of the Swedish universities is the most well-recognized? According to a new survey from the Swedish opinion institute Kantar Sifo Lund University got a stable 3rd position (after Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology). Karolinska Institutet, Sweden’s most famous medical university, is still suffering from bad publicity (following the Macchiarini-affair) and drops to the 17th position this year.

Lund University also strengthens its profile and image in the media. According to the survey LU is the most visible university in Swedish media, getting a growing part of the total space in national media.

More info:

Medical Microbiology leaving the Department

Senior Lecturer Gabriela Godaly and her research group Medical Microbiology has this summer been transferred to The Department of Laboratory Medicine in Lund.

Doctoral dissertations

20 Oct, Natalia Mochalina (clinical medicine/cardiovascular research) “Antiarrhythmic and anticoagulant agents for atrial fibrillation.“ Supervisor: professor Peter Svensson

3 Nov, Anton Reepalu (clinical medicine/infectious diseases) “Antiretroviral treatment at Ethiopian health centers” Supervisor: professor Per Björkman

10 Nov, Magdalena Bentmar Holgersson (clinical medicine/reproduction) ”Androgenic impact on prostate cancer risk” Supervisor: ass. professor Yvonne Lundberg Giwercman

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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