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Newsletter Translational Medicine 4/2017

13 December, 2017

Dear colleagues,

The autumn has come to an end and it is now only a few days left before Christmas.

Besides everything that has to be finished before we enter 2018 it is now also my very last days as Head of the Department. After six years on the position in this last round, it is time to prepare for our new management under the supervision of Professor Lars Dahlin.

Tommy Andersson

Before I leave - my sincerest thank you to the management, all teachers, researchers and other staff at the Department. I also wish Lars good luck on his new position as Head of the Department. Myself I will still be as active as before in teaching and research. And I am looking forward to keep on meeting you in the future, in the corridors and seminar rooms.

Do not miss information in this newsletter about, among other things, new upcoming EU regulations for personal data and the opening hours for our Departmental Office during Christmas.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tommy Andersson
Head of the Department

Upcoming board meeting

This year’s last board meeting will be held on 20 December.

Lars Dahlin new Head of the Department

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At the turn of the year Tommy Andersson, Professor in Experimental Pathology, will leave the position as Head of the Department. This after being elected twice by the Board and after in total six years on the position.

Lars Dahlin will, from 1 January 2018, be new Head of the Department. Lars Dahlin is Professor at the Department’s research unit for Hand Surgery. He is also Pro-Dean at the Faculty of Medicine, and this mandate ends on 31 December 2017.

Lars Dahlin enters the position in accordance with the Nominating Committee’s proposal and a subsequent decision by the Board.

The Departmental Office - limited access during Christmas

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Please note that the Departmental Office will be closed 23 December 2017 – 2 January 2018, and that our HR Coordinator will not be back until 8 January 2018.

Contact the Departmental Office as soon as possible if you have, or if you expect, issues which need to be solved before the turn of the year. Documents to be signed by the Head of Department must be handed in before Christmas. During the holidays signing will only be possible in urgent/exceptional cases.

Final date for invoices, contracts and donation letters

Monday 8 January 2018 will be the final date to approve supplier’s invoices in Lupin if they shall be posted in 2017. Please note that 8 January is the first working day after the Christmas holidays. The Departmental Office appreciates if you, if possible, dispatch your invoices already before Christmas.

Please also note that contracts and donation letters concerning new funding shall be forwarded to your financial administrator immediately.

New regulations for personal data in Sweden


The Swedish personal data law (PUL) will on 25 May 2018 be replaced by a new European (EU) regulation. 

The EU regulation coincides in many parts with PUL, but will in some parts demand a stricter management of personal data. The changes will, among other things, lead to higher demands on the documentation and set rules for how to obtain and store personal approvals of registration.

The Swedish Ethical Review Act (Etikprövningslagen) will probably remain as a functioning protective measure when considering how to treat sensitive data.

“Treatment of personal data at Lund University” is a project launched in order pave the way for the introduction of the new EU regulation. The project will contribute with knowledge and information, but the responsibility for the personal data treatment still will follow the organization of the university.

LU staff will get more information in advance of the launch on 25 May 2018.

Project contact: Jonas Wisbrant, communications officer, +46 46 222 34 83,

Regional centre with focus on urological cancer

Porträttfoto av Fredrik Liedberg. Foto: Björn Martinsson

The Faculty of Medicine and Region Skåne have approved the establishment of a new, regional centre for further development of research and health care within the field of urological cancers – UroCan-LU. Associate Professor Fredrik Liedberg has been appointed Research Manager. His research team will together with those of Professor Anders Bjartell and Associate Professor Martin Johansson play an important role. Further reading on the topic to be published in 2018.

Contact: or

Presentation Africa seminar 21 nov 2017

Exam works, doctoral and senior research projects, professional education.
All this is part of the Faculty's engagement in Africa.

Africa - new perspectives on medicine and health

What is state of play in the Faculty of Medicine’s many research projects in African countries?

In 2013 the Faculty initiated a rise in the level of research activities in African countries.  On 21 November 2017 it was an opportunity to learn more about this, and to find inspiration for upcoming exam works or projects on a doctoral or a senior level.

24 projects were presented by students, Ph.D:s and senior researchers from all six departments. Hand surgery, reproductive/sexual health, Malaria and HIV are some examples of the many topics covered. 

Examples of new initiatives included a brand new doctoral course in global health (1,5 credits). And in order to further promote collaboration with universities and other players in African countries there is now also a network including organisations in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Also contract teaching (ITP programmes) was highlighted. The ITP programmes attract participants from several African countries.



Presentation Africa seminar 21 November 2017

Nwe opportunities - Professor Patrik Medstrand promoted a network which
includes several African countries. 

Good research practice – links

As announced in previous edition of this newsletter the good research practice publication from The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) recently was updated. Now it has been translated into English.

Please see below also links to ALLEA’s “The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity”, 2017, and the Vancouver recommendations published by ICJME.

New rule will cut the maximum number of accumulated vacation days

The possibility to save vacation days from one year to another will be reduced. With start in 2018 it will only be possible to have in total 30 unused days saved on your vacation account. This compared with today’s 35 days.

If you enter 2018 with more than 30 saved vacation days there will be a five year-respite to use up extra days (at latest 31 December 2022).


Salary-setting appraisal

Symbol för dialog - två pratbubblor

For employees who are members of Saco-S, salary-setting appraisals will be applied as of the 2018 salary review.

Before the salary review, employees in the group mentioned above will be summoned to a salary-setting appraisal by their manager. The salary-setting appraisal is not a negotiation, but is based primarily on a dialogue about and evaluation of what you and your manager agreed upon in your staff appraisal. Your manager then tells you what salary you will get.

In order to achieve the best preconditions to apply this concept staff appraisals should be carried out already in the beginning of 2018 – preferably in January.

Research group leaders and/or other in managing position to carry out salary-setting appraisals first must attend a course to be held on various occasions during spring 2018 (and possibly also on the web). Make your notice of interest in LU’s professional development portal, Kompetensportalen:

For employees who are members of OFR and SECO the salary review will follow the same procedure as before. Employees who are not members of any employee organisation can also be offered salary-setting appraisals. Your manager decides to what extent.

More information: Your manager or HR Coordinator Ulrika af Sillén,

Harassment and sexual harassment


There is an ongoing public debate about harassment and sexual harassment following the #metoo initiative. Information about LU’s policy and how the University deals with this issue is available on the Staff Pages.

Open ERC Calls

Call – The John och Augusta Persson Foundation

The John och Augusta Persson Foundation (John och Augusta Perssons Stiftelse) provides travel grants within the fields of translational and clinical cancer research, preferably to junior researchers.

Applications shall be submitted and received by the Foundation no later than 1 February 2018. For further details please visit the Faculty´s webpage for external grants.

Swedish Research Council - Nomination of review panel members

The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health within the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) welcomes nominations to the 2018 review panels.

The nominated candidate should be an established and senior researcher within the research community. He or she does not need to be based in Sweden. Review panel members are appointed for three years.

The nomination survey is open until December 15, 2017.

Reminder – electronical 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 our eLD system called ‘E-plikta’.

Subjects to eLD shall be uploaded within three months after publication – this is a reminder if you have forgotten.

Electronic legal deposit means submitting digital copies of digital publications published on our websites directed to the public. It does not cover digital publications directed at employees or admitted students. Research publications are not to be uploaded in ‘E-plikta’, since these are uploaded automatically. Please follow the link below to read more about publications at Lund University that are subject to eLD.

Please contact our Department’s Communications Officer, Björn Martinsson, for further information and upload assistance: +46 40 39 10 60,

Awards and career

Anja Almén, medical radiation physics, is now an Associate Professor (unsalaried).

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Aldana Rosso

Aldana Rosso, diagnostic radiology, is now an Associate Professor (unsalaried).

Congratulations to researchers with new funding from The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and The Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden).

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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