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Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine

The purpose of Excellence Seminar Series is to provide a link between researchers across the Faculty of Medicine, to and between other relevant Faculties and researchers in the region, to provide a meeting place and a forum for the researchers to gather around.

We are very honored to present brilliant researchers!


Upcoming 28 February 2019: 

Excellence seminar with Prof. William Kaelin, Harvard University

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William Kaelin

Dr. Kaelin, Professor, the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director, Basic Science, for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, will hold an open seminar:

Title: "The von Hippel-Lindau Tumor Suppressor: Insights into Oxygen Sensing and Cancer"

When and where: 28 February 2019, at 15.00 in Fernströmsalen, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund.

Professor Kaelin is a 2016 recipient, together with Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza, of the 2016 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research "For the discovery of the pathway by which cells from humans and most animals sense and adapt to changes in oxygen availability – a process essential for survival".
He also has won the 2016 ASCO Science of Oncology Award, and 2016 AACR Princess Takamatsu Award.

Host: Mattias Belting, Professor of Oncology, Senior Consultant of Oncology, Oncology and Pathology, Kamprad Lab, Lund University and Skane University Hospital


Excellence seminar with Peter Carmeliet 6/3 2018

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Peter Carmeliet

Peter Carmeliet, MD, PhD, Laboratory of Angiogenesis and Vascular Metabolism, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology (CCB), Department of Oncology KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, will hold an open seminar:

"Angiogenesis Revisited: Role and (therapeutic) Implications of Endothelial Metabolism"

When and where: 6th March 2018, at 15.00 in Fernströmsalen, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund.


Excellence seminar with Thomas Südhof 11/12, 2017

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Thomas Südhof

Prof. Thomas Südhof, neuroscientist, MD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford School of Medicine will, hold an open seminar:

“Towards a molecular deconvolution of synapses: The role of neurexins”

When and where: December 11th 2017, at 13.00 in GK-salen, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund.

James E Rothman, Randy W Schekman and Thomas C Südhof was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 "for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”


Excellence seminar with Siamon Gordon 1/6, 2017

On June 1st 2017, the eleventh seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series

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Siamon Gordon

Siamon Gordon, an outstanding scientist and noted for his work on the phenotypic and functional diversity of macrophages. He began his studies on macrophages while in the laboratory of Zanvil Cohn at Rockefeller University in 1966. After moving to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at University of Oxford in 1976 he continued this work and identified the pan-macrophage marker F4/80 and scavenger receptors. He also discovered the pattern recognition receptor, Dectin-1 that recognizes fungal pathogens.

 Prof. Siamon Gordon will hold an open seminar on the title:
"The Versatile Macrophage: Tissue Heterogeneity and Function."

 Introduction by Associate Professor Jacob Donnér.

When and where: June 1, 2017, at 15.00-16.30 in Fernströmsalen, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund

The seminar is open and everyone is welcome!

Host: Professor Arne Egesten, Arne.Egesten@med.lu.se


Excellence seminar with Nobel Prize Laureate Harald zur Hausen

On May 20th 2015, The Faculty of Medicine gives the tenth seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series and we are honoured to present Nobel Prize Laureate Harald zur Hausen

Prof., Dr. Harlad zur Hausen, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), was awarded the The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008 for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer.
 Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen gave an open seminar on the title:
 “Dairy cattle serum and milk factors as risks for colon and breast cancers and for a neurological disease”

Host: Professor Arne Egesten, Arne.Egesten@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar Nobel Prize Laureate Peter C. Agre 

On October 9th 2014 -  the ninth seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

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 Peter C. Agre, professor, and molecular biologist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (which he shared with Roderick MacKinnon) for his discovery of the long-sought "channels" - aquaporins - that regulate and facilitate water molecule transport through cell membranes, a process essential to all living organisms.

Professor Agre gave an open seminar on the title:
“Aquaporin Water Channels: from Atomic Structure to Malaria”.

Host: Professor Heiko Herwald, Heiko.Herwald@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar with Pierre Chambon

On May 23rd 2014 - the eighth seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

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Professor Chambon gave an open seminar on the title:

Title: "Are improved "dissociated" glucocorticoids in sight?"

Pierre Chambon is Professor at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS), Honorary Professor at the Collège de France, Paris, and Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Strasbourg . He is the founder and former Director of the Institute for Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology, IGBMC, and the founder and former Director of the Institut Clinique de la Souris, ICS/MCI,  in Strasbourg, France.

Host: Professor Fredrik Leeb-Lundberg, fredrik.leeb-lundberg@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar Nobel Prize Laureate Ada E. Yonath

On September 6th 2013 - the seventh seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

Professor Yonath gave an open seminar on the title:
"Life: expectancy & origin"

Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, was awarded the The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.

Introduction by Professor Salam Al-Karadaghi.

Host: Professor Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt, Madeleine.Durbeej-Hjalt@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar with Nobel Prize Laureate Peter C. Doherty

On February 7th 2013 - the sixth seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

Professor Peter C. Doherty gave an open seminar on the title
“The Killer Defense”

Peter C. Doherty, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, was awarded the The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1996 jointly with Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Switzerland, “for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell mediated immune defense”.

Introduction by Hans-Olov Sjögren, Professor emeritus of tumor immunology.

Host: Professor Arne Egesten, Arne.Egesten@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar Nobel Prize Laureate Martin Chalfie

On October 2nd 2012 - The fifth seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

Professor Martin Chalfie gave an open seminar on the title:
"GFP: Lighting Up Life"

Martin Chalfie is scientist within the field of neurobiology and Professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, USA. Together with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien, Professor Chalfie recieved the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The prize was awarded for the discovery and development of the green flourescent protein GFP.

Introduction by Professor Stefan Baumgartner, Lund University Faculty of Medicine.

Host: Professor Heiko Herwald, Heiko.Herwald@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar with Nobel Laureate Mario Capecci

On April 12th 2012 - The fourth seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

Professor Mario Capecci gave an open seminar on the title:
"Gene Targeting into the 21st Century: Mouse Models of Human Disease from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders."

Mario Capecchi is an molecular geneticist and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies, for discovering a method to create mice in which a specific gene is turned off, known as knockout mice.

 Introduction by Dr. Cord Brakebusch, Copenhagen University

Host: Professor Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt, Madeleine.Durbeej-Hjalt@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar with Nobel Prize Laureate Aaron Ciechanover

On September 8th 2011 - The third seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

Professor Aaron Ciechanover gave an open seminar on the title:
“Why Our Proteins Have to Die so We Shall Live: The ubiquitin system for intracellular proteolysis - From Basic Mechanisms through Human Diseases and onto Drug Development”

Aaron Ciechanover received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 along with Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose. The price was awarded for the discovery they made at the beginning of the 1980s: one of the cell's most important cyclical processes, regulated protein degradation.

Aaron Ciechanover was born in 1947 in Haifa, Israel. He received his doctorate in medicine in 1975 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in biology in 1982 at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa. He is now a Distinguished Professor at the Center for Cancer and Vascular Biology, the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Research Institute, Technion, Haifa, Israel. Ciechanover is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Introduction by Professor Patrik Brundin.

Host: Professor Angela Cenci Nilsson, angela.cenci-nilsson@med.lu.se


Excellence Seminar with Nobel Prize Laureate Andrew Fire

On March 30, 2011 - The second seminar within the Excellence Seminar Series at Lund University Faculty of Medicine:

Professor Andrew Fire gave an open seminar on the title:
“The Molecular ´enemies ´ list: exploring the diverse molecular repertories we use in protecting ourselves from unwanted information”.

Andrew Fire, professor of pathology and genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. Together with Craig C. Mello, Professor Fire received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The price was awarded for the discovery of the process that can degrade mRNA in a given gene.
It is of great importance for the regulation of gene expression, participates in defense against viral infections, and keeps jumping genes under control. RNA interference is being widely used in basic science as a method to study the function of genes.

Introduction
Gerhart Wagner will give the introduction to the Fire seminar: "Tales of strange RNAs and their magic"

Gerhart Wagner, professor in prokaryotic microbiology at Uppsala RNA Research Centre – URRC, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University and has his research interest in “Regulatory RNAs in bacteria and elsewhere”.

Host: Professor William Agace, William.Agace@med.lu.se

Link to Agace research group


Excellence Seminar with Nobel Prize Laureate Tim Hunt

On September 9th 2010 - The Lund University Faculty of Medicine gave the first seminar open within the Excellence Seminar Series.

  • Professor Hans Jörnvall, Previous Secretary, Nobel Assembly and Medical Nobel Committee, Karolinska Institutet. Dept of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB), Karolinska Institutet
    Title: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Organisation, Creativity and Science 
  • Professor Tim Hunt, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine in 2001. Cancer Research UK, Clare Hall Laboratories, South Mimms, Herts, UK
    Title: The Control of Getting Into and Out of Mitosis 
  • Professor emeritus Johan Stenflo, Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Science. Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Malmö, Lund University
    Title: From vitamin K and warfarin to protein C 

Host: Professor Arne Egesten, Arne.Egesten@med.lu.se

The seminar is open to students and staff at Lund University and Region Skåne as well as other interested in excellent research.

The organization committee:
Professor Heiko Herwald
Professor Fredrik Leeb-Lundberg
Professor John W. Semple
Professor Arne Egesten
Professor Mattias Belting

Previous excellence seminars:

  • Peter Carmeliet
  • Thomas Südhof, Nobel Prize Laureate 2013
  • Siamon Gordon
  • Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize Laureate 2008
  • Peter C. Agre, Nobel Prize Laureate 2003
  • Pierre Chambon, Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 2004
  • Ada E. Yonath, Nobel Prize Laureate in 2009
  • Peter C. Doherty, Nobel Prize Laureate in 1996
  • Martin Chalfie, Nobel Prize Laureate in 2008
  • Mario Capecchi, Nobel Prize Laureate in 2007
  • Aaron Ciechanover, Nobel Prize Laureate in 2004
  • Andrew Fire, Nobel Prize Laureate in 2006
  • Tim Hunt, Prize Laureate in 2001

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