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New method reveals how proteins stabilize the cell surface

Cell Biology To withstand external mechanical stress and handle trafficking of various substances, a cell needs to adjust its surrounding membrane. This is done through small indentations on the cell surface called caveolae. In order to stabilize its membrane, cells use the protein EHD2, which can be turned on and off to alternate between an inactive closed form and an active open form. The discovery, made by Umeå University researchers and colleagues, was recently published in the journal PNAS.

Negative health impact of economic recession unevenly distributed in Spain

Negative health impact of economic recession unevenly distributed in Spain

Public Health A study carried out in Andalusia, Southern Spain, following the 2007/2008 economic recession detected increasing inequalities in male mortality rates. Men with lower educational levels saw an increase in mortality compared to men with university level education. In addition, 5,000 additional suicide attempts were registered among middle aged men and women between 2008 and 2012. High unemployment and financial strain played a key role in these findings, according to a doctoral dissertation at Umeå University.

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Buddy Programme.International students give Umeå University top marks in the 2016 International Student Barometer.

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Arctic research at Umeå University

The Arctic is at the focal point at the moment. At Umeå University, research is conducted on climate and the environment, but also on what life in the North involves – and how it is likely to change in the future. This film shows a selection of our researchers and our wide range of Arctic research.