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Forest and watercourse interplay important for restorations

2016-08-24
Humans utilise forests and watercourses in a way that depletes ecosystem habitats, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Many areas are restored to break the trend, but to succeed you need to consider not only the ecosystem in mind, but also surrounding ecosystems. This according to researchers in Um...

Vertex: Orientation course welcomes international students

2016-08-24
This week around 600 international students arrived at Umeå University where they have been introduced to Umeå and Umeå University through the Orientation Course. Read what the student magazine Vertex has to say about this year's welcoming.

Radical treatment and thorough examination can halve mortality from prostate cancer

2016-08-08
Men with very high-risk prostate cancer, who are treated at hospitals with a high proportion of administered radical local treatment (radiotherapy or prostatectomy), only have half of the mortality risk of men who are treated at hospitals with the lowest proportion. This is according to a new study ...

Underestimated algae production on shallow bottoms

2016-08-08
Algae are responsible for a large part of the production of organic matter in the sea and their importance for the northern Baltic Sea has so far been underestimated, according to a study conducted by the research programme EcoChange at Umeå University.

How proteins control gene expression by binding both DNA and RNA

2016-08-04
Proteins that bind DNA or RNA are usually put in different categories, but researchers at Umeå University in Sweden and Inserm in France recently showed how the p53 protein has the capacity to bind both and how this controls gene expression on the levels of both transcription (RNA synthesis) and mRN...

Higher BMI not associated with increased risk of heart attack or death

2016-08-01
A study of 4,046 genetically identical twin pairs with different amounts of body fat shows that twin siblings with a higher Body Mass Index, as a measure of obesity, do not have an increased risk of heart attack or mortality. The study, conducted by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden, also sho...

Active student ­participation — but increased ­competition

2016-08-01
Last autumn, students Ida Stjernström and Marcus Smedsén ­travelled to Singapore on exchange studies to Nanyang Business School — one of Asia’s leading universities — which has invested strongly in active learning platforms and flexible classrooms.

Reactive oxygen species – fuelling or putting the brakes on inflammation?

2016-07-13
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as peroxides and superoxides are important signalling molecules in an organism’s regulation of metabolism and inflammation. Accumulation of ROS have been linked to neurodegeneration and cancer. Researchers at Umeå University and Hospital of Halland in Sweden now re...

Familiar history is an important factor for prostate cancer

2016-07-11
For the first time, researchers at Umeå University and Lund University have estimated the risk of developing various types of prostate cancer for men with the disease in the family. Men with brothers who have had prostate cancer run twice as high a risk of being diagnosed themselves in comparison to...

Summer at Bildmuseet

2016-07-08
Life and death, blooming and withering, attraction and loathe. The best day in a poetic interplay between image and text. This summer’s two exhibitions at Bildmuseet cover our cultural impressions and changing existence.

Åsa Gunnarsson awarded for prominent gender research

2016-07-07
The Görel Bohlin Award for prominent gender research is presented to Umeå University lecturers or researchers who have made important scientific achievements in gender studies. The 2016 award goes to Åsa Gunnarsson, professor in Law at the Forum for Studies on Law and Society.

How the bacterial protective shell is adapted to challenging environments

2016-07-07
Researchers at Umeå University have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The study reveals novel bacterial defence mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become resistant to antibiotics.

Invasive waterflea can change ecosystems in the Bothnian Bay

2016-07-06
The highly bioinvasive water flea, Cercopagis pengoi, has spread from the Caspian Sea to greater parts of the Baltic Sea. In the Bothnian Bay, it seems to meet a barrier in the area between the Bothnian Sea and the Bothnian Bay. Climate change can lead to the barrier of northward spreading is torn d...

Researchers recommend an EU-own flight ticket tax

2016-07-05
Several EU member states have failed to introduce taxes on air traffic. Now, researchers from the EU-funded FairTax project, coordinated by Umeå University, suggest in a paper that the EU should introduce an EU tax on flight tickets, to contribute to a more sustainable development in the EU.

Link between stress hormone and obesity in depressed and bipolar patients

2016-07-04
Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood and metabolic syndrome among patients with recurrent depressions or bipolar disorder. This according to a study at Umeå University published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

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