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Novel method to detect toxic effects of chemicals could reduce need for animal testing

2017-04-24
Traditional toxicological investigations performed on animals (in vivo) are expensive, time-consuming and may cause animal suffering. But research from Umeå University demonstrates that a neuronal cell model, derived from mouse, can be used to evaluate the neurotoxic effect of chemicals. The alterna...

Design students visualise children’s ideas for a disconnected future

2017-04-20
What kind of communication devices are needed in a world where all electronic communication is out of order? Twelve ten year old children from Hällsbo school, a special school in Umeå, gave students at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, this task. On Monday 24 April the students present thei...

Global march to celebrate science

2017-04-19
March for Science on 22 April is a global manifestation that took off in the US where researchers wanted to emphasise the importance of science and research-based knowledge in society, as well as counteract fact-resistance. The manifestation has also got a foothold in Sweden where Umeå is one of the...

New deputy rector at Umeå School of Education

2017-04-12
Anna Lindqvist, senior lecturer at the Department of Applied Educational Science, becomes new deputy rector at the Umeå School of Education at Umeå University.

New study emphasizes the relative scarcity of lake water

2017-04-12
What is the volume of water in lakes on Earth? Using a mathematical analysis, researcher David Seekell, at Umeå University, and his American collaborators now suggest that the mean depth of lakes is 30 per cent lower than previously estimated. Shallower lakes implies less fresh water and has consequ...

Umeå University holds its position in new THE ranking

2017-04-10
Umeå University is ranked #41 in the world among universities established between 1945 and 1966, in what Times Higher Education describes as the Golden Age in global higher education.

Minute of silence for victims of Stockholm attack

2017-04-10
Umeå University invites everyone to partake in a national minute of silence on Monday 10 April at 12:00 to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack in Stockholm on Friday and show support for their family and friends.

Chris Heister new chairperson of the University Board

2017-04-07
The Swedish Government has appointed Chris Heister, county governor of Stockholm County, as new chairperson of the Umeå University Board. She will take her post on 1 May.

Elastisys listed as one of Sweden’s 33 hottest tech companies

2017-04-05
Elastisys, a company sprung from the renowned distributed system research group at Umeå University, has been awarded a place in the prestigious list of Sweden’s 33 hottest technology companies.

Climate-driven species on the move affect humans

2017-03-30
A comprehensive international study published today in Science describes how humans are affected when climate changes cause species to distribute unexpectedly across land and in water. Global changes to ecology have implications on humans that are becoming increasingly conspicuous – and it covers an...

Say it Fast, Fluent and Flawless

2017-03-28
A new doctoral dissertation by Parvin Gheitasi at Umeå University explores the different functions of prefabricated phrases in young learners’ oral language production. These phrases provided learners with an instrument to overcome their lack of knowledge, to improve their fluency, and to enjoy some...

New hope for better future diagnostics of brain tumours

2017-03-27
An international consortium of researchers has conducted the largest study of malignant brain tumours to date looking for genetic markers of glioma – a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. The study, in which researchers at Umeå University participated, confirmed 13 previously identified genetic ...

Record-breaking Umeå conference on the future of the Arctic

2017-03-27
Temperatures are rising, and life on earth changes. The fastest change takes place in the North, in the Arctic. That is a fact. But what societal challenges await? Will the Arctic still be habitable for humans? Is this a new hotbed for emerging diseases and conflicts? On 8–12 June 2017, world-leadin...

Severe psoriasis predominantly affects men

2017-03-24
The fact that men are overrepresented in psoriasis registers and consume more psoriasis care have long led researchers to believe that the common skin disease disproportionally affects men. A unique study with 5,438 Swedish psoriasis patients now reveals that women have a statistically significant l...

Once dangerous, now under threat – and where have millions of people gone?

2017-03-24
It is cold, bare and desolate. Never-ending winter. Not a human being in sight, albeit occasionally a polar bear. Or a penguin. That’s the image of the Arctic that is etched to the retinas (or may it be consciousness) of far too many observers.

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