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Social Internet-based activities important for healthy ageing

Meaningful and Internet-based activities promote experiences of participation in society and are important for healthy ageing. In a new dissertation at Umeå University, occupational therapists are shown to promote participation, reduce experiences of loneliness and strengthen seniors’ social network...

Umeå University researchers help Europe fight spread of Zika virus

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden help assess the risk that Zika will spread to Europe by describing the transmission season, areas at risk and intervention strategies. By using previous knowledge on Dengue, they are now strategizing on how Zika can be controlled.

Will we ever talk to aliens?

Professor Charles Cockell from Edinburgh University will visit Umeå’s Observatory Umevatoriet and Umeå University with two lectures on the search for life in Universe. The lectures form the start of a series of events on the space theme in Umeå aimed at children and adults alike.

30 years of internationalisation

The unit of Epidemiology and Global Health at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine recently kicked-off its 30th anniversary celebrations with lectures at Umeå University's event Kunskapsnoden at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm.

High risk of falling an early sign of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s patients have a higher risk of injurious fall and hip fractures already 26 years before a diagnosis according to a new cohort study at Umeå University. The patient group’s higher proportion of fall-related injuries can partly be explained by reduced balance, which could be a significant ...

Fashion designers make smart collection in new digital textile lab

In Sliperiet’s state-of-the-art innovation environment in Umeå, designer Minna Palmqvist and artist Ricardo O’Nascimento will explore in what direction textile creation can be taken by the use of new digital technology.

Increased risk of bacterial infection if food is exposed to light

Listeria bacterium found in food, which can infect people and cause temporary gastro-intestinal distress, is a serious health risk for pregnant women and for people with compromised immune systems. According to a dissertation from Umeå University, the bacterium, which sometimes causes the lethal ill...

Highest ranking for UPSC Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology

An international evaluation committee ranks Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology at the Umeå Plant Science Centre with top marks. The Berzelii centre, which has been built up by funding from Vinnova and the Swedish Research Council, is assessed as an exceptionally strong research environment wit...

Swetlana Heger-Davis new rector of Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

It was the love for the place, the buildings and the international atmosphere that tempted. Since 1 January 2016, Professor Swetlana Heger-Davis is the new rector of Umeå Academy of Fine Arts.

Breakthrough enables ultra fast transport of electrical charges in polymers

A research team at Umeå University has showed, for the first time, that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite orientation. These pioneering results, which enhance charge transport in polymers by more than 1,000 times, ha...

Unanimous board recommends Hans Adolfsson as new Vice-Chancellor

The University Board of Directors at Umeå University has decided to recommend Hans Adolfsson as new Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University when current Vice-Chancellor Lena Gustafsson is ending her term on 30 June 2016. The Board reached its decision on the nomination to the Government at an extra board...

Essential research at Kunskapsnoden 2016

How is an including society created? What can be done about increasing obesity? Will there be sufficient food in the future? How can peace be reached worldwide? These are topics covered at Kunskapsnoden 2016, organised by Umeå University at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm, where researchers Lotta Vikström,...

Improved chances of diagnosing hereditary disease

New insights in hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) improve the chances of diagnosing the genetic disease using ECG and ultrasound. In a new doctoral dissertation by Sandra Arvidsson at Umeå University, an explanation to the varying symptoms in patients with ATTR is explored. Of particular i...

Major increase in applications to international master’s programmes

The number of applicants for international master’s programmes at Umeå University starting in autumn 2016 have dramatically increased by 67% in this year’s application round, to 7,700 students. This is according to the latest statistics from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).

Professor Lars Westin: “To build on Campus Umeå is positive”

"I have long since said that campus should be more densely built upon, with a combination of accommodation and other buildings. Having a campus without accommodation is rare on an international scale, where a blend of buildings with various purposes is usually standard,” says Professor Lars Westin, ...

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