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Northern databases and data repositories lift research on ageing and dementia

Well-developed repositories and databases with patient data, connected to regular examinations using different imaging techniques, give Umeå University an advantage when it comes to research on the ageing of the brain and the development of dementia. Not only from a national perspective, but also an...

“Invisible” protein structure explains the power of enzymes

A research group at Umeå University has managed to capture and describe a protein structure that, until now, has been impossible to study. The discovery lays the base for developing designed enzymes as catalysts to new chemical reactions for instance in biotechnological applications. The result of t...

Restored streams take 25 years or longer to recover

New research has found that the number of plant species growing just next to restored streams can take up to 25 years to increase above those channelized during the timber floating era. This is according to doctoral student, Eliza Maher Hasselquist, and other researchers from Umeå University and the...

Sliperiet at Umeå University is starting a project: 3D printing houses

In a collaborative project worth SEK 35 million, researchers and external partners are together developing a technology to make full-scale 3D prints of cellulose based material. It is not a matter of small prints – the objective is to make houses.

Umeå University EC Jubilee Award 2015

Umeå University honours Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier for her pioneering research with the powerful discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, which has already been of great importance by providing new opportunities for Life Science research and its applications in Biology and Medicine. Umeå University will pres...

Drugs for impotence do not increase risk of melanoma

Using drugs for impotence does not increase the risk of malignant melanoma, researchers from Umeå University conclude in a publication in JAMA, a top US medical journal. These results contradict previous research indicating such an association.

Climate change could wipe out progress in health – or be a great global health opportunity

The threat climate change poses to human health is possibly so great that it could wipe out health progress over the past 50 years. But getting to grips with climate change could also present major opportunities for global health. Details can be found in a major international research report publish...

Emmanuelle Charpentier receives Gruber Foundation award

The Gruber Foundation has awarded three international prizes honouring individuals for their groundbreaking work in the sciences. One of the 2015 Gruber Prize recipients in Genetics is Emmanuelle Charpentier affiliated with Umeå University.

New issue of Education Inquiry (Vol 6, No 2, 2015)

The second issue of Education Inquiry in 2015 is available to read and download. It is an international on-line, peer-reviewed journal with free access in the field of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. It publishes original empirical and theoretical studies from a wide variety of academic ...

Structural data reveals new mechanism behind protein transport

In order for newly-produced secretory or membrane proteins to find their final destination, the proteins have signal-sequences connected to themselves as a form of address tag. Furthermore, they use a particle guiding them to the cell membrane. In a new study, Umeå researchers show how this particle...

Students from Umeå Institute of Design win 6 awards at iF

From nearly 12,000 valid entries to iF's student category in 2015, 100 projects were awarded with an iF student design award, and four of those awards were won by students from Umeå Institute of Design (UID).

Debate article: “The state rejects research in legal process against a Sami community”

In a debate article recently published in Swedish Dagens Nyheter initiated by representatives from the Centre for Sami Research (CeSam) at Umeå University, 59 researchers have signed to show how the state’s handling of the research results in the Girjas sameby courtcase poses a threat against Sweden...

Honorary doctors at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Rick Sarre, renowned researcher in the field of criminology with a great involvement in civic engagement and Professor Philomena Essed, gender researcher fighting for social justice and raising awareness of racial discrimination, have been appointed honorary doctors at the Faculty of Socia...

Honorary doctors at the Faculty of Medicine 2015

Brian Walker’s research has contributed to the compilation of a new medical drug group capable of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Dawn Skelton’s research focuses on the prevention of falling and obtaining injuries as well as training for the elderly. Brian Walker, Pr...

Increasing burden of non-communicable diseases

There is a great need to slow down the increasing number of people who die prematurely because of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Although, the challenges vary between countries, which means each country has to set its priorities to reduce the ri...

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