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New clues about the ageing memory functions of the brain

2016-06-29
A European study led by Umeå University Professor Lars Nyberg, has shown that the dopamine D2 receptor is linked to the long-term episodic memory, which function often reduces with age and due to dementia. This new insight can contribute to the understanding of why some but not others are affected b...

Unique role unites ­
research and clinical practice

2016-06-28
Umeå University is first in Sweden to set up an associate lectureship combined with specialist training among other things, all within academic caring professions. It provides physicians with the opportunity to conduct research parallel with their positions as resident or specialist physicians at th...

Less fish in the future Baltic Sea

2016-06-27
In the northern parts of the Baltic Sea both precipitation and river discharge are expected to increase as a result of climate changes. The increased river discharge will lead to a higher inflow of river-borne dissolved organic matter to the coastal zone, which in turn will promote bacterial product...

Student Virtual Reality project makes film

2016-06-22
In spring 2016, six students explored what Virtual Reality technology has to offer. Using a 360 degree camera, the students have made films and slideshows to inspire international students to apply to Umeå University.

Lisa travelled 1,300 km to spread awareness of ALS

2016-06-21
After her uncle was diagnosed with ALS in 2015, Lisa Kriga commenced on a nine month campaign to raise awareness of ALS by running and biking 1,300 kilometres. The journey took place between the five Swedish cities and towns where ALS research is conducted and was concluded on Tuesday when Lisa deli...

New issue of Education Inquiry (Vol 7, No 2, 2016)

2016-06-20
The second issue of Education Inquiry in 2016 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 ...

More effective approach to show changes in human metabolism with molecular maps

2016-06-14
By applying multi-platform metabolomics, wide range of metabolites were detected and quantified in both human plasma and lung lavage fluid. Metabolites showed different trends in response to interventions such as different meal and biodiesel exhaust exposure. Masoumeh Karimpour defends her dissertat...

UPSC Berzelii Centre becomes Vinnova Competence Centre

2016-06-13
VINNOVA, Sweden’s Innovation Agency, has decided to continue funding the activities of the UPSC Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology for five more years (2017–2021). The UPSC Berzelii Centre now becomes a new VINNOVA Competence Centre and will be one of five existing Centres of Competence in Swe...

Southern Europe risks Zika outbreaks this summer

2016-06-10
Established Aedes-mosquito population could spread the Zika virus in Europe this summer if infected travelers introduce the virus. An analysis of temperatures, vectorial capacity, basic reproductive number (R0), and air traveler flows suggests parts of Southern Europe may be at risk for Zika outbrea...

Nelson Gekara awarded Fernström Prize

2016-06-08
The Fernström Committee at the Faculty of Medicine has awarded the Erik K. Fernström prize for 2016 to Nelson Gekara, Group Leader at The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) and the Department of Molecular Biology. Gekara’s research focuses on the regulation of the innate immun...

Constructions on the Medical Biology Centre now kick off

2016-06-08
On Tuesday, the first sod was turned for a new Medical Biology Centre (MBC) at Umeå University. When the oldest building on campus, the Biology Building from 1961, is now being extended and rebuilt, frontier research at the Faculty of Medicine will be positioned under the same roof.

Air pollution affects young people’s psychiatric health

2016-06-08
New research from Umeå University indicates that dispensed medication for psychiatric diagnosis can be related to air polution concentrations. The study covers a large part of the Swedish population and has been published in the scientific journal BMJ Open.

NPR: Umeå researcher in American radio on Zika and the Olympics

2016-06-07
Does the Olympics in Rio this summer pose an increased risk of spreading the Zika virus? That’s a question that the American National Public Radio (NPR) asks Mikkel Quam, researcher at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Unit for Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University. ...

When “smart” apps become smart for real

2016-06-02
How can a smart application recognise and reason about a human’s purposeful activities in order to be able to coach in a purposeful way? Esteban Guerrero, doctoral student at Umeå University, presents new computer-based methods for this that are based on activity-centric and argument-based theories....

Genetic diversity important for plant survival when nitrogen inputs increase

2016-06-02
Genetic diversity is important for plant species to persist in Northern forests that experience human nitrogen inputs. This is one conclusions that Franziska Bandau at Umeå University draws in her dissertation.

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