Infection biology research at Umeå University has received international attention for many years. The research focuses on microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, and their molecular infection mechanisms – microbial pathogenesis and virulence.
The hope is that the results from the basic research will lead to the development of new vaccines and agents against microorganisms.
Umeå Centre for Microbial Research, UCMR, is a research environment based on a consortium of researchers with common interests within infection biology. The researchers represent a broad range of natural science and biomedical research disciplines. The links to chemistry and chemical biology are very strong and offer a unique environment for the development of new strategies against infectious diseases.
UCMR and Umeå University are hosts to MIMS, The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden, a new research unit established with support from the Swedish Research Council. Many young internationally recruited group leaders can be found among the research groups at MIMS. The aim of this new initiative is to strengthen Swedish research and increase the dynamics in the area of molecular medicine through, inter alia, methods to promote career opportunities for young researchers.
MIMS, which emphasises molecular infection medicine, is the Swedish’s node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine which was established together with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the new nodes for molecular medicine in Helsinki (FIMM, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland) and in Oslo (NCMM, Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway).