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Welcome to the Umeå Infection Symposium 2023!

We cordially invite you to attend the Umeå Infection Symposium on 30 August 2023. Get inspired by renowned international keynote speakers as well as novel research approaches and directions at Umeå University.

The symposium is aimed for all scientists and staff members interested in microbial and infection research. The event is jointly organized by Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden, MIMS, and Umeå Microbial Research Centre, UCMR

Warmly welcome!


Deadline to register is Friday 11 August

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The scientific symposium takes place on Wednesday 30 August, 9:00-13:00, followed by a lunch that gives all participants the opportunity to mingle and continue the scientific discussions. The venue for the symposium is Rotundan at Umeå University. Find Rotundan.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Carmen Buchrieser, Institute Pasteur

Carmen Buchrieser is an Austrian molecular biologist, focusing on pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria, Yersinia and Legionella. She is head of the Biology of Intracellur Bacteria Unit at Institut Pasteur in France.  

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Päivi Ojala, University of Helsinki

Päivi Ojala is Professor in Cancer Cell Biology and group leader in the Translational Cancer Medicine Research Programme at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Her research interest lies in cancer cell biology, viral tumorigenesis and tumor microenvironment. 

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8:40 -9:00    Registration 

9:00 - 9:10    Welcome and opening words

Oliver Billker, Director of MIMS

9:10 - 9:55     Legionella pneumophila: Evolution and virulence strategies of an environmental pathogen

Carmen Buchrieser, Institute Pasteur, France

9:55 – 10:30  Decoding RNA Virus Assembly and Replication through Structural Biology

Max Renner, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

10.30-11.05   Data-Driven Approaches for Bacterial Pathogen Surveillance

Laura Carroll, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University

11:05 – 11.30 Coffee break in Brashörnan

11.30-12.15   Novel Function for Key Lymphatic Transcription Factor SOX18 in KSHV Replication

Päivi Ojala, University of Helsinki, Finland

12.15-12.50  Preparedness Against Emerging Mosquito-Borne Viral Threats

Olivia Wesula Lwande, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University

12:50 - 13:00  Concluding remarks

Yaowen Wu, Director of UCMR 

13.00           Lunch and mingle in Brashörnan

Latest update: 2023-08-28