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Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University (WCMM)

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) has made a nationwide investment for Sweden to regain a world-leading position within medical research.

This is a collaboration between the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University, and other Wallenberg molecular medicine centers at the universities in Gothenburg, Lund and Linköping and the SciLifeLab at Karolinska Institutet/Uppsala University, in order to optimize use of resources and expertise in Swedish Life Science research. Read more here.

WCMM Inauguration

On Friday 12 May, the Inauguration of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine was held. Following an opening ceremony with the Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson, Executive Director at the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Göran Sandberg and the Director, County Council of Västerbotten Anders Sylvan, the three first Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows presented their research.

Executive Director at the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Göran Sandberg, Vice-Chancellor Hans Adolfsson and Director at the Västerbotten County Council Anders Sylvan.
Image: Hans Karlsson

WCMM is a long-term effort for tenure track positions aimed at excellent young scientists. The overoll goal is to strengthen Swedish molecular medicine and to promote collaborations between preclinical and clinical researchers. The Centre has a strong translational profile within the focus areas Cancer, Metabolism including diabetes, Neurosciences and Infection Biology.

Lars-Anders Carlson is one of three group leaders at WCMM.
Image: Hans Karlsson

The Inauguration offered presentations by the three first research group leaders (Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellows)  – Francesca Aguilo, Lars-Anders Carlson och Daniel Öhlund – whom all recently started their tenure track positions at Umeå University.

At the Inauguration representatives of all WCMM financiers participated, including Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Umeå University, Västerbottens County Council, the Kempe Foundations and the Cancer Research Foundation of Northern Sweden.

KAW 100 years celebration

Take part of the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation at Umeå University 12th June 2017, an exceptional symposium in Infection Biology.

Session 1

  • Philippe Sansonetti, Institut Pasteur, Paris, Frankrike: Pathogens, commensals and the host mucosal surface: The discreet charm of the Ménage à trois
  • Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA: Bacterial quorum sensing and its control
  • Nelson O. Gekara, Umeå Universitet: The role of DNA damage in innate immunity

Session 2

  • Stewart Cole, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Schweiz: Leprosy – zoonosis and anthroponosis
  • Elaine Tuomanen, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, USA: Expanding bacterial signaling vocabulary from inflammation to neuroproliferation and brain repair
  • Scott Hultgren, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, USA: UTI complexity defined by a diverse bacterial host interface

Session 3

  • Peter Sarnow, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA: Identification of viral Achilles heels during flavivirus infection
  • Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Tyskland: CRISPR-CAS9: A bacterial immune system repurposed as a transformative genome engineering technology
  • Panel discussion. Staffan Nordmark, Karolinska Institutet inleder

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SciLifeLab and WCMM network for Fellows

SciLifeLab (Science for Life Laboratory), a national center for biomolecular sciences, and the Wallenberg Centers for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) in Gothenburg, Linköping, Lund and Umeå have formed a collaborative network to bring together the future leaders of life science and molecular medicine in Sweden. Read more

Expanding scientific frontiers at MIMS, Umeå University - Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier