Clinical biobanks and registers

The Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study (NSHDS) biobank is an extensive collection of high quality biosamples and related clinical registry data which positions it as one of the largest and most well characterized prospective population-based biobanks in the world. The County Council is responsible clinical registry data and for collecting and storing biobank material. Umeå University on the other hand ensures that register- and biobank research is conducted through coordination by the Department of Biobank Research (EBF).

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The Swedish Metablomics Centre (SMC) is a National infrastructure with funding from KAW, the Kempe foundations, UmU and SLU and provides a key infrastructure for researchers active in different fields of molecular medicine. From 2016 will SMC be a satellite under Science for Life Laboratory.

Imaging technologies

At UmU advanced technologies are available for imaging of humans (3T MRI, PET-CT, PET-MR), small animals (9.4T MRI, nano-PET-CT; and living cells (high-resolution microscopy).

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NMR for Life - The Swedish NMR Infrastructure in Gothenburg and Umeå

NMR for Life is a National integrated and open-access NMR infrastructure for cutting-edge research in the fast advancing area of life science. Major funding is provided by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and locally in Umeå by the Kempe foundations.

The NMR for Life infrastructure provides

  • Access to state-of-the-art NMR equipment for life sciences research
  • Open access to cutting edge NMR technology and support to wide scientific community
  • Education and training in modern NMR methods and concepts
  • NMR infrastructure to ensure a leading role for Swedish life science research

Laboratories for Chemical Biology Umeå (LCBU)

LCBU consists of two sections, one screening platform that can aid in e.g. assay development and screening, and one chemistry platform with expertise in e.g. organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry.

LCBU is one of three nodes of the Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden (CBCS), together with LCBKI at Karolinska Institutet and UDOPP at Uppsala University. CBCS was established in 2010 as a national infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council. CBCS is one of the infrastructure platforms in Science for Life Laboratory (SciLIfeLab). The goal is to join Swedish resources and expertise in a coherent network that can offer open access chemical biology in Sweden and also play a key role in EU-OPENSCREEN. EU-OPENSCREEN is a distributed pan-European infrastructure built from a network of open-access infrastructures for the development of bioactive small molecules.