SciLifeLab Day Umeå

September 11, 2023, 08:30 – 17:00
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Rotundan, Umeå University
Universums Gränd 4
Umeå, Sweden
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SciLifeLab Day Umeå

September 11 @ 08:30 17:00 CEST

SciLifeLab has launched four new sites across Sweden in 2022. The sites, located in Gothenburg, Linköping, Lund, and Umeå, will be crucial in promoting scientific research and research infrastructure nationally, while also strengthening the collaboration between all Swedish universities.

Welcome to the second kick-off event for the national SciLifeLab site – now hosted by Umeå! Learn more about the services and infrastructure development, research highlights, and activities offered by SciLifeLab, both nationally and locally; interact with the SciLifeLab capabilities – Precision Medicine, Pandemic Laboratory Preparedness and Planetary Biology, and much more!

SciLifeLab Umeå cordially invites the research community of Umeå and beyond to join, network, and celebrate together the Umeå site inauguration!


Session 1: Research infrastructure in Umeå
Rotundan, Universum, Umeå University (map)
08:30Registrations and coffee
09:00Welcome and introduction to Life Science research infrastructure in Umeå
Katrine Riklund, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Umeå University
09.10Umeå research infrastructure presentations
Hans Stenlund – Metabolomics and bioinformatics
Stina Berglund Fick – Chemical biology
Richard Palmqvist – Genomics and diagnostics
Michael Hall – Molecular structure
Sara Henriksson – Bioimaging and correlative microscopy
10:20Facility Tours
Session 2: SciLifeLab’s capabilities – Research, lunch and networking,
Three parallel sessions organized by national and local representatives of Precision Medicine, Planetary Biology and Pandemic Laboratory Preparedness.
Lunch sandwich and refreshements are served in connection to each seminar.
11:00-13:00Precision Medicine
Rotundan, Universum, Umeå University (map)
See program below
11:00-13:00Pandemic Laboratory Preparedness
Universitetsklubben, Universum, Umeå University (map)
See program below
11:00-13:00Planetary Biology
Glasburen, Chemical Biology Center, Umeå University (map)
See program below
Session 3: Research highlights and launch of the SciLifeLab site Umeå
Aula Nordica & Brashörnan, Universum (map)
13:00Registration and Coffee
13:30SciLifeLab as a National Research Infrastructure for Life Science
Olli Kallioniemi, Director SciLifeLab
Mia Phillipson, Co-director SciLifeLab
Annika Jenmalm Jensen, Infrastructure Director SciLifeLab
13:50Presentation of Umeå SciLifeLab group leaders
Anna Arnqvist, Associate Dean for research, Umeå University
14:00Virus-host cell interactions. Implications for tropism, treatment, and targeting
Niklas Arnberg, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University
14:15Electron microscopy methods to study cytoskeleton structure and assembly
Linda Sandblad, Department of Chemistry, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University
14:30Bacterial cell wall homeostasis and plasticity: from fundamentals to antimicrobial targeting
Felipe Cava, Department of Molecular Biology, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University
14:45Biotechnology in a forestry industry context – current and future applications
Anna Karlberg, Vice President Forest R&D, Stora Enso
15:05Research infrastructure poster session, cake & drinks
Mingle and cakes for everyone
15:50The Data-driven life science (DDLS) research program
Oliver Billker, Director Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University
16:00Isolating adaptive variation from natural forest trees
Kelly Swarts, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
16:15Performance by Nordcirkus
16.25Introduction of WCMM research program
Pernilla Wikström, Department of Medical Biosciences, Co-Director Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM), Umeå University
16:35Targeting tumor-stromal interactions in pancreatic cancer
Daniel Öhlund, Department of Radiation Sciences, Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM), Umeå University
16:50Closing Words

Capability Program

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Pandemic Laboratory Preparedness

Universitetsklubben (map)

In December 2020, the Swedish government commissioned SciLifeLab to build laboratory capacity to mitigate the effects of future pandemics. In this session we will present how we are are optimizing SciLifeLab’s operations to support and complement the work of other government and regulatory entities at a national and local level with a special focus on activities in Umeå. We will also discuss what we need to do in order to be prepared for future pandemics.

Chair: Ulf Ribacke, SciLifelab Co-director for the SciLifeLab Pandemic Preparedness Program, PLP

Welcome & Introduction of SciLifeLab Pandemic Preparedness Program, PLP
Alice Sollazzo, SciLifeLab coordinator for PLP programmet
Development of a targeted metagenomic NGS platform for diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance of viral pandemic threats 
Lisa Pettersson, Region Västerbotten 
Preparedness by Early Detection of Infections in the Elderly.
Mattias Forsell,Umeå University
DDLS infection biology and Pandemic preparedness
Oliver Billker, Umeå University

Panel discussion
Lisa Pettersson, Mattias Forsell, Oliver Billker
Moderator Ulf Ribacke, Karolinska Institutet
Wrap up
Ulf Ribacke, SciLifelab Co-director for the SciLifeLab PLP Program

Planetary Biology

Planetary Biology
Glasburen (map)

Planetary Biology Capability at SciLifeLab arises from the urgent need for trans-disciplinary and coordinated approaches to study all the different forms of life – the earth’s biodiversity – from single molecules and cells to individual species, species communities, ecosystems, and their functioning on the planet.
The Planetary Biology Capability aims to make use of SciLifeLab’s national research infrastructure, technology, and scientific excellence to promote and accelerate ecosystem- to planetary-scale life science research, linking molecular-scale understanding to ecosystem function and biodiversity.
In order to achieve this, we plan to:
– Build a strong national Planetary Biology community
– Increase SciLifeLab’s accessibility and tailor services for the PB community
– Promote knowledge exchange between the PB community, stakeholders and SciLifeLab
– Outreach and engage with the community, translating knowledge to foster public debate and opinion
Presentation from local researchers
Tracking illegal trade across the planet
Göran Spong, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Norway Spruce and Scots pine Genome sequencing, Re-sequencing and Genomic Selection
Ove Nilsson, Umeå Plant Science Center/Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Recovering the genetic signal of microorganisms from water columns and sedimentary archives: towards unraveling the effects of global change on aquatic microbial communities
Eric Capo, Umeå University
Plenary discussion

Precision Medicine

Rotundan (map)

The precision medicine session will introduce the recently published SciLifeLab RoadMap for Precision Medicine and other ongoing activities related to precision medicine at SciLifeLab.
We will also hear examples of ongoing precision medicine research in Umeå, and discuss local and national challenges in the field and how SciLifeLab can contribute to solving these challenges.

Introduction to Precision Medicine Capability
Päivi Östling, Scientific Lead for Precision Medicine, SciLifeLab
DNA methylation as a tool to personalize cancer treatment
Sofie Degerman, Associate Professor, Umeå University
Blocking SOD1 prions as new therapy for ALS
Peter Andersén, Professor and Senior Consultant, Umeå University, Umeå University Hospital
Lunch sandwiches
Panel discussion
How can SciLifeLab contribute to accelerating research and implementation of precision medicine in Umeå and nationally?
Ulrica Bergström, Strategist för university healthcare, Region Västerbotten
Andreas Josefsson, Associate Professor and Consultant Urologist, Wallenberg Center for molecular medicine, Umeå University, Umeå University Hospital
Katrine Riklund, Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Umeå University, and Senior Consultant, Umeå University Hospital
Malin Sund, Guest Professor, Umeå University and Professor/Senior Consultant, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital

Moderator: Åsa Johansson, Scientific Lead for Precision Medicine, SciLifeLab


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Last updated: 2023-09-07

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