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SciLifeLab-DAY March 26th

Concluding remarks 

This SciLifeLab Day started out with a session on Clinical Omics and Translation. It was exciting to hear from Richard Rosenquist Brandell and Angeta Siegbahn, how pilot platforms at SciLifeLab are moving modern sequencing and proteomics technologies “into the hospital ward” in order to detect mutations or assess biomarkers with massive parallel approaches. This means that academic technology platforms already took the step into the clinic, for the benefit of patients. An elegant overview of the current and future possibilities of nanomedicine was given by Gunilla B. Jacobsson. To arrive at the clinical use or commercialization of research data, scientists often need assistance with e.g. patenting and other frameworks, which was discussed by Susanne Baltzer, Ulrika Gunnarsson and Gerald Pettersson.

All therapies depend on in-depth knowledge about the biology behind the disease, and we were treated to examples of how scientists explore new boundaries to track the faulty process that cause disorders. The talks by Marene Landström and Camilla Svensson illustrated this. Expanding the horizon of our knowledge in other areas than medicine, Johan Elf and Thijs Ettema brought us into the cell, to look at single molecules in single cells. And furthermore, onto the phylogenetic tree of life.

Finally, we took an in-depth view of cancer research, and were showed by Jesse Boehm, Åke Borg, Voichita Marinescu and Tobias Sjöblom how modern cancer projects involve patient information and bio-banked tissue samples, to generate massive amounts of data, which helps find new avenues to therapy.

This was a hugely successful SciLifeLab Day, which also featured a poster exhibition with presentations of research performed in the laboratories of our strategic recruitments, as well as contributions from the platforms at both the Uppsala and Stockholm sites. As I was circling around, and listening in on discussions and encounters in the poster area, it felt great to be part of the SciLifeLab community. If you couldn’t participate this time, look out for our next SciLifeLab day and come join us then!

Karin Forsberg Nilsson

Vice director SciLifeLab Uppsala



Welcome and introduction to SciLifeLab,Johan Elf, Uppsala University

Session: Clinical Omics & Translating research into therapeutics

Uncovering the molecular landscape in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Establishing a platform for clinical sequencing,
Richard Rosenquist Brandell, Uppsala University

PLA/PEA technology – New tools in clinical proteomics
Agneta Siegbahn, Uppsala University

Identification of a TGFbeta-induced cancer specific signaling pathway
Marene Landström, Umeå University

Nanomedicine for Innovative Health Care Solutions
Gunilla B. Jacobsson, Karolinska Institutet

Innovation office at Medical Product Agency
Susanne Baltzer, Medical Product Agency

Commercial support for academics 
Ulrika Gunnarsson, Gerald Pettersson, UU Innovation

Poster mingle and lunch
The SciLifeLab strategic recruitments (Carolina Wählby, Manfred Grabherr, Sven Nelander, Erik Ingelsson, Bengt Persson and Thijs Ettema) and the technology platforms have been invited to bring posters to the poster session.

Session: Understanding the cell and its machinery

Probing Transcription factor regulation at the level of single molecules 

Johan Elf, Uppsala University

Single cell genomics approaches to explore the uncultured microbial majority
Thijs Ettema, Uppsala University

Beyond inflammation – mechanisms of chronic pain in arthritis 
Camilla Svensson, Karolinska Institutet

Session: Cancer

Predicting tumor vulnerabilities from tumor genomics
Jesse Boehm, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Towards implementation of next-generation sequencing in breast cancer care – the SCAN-B initiative 

Åke Borg, Lund University

Systems-scale characterization of patient-derived cancer cell lines 
Voichita Marinescu, Uppsala University

Cancer genomics: from somatic mutations to functional understanding 
Tobias Sjöblom, Uppsala University



General information



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B8 and B10, BMC, Husargatan 3,


Uppsala city buses (going to Uppsala Science Park)


The SciLifeLab-DAY is free of charge, but if you fail to notify us of your cancellation before March 22nd and you do not attend the SciLifeLab-DAY, you will be charged a fee of 500 SEK. Registration is binding.

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