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Soffia Guðbjörnsdóttir has been awarded this year’s Stenestrand scholarship for her successful research in diabetes. The scholarship of SEK 100,000 is awarded to Ulf Stenestrand’s memory and is financed by the Uppsala Clinical Research Center, the Swedish Heart Association and the Swedeheart Quality Register. Soffia Guðbjörnsdóttir is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Medicine, and register holder of the National Diabetic Register. The awards ceremony took place at the Cardiovascular Spring Meeting on April 11, which is arranged by the Swedish Heart Association every year.
At the end of March, the University of Gothenburg’s animal protection body (GUDO) held its first 3Rs seminar, arranged by Michael Axelsson and Aina Moe Bäck. The seminar explained changes in regulations regarding experimental animals (SJVFS 2017:40, L150), which went into effect last year. At the meeting permit holder Agneta Holmäng described how animal research activities at the university are organized, and Michael Axelsson provided insights from the national meeting of the animal protection body held in 2018, which was organized by Sweden’s Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes and its executive body, the Swedish 3Rs Centre (S3RC). GUDO has existed in its present form for the past three years, and Aina Moe Bäck talked about GUDO’s work on processing applications from heads of experimental teams in view of changes in the permits governing these activities. Adrian Smith, from Norecopa, the Norwegian equivalent of S3RC, discussed Norecopa’s guidelines for planning animal experiments (PREPARE), and Sweden’s S3RC presented its work. In conclusion Lars Ewaldsson and Malin Palmer described the Laboratory Animal Science course (LAS).
On Monday April 1, the University of Gothenburg hosted a meeting to discuss animal experiments. Special guests to the meeting included representatives from Sweden’s Animal Rights Alliance, Animal Rights Sweden and the Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments. The University of Gothenburg’s Network for Critical Animal Studies in the Anthropocene (GU-CAS) also participated in the meeting, along with researchers from several of the university’s faculties. Vice-Chancellor Eva Wiberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Göran Landberg and Dean Agneta Holmäng initiated the meeting, and subsequent discussions focused on issues such as the need for animal experiments in research and the application process for permits. Professor Michael Axelsson chaired the meeting. A follow-up meeting is planned for this autumn.
The PhD courses planned to be given at Sahlgrenska Academy during the fall term 2019 are open for applications on April 1-22. The course catalogue is available here.
We have hidden six Easter eggs on Sahlgrenska Academy’s pages on the Staff Portal for staff within the faculty to find. Since the Englsih verison of the Faculty Staff pages are under construction, the egg hunt only applies to the Swedish pages. Whoever finds the eggs has the chance to win a bag filled with nice surprises. At each egg there is a letter – you have to reposition the letters so that you get the name of an organ in the body (in Swedish). If there are several staff members who find all six eggs and get the organ right, we let chance decide the winner. The winner will be notified by email, and will be announced here in Akademiliv the week after Easter. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by Maundy Thursday, April 18.
The winner of this year’s Science slam, where researchers compete in the art of presenting to an audience in three minutes, was Jenna Najar, a doctoral student in AgeCap. Her group has shown that people who sing, perform, visit museums and in other ways activate their brain, at group level have increased resistance to dementia. Jenna took the stage to the tunes of Memory from Cats, and illustrated, assisted by colleagues, how the cognitive reserve, which appears to be enhanced by these activities.
The Sahlgrenska Academy’s Faculty Board has decided to appoint Professor Claes Gustafsson as Chairman of the faculty-wide Election Committee, and at the same time, Associate Professor Kajsa Henning Abrahamsson was appointed Deputy Chairman. Associate Professor Ingela Hammar has also been appointed as a new member of the Nomination Committee for the remainder of the term of office, which runs until 30 June 2021. Here you can read more about the Nomination Committee’s assignment and composition (Swedish only): https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/sahlgrenskaakademin/organisation-ledning/fakultetsstyrelsen/fakultetstyrelsens-beredningsgrupp/
Hälso-sam has appointed a working group to investigate and describe the conditions for a coordination of library resources between the Biomedicine Library and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital’s library. The group will investigate how other county councils and universities coordinate their libraries, with special consideration to e-resources. The library managers Annelie Janred (GU) and Helena Johansson (SU) participate, as well as Ann Wennerberg, Vice Dean of Collaboration, and Therese Svanberg, the Medical Library at SU. That coordination of the two libraries was highlighted in the prestudy report to Sahlgrenska Life. The assignment shall be reported to Hälso-sam by the end of September.
Zoom is launched as the new service for travel-free meetings and distance learning during spring term 2019. The service is intended to replace Adobe Connect in teaching context and Jabber video for internal meetings and research collaborations. The Zoom service is supported by most modern devices and offers communication with good sound and video quality even on slow connections. Chat feature available. Breakout sessions are possible, just as in Adobe Connect. You can record your meeting to a video file on your computer. More information: https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/verktyg/zoom/