Music can both give us strong memories and be used to activate other memories from the brain. This was in focus a an evening’s discussion when Petronella Kettunen, Associate Professor in Neurobiology at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, recently participated in the Science Radio, in conjunction with a concert in the Berwald Hall where the Labyriths of Time was performed. The composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas was also participating.
The University Board decided on the annual report for 2017 (Swedish only) at its meeting on February 21. During 2017, the University of Gothenburg has continued to develop research, education and work environment in accordance with the objectives and strategies of Vision 2020. When the year is summed up in figures, both the number of students, the number of active doctoral students and the number of employees has increased compared with last year. Revenues for research and education also increased.
Shortly, the election of a new Head at the Institute of Medicine commences. The institution’s Nominating Committee puts forward for two candidates for election: Jan Borén, Professor of Cardiovascular Research, and Kristina Eriksson, Professor of Viral Immunopathogenesis. The election will take place March 13 – 23. The election is advisory, and decision is made by Dean Agneta Holmäng after the result is known. The Nominating Committee, led by Kjell Torén, has previously issued more information on the election within the institution.
Since last summer, Room 2119 on Hälsoveterbacken is equipped with streaming and video conference technology. The room can also be used to film and record lectures, which can be published on, for example, GU Play (in consultation with Mediateknik). The room is booked via Time Edit. Campus service offers support and service. Technicians can be booked through the service mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MedTech West is now looking for a full-time deputy director who becomes an important part of the management team. Among other things, the tasks include planning and implementing various activities with the research teams connected with MedTech West and bringing together the research teams at MedTech West with researchers in healthcare, at other centers, institutes and companies, and to oversee ongoing and upcoming research projects and collaborations. The closing date is March 19, 2018.
The Faculty of Science will shortly appoint a new Dean, Pro-Dean and, in addition, new members of the Faculty Board. As a new Dean, the faculty Nominating Committee proposes Göran Hilmersson, who today is the Head of the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Ingela Dahllöf, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, is proposed to become a new Pro-Dean.
Sahlgrenska University Hospital now launches its own podcast – Sahlgrenskapodden (only available in Swedish). The podcast is to show off the magic that is going on inside the walls of the hospital, but at the same time, do not avoid talking about the challenges of healthcare. Both patients and hospital staff will be interviewed about healthcare from different perspectives. In the first episode, the guest is Emilie Stiwing, 38, a patient at the hospital who tells her life with cystic fibrosis. https://sahlgrenskapodden.podbean.com/
A woman born without uterus was recently the second in the United States to give birth to a child through a uterine transplant, Time Magazine reports. Uterine transplants are the result of long-term research at Sahlgrenska Academy. The birth took place at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, part of Baylor Scott & White, where also the first American birth through uterine transplant occurred last year. The child, a girl, was born in February. The mother’s identity is not published, but the hospital announces that both pregnancy and birth were uncomplicated.
The Assar Gabrielsson Foundation has recently distributed more than SEK four and a half million in research grants to cancer researchers in the west of Sweden. The foundation promotes clinical research, especially cancer research related to the University of Gothenburg. Here you can read the full list of recipients, as well as the titles of their projects: https://gubox.box.com/s/rpuvo11aet4nlxqo1s8385yb4eaqg581
The number of employed researchers over 65 years of age in Swedish institutions has grown several times in just a decade. For the universities, it is a delicate act of balance to both take advantage of retired researchers’ skills and create space for renewal and new research generations. A number of universities have established specific guidelines in this area. Read further in the Swedish Research Council’s journal Curie (in Swedish): https://www.tidningencurie.se/nyheter/2018/02/26/balansgang-mellan-erfarenhet-och-fornyelse