Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Assistant Professor at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Biomedicine, and who heads a research project on biodiversity, has recently been granted funding for large-scale sequencing through the SciLifeLab National Sequencing Projects. The study focuses on how the genetic composition of the bacterium affects their ability to infiltrate an established biofilm. Johan travels shortly to the US, where he will perform the experimental work in the lab belonging to Professor Jo Handelsman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The bacterial DNA samples will later be returned to Sweden to be sequenced in SciLifeLab’s infrastructure.
Marie Rådbo, Pernilla Witting Stafshede and Anders Ynnerman, who are teachers and researchers at three different Swedish universities, have written a debate article on DN Debatt, where they state that this year’s Christmas calendar on SVT is a clear example of media increasingly communicating a false image of researchers, which gives children and the general public a negative attitude towards fundamental areas of knowledge such as mathematics, programming, science and technology.
The government has decided that universities and colleges have the task of lifting and visualizing their preventive efforts to counteract sexual harassment. It has also been decided that the University and Higher Education Council is tasked to compile and visualize the work of higher education institutions to prevent sexual harassment, and their actions when they became aware of suspected incidents. The mission includes presenting good examples and disseminating information about these.
Agnes Wold, Professor of Clinical Bacteriology, is one of five researchers asked about their wish list for christ,as by Curie, the Swedish Research Council’s newspaper. Agnes takes the opportunity to wish for two things: first, that the Macchiarini case is prosecuted and that he is convicted for manslaughter, secondly, an end to the politic initative to give enormous strategic funding to individual researchers who are considered to be excellent – a research policy that Agnes believes is sick. The other four researchers interviewed are Per Kristensson (Karlstad University), Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede (Chalmers,) Jonas Ludvigsson (KI), and Virginia Langum (Umeå University).
The Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research has been designated a “EULAR Center of Excellence in Rheumatology” 2017 – 2022, which means that the department retains this status which it first acquired in 2012. The title is awarded by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) to rheumatological units that combine high quality research with clinical activities and education assignments. The prestigious title is now highlighted with a new plaque on the wall at the department.
Right now, this year’s edition of Musikhjälpen, a yearly recurring radio show in Sweden’s Radio P3, is being aired. The show collects funding for a specific purpose through Radiohjälpen, this year Musikhjälpen focuses on the fight against child sex trafficking. If you want to participate and contribute, you can do so through our own Sahlgrenska Academy Student Union (SAKS), which launched a fundraising fund for the purpose: http://bossan.musikhjalpen.se/insamling/sahlgrenska-akademins-studentkar-saks
In connection with a research and quality day for Sahlgrenska Hospital area 3 in mid-November, Annette Erichsen Andersson received a quality award of SEK 25,000 for her research project Safe Hands at the Sharp End. The project focuses on how infections can be prevented by introducing individualized protection measures in fracture surgery. According to the motivation, the study has systematically contributed to a real change, reducing injuries and providing a high level of patient benefit.
Seven lecturers at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences have been appointed Head Nurse at Sahlgrenska University Hospital Area 5: Pether Jildenstål, My Engström, Ingalill Koinberg, Annette Lennerling, Lotta Johansson, Monica Pettersson and Karin Ahlberg. The requirements for appointment as a Head Nurse are highly set: in addition to a doctoral degree in a health care field, at least six years of clinical service, educational university training and clinical activities are required. Appointing head nurses is a way for the hospital to strengthen collaboration between academia and clinic, and it is also an acknowledgment of individual skills.
It is time to register publications from 2017 in the publications database GUP. Deadline is Sunday , January 7, 2018. To be included in University of Gothenburg’s annual report, publications for 2017 must be registered in the publications database GUP (Gothenburg University Publications) no later than Sunday 7 January, 2018. Please make sure to pay particular attention to complete and correct details on affiliation, year, doi, ISBN/ISSN, based on the original publication.
Each year, a list of the top one percent cited researchers in the world is published, based on data from the Reference and Citation Database Web of Science. The 2017 list consists of 3 538 researchers globally, four of which are active at the University of Gothenburg. Three of them, Kaj Blennow, Karl Swedberg and Henrik Zetterberg are active at Sahlgrenska Academy. Kaj Blennow and Henrik Zetterberg lead the research group for neurochemical pathophysiology and diagnostics. Karl Swedberg is well known for his research on heart failure and myocardial infarction. Henrik Nilsson, is Associate Professor of Biology.