The third edition of the textbook Essentials of glycobiology has been released. Sahlgrenska Academy’s Niclas Karlsson is among the co-authors, as well as Pauline Rudd, Honorary Doctor of 2014. Barbara Adamczyk also contributed. Glycobiology concerns complex carbohydrates and their interactions with proteins in the body, and are important for research on a range of diseases, including cancer and rheumatic diseases. Essentials of glycobiology were first published in 1999, and through the latest update, a new generation of researchers is given the opportunity to embark on this field – the importance of which has been highlighted by four Nobel Prize-winners in Chemistry and Medicine.
Together with the pediatrician and blogger Cecilia Chrapkowska, Agnes Wold shortly releases a new book that is a sort of manual for prospective parents. The book provides scientifically established pregnancy facts and knowledge about children. The book is intended to help parents relate to the surroundings’ opinions about how they should behave. The manual provides medical facts about all important parts of pregnancy and infancy, and sheds scientific light on many of the poorly-based advice on hygiene, cleaning, breastfeeding, infections, vaccinations and alcohol.
“What are you researching?” Is perhaps the most common question you get as a researcher. Being able to respond to it in a simple and engaging way increases your chances of reaching out with your research. The Research Grand Prix is a research presentation competition. You may now qualify directly for the final in Stockholm on November 28, 2017. How to do it: Film your presentation (in Swedish, max 4 minutes) with, for example, mobile phone – upload on Youtube and email the link. You may use aids (Powerpoint, props, movies) but it must be do-able live on a stage. More info: https://forskargrandprix.se/ansokan2017/
On October 21, 2017, the autumn’s SweSAT will be held, and the Section for Admission now seeks supervisors for this test day. Note – Swedish is required. The supervisor provides a 30-minute presentation of the test day’s rules, conducts credentials and supervises the test participants during the test pass. The University of Gothenburg organizes the SweSAT in Alingsås, Angered, Gothenburg, Kungsbacka, Kungälv, Lerum, Mölnlycke, Stenungssund, Torslanda and Vårgårda. For more information, see the staff portal:: http://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/aktuellt/nyheter-detalj/vill-du-arbeta-med-hogskoleprovet-den-21-oktober–.cid1508579
Muscle Premium is now available, useful for orthopedics, physiotherapists and others who work with skeletal and muscular functions. The database’s 3D perspective makes it particularly interesting for teaching in anatomy. Muscle Premium is part of the database Visible Body. The database shows normal musculoskeletal functions, function damage, nervous system and blood circulation.
The database is reached via The University Library Database Directory – search for “Visible Body” or “Muscle Premium”. Outside the university’s network, log in with employee or student account. Open the images with “Launch WebGL” or “Launch”. There is also a Muscle Premium app for Android and iOS.
The Center for Health and Performance Development, CHP, is now a faculty cross-cutting center. The purpose of the center is to strengthen the knowledge areas physical activity, sport, nutrition, performance development and health promotion.”Our next meassure is to open up the lab for accessibility to interested parties in and out of the university. It is our hope that the CHP will constitute a demanded infrastructure for the entire university and not just be a shopping window for IKI. CHP should be a natural hub for all activities in health, nutrition, physical activity and sport, “says Claes Annerstedt, Head of the Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science (IKI), which hosts the center.
Jakob Åsberg Johnels, at Gillbergcentrum and University of Gothenburg, is granted SEK 1.2 million from Lennart “Aktiestinsen” Israelsson Research Foundation. In his study he will investigate whether children with dyslexia are looking more closely at others’ mouths to decode speach. The Fund is managed by Royal Academy of Sciences, and is a legacy of Lennart “Aktiestinsen” Israelsson who became famous by building a very large fortune on stock shares. In recent years, he gave away much of his wealth to research and education.
Alessio Degl’ Innocenti has been appointed new head of operations at Gothia Forum. He is Associate Professor of Psychology and active as researcher and supervisor. He has extensive experience in clinical trials, and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of yeras. Alessio has been Head of Forensic Psychiatry since 2014, and will take his new office this autumn in agreement with Area 2.
Gothia Forum faces new challenges, not least to achieve a fruitful collaboration between healthcare, academia and industry to contribute to an important life science development in the Region Västra Götaland.
Earlier this summer, former Vice-Chancellor Pam Fredman tasked the Sahlgrenska Academy Board to “commence the preparation process to appoint new Dean and Pro-Dean”. The task then went to the Sahlgrenska Academy Nomination Committee.
The final decision lies with our new Vice-Chancellor, Eva Wiberg, who took office on 1 July. Next step is the Vice-Chancellor’s consultation with the Nomination Committee when everyone is back in office after the holidays. Eric Hanse continues as acting Dean.
More information will follow end of summer.
Marianne Törner receives SEK 574,000 from Afa Insurance for a new popular science book aimed at people working with security development in the construction sector. The book is a joint venture with participants in the research project SveDan, which was based on the fact that fatal accidents in the construction industry are considerably more common in Denmark than in Sweden. According to the project it is due to differences in education systems, working conditions, attitudes, leadership, culture and authority. The book is expected to enable the results of the previous project to be used for practical use in the construction industry.