U-CAN prepares to take the next step
Six years have passed since U-CAN was tasked with seting up a unique biobank for our most common forms of cancer by the government – but are they ready to make Uppsala a global hub for leading cancer research?
U-CARE brings psychology into the digital age
Through close cooperation with patients and relatives, U-CARE has developed and established an online portal for research on psychological support and treatment in a short span of time. Now, the portal is on the verge of being integrated into the ...
New discovery for better batteries
Materials researchers at Uppsala University have made new discoveries in understanding energy storage in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. This will help in the design of new materials for future batteries with significantly higher storage capacity ...
New plant species found in east Himalaya
The alpine vegetation of Arunachal Pradesh in East Himalaya is still poorly known. For those who manage to get access (and have the energy to climb), the area is an overwhelming botanical experience. A Swedish-Indian team has discovered several ne...
New tool improves treatment of atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke. Treatment with oral anticoagulation reduces this risk but instead increases the risk of bleeding. Today, a new blood test based tool enabling better and more individualized stroke prevention treatm...
Online international collaboration demonstrates reliabiblty of quantum simulations
Scientists from Uppsala University teamed up with colleagues from over 30 universities and institutes to investigate to what extent quantum simulations of material properties agree when they are performed by different researchers and with differen...
Decreased blood vessel leakage can improve cancer therapy
Cancer therapy is often hampered by the accumulation of fluids in and around the tumour, which is caused by leakage from the blood vessels in the tumour. Researchers at Uppsala University now show how leakage from blood vessels is regulated. They ...
Small birds' vision: superfast rather than sharp
One may expect a creature that darts around its habitat to be capable of perceiving rapid changes visually. Yet birds are famed more for their good visual acuity. Joint research by Uppsala University, Stockholm University and the Swedish Universit...
New research sheds light on the life of Saint Erik
The saint's legend speaks of a king who died a dramatic death in battle outside the church where he had just celebrated mass. But what can modern science tell us about his remains? A joint research project headed by Uppsala University now reveals ...
Mosquito CSI – Bacteria reveal information of recent events in a mosquito’s life
Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University in Sweden have found that the bacteria on and in a malaria mosquito reflect their life history. It is even possible to predict from where a mosquito was ta...
Evolutionary ‘selection of the fittest’ measured
A difference of one hundredth of a percent in fitness is sufficient to select between winners and losers in evolution. For the first time researchers have quantified the tiny selective forces that shape bacterial genomes. The story is published to...
New cancer treatment to be tested
The Swedish Medical Products Agency and the Regional Ethics Committee have approved the initiation of a clinical trial for a completely new form of neuroendocrine cancer treatment that uses an oncolytic virus. The virus owes its development to don...
Bird species found to use syntax
Human communication is powered by rules for combining words to generate novel meanings. Such syntactical rules have long been assumed to be unique to humans, but a new study shows that Japanese great tits also combine their calls using specific ru...
Antibody can be used to detect Alzheimers with higher precision
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in passing an antibody through the blood-brain barrier to act as a tracer for PET imaging of the brain. This resulted in more precise information being obtained than with regular radioactive tracers. ...
Environmental contaminants increase risk of dementia
Individuals subjected to chronic low-dose exposure to organochlorine pesticides show an increased risk of obtaining a future diagnosis of cognitive impairment.
New microbe found thriving deep in the earth
They live several kilometers under the surface of the earth, need no light or oxygen and can only be seen in a microscope. By sequencing genomes of a newly discovered group of microbes, the Hadesarchaea, an international team of researchers have f...
New bird species found in India and China
A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the US, India and Russia, headed by Professor Per Alström, Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agr...
Peace researchers look back on a conflict-laden 2015
Researchers at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) are busy compiling data on how organised violence affected the world in 2015. It is clear that the alarming development of 2014, with large amounts of casualties from armed conflicts, continu...
Method for better treatment of breast cancer
A new study shows that a novel imaging-based method for defining appropriateness of breast cancer treatment is as accurate as the current standard-of-care and could reduce the need for invasive tissue sampling. The results suggest that the method ...
Genetics of camouflage and the Dun pattern in horses
Most horses today are treasured for their ability to run, work, or be ridden, but have lost their wild-type camouflage: pale hair with zebra-like dark stripes and markings known as the Dun pattern. Now an international team of scientists has disco...