Surgery reduces risk of mortality due to prostate cancer even for low-risk groups
05 maj 2011
A Swedish research team partly consisting of researchers from Uppsala University followed a group of prostate cancer patients in the Nordic region for 15 years. The study found, among other things, that surgery reduces the risk that men with prostate cancer (even those with low-risk tumours) will die within 15 years. The results were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Battle scars found on an ancient sea monster
04 maj 2011
Scars on the jaw of a 120 million year old marine reptile suggest that life might not have been easy in the ancient polar oceans. The healed bite wounds were probably made by a member of the same species. Such injuries give important clues about the social behaviour of extinct sea creatures from the time of dinosaurs. The find is described in a forthcoming issue of Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.
Uppsala University named Peace Center in stiff competition
27 april 2011
In keen international competition, Uppsala University has been named one of Rotary International’s seven international Peace Centers. This means that students from all over the world will be able to receive Rotary scholarships to pursue a master program in peace and conflict studies at Uppsala.
This year´s Johan Skytte Prize winners announced
08 april 2011
The 2011 Johan Skytte Prize is awarded to Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan, and Pippa Norris, Harvard University for contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context. The Johan Skytte Prize is among the most prestigious prizes relating to the field of political science and carries an award of SEK 500,000.
More smoke water pipes – family habits significant
07 april 2011
The number of people smoking water pipes is rising dramatically throughout the world. A large proportion of new users are young, and many believe – contrary to facts – that water pipe smoking is less dangerous than cigarettes. Research into why people start smoking water pipes is under way at Uppsala University.
Resistance to antibiotics requires commitment from world governments
05 april 2011
Half a year ago a first common step was taken toward global concerted action to combat resistance to antibiotics in bacteria. Ahead of World Health Day on April 7, the network ReAct, which is led from Uppsala University, Sweden, is urging the world to redouble its efforts. For the first time in many years, there are initiatives to start developing new drugs that have to be available when the old ones have completely stopped working.
Wrinkled dog is key to new direction within inflammation research
18 mars 2011
An international research team led from Uppsala University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has discovered the gene underlying the characteristic wrinkled skin of the Shar-Pei dog. The same gene has been shown to be associated with a chronic fever condition that often afflicts members of the breed. The findings, which are interesting from a human health standpoint, were published today in PLoS Genetics.
New scholarship fund dedicated to honorary member Anders Wall
12 mars 2011
Anders Wall, an honorary member of Uppsala University, is turning 80, and this is being marked by Uppsala University, together with the Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation, establishing a scholarship fund in his name for students from China.
Physics luminaries Hawking and Greene to participate in Uppsala conference
02 mars 2011
Strings, the world’s preeminent conference within the field of string theory, will be held in Sweden for the first time this summer. Several hundred leading theoretical physicists, including Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene, will meet for a week of fruitful discussion and to exchange new findings. The conference will close with a popular scientific event at the University’s Grand Auditorium.
Uppsala University’s research integrity praised in report
21 februari 2011
The European Science Foundation (ESF) has completed a study of how institutions of higher education in different countries proactively approach research ethical issues. Uppsala University is held up as a positive example in the associated report.
New thesis changes evolutionary theory on mating
17 februari 2011
The stereotype of over-sexed, aggressive, males competing to mate with coy females predominates for both human and non-human animals. The doctoral thesis by Sandra South at the Department of Ecology and Genetics challenges this stereotype. South defends her thesis at Uppsala University on February 25.
Sterility in frogs caused by environmental pharmaceutical progestogens
16 februari 2011
Frogs appear to be very sensitive to progestogens, a kind of pharmaceutical that is released into the environment. Female tadpoles that swim in water containing a specific progestogen, levonorgestrel, are subject to abnormal ovarian and oviduct development, resulting in adult sterility. This is shown by a new study conducted at Uppsala University and published today in the scientific journal Aquatic Toxicology.
High blood pressure may be caused by mutation in adrenal gland
11 februari 2011
High blood pressure may in some cases be caused by benign hormone-producing tumours of the adrenal cortex. A joint Swedish-American research effort has now uncovered a genetic cause behind the occurrence of such tumours. The findings were published today in the journal Science.
Extreme X-ray pulses create unique image of intact virus
02 februari 2011
An international research team has managed to capture an image of an intact virus and a membrane structure from a photosynthetic bacterium with the aid of extremely intensive and ultra-short X-ray pulses from the world’s first free electron laser. This new advance in structural biology is being published today in two articles in the journal Nature.
Cars start due to relativity
28 januari 2011
A Swedish research team of Professor Rajeev Ahuja, Dr. Andreas Blomqvist, Dr. Peter Larsson and a Finish team of Prof. P Pekka Pyykkö & Dr. Patryk Zaleski-Ejgierd have used first time quantum mechanical calculations to understand lead acid battery. The findings are being published in January issue of Physical Review Letters.
Holocaust and genocide studies is focus of new master’s programme
28 januari 2011
Holocaust and genocide studies is a growing field of research with broad international relevance. As of the autumn term of 2011, Uppsala University will offer a new, English-language master’s programme within the field. The programme aims to equip students with the tools required for understanding and analysing genocide and mass violence in terms of the relevant historical and cultural contexts.
Steering stategies of mental health reforms in Sweden and England compared
26 januari 2011
I a new PhD thesis from Uppsala University steering strategy choice is studied using a comparative case study of the mental health reforms in Britain and Sweden between 1990 and 2005.
- Breakthrough for more efficient drug development 18 januari 2011
Scientists find lakes and rivers under-valued in greenhouse gas budget
07 januari 2011
An international team of scientists has uncovered an important part of the global greenhouse gas budget. This new analysis indicates that greenhouse gas uptake by continents is less optimistic than previously thought. The balance between carbon uptake by continents and their emissions of greenhouse gases is important because it indicates how much continents can compensate for human emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere.
Steering cancer inflammation to inhibit tumor growth and spread
07 januari 2011
Most cancer tissues are invaded by inflammatory cells that either stimulate or inhibit the growth of the tumor, depending on what immune cells are involved. Now a Swedish-Belgian research team has shown that a protein that naturally occurs in the body, HRG, inhibits tumor growth and metastasis into secondary organs by activating specific immune cells. The study is being published today in the Net edition of the prestigious journal Cancer Cell.
New report: Fewer conflicts and fewer killed
28 december 2010
The number of conflicts no longer seems to be increasing, and the number of people killed has declined radically since the early 1990s. This is reported in the annual review from the research program Uppsala Conflict Database Program (UCDP) which is just being released.
Major grant for research in molecular biotechnology
20 december 2010
Following multiple selective processes, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research has chosen eighteen young researchers to share SEK 180 million over five years. Johan Elf, associate professor of cell and molecular biology at Uppsala University, has received funding for his research in “new technology for intracellular biophysics.”
SEK 47.5 million for interdisciplinary research on protein synthesis
20 december 2010
Seven researchers at Uppsala University have been granted a full SEK 47.5 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to study the structure of ribosomes, the protein factories in cells. This key research field is of great importance to research on resistance to antibiotics and to enhancing our knowledge of the genesis of diseases.
Commitment to medical law at Uppsala
16 december 2010
With a co-funded grant of SEK 6.6 million from the Ragnar and Torsten Söderberg Foundations, Uppsala University will be reinforcing its research in medical law, an exciting and expansive research field of great societal significance. Uppsala will thereby clearly be the hub for the subject in Sweden.
First step toward housing guarantee
19 november 2010
Uppsala University pledges to try to arrange a housing guarantee for fee-paying students as of autumn 2011. The decision is important to ensure recruitment of international students. But it is also a first step toward a housing guarantee for all new students, according to University Director Ann Fust.
A new framework provides a tool for successful IT-enabled change projects
08 november 2010
In an article published today in the prestigious journal California Management Review, business researcher Einar Iveroth shows how successful and large-scale IT-enabled transformation projects can be carried out in practice. He presents a framework called “The Commonality Framework for IT-Enabled Change” that can be used both for developing concrete checklists and for strategic discussions.
Unexpectedly small effects of mutations in bacteria bring new perspectives
05 november 2010
Most mutations in the genes of the Salmonella bacterium have a surprisingly small negative impact on bacterial fitness. And this is the case regardless whether they lead to changes in the bacterial proteins or not. This is shown by Uppsala University scientists in an article being published today in the prestigious journal Science.
Selected hens give new genetic insights
04 november 2010
Studies of heavy, fast-growing hens and small, slow-growing hens provide important new knowledge on the origin of the genetic variation that has enabled them to adapt rapidly to new extreme environments. This is shown by new research findings published in the online scientific periodical PLOS Genetics.
EU fails to exploit full potential for peace
28 oktober 2010
In recent years, the EU and its member states have increased their participation in wars, but not in peace efforts. This is shown in a new report from the Uppsala Conflict Database Program, UCDP, at Uppsala University. The researchers find that the EU as a peace project should have more to offer, and they propose a new doctrine for peacemaking.
- European students place Uppsala at the top 28 oktober 2010
Uppsala’s humanities and social science scholars best in Sweden
25 oktober 2010
A major new research program is receiving SEK 38 million, eleven new projects have won grants, and two infrastructure projects are to be supported. When the Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation) allocated nearly SEK 220 million on Thursday, one third went to Uppsala scholars.
Drivel on Facebook more valuable than we think
18 oktober 2010
Superficial contacts on Facebook, apparently unnecessary comments, and banal status updates may be more worthwhile than we think. This is shown in a new report from the National IT User Center. The report also predicts the new social media will ultimately lead to more individual entrepreneurs.
Ozone damage of molecules in the lungs
04 oktober 2010
Lungs are lined with a mixture of molecules to ensure that they function well. For example, some of these help with the removal of inhaled particles. Retention of a moist film at the surface is also crucial. Recent work published in Langmuir provides important ideas as to how some of these molecules are affected by ozone that can arise as a pollutant in the atmosphere and is known to be a severe pulmonary irritant.
Entirely new drug for Alzheimer’s now being tested on patients
23 september 2010
An entirely new type of pharmaceutical substance for Alzheimer’s disease developed by Uppsala scientists is now starting to be clinically tested in the US. It attacks the early stage of the protein filaments that cause the disorder, so-called protofibrills.
The unexpected discovery of a new site yields extraordinary 500 million year old fossils
17 september 2010
During an expedition into the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 2008, a Canadian-led team including researchers from Uppsala University found a new site with exceptionally preserved fossils. The site and its fossils have now been made public in this month’s issue of Geology.
ReAct’s Otto Cars Receives the 2010 APUA Leadership Award
14 september 2010
The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) is presenting its prestigious leadership award to Prof. Otto Cars, founding Director of ReAct, for his “outstanding leadership in the worldwide effort to contain antibiotic resistance”.
SciLifeLab Uppsala launches demonstration projects
14 september 2010
With cross-disciplinary collaboration and large-scale technology, it is possible both to carry out pioneering medical research and to bring benefits to society. SciLifeLab Uppsala is now demonstrating this in a series of projects that will have a chance to open new pathways.
Kick-off for major diabetes research initiative
10 september 2010
In Malmö the kick-off is underway for the strategic research field in diabetes, Exodiab, jointly run by Uppsala University and Lund University.
Turning a new page on antibiotics
08 september 2010
For 70 years the world has mismanaged the common good of antibiotics. The result is a growing global burden of antibiotic resistance, threatening to take health care back to an era where ordinary infections might once again become fatal.
UN’s Francis Deng to give this year’s Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture
01 september 2010
This year’s Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture will be given by Dr. Francis M. Deng, UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide. Dr. Deng previously served as the Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and its ambassador to Sweden and the U.S., among other countries. Members of the media are welcome to attend the lecture, which will be held at the University Main Building on 10 September.
Uppsala University ranked highly in world
18 augusti 2010
Uppsala University is highly ranked in the world. This is shown by this year’s edition of the prestigious Shanghai rankings. Uppsala is in 66th place among the world’s finest universities.
Invitation to the press: World gathers for unique conference on antibiotic resistance
17 augusti 2010
The growing problem of antibiotic resistance, which compromises our ability to treat common infections, represents one of the greatest threats to public health worldwide. Researchers, politicians and representatives from public health organisations and the pharmaceutical industry will gather in Uppsala from 6–8 September to discuss global strategies.
Warmer climate entails increased release of carbon dioxide by inland lakes
21 juli 2010
Much organically bound carbon is deposited on inland lake bottoms. A portion remains in the sediment, sometimes for thousands of years, while the rest is largely broken down to carbon dioxide and methane, which are released into the atmosphere. Swedish researchers have shown that carbon retention by sediment is highly temperature-sensitive and that a warmer climate would result in increased carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere.
New discovery brings hope to treatment of incurable blood cancer
15 juli 2010
Multiple myeloma is one of the most common blood cancers, and at present considered to be incurable. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers now present a conceptually new model for the development and progression of multiple myeloma. The study was done in collaboration with Vrije Universitet Brussels and is published in the July edition of the on-line journal PLoS ONE.
Unique conflict database now iPhone application
13 juli 2010
The Conflict Database at Uppsala University gathers neutral information about all wars and conflicts in the world. Now the popular database is also available as an iPhone application, which makes the information easy to access for researchers, journalists, and other interested parties even without an Internet connection.
Fees for students from outside Europe established
12 juli 2010
The fees to apply, beginning with the autumn term of 2011, for students from countries outside Europe were established in the course of last week’s Vice-Chancellor’s meeting. The fees, which are meant to cover all costs, will vary somewhat depending on the programme and level of study.
New, sought-after standard for diagnosis within neurology
12 juni 2010
For the first time, researchers from Sweden and the US have succeeded in identifying the majority of the detectable proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of healthy human beings. The advance is expected to provide a valuable tool for diagnosis and research into diseases of the nervous system. The study is being published today in the well-respected journal PLoS ONE.
Clear association between obesity and vitamin D deficiency
10 juni 2010
A study conducted at Uppsala University has demonstrated that obese people often suffer from serious vitamin D deficiency and poor calcium metabolism. The findings have been published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. According to the researchers, the problem is underappreciated by the health care establishment.
Cross-disciplinary research on nerve system at Uppsala
03 juni 2010
Dementia and chronic pain are two pathological conditions that are on the rise in society, which increases the need for better diagnosis and treatment. Within the framework of the Uppsala Berzelli Center, which has been in existence since 2007, both clinical and basic research in the field has made great forward strides. On June 8 there will be an open seminar on the present state of research and the future.
Two Uppsala researchers named Wallenberg Scholars
03 juni 2010
Per Ahlberg and Olle Eriksson have been named Wallenberg Scholars by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. They will be receiving a five-year grant of SEK 3 million per year.