Fred Nyberg: Choose the right path for a sustainable way forward
In an ongoing eagerness to densify cities and suburbs, there is a great risk to create environments that not only increase the nearness of the desirable, but also greatly reduce the distance to drug suppliers and crime in our courtyards and stairwells, writes Fred Nyberg, Professor emeritus in Biological Research on Drug Dependence.
Do policy makers really have to choose to fulfill a decision made under preconditions that were once relevant, but at present may very well be completely wrong? Must a person carrying genes that increase the risk of abuse and dependence follow the path of the genome? Can individuals make choices that will lead in a different direction? Can authorities take action to reduce the risk of vulnerable individuals getting into trouble?
On many occasions in recent years, pedestrians on the sidewalks in my hometown have been met and stopped by signs with clear text in large letters "Choose another path". This is about protecting pedestrians from ending up in the dead ends that arise as a result of intensive street work that the authorities has decided on for various reasons. "Choose another path" is a call that fits into many contexts that can ease for individuals to move forward, not only along the road, but also along life itself. The only question is who in society should ensure that accessibility is optimal for everyone – especially for young people with limited abilities to make the right choices. The constant, urgent issue regarding drug use is also about making choices. It is easy to blame the one who caught in an addiction as a result of a wrong choice, but it is not quite that simple.
From a scientific point of view, we know that there are three decisive factors that can lead an individual to become addicted to drugs, namely a hereditary vulnerability, a growth in or an ongoing life in a complicated environment and, thirdly, the occurrence of and access to drugs. Regarding the hereditary part, science knows of a genetic vulnerability that no human can amend. An individual who carries a hereditary vulnerability does not have the same conditions to forbear by choice, compared to a person without this vulnerability. For a person with hereditary vulnerability, growing up in an environment of misery and exclusion makes it difficult to opt out of drugs. In addition, there is clear evidence that the presence of mental illness increases the risk to develop addiction and dependence.
With that knowledge, it is clear that there are more people who can and should make decisions that can influence and affect whether someone will develop a drug addiction. The fact that Sweden has been at the top in the EU when it comes to drug-related deaths is less due to the fact that we lack good treatment alternatives than that we have had uncontrollable access to lethal drugs. In addition, there is ample scientific evidence to suggest that a careful and safe upbringing and living environment significantly reduces the risk of a young person using drugs. Thus, it is not just about young people's choices but to a large extent also about choices made by authorities and also about how our housing environments are shaped.
In an ongoing zeal to densify populated cities and suburbs, there is a great risk to create environments that not only increase the nearness of the desirable, but also greatly reduce the distance to drug suppliers and crime in our courtyards and stairwells.
It is well known that poverty, segregation and exclusion can contribute to mental illness and thus the risk of drug abuse, but what is often overlooked is that mental illness quite often also rooted in destructive housing environments. The ambition to expand and increase the population of the cities can have its downsides when areas that border to and reach into the city centers are affected. Although experts see economic benefits by densification, research clearly points out negative effects on mental health in densely populated living environments. It has been shown that overcrowding and the centering of populations with social difficulties in small areas creates environments where mental illness flourishes.
The ambition to minimize the distances between the house walls should be re-evaluated. To change the views from green areas to closely adjacent brick and concrete walls is not conducive to sustainable development, whether it is mental health, drugs or crime.
Thus, for the desirable goal for as few as possible to start using drugs, the responsibility cannot be placed solely on the young. It is clearly more about the governing body to choose the right path, which can quite frequently be another than the one previously chosen. Those responsible for the planned densification have every reason to consider their choices. Choosing another route would also help reduce the risk of densification of pandemic viruses, tobacco smoke, and household-produced toxins, but above all it is a matter of reducing the risks of mental illness and access to drugs. Only with a focus on drugs and mental illness, there is enough scientific evidence to choose another path.
Professor e.m. in Biological Research on Drug Dependence,
Senior Professor, U-FOLD
Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt
Alumnus in focus • Richard Bergström: from Club Dacke to the eye of the pandemic
Richard Bergström, alumnus of Uppsala University’s Faculty of Pharmacy, has been Sweden's vaccine coordinator for 18 intensive months. A position that includes everything from securing national vaccine access to spontaneous selfies with admirers.
Lena Friberg and Siv Jönsson appointed ISoP Fellows
Lena Friberg and Siv Jönsson at the Department of Pharmacy have been elected Fellows in the International Society of Pharmacometrics, an international association that promote pharmacometric science and its significance.
Society must provide children and teens an alternative narrative to gangster rap
Crime can never be crushed, but society can and must offer young people in high risk areas a better alternative than what criminal networks tempt with, was one of several key messages when U-FOLD returned with a packed seminar in the Uppsala University main auditorium.
SEK 4.2 million grant to Hans Lennernäs and Johan Lennartsson
Hans Lennernäs and Johan Lennartsson, Professors at the Faculty of Pharmacy, receive a total of SEK 4.2 million when the Swedish Cancer Foundation allocates funding for research projects with the greatest potential to contribute to defeating cancer.
U-FOLD celebrates 10 years with Grand Prize and Fully booked seminar on gang crime and addiction.
U-FOLD is accelerating into its second decade. This week, the Uppsala University forum received the Nordic Drugs Grand Prize 2021 for successful work in addiction issues. On Tuesday 23 November, they are arranging the seminar Gang Crime, Addiction & Belief in the Future in the University main auditorium - and chair Mathias Hallberg expects a fully booked hall.
Solemn and popular science as the faculty inaugurates its new professors
“The inauguration lectures provide great opportunities to get an easily accessible and up to date overview of what is happening in the neighboring corridor,” states Johan Lennartsson, one of seven new Professors at the Faculty of Pharmacy that this week give popular scientific introductions to their research.
Richard Bergström first guest in a new seminar series
Thursday 2 December, the Faculty of Pharmacy invites all employees to the premiere of a new seminar series. Our opening speaker is Richard Bergström, Sweden's vaccine coordinator and alumnus at Uppsala University. Post-seminar mingle, Free admission and mandatory pre-registration.
The Faculty of Pharmacy to inaugurate seven new professors
From fragile peptides to 3D-printed drugs. From optimised drug dosages to more effective drug use. Tuesday 16 November, the new professors of the Faculty of Pharmacy will give lectures directly from the frontline of pharmaceutical research before the Inauguration of Professors 2021.
Christel Bergström receives SEK 2.4 million grant to develop virtual intestines
Christel Bergström, Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, receives SEK 2.4 million from the Swedish Research Council for the development of virtual intestinal environments that can provide key resources in studies of how drugs will behave in the intestine.
Present your research at SciFest 2022 – Registration open now
The Uppsala science festival SciFest returns to Fyrishov. 10–12 March 2022, researchers from Uppsala University and thousands of curious schoolchildren and adults will meet for a variety of activities, shows and lectures. As a researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy, you can now register your participation.
Tech company founded at Uppsala University newcomer on Swedish 33-list
Just a minute… Ola Spjuth, Professor of Pharmaceutical bioinformatics and co-founder of Scaleout Systems, the tech company that was created at Uppsala University and now enters Ny Teknik's 33-list of Sweden's most innovative and promising technology startups.
Faculty of Pharmacy • Now also as Rollups
You who are an employee at the Faculty of Pharmacy can now use up to four rollups to profile our faculty's activities in connection with seminars, conferences and other gatherings.
Chief of Police Jale Poljarevius in University forum on gang crime and drugs
“The fight against gang crime and drugs requires broad societal mobilisation,” states Chief of Police Jale Poljarevius that will participate in Uppsala University's seminar Gängkriminalitet, missbruk & framtidstro (Gang crime, addiction & belief in the future).
SweDeliver's summer internships valuable for all parties
”Hiring a SweDeliver intern was a win-win that definitely added value,” states Mattias Springfelter, Head of Pharmaceutical Development at Orexo AB, one of six companies that in the summer of 2021 welcomed a student to experience drug delivery science at its very best.
Mentoring program with restrictions and new dimensions
In October, PhD students and mentors gathered in Uppsala to wrap up the first round of SweDeliver's new mentoring program. Although the pandemic limited most possibilities of interaction, no signs of digital fatigue were to be seen.
New knowledge about the gastrointestinal mucus important to humans and animals
With her research on gastrointestinal mucus, Vicky Barmpatsalou, PhD student at SweDeliver, is breaking new ground towards more efficient development of drugs for oral medication and fewer animal experiments in pharmaceutical research.
Magnus Lejelöv new guest in Profiler i branschen
The Alumni Association Farmis continues its success with the inspiration series Profiler i branschen, where we meet exciting persons in pharma. First guest this autumn is Magnus Lejelöv, experienced and innovative leader in the pharmaceutical industry. Connect via Zoom on Thursday 28 October at 12.00.
Uppsala University invests in lifelong learning for pharmacists
With four new courses in drug development, the Faculty of Pharmacy takes an important initiative in Sweden's ongoing investment in lifelong learning. "Our field is constantly moving forward and already ten years after graduation, professional pharmacists should update their skills," says Senior lecturer Per Larsson.
New method enables drug-specific visual maps of blood-brain barrier drug transport
Researchers Per Andrén and Irena Loryan at Uppsala University have presented a new method for building brain maps to investigate the heterogeneity of blood-brain barrier unbound drug transport and intra-brain distribution at-a-glance.
"We must restore the community between the faculty's PhD students"
Just a minute… Rosita Kneiszl Pettersson, new Chair of The Pharmaceutical Doctoral Student Council (FDR), which is currently launching a broad and long-term agenda for the faculty's PhD students to work in the best possible environment. First on the list: Taco Night with a twist.
SEK 25 million to ENABLE-2 and continued development of new antibiotics
ENABLE, the EU initiative for antibiotic development led by Uppsala University, has received SEK 25 million from the Swedish Research Council to start up ENABLE-2. "We are already accepting project proposals and hope that this investment will inspire more financiers," says coordinator Anders Karlén.
Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes receives the Rune Lönngren Prize
Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes, Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Pharmacy, is awarded the Rune Lönngren Prize 2021 by the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society for significant contributions in social pharmacy and clinical pharmacy.
Robotised laboratory new resource in Swedish pharmaceutical research
With the recruitment of Ola Spjuth's research environment for Pharmaceutical bioinformatics, the national infrastructure Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden establishes a node at Uppsala University. The initiative is a new important step in the ongoing implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Swedish life science.
New antibody provides promising results against Alzheimer's disease
With a new antibody that binds even the smallest and most dangerous clumps of the beta-amyloid protein that attack the brain during Alzheimer's disease, researchers at the Faculty of Pharmacy hope to enable treatments that halt the course of the disease.
Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes receives the Ariens Award 2021
Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes, Professor of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, receives the Ariens Award 2021 for her outstanding scientific achievements in pharmacology.
The Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates its newly graduated alumni
A new generation of pharmaceutical experts has received their diplomas and is entering professional life. Saturday 25 September, the Faculty of Pharmacy held the 2021 graduation ceremony. Now you can experience the event online.
Follow the Faculty of Pharmacy's Graduation Ceremony online
Saturday 25 September, a new generation of pharmaceutical experts will gather in Uppsala University's main auditorium to obtain their diplomas. The Faculty of Pharmacy invites parents, friends, relatives and faculty staff to follow the ceremony online!
Researcher profile: Mats Karlsson creates his own scientific arena
Pioneer and portal figure are two attributes often used too lightly. Sometimes it's all the more difficult to avoid them. In 2001, Mats Karlsson was named the world's first Professor of Pharmacometrics. Twenty years and 400 scientific publications later, he has no plans to reduce his efficiency.
ULLA21 a new successful chapter in the network annals
In July, the Faculty of Pharmacy hosted ULLA Summer School, the biannual event that brings together the future leaders in international pharmacy. As a result of the pandemic, seven days on site were redesigned to three days online. A challenge that did not prevent the meeting place from becoming a corona-secured success.
Where are we heading • Pharmaceutical future explorations with Dag Larsson, Lif
While science is making major achievements in gene therapies, common infections are establishing themselves among healthcare's main challenges. And what is the right path for Swedish pharmaceutical research in an increasingly fierce global competition? Join us for a pharmaceutical future exploration with Dag Larsson, senior expert policy at the Lif industry organisation and member of the Faculty of Pharmacy council.
MSI Lab Per Andrén joins SciLifeLab Spatial Omics
With the launch of national resource Spatial Omics, SciLifeLab consolidates Sweden's advanced position in one of the hottest fields of science. "This gives us the capacity to extract even more detailed knowledge from cell and tissue analyses," states Professor Per Andrén, whose MSI environment is recruited to the new infrastructure.
Webinar about your possibilities at Testa Center
Testa Center provides Uppsala University’s researchers access to state-of-the-art equipment for drug and bioprocess development. At the webinar "Academic research in the Testa Center – A testing bed for upscaling your biological innovations", you will learn about experiences and success stories. Pre-register now!
SciLifeLab leads new national investment in oligonucleotides
OligoNova is a new technology platform for the development of oligonucleotide therapeutics, by many seen as a cornerstone in tomorrow's treatments. "This initiative can be of great importance for both Sweden and future drug development," states Kristian Sandberg, head of SciLifeLab's Drug Discovery and Development Platform.
Survey to map the need for further pharmaceutical education
In which areas do you want to improve your competences? In order to map the profession's need for further pharmaceutical education, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Alumni Association Farmis are currently conducting a survey focusing on requests for new courses and formats.
Jakob Haglöf is new excellent teacher at the Faculty of Pharmacy
Just a minute & Congratulations… Jakob Haglöf, teacher of analytical pharmaceutical chemistry, educational developer AND Recently appointed excellent teacher at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
New bladder cancer model may promote better treatment
A new mouse model, designed by Lab Sara Mangsbo, is already facilitating improved studies of factors contributing to the progression of human bladder cancer and of immune-system activation when the tumour is growing.
Course in clinical trial methodology opens new doors for pharmacists
With the course Clinical Trial Methodology, Uppsala University shows the way to a career few pharmacists are aware about. "Five weeks were enough to inspire me to continue exploring the field," says Kristin Augustsson, student at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Joachim Gullbo is awarded the Hjärnäpplet Innovation Prize
Joachim Gullbo, alumnus with a pharmacy degree from the Faculty of Pharmacy, receives the Uppsala University innovation prize Hjärnäpplet for his key role in the development of better drugs for cancer.
Participate in the UU Innovation Mentor Program 2022
You, a researcher or PhD student at the Faculty of Pharmacy, can now apply to participate in the UU Innovation Mentor Program. Take the chance to develop your research results into value-creating societal benefit and to build new networks in collaboration with a committed mentor. Apply no later than 30 September 2021.
Farmis invites to annual alumni meeting 21
Farmis invites to annual alumni meeting 27 September 2021. The meeting will include an exclusive lecture with Erik Fredholm, Vaccine Coordinator in the Örebro Region. Participate online via link. Please register no later than 25 September.
Apply for equal opportunities funding 2021
You who are employed or a student at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry can now apply for up to SEK 80,000 for equal opportunities projects within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy. Welcome with your application to the Equal Opportunities Committee no later than 13 September 2021.
New database facilitates more efficient research on covid-19
SCIFI-PEARL may provide researchers with access to registry data for each person diagnosed with covid-19 in Sweden as well as a comprehensive comparison cohort. "This adds an important dimension to covid research," states Björn Wettermark, Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology.
U-FOLD maintains a high pace through the pandemic
During the academic year 2020–21, U-FOLD has initiated and contributed to a number of activities. As the pandemic and restrictions will hopefully decrease in scope, the forum announces a selection of meeting places planned for the autumn term 2021.
Anja Sandström new Professor of Medicinal chemistry
The Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates Anja Sandström on being promoted to Professor of Medicinal chemistry at the Department of Medicinal chemistry 1 July 2021.
Discovery of side-specific endocrine mechanism raises hope of new drug treatments after stroke
New research shows that hormones from the pituitary gland may contribute to movement disorders caused by brain injury. "Our results suggest that hormone-blocking, body side selective treatments can limit motor deficits, for example, after a stroke," says Georgy Bakalkin, Professor at Uppsala University.
Apply for the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society's scholarships no later than 31 October
The Swedish Pharmaceutical Society announces available scholarships aimed at PhD:s for participation in conferences and courses as well as for Postdoc stays abroad. Students can apply for a travel grant to conduct a degree project abroad. Welcome with your application no later than 31 October 2021.
Fred Nyberg: Choose the right path for a sustainable way forward
In an ongoing eagerness to densify cities and suburbs, there is a great risk to create environments that not only increase the nearness of the desirable, but also greatly reduce the distance to drug suppliers and crime in our courtyards and stairwells, writes Fred Nyberg, Professor emeritus in Biological Research on Drug Dependence.
Andrea Benediktsdottir is awarded the Iris Scholarship for aspiring women
Andrea Benediktsdottir, PhD student at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, is awarded the Iris Scholarship for aspiring women in Sweden. With the scholarship, Andrea Benediktsdottir will participate in an interdisciplinary course focusing on antibiotics given in Veyrier-du-Lac, France.
New method for discovery of antiviral drugs
The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for methods to identify new or repurposed drugs as antivirals. Researchers at Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet are now presenting a new screening approach that focuses on the identification of virus-specific morphological changes in virus-infected cells.
Uppsala University in international initiative against tuberculosis
Universities and pharmaceutical companies in 13 countries are joining forces in UNITE4TB, an international knowledge consortium that will develop tools for new and effective antibiotic treatments against tuberculosis. "This initiative is necessary to meet the global threat we face," says Ulrika Simonsson, Professor of Pharmacokinetics at Uppsala University.
They won the Faculty's summer competition 2020
The summer competition is over and three co-workers can end the academic year in the best possible way. With the WHO's assurance that Santa, despite his considerable age, is immune to all viruses, we dare to promise that the gifts will be delivered in time before holiday leave.
Be a winner in the Faculty summer competition
With a hammock and well-deserved vacation just weeks away, the Faculty of Pharmacy strikes with the hottest event of the summer: The book competition 2021. Three lucky colleagues will win a literary masterpiece that will position them as the beach's intellectual giants.
New EU initiative to provide better risk assessment of chemicals
With RISK-HUNT3R, the European Union is gathering forces to develop strategies and animal-free models for improved risk assessment of chemicals. "This is an area we are passionate about," says Per Artursson, in charge of the Faculty of Pharmacy's engagement in the consortium.
SciLifeLab – A national research infrastructure in Uppsala
SciLifeLab is a national research infrastructure in life sciences with Uppsala University as one of four host universities. Today, SciLifeLab conducts operations at most major Swedish universities.
U-FOLD is awarded the Nordic Drugs Grand Prize 2021
10-year-jubilar U-FOLD is the receiver of the Nordic Drugs Grand Prize 2021 for conducting research, providing education and raising awareness that has contributed large, positive and national significance to the fields of addiction.
Uppsala University Behavioral Facility brings animal studies to new heights
The Behavioral Facility at Uppsala University assists researchers in behavioral sciences in planning, executing and analysing preclinical animal studies. Demand for the platform's services is extensive, but the facility staff identifies additional scientific potential.
Pharmaceutical research training for the future
In the spring of 2021, the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) conducted a university-wide evaluation in Uppsala. As one of only six environments, the third-cycle education in medicine and pharmacy was selected for in-debth scrutiny – and it is a highly active operation that greeted the review panel, states Anders Backlund, Deputy Dean for Research Training.
Master thesis at Testa Center opened international doors
“Being able to work as a master's student at Testa Center was an incredibly positive experience that continues to generate value even in my current career,” says Triinu Linkgreim, today a researcher at Swiss biotech company Celonic AG.
New technology paves the way for vaccination against cancer
With a new method, researchers at Uppsala University want to teach our immune system to identify tumors and create the T cells to destroy them. "It is inspiring to see something so innovative originate in Sweden," says Kristian Sandberg, head of SciLifeLab's Drug Discovery and Development Platform.
Test yourself – what good ideas can be found in your research?
Which of your research results have the potential to solve a problem in a new way? Take UU Innovation’s self-test to see whether what you are developing in your research has the potential to create value for others as well.
Anne-Lie Svensson receives Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations Anne-Lie Svensson, Senior lecturer at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, who is awarded the Uppsala University Distinguished Teaching Award 2021 for her commitment to constantly developing teaching and creating good conditions for learning.
They receive the Pharmaceutical Student Union's pedagogical awards
“Receiving the students' award after this challenging year feels extra great, says Lecturer Christina Wedén who, together with Ulrika Rosenström and Viktor Rognås, receive the Pharmaceutical Student Union's 2021 pedagogical awards.
Alumni Association Farmis increases the visibility of the pharmaceutical professions
“All of us students, alumni and employees benefit from committed networking”, states Elin Svedin, chair of Alumni Association Farmis, which in May launched the new digital inspiration series Industry Profiles.
New research to improve use of amphiphilic drug molecules
By exploring the aggregation properties of different amphiphilic molecules in microgels, Yassir Al-Tikriti, PhD student at the Faculty of Pharmacy, aims to provide tools and knowledge of importance for future cancer therapies and antidepressants.
“The perfect challenge” • Meet this summer's SweDeliver interns
“This is a unique opportunity for me”, states Anton Norberg, one of the six highly motivated master students selected by SweDeliver for a summer internship and the opportunity to experience drug delivery science at its very best.
SweDeliver welcomes Janssen Pharmaceutica (BE) as new partner
Janssen Pharmaceutica (BE) joins SweDeliver as a new industry partner. With international leading expertise in SweDeliver's research fields, Janssen Pharmaceutica will be an important and dedicated partner to the center.
Stanko Skrtic: "SweDeliver gives reason for high expectations"
Just a minute ... Stanko Skrtic, new chair of SweDeliver, whose first impressions of the national competence center – with Faculty of Pharmacy as academic hub – best sums up: great capacity, genuine job satisfaction and high expectations.
Alumnus in focus: Joachim Gullbo's PhD-project turns into new cancer treatment
In February, Joachim Gullbo, alumnus of Uppsala University’s Faculty of Pharmacy, saw his PhD thesis from the late 1990s result in a new cancer drug in the USA. "A fantastic feeling," he states from his current home in California.
Sofia Kälvemark Sporrong: "Sweden needs to strengthen the position of pharmacists"
Just a minute… Sofia Kälvemark Sporrong, Professor of Social pharmacy, who in late April was appointed first vice chair of The Swedish Pharmacists Association, a union she became a member of just two months earlier.
Fred Nyberg: "Violence in close relationships often linked to alcohol and drugs"
It is obvious that the political ambition to put an end to violence against women must also include a scientifically grounded and far-sighted drug policy, writes Fred Nyberg, Professor em. in Biological Research on Drug Dependence.
Make your lectures interactive with Mentimeter
Uppsala University now offers all employees a site license for Mentimeter: the web application that provides the opportunity to include interactive elements in your presentations and lectures.
Webinar 14 June: Digitalization, medicine and pharmacy
Monday 14 June the Faculty of Pharmacy invites to webinar Digitalization, medicine and pharmacy – How well does our education meet future needs? Join online and contribute to the development of pharmaceutical educations to meet future needs.
Webinar 16 September: Swedish pharmaceutical research and the way forward
On Thursday 16 September, the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society and IF's foundation for pharmaceutical research invite you to a webinar with future explorations and retrospective aspects on how Sweden will regain its leading position in the world of pharmaceuticals.
Webinar 27 April • Testa Center for Academia
Tuesday 27 April Testa Center will host Lunch webinar Testa Center for Academia – How can Testa Center benefit my academic ambitions? The Agenda is aimed at students, researchers and everyone with an interest in the fields of biopharma and general medicine.
New test environment shows unknown sides of zebrafish
With a new test environment for zebrafish, researchers at Uppsala University and SLU have developed a sophisticated tool for mapping multiple behavioral variables in a single test situation. Now the group presents its first results.
Bengt Julander first guest in Farmis new inspiration series
Welcome to the premiere of Alumni Association Farmis digital inspiration series Profiler i branschen. Our first guest is Bengt Julander, pharmacist and healthcare profile. Join via Zoom Thursday 6 May.
Apply for funding for postdoc exchange between the Faculty of Pharmacy and SLU
Funding is now available for two postdoc exchanges, one hosted by the Faculty of Pharmacy or Fauculty of Medicine at Uppsala University, and one by a department at the SLU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science.
New study: One in ten with COVID-19 experiences long-term effects
The ongoing COMMUNITY study at Danderyd University Hospital shows that every tenth employee who has had COVID-19 still experience problems that affect their quality of life negatively after eight months.
Webinar: Fighting the covid pandemic using pharmacometrics
Can BCG vaccine protect us against covid-19? On Thursday 22 April, Ulrika Simonsson, Professor of Pharmacokinetics, will present her work in the international research consortium currently exploring a vaccine to fight the ongoing pandemic. Welcome to join online!
Gambling strategies can be linked to the brain's reward system
The number of Swedes with some form of gambling disorder is today so large that the government defines it as a public health problem. Now research at Uppsala University shows differences in the brain's reward network between rats that make strategic decisions and those that make the most risky options.
Pharmacy honorary doctor Mary Jeanne Kreek in memoriam
Mary Jeanne Kreek, world-renowned researcher, clinically active professor in the field of addiction at Rockefeller University, NY, and honorary doctor at Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy passed away on the night of Sunday 28 March 2021.
Now comes the tools with the potential to revolutionise cancer research
With the upcoming launches of his award winning method to analyse protein activity in cells and a new artificial enzyme, Ola Söderberg, Professor of Pharmaceutical cell biology, aims to provide game changing tools to the fields of cancer research and cell biology.
New online course: Advanced cancer biology
Welcome to join the new course Advanced cancer biology, 7–11 June, covering important topics in the field of tumor biology. The course is primarily aimed at PhD students, postdocs and researchers. Apply no later than 14 April 2021.
Make your nomination for Alumnus of the Year 2021
Who among the Faculty of Pharmacy's many alumni do you think best deserves the Alumnus of the Year 2021 award at Uppsala University? You are welcome to nominate your candidate no later than 2 May.
Alumnus in focus: Erik Fredholm, vaccine coordinator in Region Örebro
Erik Fredholm, pharmacist in Region Örebro, has seen his working days change along the spread of the coronavirus. Three months have passed since he last took a break. At the moment he estimates that it will take another three months before his next visit to the coffee room.
The Faculty of Pharmacy top-ranked for higher education
In the QS World University Rankings, Uppsala University is ranked no. 37 in the world for studies in Pharmacy & Pharmacology. "This proves that our work at Uppsala University gives results, and also gives us important inspiration for the future," says Mathias Hallberg, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy.
New courses in drug development meet industrial needs
As academic hub in the competence center SweDeliver, the Faculty of Pharmacy is consolidating its already advanced position in drug delivery. In the autumn of 2021, a new step is taken with a series of four courses that respond to the field's extensive need for future competence.
The Faculty of Pharmacy puts focus on Drugs in the environment
In September 2021, Uppsala University will launch the new course Drugs in the Environment, developed in collaboration with the Swedish MPA's Knowledge Center for Drugs in the Environment. The initiative unites a number of leading organisations in order to provide Sweden with long-term tools to meet a rapidly escalating challenge.
The doctoral student council is looking for new board members
The Pharmaceutical Doctoral Student Council (FDR) is the Pharmaceutical Student Union's PhD student council, representing the PhD students at the Faculty of Pharmacy in committees and boards. Our focus is to ensure that all PhD students can complete their studies in a good working environment and under good employment conditions. Now FDR is looking for new board members 2021/22.
Nominate your candidate for the 2021 Oscar Prize
The Oscar Prize, one of Uppsala University's most prestigious awards, is given to a young researcher "whose scientific writing is the most deserving and offers the greatest promise of continued academic writings at the University ". Welcome with your nomination no later than March 25.
Faculty of Pharmacy at SciFest 2021
4-10 March 2021 the SciFest science festival welcomes pupils and adults from all over Sweden to take part in lectures, shows and hands on activities. Of course, the Faculty of Pharmacy's researchers will be online to provide insights into how a drug is developed and utilised.
Olof Eriksson receives SEK 1,3 million for PET project
Olof Eriksson, researcher in translational imaging, is awarded a Project Grant of SEK 1,303,000 from Diabetes Wellness Sweden for his project GPR44 as a PET marker for measuring beta cell mass in human.
Apply for grants for Educational Renewal and Pedagogical Development
Teachers and teaching teams at the Faculty of Pharmacy can now apply for project funding for renewal of education and pedagogical development. The call is for the financial year 2022, but grants may be used from autumn 2021.
New results show broad immunity against covid-19 after nine months
96 percent of those who develop antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 still carry them after nine months shows research at Danderyd University Hospital, Uppsala University and KI. The results are based on the third phase of the COMMUNITY study, examining long-term immunity after covid-19.
Björn Wettermark creates tools for optimised drug utilisation
The path of the drug from laboratory to patient is long and every year non-optimised medication use costs both human lives and astronomical amounts. Now, Björn Wettermark, Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology, is forming the multidisciplinary clusters than can help turn the tide.
Faculty of Pharmacy is ready for ULLA Summer School 2021
July 6-8, the Faculty of Pharmacy will be at the center of European pharmaceutical research when Uppsala University hosts the ULLA Summer School, a meeting place that brings together the future leaders in international pharmacy. "I am convinced that we will create a unique experience," says Andrea Benediktsdottir of the organising committee.
New biomarkers can lead to breakthrough in diabetes research
With the discovery of two new biomarkers, Olof Eriksson, researcher in translational imaging, may lead the way to the scientific breakthrough that will enable curative drugs and personalised treatments for diabetes.
Drugs in the Environment one of many new freestanding courses at the Faculty of Pharmacy
In 2021, the Faculty of Pharmacy is expanding its already wide range of freestanding courses. This year’s news includes Drugs in the Environment, Biologicals and Introduction to Nanomedicine - themes that respond well to society's challenges.
New seminar series puts focus on Swedish drug development
This spring semester, SweDeliver and NextBioForm invite to online lunch seminars. Welcome to experience frontline research with a focus on industrial challenges in drug delivery and the development of biologically based drugs.
Apply for the best summer job of 2021 at SweDeliver
In the summer of 2021, SweDeliver will give five students the opportunity to conduct research on site at one of our industrial partners. Each project will extend over six weeks and constitute a platform for future recruitment of advanced students and PhD students to our competence center.
New research to enable increased drug doses to the lung
By exploring the physical stability of particles during pulmonary drug delivery, Sohan Sarangi, PhD student at SweDeliver and the Faculty of Pharmacy, is providing important knowledge about optimising the amount of drug delivered to the lungs.
Apply now and become the faculty's 8th Distinguished University Teacher
Seven teachers at the Faculty of Pharmacy have already been admitted as Distinguished University Teachers (formerly Excellent Teacher) at Uppsala University. The Board of the Disciplinary Domain now welcomes all teachers at our faculty to apply for the title – that includes a salary increase corresponding to that of a docentship.
Uppsala's MSI environment continues to expand
Just a minute… Per Andrén, Professor of Mass Spectrometry Imaging, that with the installation of a new FTICR instrument heads of one of the world's leading facilities for Mass Spectrometry Imaging.
New route for foreign pharmacists to Swedish labor market a success
In 2017, Uppsala University launched a Complementary Programme and a Proficiency test for newly arrived pharmacists. Today, the participants account for one in four applications for Swedish pharmacist licenses. "Everyone is extremely motivated," says Shima Momeni, coordinator at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Testa Center and the Faculty of Pharmacy take bioscience to the next level
At Testa Center, researchers and teachers at the Faculty of Pharmacy have access high-quality laboratory environments. Here they meet the infrastructure and expertise required to take their innovations and students to new heights.
Nominate your candidate for The Distinguished Teaching Awards
Which teacher at the Faculty of Pharmacy has made the most outstanding contributions in undergraduate education? Nominate your candidate for the Uppsala University Distinguished Teaching Awards 2021 no later than 18 March.
New findings on adverse effects of L-Dopa therapy of Parkinson's disease
To treat Parkinson's disease with L-Dopa will gradually deteriorate in effect and cause involuntary movements. In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University link this to a dysregulation of L-Dopa metabolism throughout the brain.
Interdisciplinary collaboration provides new answers about immunity after Covid-19
Only weeks after the coronavirus reached Sweden, blood samples were taken from more than 2,000 employees at Danderyd Hospital. Today, a selection of the country's leading researchers collaborate with this unique material within the COMMUNITY study to extract new knowledge needed to fight covid-19.
New methods to predict release and absorption of orally administered drugs
Friday 15 January at 09.15 Caroline Alvebratt, PhD student at the Department of Pharmacy, will defend her dissertation with focus on new methods to predict the release and absorption of orally administered drugs. Welcome to participate online via Zoom.
Sooraj Bajinath wins Bioanalysis Rising Star Award 2020
Sooraj Baijnath, researcher of Medical Mass Spectrometry Imaging, is the winner of the Bioanalysis Rising Star Award 2020. “It has been overwhelming to see the amount of support I have received globally,” says Sooraj Baijnath.
They won the Faculty's X-mas gift competition 2020
The Christmas gift competition is over and three co-workers can end this strange year in the best possible way. With the WHO's assurance that Santa, despite his considerable age, is immune to all viruses, we dare to promise that the gifts will be delivered in time before holiday leave.
New thesis explores the evolution of sponge species in Antarctica and the deep sea
Thursday 17 December at 1 PM, Vasiliki Koutsouveli, PhD student at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, will defend her thesis focusing on the ecophysiological and evolutionary aspects of sponge species from Antarctica and the deep sea. Welcome to participate online via Zoom.
New analysis method for predicting the risks and effects of immunotherapy
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University have been able to show differences in how Rituximab, a monoclonal antibody drug, interacts with the blood of healthy individuals compared to patients with chronic lymphatic leukaemia. This has awakened hopes that this analysis method could pave the way for important breakthroughs in immunotherapy research and treatment.
ERC Grant for research on new method to diagnose and treat inflammatory bowel disease
Just a minute… Alexandra Teleki, researcher in drug development, who receives 2 million euros from the European Research Council to develop a new method to diagnose and treat inflammatory bowel disease in children.
Apply now for the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society scholarships
Post docs, PhD:s & Students in the field of pharmacy can now apply for scholarships for, among other things, research courses and congresses. Apply no later than 31 January 2021.
Be a winner in this year's X-mas gift competition
With glühwein and a well deserved vacation just weeks away, the Faculty of Pharmacy strikes with the hottest event of the year: The X-mas gift competition 2020. Three lucky winners will receive an extra present in their stockings that will make them the department's most admired employees the entire 2021.
Ebba Bergman and Phil Harrison win the Adipocyte Cell Imaging Challenge
Ebba Bergman and Phil Harrison, PhD students at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, are winners of the Adipocyte Cell Imaging Challenge – AI Sweden and AstraZeneca's challenge to create a solution to avoid using staining when testing new drugs on cell cultures.
New research raises hope of curing Alzheimer's disease
"Our ambition is to apply the method to humans in the foreseeable future," says Greta Hultqvist, researcher at Uppsala University, who with a new protein transporter has succeeded in stopping and reversing the development of Alzheimer's disease in mice.
Here, pharmaceutical experts are educated to make Swedish healthcare even more efficient
With the task to optimise each patient's drug situation, the clinical pharmacists have in a short time become a welcome reinforcement in the Regions' care teams. At Uppsala University, Sweden's only Master's Programme in Clinical Pharmacy is offered, and the demand for the students' competence is high.
See webinar on the opportunities offered at Testa Center
At Testa Center, researchers and students at Uppsala University have access to modern equipment for drug and bioprocess development. In this webinar, recorded during Innovation Week 2020, experiences and examples of the work performed are presented. (webinar in Swedish)
SSF illustrates Erik Jansson's research in new film
Erik Jansson, researcher at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, explains in a new film from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research his work of increasing our knowledge of the body's signaling system between brain and cells.
Sara Mangsbo receives SITC Team Science Award
Sara Mangsbo, researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy, receives the 2020 SITC Team Science Award for her work contributing to new cancer treatments.
The SweDeliver Scientific Advisory Board identifies great potential
“Our Scientific Advisory Board expressed that SweDeliver is moving in the right trajectory, providing a unique ecosystem with great potential to exceed the needs of all stakeholders,” states Christel Bergström, Center director at Sweden's new competence center for Drug delivery.
Swedish Research Council grants SEK 6.6 million to Daniel Globisch and Ola Spjuth
Daniel Globisch and Ola Spjuth, researchers at Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy, are granted a total of SEK 6.6 million in the Swedish Research Council's call Natural and engineering sciences. The grants are to be received during 2020–2024.
Elin Svedin is new chairwoman of the Alumni Association Farmis
Just a minute… Elin Svedin, who in the spring of 2020 graduated from Uppsala University's Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy and now takes over as chairwoman of the Alumni Association Farmis.
Eight months of distance learning: "We are approaching a critical point"
March 18th, Uppsala University switched to distance teaching and examination. Eight months later, the BMC seminar halls and corridors still offer desolate experiences. How does this affect teachers and students, Anja Sandström, Deputy dean for first and second cycle education at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Sara Mangsbo: Prize-winning innovator focused on immunotherapy
Over the past decade, more and more biopharmaceuticals have been developed for anti-cancer immunotherapy. Sara Mangsbo is actively contributing to their development with her research group, and has also started three companies. She was recently awarded the Uppsala University Innovation Prize, Hjärnäpplet, for her ability to combine research and entrepreneurship.
Two new awards to researchers at the Faculty of Pharmacy
Maria Karlgren and Christine Wegler, researchers at the Faculty of Pharmacy, receive awards for their work contributing to reduce the number of animal studies and increased knowledge about drug disposition in the liver and small intestine.
Swedish Research Council grants millions to research at the Faculty of Pharmacy
Per Artursson, Olof Eriksson, Hans Lennernäs and Ola Spjuth, researchers at Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy, have been granted a total of SEK 16.68 million in the Swedish Research Council's call Medicine and Health. The grants will be received during 2020–2024.
Uppsala researcher in EU-initiative for better medication adherence
Getting patients to take their drugs correctly is one of healthcare's biggest and oldest challenges. Now experts from 39 European countries are joining forces in the ENABLE project to make a difference. "We have good conditions for success," says Björn Wettermark, Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology.
SweDeliver's junior researchers prepare their next career step
With a focus on lifelong learning, SweDeliver's young researchers participate in a selection of activities within the Work package Training and Career Development. First on the schedule is a series of digital lunch seminars and a Mentoring program in collaboration with the center's industrial partners
Per Artursson: If we are to aim for the top, we must tear down the glass ceiling
Standing on the shoulders of giants, we will allegedly discover the way forward, so if one would ever cross our path, it would be a mistake not to try the view. Per Artursson, Professor of Dosage Form Design and Giant of Pharmaceutical Sciences, works at Uppsala Biomedical Centre, and the perspectives offered are undeniably interesting.
The Diversity report: Varying images that require further analysis
“The Disciplinary domain's Diversity report points at great opportunities at the Faculty of Pharmacy, but to take full advantage of them require further analysis,” says Hooshang Bazrafshan, equal opportunities specialist at Uppsala University.
New model to provide more accurate predictions in drug treatment
With a new and more accurate computational model for how the drug rosuvastatin (Crestor ®) is taken up and eliminated in the liver, researchers at Uppsala University paves the way for more efficient drug development and future treatment methods.
New study aim to provide safer oral administration of macromolecular drugs
"Our project is developing in a very positive direction," says Staffan Berg, PhD Student at SweDeliver that, with base at both AstraZeneca R&D and Uppsala's Faculty of Pharmacy, hopes to add new knowledge to one of pharmaceutical research's oldest challenges.
Present your research at SciFest 2021
The Uppsala science festival SciFest goes digital. March 1–6, 2021, researchers from Uppsala University and curious schoolchildren and adults from all over Sweden will meet for a variety of lectures, shows and activities. As a researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy, you can now register your participation.
New facility takes up the chase for doped athletes and future drugs
Using a home-grown filamentous fungus, Mikael Hedeland, professor of analytical pharmaceutical chemistry, managed to expose four medalists guilty of doping at the Olympic Games in Athens. Now he is refining his methods further, opening a facility for mass spectrometry at the Uppsala Biomedical Center.
Self-learning machines take the step into drug discovery
In the winter of 2020, a novel robotised laboratory for cell profiling will open at Uppsala's Biomedical Centre – a high-tech facility ready to deliver as the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation now invests SEK 3.1 billion in making Sweden a world leader in computer-driven life sciences.
Se onlineseminarium om problemspelande i en föränderlig omvärld
I oktober inbjöd Uppsala universitets Forum för forskning om läkemedels- och drogberoende (U-FOLD) och Svenska Spels oberoende Forskningsråd till Öppen Forskningsdag i syfte att belysa det senaste inom forskningsområdet kring hasardspel. Experter vid flera universitet och högskolor deltar i mötet som du nu kan se online.
SEK 9 million to research on personalized drugs for children suffering from severe diseases
Christel Bergström, Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics, receives SEK 9 million from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation in continued support of the project Personalized medications for children suffering from severe diseases.
New method enables earlier answers during drug development
With the Nobel Prize-winning technology CRISPR-Cas9, researchers at Uppsala University are creating new components for more efficient drug development with fewer animal experiments.
Researchers at the Faculty of Pharmacy praise this year's selection of Nobel Laureates
To contribute to better treatment and reducing the spread of the viral disease hepatitis C is prioritized work at Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy, where researchers praise the 2020 selection of Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine.
The SweDeliver Pulmonary Drug Delivery Work Package – An ecosystem for research and competence development
“The national competence center SweDeliver has already extended the visibility and appeal of the Faculty of Pharmacy far beyond Sweden's borders. This enhances our ability to recruit top-of-the-line PhD students and postdocs.”, states Göran Frenning, Professor of Pharmaceutical Physics and leader of the Pulmonary Drug Delivery Work Package.
Former Vice-rector Stellan Sandler is awarded the Gustaf Adolf Medal
Stellan Sandler, professor of medical cell biology and former Vice-rector at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, is awarded the older Gustaf Adolf Medal in gold for his significant contributions to Uppsala University.
What’s on at the Faculty? – 13 October 2020
Welcome to What’s on at the Faculty of Pharmacy? We will meet online via Zoom. The program contains current issues, our faculty’s diversity report and popular science presentations. We will end with coffee&quiz at BMC.
The Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates its newly graduated pharmaceutical experts
A new generation of pharmaceutical experts has received their diplomas and is entering their professional life. Saturday 26 September, the Faculty of Pharmacy held the 2020 graduation ceremony - which this year was four.
Webinar 6 October: Testa Center and Uppsala University developing for required cutting-edge competence
At Testa Center, students at Uppsala University receive training in bioprocess- and drug development, while researchers get access to modern equipment in the biotechnological process industry. In this webinar at Innovation Week 2020, students and researchers talk about their experiences at the Testa Center.
Apply for travel grant for travels April–September 2021
Apply no later than 15 October for the Vice-Chancellor’s travel grant for travels April–September 2021. Grants are awarded for travels that most benefit a personal scholarly exchange and is of use to Swedish research.
Sofia Kälvemark Sporrong: Sweden needs more pharmacy rebels
Eleven years after the deregulation of the pharmacy market, Sweden is facing another comprehensive reform. Now with healthcare in focus. And once again, a distinct pharmaceutical voice is missing in the debate. "It is time for the profession to make themselves heard," says Sofia Kälvemark Sporrong, Professor of Social pharmacy, returning to Sweden and Uppsala University.
Researcher profile: Sara Mangsbo explores new ways to fight cancer
At the forefront of one of science's most successful fields. Entrepreneur of the year and ready to give another company a flying start. Sara Mangsbo, researcher in immune-oncology at Uppsala University, follows her own advice and looks far beyond the comfort zone.
The SweDeliver Oral Drug Delivery work package – A gold mine for junior researchers
“Here, PhD Students and postdocs interact with leading research groups, aspiring start-ups and established companies. It is a dynamic environment that will ensure continued growth in the already dynamic Swedish life science sector.”
Vice-rector Mats Larhed: What we do now will shape our disciplinary domain for many years to come
After nine years as deputy Vice-rector, Mats Larhed takes the next step. The To-do list is extensive and 5-6 October, he will gather the disciplinary domain staff and students for Vision: Medfarm. An initiative that will point out a mutual direction forward.
SweDeliver Parenteral drug delivery – Home to a diversity of high-quality research
At SweDeliver's research environment for parenteral drug delivery, industry and Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy meet to develop new systems for injected drug administration. It is an arena characterized by commitment, trust and a mutual movement forward.
Watch U-FOLD seminar on gambling addiction during the Corona crisis
Wednesday 16 September, U-FOLD focused on gambling problems and addiction in relation to aggressive advertising, mental illness and Covid-19. The webseminar was attended by, among others, Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi (S).
Digital (bad)habits present new challenges to addiction researchers
Hundreds of thousands of Swedes caught in the web of online casinos. Children who sit glued to screens, risking their future physical and mental health. New technologies have made the path to addiction more of a maze than ever before.
New knowledge about NAT2–enzyme can help improve drug dosages
Researchers at Uppsala University have identified previously unknown activity in the enzyme NAT2 affecting the body's metabolism and clearance of drugs. The study, expected to contribute to tailor-made drug treatments, is published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Continued increase in applicants for the Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy
In the second selection for admissions to the autumn term, 115 students were admitted to the Faculty of Pharmacy's Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy. 90 students were admitted to the Bachelor of Science Programme in Pharmacy.
Dean Mathias Hallberg: We must enhance the visibility of the Faculty of Pharmacy
On 1 July, new managements were installed at Uppsala University's faculties and disciplinary domains. The new dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy is Mathias Hallberg, professor of molecular life sciences, whose first task is to guide our operations through the ongoing reorganization.
Farmis invites to annual alumni meeting
Farmis invites to annual alumni meeting 28 September 2020. The meeting will include an exclusive lecture with researcher and entrepreneur Sara Mangsbo. Participate on site in Segerstedthuset or online via link. Please register no later than 26 September.
Deputy Dean Anja Sandström: We must work together to raise the number of applicants for our educations
Just a minute… Anja Sandström, since 1 July Deputy dean for first and second cycle education at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
The Faculty of Pharmacy launches new structure
“I am confident that in the foreseeable future we will work in a very creative environment,” says Mathias Hallberg, dean of Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy, where seven research groups are entering a new scientific environment.
Faculty of Pharmacy facing the future with optimism
The playing field has been redrawn many times since Sweden's only Faculty of Pharmacy was established at Uppsala University, but neither political squalls nor industrial giants in exile prevent researchers at Uppsala Biomedicine Center from facing the future with optimism.
Apply for the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society's scholarships no later than 31 October
The Swedish Pharmaceutical Society announces available scholarships aimed at PhD:s for participation in conferences and courses as well as for Postdoc stays abroad. Students can apply for a travel grant to conduct a degree project abroad. Welcome with your application no later than 31 October 2020.
SweDeliver is shaping the future of drug delivery
This summer, SweDeliver – Sweden's first national competence center in drug delivery – was inaugurated. With the hub at Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy, academia and industry will cooperate to push the boundaries for the development of new pharmaceuticals.
Here we present more news from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Uppsala University: