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WCMM newsletter November 2018


WCMM  Newsletter

Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine
Lund University

Greetings from the Director

Dear all,

First, I would like to warmly welcome Niklas Mattsson, our new Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellow to WCMM Lund! He will start his position in January 2019.

Thank you all for a very positive meeting Strategy meeting November 12 about WCMM and plan for the future! Lifting the international perspective even further is crucial and putting Regenerative Medicine at Lund University at the global map is important, which we all agreed on. This encourage me! The question now is HOW we develop this in the best way. I would like to point out that we already have begun lifting Regenerative Medicine as a topic both in a research- and education perspective. Indeed, this is reflected in all excellent WCMM publications, grants received and above all the Research School that is impressive in many aspects and which boosts our students to become productive and creative researchers with a drive, critical thinking and curiosity on research in a wider context. The working group of the WCMM and I are full of energy and are planning our WCMM Retreat in January 2019 at YSB in Ystad, and we all together established a solid base for the Centre. The Retreat will focus on the international- and research part of the Centre, and how to advance this even further, for example by developing a Seminar Series that can be linked to the Research School and initial planning of a Conference in Regenerative medicine in 2020. Notably, the Retreat will also give time to get to know each other better to increase new Research interactions in all directions, i.e. translational and between research areas. This is a few thoughts about the Retreat in Ystad.

We have also had a closing ceremony of the first WCMM Mentor program at the Pufendorf Institute. It was very interesting to listen to the participants thoughts about the future and I will try to support you in all ways. Leadership programs give you some time to reflect about yourself, how you are and act both in a smaller and larger context. To learn about your strengths and to develop them further, but at the same time become aware about your weaknesses to be able to understand and handle them. However, the most important is to acknowledge and stand up for a personal leadership that makes you unique both now and in the future. This is important to remember! Look forward to starting up the next WCMM mentor program and the Advanced leadership Seminar Series.

We warmly congratulate Filipe to his coming publication in Science, featured in the cover of Science Immunology.

Soon we will meet at our WCMM Christmas Party at Biskopshuset. Full house and some surprises!

Best wishes,

Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson
Director WCMM Lund

WCMM Lund Leadership support programs

Below, the very nice closing ceremony of the first WCMM Mentor program hold at Pufendorf Institute. Soon the next group recruited to the WCMM Lund will be invited to a mentor program starting in spring 2019. We will also invite all researchers to an advanced Leadership program. We are very happy to have the ability to give this tailor-made career support to all of you! closing ceremony of WCMM mentor program

VR Application Support Programme

Future Faculty invites everyone who is planning to apply for the 2019 calls within the medicine and health framework from Vetenskapsrådet/Swedish Research Council (VR), including International Postdoc, Starting Grant (Etableringsbidrag), and Research Project Grant (Projektbidrag), to register for the VR application support programme, organized by Careers Centre and Future Faculty.
The programme consists of two parts, to which you can choose to sign up for one or both.

  1. An open information session and panel discussion, moderated by Future Faculty, with researchers and experienced reviewers
    1. You will receive information about the sections in the calls, the VR review process, and advice on how to make your application fulfil the evaluation criteria.
    2. Questions to the panel can be submitted in advance. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the session.
    3. The session is open to everyone who is interested. REGISTER HERE
  2. Individual feedback on grant applications from assigned reviewers.
    1. You will be assigned an individual grant reviewer with experience of the VR process.
    2. The reviewer, who will be familiar with your research field, will read and comment on your grant application. You will then have an individual meeting with the reviewer to discuss your application.
    3. The Review process requires registration by January 14th: REGISTER HERE

More information about the programme and deadlines:
Lund University - Future Faculty
Email: future [dot] faculty [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

LUCIA celebration December 13 at Stamstället

Don’t miss this very Swedish tradition at Stamstället at 09.00 or 10.00. There will be coffee, a saffron bun and gingerbread served. You don’t have to register for this event.

Lucia and stjärngosse

*** REMINDER: NMMP Open call for “Scientific Network Facilitation Grant” 2018 ***

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for to the grant aiming at facilitation of collaborations between researchers at SciLifeLab-WCMM or between two different WCMM sites! The total amount to apply for per year and site is 125 tKr and the grant can be used for e.g. travel costs, lodging and consumables related to the planned activity (e.g. meeting, study). The WCMM working group will evaluate the applications continuously after receiving them and decisions will be made within 4 weeks after application.

How to apply:

  1. Application, maximum 2 pages, should include Names and affiliations of participants, Project plan (Use headings: background, aim, workplan, relevance, references)
  2. Budget, maximum 1 page
  3. Attach short cv´s for the PI´s, max 2 pages.
  4. Send the application, budget, and cv´s to ulrica [dot] englund_johansson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Dead-line for application 2018 Grant: December 3, 2018

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WCMM Affiliation and Acknowledgements

Please, all WCMM-associated PIs (preclinical- and clinical

****NOTE: Use the WCMM affiliation on all publications from the starting date of your position*****

All WCMM-associated PIs (preclinical- and clinical) use the following guideline for WCMM-affiliation and acknowledgements to KAW:
John Doe a,b
a = Departmental address or Clinic address
b = Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine, Lund University

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation is acknowledged for generous support.

***WCMM Researcher Calendar 2018 – Save all dates***


December 12
Christmas party at Biskopshuset, Lund


January 22-23
WCMM Retreat at YSB, Ystad

April 2-4
NMMP meeting, Gothenburg

April 17-18
WCMM Lund SAB meeting in Lund

Enjoy the Advent Season of 2018!

All the best,
Ulrica on the behalf of the WCMM working group
WCMM Research coordinator

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Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine
Klinikgatan 32
221 84 Lund
Phone: 046-222 00 00 (switchboard)