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New Research Center Recruiting

A new center for the study of molecular medicine at Umeå University is seeking 16 young scientists to engage in research.

Founded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW), the center has received 175 million kronor for the period from 2016 to 2024 from the foundation. Umeå University and Västerbotten County Council also will provide funding. The money will be mainly used for recruiting young researchers, according to Life Science Sweden.

 Half of the recruits will be basic scientists and clinical researchers, while the other eight will spend half their time on research and the rest of the time as physicians at the Norrlands University Hospital, says Lena Gustafsson, Umeå University’s rector. Work is underway to appoint a local steering group and then those members can create a long-term budget along with the university and county council, she adds. Particpants are hopeful resarch will get started by early autumn.

 The focus of the new center will be on research areas that are Umeå University’s strengths, such as cancer, metabolic and neural diseases and serious infections. The goal is to integrate basic research with clinical research.

 The initiative is a part of the KAW’s plan to distribute up to 1.7 billion in 10 years with the aim of strengthening Swedish medical research.

 Source: Life Science Sweden

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