Umea University

Umeå University (Swedish: Umeå universitet) is a university in Umeå in the mid-northern region of Sweden. The university was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest within Sweden's present borders. During the seventies the university became known as the "red university" due to a large number of student strikes and a large share of left-wing politically active students. Since then conditions have normalised and Umeå University now has over 15,500 full-time students, including master students. It has more than 4,000 employees, including 332 full professors. Internationally, the university is known for research relating to the genome of the Populus tree (Life sciences), contributions to the Gleason problem and function spaces on fractals (mathematics) and its school of industrial design which gives degree programs in English open to students from all of the world. It is also the one of largest providers of distance education courses in the Nordic countries.

Address
Umeå, Västerbotten County
Website
http://www.umu.se/english
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ume%C3%A5_University

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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Bacteria in pneumonia attack using bleaching agent

Research shows that bacteria use hydrogen peroxide to weaken the immune system and cause pneumonia. This according to a study at Umeå University and Stockholm University, Sweden. Hydrogen peroxide is also known as a bleaching ...

Neuroscience

Brain takes a beating as arteries age

Researchers in Umeå, Sweden, have presented a model that explains why memory deteriorates as the body ages. With age, the brain receives an increased load from the heart's beating as the body's large arteries stiffen over ...

Oncology & Cancer

An epigenetic marker can predict survival in childhood leukaemia

A molecular epigenetic marker is important for distinguishing patients with childhood leukaemia at high and low risk of relapse even at the time of diagnosis. It can be important to adapt early on as to what treatment to ...

Immunology

A molecular switch for stopping inflammation

A component has been identified by researchers in Umeå as a novel regulator of the immune system. It acts as a molecular switch to deactivate the innate immune system and has the ability to prevent certain diseases caused ...

Oncology & Cancer

Blocking a protein to prevent injuries caused by radiation therapy

It is possible to prevent certain injuries that can occur in radiation therapy against cancer. By blocking the activity of a plasma protein during and immediately after radiation, the patient can be protected against injury. ...

Health

Novel strategy to analyse biomarkers in exhaled breath

Breath gas analysis is a promising approach for non-invasive medical diagnostics and physiological monitoring, but further development is needed to increase clinical impact. Ramin Ghorbani presents a novel methodology for ...

Health

Privatized education did not lead to more doctors in Tanzania

Many are trained, few employed, fewer still remain in the medical profession in rural areas. This is the result of a major healthcare reform in Tanzania, where private sector assistance was provided to train and retain healthcare ...

Neuroscience

ALS disease mechanism discovered

A mechanism for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) development has been discovered at Umeå University, Sweden. The researchers report that proteins with a defect structure spread the deformation to other proteins. The discovery ...

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