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New imaging technique in Alzheimer’s disease - opens up possibilities for new drug development

The brain of an Alzheimer’s patient in a tau PET image. Red indicates the areas with the highest concentration of the tau protein. In the magnifying glass, a microscope enlargement showing the dark red streaks and islands of tau. Illustration: Michael Sch Tau PET is a new and promising imaging method for Alzheimer’s disease. A case study from Lund University in Sweden now confirms that tau PET images correspond to a higher degree to actual changes in the brain. According to the researchers behind the study, this increases opportunities for developing effective drugs.

Researchers uncover the skin barrier

The PSI synchrotron radiation facility in Switzerland. To the left is the beamline that sends out the X-rays. The sample is attached to the small copper plate slightly to the right, and in the right-hand corner is the detector. PHOTO: Jenny Andersson Researchers at the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden can now explain how the properties of the skin change depending on the environment. The new findings explain, among other things, why people don’t dehydrate in dry air. The research results can also be used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry to make substances penetrate the skin more effectively.

Czech-Danish duo receives major award

Jiri Lukas (left) and Jiri Bartek (right), the 2016 recipient of the Eric K. Fernström Nordic Prize.P otographer: Kennet Ruona This year’s Nordic Prize from the Fernström Foundation – one of the largest medical prizes in Scandinavia– is awarded to two cancer researchers, Jiri Bartek and Jiri Lukas, for their research on cellular responses to DNA damage. Genetically damaged cells that cannot repair their genomes without mistakes pose a major risk of cancer and other diseases.

New research delimits the possible causes of celiac disease

New study indicates that the amount of gluten could be a more important clue than breast-feeding or the timing of the introduction of gluten for continued research into the causes of gluten intolerance. Photo: Shutterstock The amount of gluten could be a more important clue than breast-feeding or the timing of the introduction of gluten for continued research into the causes of celiac disease (gluten intolerance). This is one of the findings from several extensive studies of children with an increased genetic risk of celiac disease conducted by researchers at Lund University in Sweden.

Lund University biologist receives the Ig Nobel Prize

Horse-flies are highly attracted to darker-coated horses but not as much white horses. Scientists have now uncovered why this is. Photo: Shutterstock Susanne Åkesson, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Lund University in Sweden, has been awarded the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize. The prize, which she shares with six other researchers from Hungary and Spain, was presented to them for their discovery that white horses aren’t particularly bothered by blood-sucking horse-flies. Why? because they are white.

Join the annual Law Day in Lund

Welcome to the annual Law Day at Lund University on 1 October 2016. Photo: K. Ruona We are pleased to invite you to Law Day at the Faculty of Law on Saturday 1 October!

Lund University among the world's top 100 in latest THE ranking

Lund University's main building with the university flags Lund University is ranked in 96th place in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016/17.

Stem cell researcher receives the Fernström Prize

Malin Parmar, Professor of cellular neurosciences. Photo: Kennet Ruona Is it possible to convert a patient’s own skin cells into functioning nerve cells? Or insert healthy genes to reprogram the cells of a damaged brain? Stem cell researcher Malin Parmar at Lund University in Sweden is studying these types of issues, in close collaboration with clinical researchers. She is now awarded a prize of SEK 100 000 from the Eric K. Fernström Foundation for her work.

Lund University plays a key role in mapping the Milky Way

The first image of the entire sky produced with the help of Gaia data. Photo: ESA/Gaia/DPAC The European Space Agency’s satellite Gaia is now delivering its first results after having travelled around the sun for more than two years. The goal is to draw up a whole new map of the Milky Way, showing where the billion different stars are located and how they move. Lennart Lindegren, Professor of Astronomy at the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden, helped launch the Gaia project 23 years ago.

WATCH: Making strides in 5G-technology

Researchers at Lund and Bristol universities are making great strides in 5G technology. Photo: C. Schubert Researchers at the universities of Lund and Bristol have conducted a number of experiments using a form of 5G technology called Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and set not one but two world records in so-called spectrum efficiency for wireless communication.

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