News: Livsvetenskaper och teknikhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologySun, 28 Nov 2021 00:36:33 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-hosting-a-WASP-distinguished-guest-professor-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-hosting-a-WASP-distinguished-guest-professor-.aspx​Call for a proposal – hosting a WASP distinguished guest professor <p><b>​WASP is announcing funding for guest professors for a period of two years, expecting to stay at the host university approximately six months per year. The areas are: autonomous systems, software, AI/MLX and AI/math.​</b></p><div><b style="background-color:initial"><br /></b></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">Deadline: Dec 20, 2021</b><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In total, <b>two positions will be founded</b>, and the WASP university partners can apply. The funding is valid for <b>all WASP areas</b> (autonomous systems, software, AI/MLX and AI/math).</div> <div>The main ranking criterium is the applicant's excellence, the probability of the realization, and finally, the program/aim of the visit. WASP also welcomes a combination with other initiatives or/and involvement of Swedish industry. </div> <div>Financial conditions are flexible and will match the levels of top-level researchers.  </div> <div>WASP is expecting to get the proposals during Q4 2021. Internal Chalmers deadline is Dec 20. A university can propose several candidates. </div> <div>During Q1 or Q2 2022, WASP will approve in total two proposals. A strict policy of gender balance (50/50) will be followed. </div> <div><b>The expected start of the visit</b> is Q3/Q4 2022, or Q1 2023. </div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Proposal Submission</h3> <div>Send a proposal to <b>Chalmers WASP</b> <b>representative</b> to <a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se">Ivica Crnkovic</a>, <b>l</b><b>atest Dec 20, 2021</b>.</div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div><ul><li>Name and affiliation of the distinguished guest professor, with a short motivation, overall preliminary schedule and activity plan for the visit.</li> <li>The hosting department and division/research group.</li> <li>If possible, a letter of interest from the potential distinguished guest professor or a statement that the professor has been contacted ad has expressed interest in the visit.</li> <li>CV of the proposed guest professor</li> <li>The head of the department must sign the application</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The applications will be analyzed by Chalmers internal committee (to be defined) before sending to WASP.  Note that Chalmers will follow the recommendations from WASP and try to provide a balanced list of the candidates. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, contact please, <a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se">Ivica Crnkovic</a></div> <div><a href="mailto:ivica.crnkovic@chalmers.se"></a><br /></div> ​Thu, 25 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Grains-overlooked-as-source-of-sustainable-protein.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Grains-overlooked-as-source-of-sustainable-protein.aspxGrains overlooked as source of sustainable protein<p><b>​Cereal foods already play a major role in the diet in most countries world-wide, as the main dietary source of energy, carbohydrate, dietary fibre, and plant-based protein. However, currently, less than half of the grains are used for human consumption. Changes in grain consumption and novel cereal protein-enriched food innovations could play a major role in transitioning towards a more sustainable food system for healthy diets, conclude Nordic researchers in a joint review published in Nutrition Reviews.​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/Food/rikard_200.jpg" alt="Rikard Landberg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px" /><span>“Both scientists and public seem to have missed the yet untapped potential that grains can contribute towards a more sustainable food system and a healthier population. Even small changes in dietary patterns could make a large difference both to environment and health and grains could represent one of these possibilities,” says Professor <strong>Rikard Landberg</strong> from the Division of Food and Nutrition Science at Charlmers.  </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Food production is responsible for 26 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Increased use of plant-based foods to replace animal-based foods such as meat and dairy is one of the strategies to meet sustainability targets. This includes improving human health, particularly in the Western world. </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Which foods should replace meat?</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">A joint consortium of researchers within food, nutrition, environment and medicine from Nordic Universities and institutes developed a pot​ential scenario to reduce meat intake in Europe and replace it with more sustainable and healthier whole grain-based foods. Which foods shall be used and what are the nutritional consequences and the implications for the environment?</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“In our scenario, if 20 per cent of the current daily European animal protein intake was to be replaced by plant-based protein, 50 per cent could come from cereals. This would mean less than 6 grams more cereal protein daily, corresponding to a serving of 60 grams of grains” says Senior Adviser Kaisa Poutanen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The current cereal protein intake would need to be increased by 19 per cent. With an average content of 10 per cent protein in grains, this would mean an additional need of 15 million tons of grains, which corresponds to 5 per cent of the current European grain production. </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Three slices of bread extra per day</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“Since only one third of the current grain production is used for human consumption, there is a possibility to switch from animal feed production to human consumption if consumers would accept it. Such transition would correspond to an increased consumption of about 60 grams per day – for example three slices of whole-grain rye bread or a large portion of oatmeal,” says Anna Kårlund, Postdoctoral researcher at University of Eastern Finland. </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Increased intake of legumes also needed</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Whole grains are beneficial to health and a high intake has consistently been associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and colorectal cancer in observational studies. Whole grains are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds, but grain protein contains low amounts of the essential amino acid lysine. Therefore, the nutritional composition of the overall diet should be highlighted to ensure an optimal amino acid intake. This can easily be done by increased intake of legumes to complement cereal protein.  </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">The industry must be engaged and stimulated ​</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Furthermore, a strong future focus from the industry on processing and product design will benefit both society and industry.  </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Increased availability and use of new protein-rich cereal food concepts, including dairy and meat analogues with well-balanced nutrition profiles, along with a shift towards more whole grain traditional cereal food, could help in the transition towards healthier and more sustainable diet. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read the publication in Nutrition Reviews:</strong> <a href="https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuab084">Grains – a major source of sustainable protein for health</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>The authors:</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div><ul><li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Kaisa Poutanen, VTT, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Anna Kårlund, University of Eastern Finland, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Carlos Gómez-Gallego, University of Eastern Finland, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Daniel P. Johansson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Nathalie M. Scheers, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Ingela M. Marklinder, Uppsala University, Sweden</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Anne K. Eriksen, Danish Cancer Society Research Centre, Denmark</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Pia C. Silventoinen, VTT, Finland </p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Emila Nordlund, VTT, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Nesli Sözer, VTT, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Kati J. Hanhineva, University of Turku, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Marjukka Kolehmainen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland</p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P">Rikard Landberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden</p></li></ul> <div><strong>More about food research at Chalmers: </strong></div></div> <div><div><ul><li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Rye-a-better-choice-than-wheat-for-weight-loss.aspx">Rye a better choice than wheat for weight loss</a></li> <li><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/health/news/Pages/Bilberries-and-oats-in-study-with-heart-patients.aspx">Bilberries and oats in study with heart patients</a><br /></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/How-can-we-eat-sustainably-in-the-Nordics.aspx">How can we eat sustainably in the Nordics?</a></li></ul></div></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p>Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/health/news/Pages/Collaboration-can-provide-new-solutions-for-rehabilitation-care.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/health/news/Pages/Collaboration-can-provide-new-solutions-for-rehabilitation-care.aspxCollaboration can provide new solutions for rehabilitation care<p><b>​New research collaborations, to eventually make everyday life easier for patients with complex disabilities, was the goal when researchers in technology and medicine met clinical experts during a &quot;Rehab matchmaking workshop&quot; at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.</b></p><div>​On October 27, researchers from technical and medical faculties gathered with clinical experts to discuss solutions for the challenges of rehabilitation care. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate the establishment of new interdisciplinary research collaborations, to ultimately make everyday life easier for patients with complex disabilities. The initiative was taken by Chalmers Health Engineering Area of Advance, the Innovation Platform, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska Academy, the University of Borås, and MedTech West.</div> <div> </div> <div>”The hospital has a clear ambition to strengthen cooperation with academia and industry for joint development. Within this work, it´s important to consider the entire patientjourney through health care. Now we are focusing on rehabilitation. Many patients have complex disabilities, and we all need to contribute to come up with new solutions for making their everyday lives easier. It´s also important to involve more of all the professional categories at the hospital, which is what we do at this workshop”, says Åsa Sand, Area Manager at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and one of the initiators of the meeting.</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> Chalmers researchers want to understand needs and <span>present </span>opportunities </h2> <div>”For Chalmers researchers, it´s crucial to find close partners who understand the needs of the patients. We also want to present the technological opportunities and methods that are available, which can be utilised to achieve a faster and better rehabilitation. We hope to identify further needs, and at the same time create even more contact areas between our organizations, for the benefit of both healthcare and research”, says Martin Fagerström, Co-director of Chalmers Health Engineering Area of Advance (pictured above).</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Puffbilder/Rehab_workshop_SR_350x305px.jpg" alt="Photo of Sabine Reinfeldt at Rehab matchmaking workshop " class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em>Sabine Reinfeldt, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Signals and Systems at Chalmers, talked about the possibilities of bone conduction of sound for improved hearing aids.</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Joint workshops to contribute to improved <span>health </span>care and quality of life </h2></div> <div>Collaboration between health care and engineering is becoming increasingly important. Cecilia Hahn Berg, life science strategist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, emphasizes that collaboration is the key for moving forward.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>“This workshop is an example of how the hospital, Chalmers and the University of Borås are taking on challenges that we can´t handle on our own, but that can be solved when we work together. We try to arrange joint workshops on various relevant topics a couple of times a year, and it has worked out well. The previous one, in September, was about image processing, diagnostics and AI. The purpose of all the workshops is to contribute to even better care and increased quality of life for our patients.”</div> <div> </div> <div>Anders Hyltander, life science strategist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, points out that it´s important for the hospital to describe the patients´ needs, as that enables technical solutions which address the right challenges.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Before this workshop, we gathered clinical and research needs that the hospital would like to be met to further develop and improve the work with rehabilitation of our patients. From the perspective of the hospital, it has been very valuable to be able to describe concrete and important clinical needs, and thereby hopefully be able to guide the technology researchers in those directions.”</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Lisa Snäll, Sahlgrenska University Hospital</div>Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/World-Toilet-Day-2021.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/World-Toilet-Day-2021.aspxBacteria part of the solution to global sanitary problems<p><b>​The World Toilet Day is a UN initiative to highlight the global situation with 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation*. The UN SDG 6 spells “Clean water and sanitation”, and the World Toilet Day aims at celebrating toilets and to raise awareness of the severe problems connected to deficient sanitation systems. Theme of 2021 is” Sustainable sanitation and climate change”. But what is the connection between sustainable sanitation systems and climate change? And how can research contribute?</b></p><div>​   – A well-functioning sewage system where wastewater is transported and treated in an efficient, hygienic, and environmentally friendly way is fundamental to protect the environment and human health, says Professor Britt-Marie Wilén, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Climate change causes droughts, floods and rising sea levels, which threatens our sanitation systems in various ways. Floodwaters can spread human waste to drinking water sources and food crops and cause disease. Discharges of wastewater can also lead to eutrophication, which causes fish and aquatic plants and animals to die.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>For Sweden’s part, increasing amounts of precipitation effect society as pipes and treatment plants aren’t dimensioned for an inflow that sometimes increases tenfold, which leads to an overflow in the sewage systems where polluted wastewater is discharged into the environment.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>   – In countries that do not have sewage systems to the same extent, dry latrines can even be a better solution. In Sweden we have functioning systems that purify to a very high degree. What we are studying is how we can improve the processes further in terms of emission quality and energy consumption. Already today we extract energy from wastewater in the form of biogas, and in the future we may even be able to develop energy-neutral treatment plants. If we can find environmentally friendly, compact and resource-efficient processes, we can in the long run contribute to better sewage treatment and applications in countries with less developed systems, Britt-Marie Wilén comments.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Bacteria do the job</h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>With her promotion in 2021, Britt-Marie Wilén became Chalmers first female professor in the water and sanitation area**. She has a solid background at Chalmers and is part of the research theme of wastewater treatment and resource recovery (Bioresource Labs) in the Division of Water Environment Technology, with “Bio” being the key to sustainable wastewater treatment, according to Britt-Marie.    <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/BoM/Profilbilder/Vatten%20Miljö%20Teknik%20-%20profilbilder/Britt-Marie-Wilen.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>   – Purification with biological processes is based on bacteria doing the work of purifying the water. We don’t add any bacteria but create conditions in the treatment plant to make the bacteria from human faeces, as well as those that come in with stormwater and leakage into the pipe network, thrive and flourish.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>A common method for purification where bacteria play an important role is the so called” activated sludge process”, where dissolved organic and inorganic substances in the wastewater, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are converted into particles that can be separated. The bacteria grow and become sludge, and the sludge can, after purifying the wastewater, be used for biogas by digestion.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Compact and efficient cleaning processes create sustainability</h2></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The goal for the researchers is thus to develop as resource-efficient, compact and environmentally friendly purification processes as possible. Like minimizing the use of chemicals and energy by reducing the amount of pumping and adding of oxygen, and to build less space-consuming purification processes. Through research, one can understand the processes better and make them more efficient, and thus move forward on the road to a more sustainable sewage management.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>   – We try to understand what affects which bacteria can be found in the treatment plant and what they do. In this way, we can create conditions that make them thrive. We know, for instance, that bacteria like to grow together to assimilate nutrients in an easier way. We test different growth environments and growing methods such as granular sludge and biofilm where the bacteria grow close together. If you understand which bacteria do the job and how, then you can also understand how to control different parameters in a treatment plant, explains Britt-Marie.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The researchers at Chalmers collaborate with the municipal company Gryaab in the treatment plant Ryaverket in Gothenburg. The group is also looking at how to generate energy from wastewater, through so-called microbial electrochemical cells, a technique still at a research level, but in the long run could enable for treatment plants to generate their own energy in an even more efficient way, compared to current technology with digestion of sludge to biogas.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Other important research is about understanding how drug residues can be taken care of in the treatment plant – and also for this purpose, bacteria can be part of the solution.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>   – We consume more and more drugs, which means that drug residues end up in the wastewater. This is a real problem because it has been shown to be related to hormonal disorders in fish and aquatic organisms, and cause antibiotic resistance  says Britt-Marie.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>All water in nature is connected and becomes part of the natural cycle, and sewage treatment is thus important to protect all water in society.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>By: Catharina Björk<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>*3.6 billion people do not have access to a safely managed sanitation service (WHO/UNICEF 2021)  </div> <div> </div> <div>** Ann Mattsson is employed by Gryaab AB and was appointed adjunct professor in water and sewage technology in Chalmers by 2013.    </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://www.worldtoiletday.info/learn-2021">Read more about the World Toilet Day and SDG6</a><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more about the research in the wastewater treatment area</h3> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://research.chalmers.se/en/person/?cid=britt">Publications by Britt-Marie Wilén and colleagues </a> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://research.chalmers.se/en/organization/architecture-and-civil-engineering/?tab=projects&amp;query=&amp;f_funder=&amp;f_person=&amp;f_organization=&amp;f_organization_country=&amp;f_is_public=&amp;f_is_verified=&amp;f_local_orgs_level_2=c3ea27a9-c971-4fe4-b7b7-608f000452b1%7cVatten+Milj%u00f6+Teknik">Research projects of the Division of Water Environment Technology    </a></div> <div>Read more about bacteria: <a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/New-method-helps-us-understand-natures-sanitation-workers.aspx">&quot;New method helps us understand nature's own sanitation workers&quot;</a><br /></div>Fri, 19 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Chalmers-Professor-on-Highly-Cited-Researchers-List.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Chalmers-Professor-on-Highly-Cited-Researchers-List.aspxChalmers Professor on Highly Cited Researchers list<p><b>​Jens Nielsen, Professor of Systems Biology, is on the Highly Cited Researchers list −​ a list of the most cited, and thereby most influential, researchers in the world. </b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>The <a href="https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2021/">Highly Cited Researchers</a> list identifies scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. The list is compiled by Clarivate and covers 21 different research categories.​​ </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Jens Nielsen is one of 47 Swedish rese​archers on the list. He</span><span style="background-color:initial"> has been active in the field of metabolic engineering for almost 30 years, with the aim to produce valuable compounds in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. He is also using his unique approach and methods to study metabolism in humans, with specific interest in metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various cancers.  </span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>&quot;Always strive to do research that can impact society&quot;</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>“My motivation is to assist in developing technologies that can be of value to and that can impact the society. I think our work is highly cited because of this. But I was also one of the pioneers in the field of systems biology, which has now has grown to become a large research field. This of course causes a lot of citation even of some of my older papers,</span><span>” says Jens Nielsen.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>His research covers quite a broad area but is all related to metabolism. His work on engineering yeast can lead to production of new healthy foods or food ingredients, new biofuels, and new therapeutics. His research on the gut microbiome can lead to the identification of new bacteria that can be used as probiotics for improving human health. And his studies on cancer metabolism can be used for identification of novel biomarkers and potentially new treatment strategies. </span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Research turns into companies and products</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>“I am always thinking of the problem to solve first and then I go back and see how we can use our scientific toolbox to address this problem. In some cases, we end up doing detours as we need to dig deeper and need to get fundamental understanding of e.g., yeast cell metabolism, but I always ensure that we return and make sure that we have focus on addressing the original question,” says Jens Nielsen continuing: </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“It motivates me tremendously that much of the research we have carried out in my research group has translated to start-up companies or to large companies, and some has resulted in new products on the market. And hopefully we will see more of this kind of products in the future.”</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong style="background-color:initial">What does a researcher need to succeed in their field according to you?</strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“Stay focused, but still open minded! You can learn a lot from other disciplines and other researchers that you can integrate in your own work. I am also a very great fan of collaboration. I find it stimulating to discuss research problems with colleagues and research collaborators. This is also why I have found it interesting to work closely with industry throughout my career. Through these collaborations I have learned about some of the challenges the industry is having in improving their production.”</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><em>Text:</em> Susanne Nilsson Lindh<br /><em>Photo:</em> Johan Bodell</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read more about:</strong> <a href="https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2021/">Highly CIted Researchers</a></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><strong>Read more about</strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Jens-B-Nielsen.aspx"><strong> Jens Nielsen</strong></a><strong> and his research:</strong></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Designing-healthy-diets-–-with-computer-analysis.aspx">Designing healthy diets – with computer analysis</a></span></p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Designing-healthy-diets-–-with-computer-analysis.aspx"></a><span></span><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/The-next-generation-of-human-metabolic-modelling.aspx">The next generation of human metabolic modelling​</a><br /></span></p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div><p><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Yeast-can-be-engineered-to-create-protein-pharmaceuticals.aspx">Yeast can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticals</a></p></div> <p></p></li> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <li><p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Improved-cellfactories.aspx">Exhale – improved cellfactories in sight​​</a></p> <p></p></li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p>Thu, 18 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Biophysical-Society-Award-to-Chalmers-Professor.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Biophysical-Society-Award-to-Chalmers-Professor.aspxBiophysical Society Award to Chalmers Professor<p><b>​Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers, receives the Fellow of the Biophysical Society Award 2022.</b></p>​​<span style="background-color:initial">​</span><span style="background-color:initial">A small number of distinguished scientists receive the Fellow of the Biophysical Society Award annually for forefront research in biophysics. Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, professor at the Division of Chemical Biology, is one of the seven newest awardees. </span><div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;Pioneeering research about protein biophysics&quot;</h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span></span></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span></span></h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P">She receives the award for ”her pioneering research accomplishments that have enhanced our understanding of protein biophysics, with an emphasis on metalloprotein folding, macromolecular crowding effects, and metal transport mechanisms.”</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“I am deeply moved by this recognition. The other Fellows (this year and earlier) are extremely distinguished researchers which I see as role models. It is an honour to be included in this group,” says Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede. </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;The award gives me new energy&quot;</h2> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede started her own research group in 1999 and has been active at several universities, at first in the United States, and now in Sweden. Her research today focuses on metalloprotein mechanisms (e.g., in cancer) and protein misfolding (e.g., in Parkinson's disease).  </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“This award boosts my confidence, because it means that others find my research to be excellent and of great importance. It gives me new energy, to keep going with my research in this important field”. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Text: </strong>Susanne Nilsson Lindh<br /><strong>Photo: </strong>Oscar Mattsson</p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read more about</strong> <a href="https://www.biophysics.org/bps-bulletin/society-names-2022-fellows">the 2022 Class of Fellows </a></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>More about the </strong><a href="https://www.biophysics.org/">Biophysical Society</a> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <ul><li>The society was founded in 1958 to lead the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. </li> <li>It does so through meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities. </li> <li>The society's members, now over 7,500, work in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world.</li> <li>Fellow of the Biophysical Society Award has been announced annually since 2000. To date only one Swedish researcher has received the award (Astrid Gräslund, 2018).</li> <li>The newest awardees will be recognized during the Biophysical Society’s 66th Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February 2022. </li></ul> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p></div>Thu, 04 Nov 2021 10:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/next-Vice-Director.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/next-Vice-Director.aspxICT AoA is looking for the next Vice-Director<p><b>Do you like to communicate, build relationships, and have a long-term vision and a desire to change the status quo? Do you also have an interest in leadership​ – take a look at this opportunity! ​We are looking for the next Vice-Director of Information and Communication Technology Area of Advance.</b></p>Chalmers' areas of advance are thematic platforms for strategy and long-term collaboration that aim to address specific challenges relevant to industry and society. They also offer common access to cutting-edge research infrastructures as well as to several targeted research centers. The aim is to generate new knowledge and solutions by breaking the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and collaborating with various societal actors. <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Information and Communication Technology Area of Advance  (ICT AoA)</h3> <div>The vision of ICT <span style="background-color:initial">AoA</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">is to be a significant contributor t</span><span style="background-color:initial">o Chalmers and society in their digital transformations. In particular, the ICT AoA promotes the development of sustainable ICT tools and enablers for a sustainable transformation of society. To achieve this goal, the ICT AoA works with the departments, the education organization, and Chalmers strategic industrial partners to promote and support excellent research and education initiatives, especially those that do not naturally fall within the domain of a single department. </span></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>The role of vice-director</span></h3> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">As a vic</span><span style="background-color:initial">e-director, you have overall responsibility for the ICT AoA, together with the director, Prof. Erik Ström, and the ICT AoA management team. This means that you are expected to design activities and initiatives that help Chalmers address selected societal challenges within ICT. This involves engaging both Chalmers' faculty and relevant actors in society. </span></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Who are we looking for?</span></h3> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>Y</span><span></span><span>ou are a </span><span>docent or professor</span><span> at Chalmers in an area that is relevant for ICT </span><span>AoA</span><span>. You like to communicate, build relationships, and have a long-term vision and a desire to change the status quo. You are well organized and have an interest in leadership, interdisciplinary research, and collaboration with industry and relevant actors in society. Understanding Swedish is advantageous for this role. The role is time-limited to 3 years with the possibility of a prolongment of additional 3 years (6 years in total). The required commitment, which is 15%-25% of full time, is negotiated individually, in a dialogue with the vice-rector for research, with the ICT AoA director, and the department.</span></p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Application procedure</span></h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vsolict21" title="link to application form" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Please upload to EasyChair​</a><span> </span>containing the following information:</span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">CV</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Personal letter of maximum 2 pages</span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Additional material if needed</span></li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Application deadline: </b>30 November 2021</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">If you have questions, please get in touch with the following persons:</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><a href="mailto:erik.strom@chalmers.se">Erik Ström</a></b>, Director, ICT AoA</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><a href="mailto:durisi@chalmers.se">Giuseppe Durisi</a></b>, Vice-Director, ICT </span><span style="background-color:initial">AoA</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div> </div> <div></div></div> ​Mon, 01 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Sonia-Yeh-new-Co-Director-for-Energy-Area-of-Advance.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Sonia-Yeh-new-Co-Director-for-Energy-Area-of-Advance.aspxSonia Yeh new Co-Director for Energy Area of Advance<p><b>&quot;I am grateful to have Sonia Yeh in the management of the Energy area of Advance. As Area of Advance leaders, we will also have the support of Anders Hellman and Cecilia Geijer, who complement our competencies&quot;, says Tomas Kåberger, Director of Chalmers Energy area of Advance. Sonia Yeh, professor of energy and transport systems at Chalmers, replaces Anders Ådahl, as he has moved on to new assignments for the Chalmers University Foundation.​</b></p><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;I have for some time been considering getting more involved with central strategic planning at Chalmers. And this assignment seems to mean a good balance between increased responsibility and new experiences. So I am very happy to take on the task and really look forward to working with the management team over the next three years to manage one of Chalmers' largest research areas, says&quot; Sonia Yeh.<br /><br /></span><div><strong>What do you see as your most important task?</strong></div> <div>&quot;First and foremost, one of the most important tasks as a deputy is to support the Area of Advance leader's visions and strategies. In addition, I hope that my experience from researching, leading research programs and working in the public sector can contribute to new perspectives to complement and raise the already very high level of academic excellence at Chalmers&quot;, says Sonia Yeh.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Sonia Yeh</strong> is a professor at Physical Resource Theory at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology. Her fields of research centres on alternative transportation fuels, consumer behaviour, urban mobility and sustainability standards. Her research has made her an internationally recognized expert on energy economics and modulation of energy systems.</div> <div> </div> <div>Among other things she co-led a large collaborative team from the University of California Davis and UC Berkeley advising the U.S. states of California and Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada to design and implement a market-based carbon policy targeting GHG emission reductions from the transport sector.</div> <div> </div> <div>Sonia Yeh came to Chalmers as Adlerbertska visiting professor and U.S Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor in Alternative Energy Technology to foster the exchange of transport research among the U.S, Sweden and the rest of Europe.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/IndBio/cecilia5q_340x400.jpg" alt="Cecilia Geijer" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:348px" /><span></span><strong>”As the new senior advisor,</strong> I look forward to getting a greater insight into the structure and management of AoA Energy. There are lots of exciting energy research being conducted at Chalmers, and I hope to be able to contribute to the management team with my knowledge on microbial conversion of biomass into products for a circular bioeconomy,” says Cecilia Geijer.<br /><br /><strong>Cecilia Geijer </strong>is an Assistant Professor, at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology.</div> <div>Her research focus is to develop yeast strains that can effectively ferment all the sugar in lignocellulose into sustainable biofuels and biochemicals in a future biorefinery. To understand how yeast best absorbs and metabolizes different sugars, she works with both industrial strains of the model organism S. cerevisiae as well as non-conventional yeast species with interesting biotechnological properties.</div> <div>Cecilia Geijer and her research group use the Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR-Cas9 technology to provide the bakery yeast with genes from other organisms, which also enables fermentation of other sugars from plant biomass and broadens the yeast's areas of use.</div> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 23:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Rye-a-better-choice-than-wheat-for-weight-loss.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Rye-a-better-choice-than-wheat-for-weight-loss.aspxRye a better choice than wheat for weight loss<p><b>​Eating whole grain rye products instead of refined wheat alternatives can offer worthwhile health benefits. Researchers at Chalmers​ recently published a study showing that people who ate high-fibre products made from whole grain rye lost more body fat and overall weight than those who ate corresponding products made from refined wheat. </b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2021.07.007">​T<span>he new results</span>​</a><span> have been published in the scientific journal Clinical Nutrition. It is the largest study yet designed to evaluate the effects of particular types of grains on body weight and body fat, as well as the first study to focus specifically on rye.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">The study included 242 overweight men and women between the ages of 30 and 70 who were randomly assigned carefully adjusted daily amounts of refined wheat or whole grain rye products with the same energy value. All participants also received the same general advice on healthy eating from a dietitian. The participants were examined at the start of the study, halfway through, and at twelve weeks, when the study ended.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/Food/Kia_N_Iversen_foto_martina%20butorac_chalmers_340x400.jpg" alt="Kia Noer Iversen" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px 5px;width:240px;height:282px" />“The results were clear ¬ the participants </span><span style="background-color:initial">w</span><span style="background-color:initial">ho received rye products lost more weight overall, and their levels of body fat decreased compared to those who received wheat products,” says Kia Nøhr Iversen, researcher at the Division of Food and Nutrition Science at Chalmers, and lead author of the study, which forms part of her recently presented doctoral dissertation. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Although both the rye and wheat groups lost weight during the study, those who ate rye products lost an average of one kilogram more than those who ate wheat products, with the difference attributable to fat loss.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Opening up for personalized nutrition</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Different people can react to the same foods in different ways, depending on, for example, the particular bacteria present in the gut, and the way they break down. At the Division of Food and Nutrition Science at Chalmers, research is underway into how diet can be better adapted to the individual level, providing precision nutritional advice to yield greater health benefits. The new study offers unique data that can be used to further research in this area.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/Food/LandbergRikard_MB-350.jpg" alt="Rikard Landberg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px 5px;width:240px;height:209px" />&quot;​</span><span style="background-color:initial">Although we saw an overall difference in weight loss between the rye and the wheat group, there was also very large variation within those groups. Increasing our understanding of why different people respond differently to the same foods can pave the w</span><span style="background-color:initial">ay for more specifically tailored diets based on individual needs. We are currently investigating whether certain specific bacteria in the intestine might be the explanation behind why some people lost more weight than others who were also on the rye diet,” says <strong>Rikard Landberg,</strong> Professor of Food and Nutrition at Chalmers.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Link to appetite not estab​lished </h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Obesity and excess weight are among the biggest health challenges in the world and require many different measures. One idea is to develop foods that contribute to an increased feeling of fullness and have positive effects on metabolism.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Previous studies have observed that those who eat rye, which has a very high content of dietary fibre, feel more full than those who eat the corresponding amount of energy in the form of refined wheat. One of the purposes of this study was therefore to investigate this potential link between increased intake of rye and weight loss.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“But surprisingly, in this study, we actually never observed any difference in appetite. We think this may be simply because the method we used to measure appetite was not go​od enough. We are therefore working on evaluating and developing the method further,” says Kia Nøhr Iversen.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">In order for a food to be marketed with specific health claims, a series of rigorous studies must be carried out to prove the effect. These studies are costly and represent a barrier to obtaining the scientific evidence needed, making it less attractive in turn for food producers to develop and market products that could contribute to reducing excess weight and obesity. </span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Simple advice for consumers</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“A particularly positive aspect of our study is that the rye products we used are easily attainable in normal supermarkets in Scandinavia and most of Europe. Consumers can therefore act on the new results immediately. It does not require particular effort or dedication to have a diet rich in whole grain rye”, says Kia Nøhr Iversen.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">The researchers caution that there is more work needed before they can show in detail exactly what mechanisms determine why whole grain rye is good for weight loss at the individual level. But the results of the new study already demonstrate a causal link between rye intake and weight loss through fat reduction, and studies to determine the mechanisms behind this link are already under way. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“As we continue to look for the exact reasons why, our advice is to choose the rye bread instead of the sifted wheat bread,” says Kia Nøhr Iversen.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>More detailed info about the research</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li>The scientific article <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2021.07.007">‘A hypocaloric diet rich in high fibre rye foods causes greater reduction in body weight and body fat than a diet rich in refined wheat: A parallel randomized controlled trial in adults with overweight and obesity (the RyeWeight study)’</a> has been published in Clinical Nutrition. It was was written by Kia Nøhr Iversen, Frida Carlsson, Agneta Andersson, Ulf Risérus, Per M. Hellström and Rikard Landberg. The researchers are active at Chalmers and Uppsala University. ​</li> <li>242 males and females classified as overweight or obese, aged 30–70 years, were randomised to consume high fiber rye products or refined wheat products for 12 weeks, while adhering to a hypocaloric diet. They were examined at week 0, week 6 and week 12, with measurements taken including body weight and body composition, collection of blood samples and evaluation of subjective appetite.</li> <li>After 12 weeks the participants in the rye group had lost 1.08 kilo body weight and 0.54 per cent body fat more than the wheat group. There were no consistent group differences on subjective appetite.</li> <li>The main funder of the research project is Formas. Two companies have contributed with products and support for certain analysis.  </li></ul> ​<strong>Text:</strong> Susanne Nilsson Lindh and Mia Halleröd Palmgren<br /><strong>Translation:</strong> Joshua Worth<br /><strong>Photo:</strong> Martina Butorac<p></p> <div> ​</div>Tue, 12 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Can-automated-fact-checkers-clean-up-the-mess.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Can-automated-fact-checkers-clean-up-the-mess.aspxCan automated fact-checkers clean up the mess?<p><b>​The dream of free dissemination of knowledge seems to be stranded in a swamp of tangled truth. Fake news proliferates. Digital echo chambers confirm biases. Even basic facts seem hard to be agreed upon. So is there hope in the battle to clean up this mess?  </b></p>​Yes! Many efforts are made within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research area to find software solutions. Learn more about it at our <span style="background-color:initial">morning session, focusing on automated fact-checking, both in research and practice.</span><div><div><div><br /></div> <div><b>DATE: </b>18 November 2021</div> <div><b>TIME: </b>09:45–12:00 CET</div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">LOCATION:</b><span style="background-color:initial"> Online or at Lingsalen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17 </span><span style="background-color:initial">​(Registration link below</span><span style="background-color:initial">). </span><br /></div> <div><em>Note! The physical seminar is only for students and staff at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="https://youtu.be/jWL9vHJeXW8" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />TECHNICAL PROBLEMS! No livestream today! We will record it and send afterwards. Check here for link later.​</a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">You can send in questions by mail to <a href="mailto:ict@chalmers.se">ict@chalmers.se</a></span></div> <span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">AGENDA​</h3> <div><div></div> <div><div><b>09:45 Introduction </b></div> <div><b>Erik Ström</b>, Director, Information and Communications Technology Area of Advance</div> <div><b>10:00 Looking for the truth in the post-truth era</b></div> <div><b>Ivan Koychev,</b> University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He gives a brief overview of automatically finding the claims and facts in texts along with confirmation or refutation.</div> <div><b>10:30 Computational Fact-Checking for Textual Claims</b></div> <div><b>Paolo Papotti,</b> Associate Professor, EURECOM, France. He will cover the opportunities and limitations of computational fact-checking and its role in fighting misinformation. He will also give examples from the &quot;infodemic&quot; associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.</div> <div><b>11:00 Pause</b></div> <div><b>11:10 Panel discussion. </b></div> <div><b>In the panel:</b></div> <div>Moderator <b>Graham Kemp</b>, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers. </div> <div><b>Sheila Galt</b>, retired professor of Applied Electromagnetics, Chalmers. Engaged researcher in the Swedish Skeptics Association (Vetenskap och Folkbildning, VoF) for many years.</div> <div><b>Bengt Johansson</b>, professor in Journalism, University of Gothenburg. He has a strong focus on the field of media, power, and democracy. </div> <div><b>Jenny Wiik</b>, researcher and project leader for Media &amp; Democracy. Her research is looking into, e.g., automation of journalism. </div> <div>The keynotes, <b>Ivan Koychev</b> and <b>Paolo Papotti </b>are also part of the discussion.</div> <div><b>12:00 The end​</b></div></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div></div></div> <div><em>Chalmers ICT Area of Advance arranges this event as part of the Act Sustainable week.</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.actsustainable.se/thursday21" target="_blank" title="link to the Act Sustainable website"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more and register</a> (at theAct Sustainable website)</div> <div><a href="https://www.actsustainable.se/thursday21" target="_blank" title="link to the Act Sustainable website"></a><a href="https://www.actsustainable.se/" target="_blank" title="Link to start page Act Sustainable website"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Act Sustainable week​</a>​<br /></div></div></div> <div><br /></div></div></div></div></div> ​Fri, 01 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Hasselblad-Foundation-awards-nanomedicine-research-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Hasselblad-Foundation-awards-nanomedicine-research-.aspxHasselblad Foundation awards nanomedicine research <p><b>​Alexandra Stubelius, Assistant Professor in chemical biology at Chalmers, is awarded the Hasselblad Foundation grant to female researchers for her research on immunomodulating nano-therapeutics.“I am honoured to be awarded this grant. It is of great importance to find new solutions to medical issues that affect so many people, and this award helps me to continue with my research,&quot; says Alexandra Stubelius.</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>The Hasselblad Foundation annually awards two female researchers at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, GU, a grant of 1 million SEK each. This year’s grant is awarded Alexandra Stubelius at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers and Carolina Guibentif, GU, whose research focus is on mammalian developmental hematopoiesis and leukemia, using single-cell profiling.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Develops nanomedicines​</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Alexandra Stubelius</span><span style="background-color:initial">' research is about developing so-called nanomedicines to better treat diseases such as arthritis, atherosclerosis, and fatty liver, which all get worse from inflammation and which affect millions of people around the world. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“The immune system is complex and ​controls many important functions in the body. New nanomaterials allow us to affect many functions simultaneously in a smarter way than today's more blunt systems. The immune system is really smart but sometimes needs some extra help,” says Alexandra Stubelius.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Intelligent therapies ​</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">An overactive immune system can attack the body’s own tissues, causing both allergies and chronic diseases. The most common anti-inflammatory drugs used today inhibit all immune functions – even the good defence mechanism and need to be used at high doses. These high doses result in side effects on other organs.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“In order to use the immune system optimally, more intelligent therapies, that can direct the drugs to the right area, at the right concentration, and at the right time, are needed,” says Alexandra Stubelius. </span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Three different strategies​</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Alexandra Stubelius explains that her team uses three different strategies to develop smarter nanomedicines.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">First, they develop new materials, nanovesicles, that can carry existing anti-inflammatory drugs. The materials are designed to target the inflammation and deliver the drugs without damaging the surrounding tissue. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">The second strategy is to create nanomaterials that can modulate the immune system. The nanomaterial acts as active substance that affects the immune response.  </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“With this method, we can fight inflammation in a new way. We aim to interfere with the communication signals of immune cells already in the blood stream. This inhibits more immune cells to be recruited to the affected tissue and prevents the inflammation from getting worse.”</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The third strategy is based on the discovery that the immune system not only defends out bodies, but also heals damaged tissue. The researchers examine which components that affects the immune cells in the healing process. The identified components can then be used to continue develop smarter materials for more specific immune-regulating therapies.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">“The grant I have been awarded by the Hasselblad Foundation will mainly go towards hiring a postdoc that can help me achieve my goal of smarter immunotherapies,&quot; says Alexandra Stubelius.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Text: </strong>Susanne Nilsson Lindh<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Photo:</strong> Hasselblad Foundation </span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>More about: </strong></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/bio/research/chemical_biology/Stubelius-lab/Pages/default.aspx">Alexandra Stubelius research</a><br /></span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://www.hasselbladfoundation.org/wp/naturvetenskaplig-projekt/female-scientists/?lang=en"><span>The Hasselblad Foundation grant for female scientis</span>ts</a><br /></span></li></ul> <p></p> <div> </div> <div>​<br /></div> <div> </div>Thu, 30 Sep 2021 08:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/X-AI.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/chair/news/Pages/X-AI.aspxX+AI<p><b>​With the new Chalmers initiative, CHAIR aims to establish an instrument that allows Chalmers-based researcher in any field (X) with a strong international standing to develop an environment that leverages AI to reach global excellence. ​​</b></p><strong>​</strong><span lang="EN-US"><span><strong>Karinne</strong></span><span><strong> Ramirez-Amaro, Assistant Professor at Electrical Engineering, is part of the working group that developed the call. <br /><br /></strong></span></span><div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>What kind of collaboration and science is it that CHAIR hopes come out of the call?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><strong><br /></strong></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>This call aims to find one or more research topics (X) that can be combined with AI in a way that unifies and excites excellent research groups at Chalmers. We encourage a multi-disciplinary collaboration to find synergistic connections of different research topics (X) that can benefit from AI methods by assembling teams with internal, national, international, or industrial partners.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em><br />Is the call for those developing AI as their main discipline or can AI be one of the tools for the research?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>Both cases are encouraged to apply. One of the main goals of this new call is to support the creation or development of consortia that can potentially lead to novel project applications.</span></span><span> </span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span><em>How great is the potential for Chalmers researchers to develop unique collaborations between AI-researchers and non-AI researchers? What do you hope it will lead to?</em></span></span><span><em> <br /></em></span><span><br /></span></span></div> <div><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span>We expect that this new grant can he​lp researchers to create new networks or to participate in existing ones focusing on areas/problems that can greatly benefit from developing and applying AI methods. </span></span><span><em><br /></em></span></span></div>Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Enzyme-researcher-joins-the-Young-Academy-of-Sweden.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Enzyme-researcher-joins-the-Young-Academy-of-Sweden.aspxEnzyme researcher joins the Young Academy of Sweden<p><b>​Johan Larsbrink, Associate Professor in molecular enzymology at Chalmers, is elected one of eight new members of the Young Academy of Sweden.  </b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>&quot;It feels great and I am honored to have been elected. I see it as a possibility to influence the conditions for young researchers in Sweden. It is also a good opportunity to get to know other researchers around the country from completely different research areas,&quot; says Johan Larsbrink. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">The <a href="https://www.sverigesungaakademi.se/en-GB/1.html">Young Academy of Sweden​</a> (YAS) is an independent academy which bring young researchers together and provides a </span><span style="background-color:initial">platform </span><span style="background-color:initial">to influence current and future research policy and create new, and unexpected, interdisciplinary collaborations. YAS also aims to spread knowledge and influence society at large. Among other things, the academy’s work is focused on inspiring and educating children and young people.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Like all members of YAS, I will contribute with my own experiences and perspectives. The academy is very dynamic, so there are good opportunities to spark new</span><span style="background-color:initial"> ideas,&quot; says Johan Larsbrink.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Enzymes that degrade biomass and dietary fiber</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">His research at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering is about enzymes that various microorganisms use to break down biomass and use it as nutrition. Biomass degradation is an important step in the production of biofuels. Increased understanding of these enzymes can provide more efficient processes and more sustainable fuel production.  </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Johan Larsbrink's research group also study gut bacteria that break down dietary fiber, in order to give a better understanding in how different diets benefit different species in the gut. Some of the enzymes studied could also be used as antimicrobials, by breaking down the protective barriers surrounding harmful microorganisms.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Look forward to </span>interdisciplinary collaborations</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">The members of YAS are elected for five years and there are currently 38 members in the academy.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">”We take huge pleasure in welcoming new members, the number of applicants this year was record high. We look forward to unleashing our energy on new activities together,” says chair Sebastian Westenhoff in a press release from YAS.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;With the number of applicants, it of course feels very special to have been elected. I applied because I have heard of many positive things about YAS. I now look forward to working with committed people at a similar stage in their careers – but from different research fields,&quot; says Johan Larsbrink.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Focus on researchers' conditions and transparent supervision</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">On his agenda is, among other things, the different conditions for researcher at different universities. For example, the proportion of research grants that can fund the research project and what amount that must cover other costs at the university . </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">&quot;I also think it is important that we strive for a better and more transparent follow-up of supervision, which is typically a very important part of the doctoral education,&quot; says Johan Larsbrink, who was named <a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Larsbrink-research-supervisor-of-the-year-2019.aspx">Researcher Supervisor of the Year</a> at Chalmers 2019.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Read more about Johan Larsbrink's research:</strong></span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Biodiversity-in-Vietnam-leads-the-industry-forward.aspx">Biodiversity in Vietnam leads the industry forward​</a><br /></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Unique-enzymes-help-gut-bacteria-compete-for-food.aspx">Unique enzymes help gut bacteria compete for food</a></li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong style="background-color:initial">Also read: </strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><a href="/en/research/our-scientists/Pages/The-Young-Academy-of-Sweden.aspx">Chalmers Scientists in The Young Academy of Sweden​</a></li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Text:</strong> Susanne Nilsson Lindh<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Photo</strong>: Martina Butorac</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p>Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/Additive-manufacturing-can-fundamentally-change-the-way-we-live.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/Additive-manufacturing-can-fundamentally-change-the-way-we-live.aspxAdditive manufacturing can fundamentally change the way we live<p><b>​“I look very much forward to the Materials for tomorrow workshop”, says Uta Klement, Professor in Surface and Microstructure Engineering.This year’s seminar Materials for Tomorrow is devoted to the broad diversity of additive manufacturing, across materials and applications. The topic is &quot;Additive Manufacturing – From academic challenges to industrial practice&quot;. The event will take place online, November 17th, with several internationally recognized speakers. ​</b></p>​​<img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/PublishingImages/Uta-Klement_MFT.jpg" alt="Uta Klement" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>“There is a very close </strong>cooperation between academia and industry. This is also reflected in CAM2, the Centre for Additive Manufacture – Metal, in which around 25 companies are involved and help define research questions”, says Uta Klement, and she continues:</span><div><br /></div> <div>“To achieve the United Nations SDGs, we need to fundamentally change the way we live, including the way we manufacture products. Additive manufacturing contributes to resource efficiency by reducing material waste and energy consumption. Additive manufacturing, AM, can also help to produce lightweight components, which will help reduce fuel costs and the carbon footprint of, for example, planes, cars, and trucks”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Uta Klement </strong>is Professor in Materials Science at Chalmers University of Technology with emphasis on Electron Microscopy and is Head of the Division of Materials and Manufacture at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science. She is also heading the Surface and Microstructure Engineering research group.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this technology so interesting?</strong></div> <div>“In addition to rapid prototyping through 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing can offer local on-demand spare parts production, customer-specific products, lightweight construction, functional integration, and the opportunity to implement completely new ideas. Product development and market entry can be accelerated significantly while cost reduction and sustainability goals can be achieved at the same time”, says Uta Klement.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is the most exciting in the field?</strong></div> <div>“A broader adoption of the additive manufacturing technology depends on the ability to control the entire eco-system, involving pre-printing, printing, and post-printing. This is what we do in CAM2, the Centre for Additive Manufacture - Metal. In addition to a better understanding of the different parts of the process chain, there is currently much focus on quality assurance and the use of inline process monitoring systems together with AI to detect and avoid defects in built components. Also in operando measurements are of much interest to better understand the process and the formed microstructure.</div> <div>Even though additive manufacturing enables the manufacture of parts with a high degree of complexity, internal cooling channels or lattice structures, the surface integrity of the parts is often of inadequate quality, where values for the surface roughness can be much higher than acceptable for many applications. Therefore, surface integrity plays an important role in defining the part's operational performance, which is why post-processing to improve the surface integrity of additively manufactured parts is critical to the introduction of the technology in its broadest sense and requires more attention”, says Uta.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Which materials can be used in Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing?</strong></div> <div>“Due to their ease of use and low melting temperatures, 3D printing began with polymeric materials. Today, additive manufacturing / 3D printing encompasses most types of materials, from polymers to metals, ceramics to living cells”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Which is the most advanced object constructed using additive manufacturing?</strong></div> <div>“That is of course a matter of opinion. Being able to make custom body parts after trauma surgery can be seen as very important and advanced. But even parts that cannot be manufactured using conventional, i.e., subtractive processes, including material-saving lightweight structures, are very progressive and require a completely new design. For future space exploration, when we travel to Moon and Mars, Additive Manufacturing will be fundamental for producing the vital infrastructure”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What are you most looking forward to at this seminar?</strong></div> <div>“I'm looking forward to interesting lectures that give a broad overview of what can already be done with Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing and what challenges we still face”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Who should attend to the seminar?</strong></div> <div>“Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts. I think the seminar offers something for everyone and everyone can learn something new.</div> <div>I hope the participants learn during the seminar that additive manufacturing is very broad and a topic that will keep us busy for the next years to come”, Uta Klement concludes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Materials-for-Tomorrow-2021.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">P</span><span style="background-color:initial">rogram Materials for Tomorrow 2021 </span></a><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://ui.ungpd.com/Surveys/e19f2bbb-3ee3-4e2f-b259-173b334d614a"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Register to the seminar </a></span>Fri, 24 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-for-a-method-that-enables-full-development-of-RNA-based-medicines.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-for-a-method-that-enables-full-development-of-RNA-based-medicines.aspxAwarded for a method that enables full development of RNA-based medicines<p><b>​RNA-based therapeutics had their big breakthrough as a Covid vaccine. But in order to also be able to cure cancer and other diseases, a refined technology is needed that increases the uptake of RNA into the cell. Elin Esbjörner and Marcus Wilhelmsson have led a research team that has developed a method that facilitates this development. For this, they now receive the Areas of Advance Award.</b></p>​<img src="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/PublishingImages/A_A_Elin-Esbjorner_2.jpg" alt="Elin Esbjörner " class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>They are from different research areas</strong>, but have shared lunch rooms for many years.</span><div>” We have talked for a long time about collaboration to test if Marcus' fluorescent short <span style="background-color:initial">RN</span><span style="background-color:initial">A could be used in live cells but have never had a platform for it. In 2017, we, together with other researcher at Chalmers and other Swedish universities, received a large research grant that made it possible,” s</span><span style="background-color:initial">ays Elin Esbjörner, associate professor at the Department of Biology and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Bio</span><span style="background-color:initial">locical</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"> Engineering</span><span style="background-color:initial">.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The FoRmulaEx research center</strong> was formed and a goal was set - if everything went well, they would have a method to produce fluorescent mRNA within six years.</div> <div>It took three.</div> <div>“mRNA is a molecule that assist in translating the genetic code to protein. It is used in Covid vaccines, but it also has great promise for cancer vaccines and to treat different types of genetic diseases. The potential is huge. But for this to work, these large and fragile molecules must become better at getting into the cells and reach their target. The functional uptake into the cells today is at best a few percent.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/PublishingImages/A-A_Marcus-Wilhelmsson_I0A4104.jpg" alt="Marcus Wilhelmsson" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />This is where the fluorescent mRNA comes in</strong>. Marcus Wilhelmsson, professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, explains that it behaves like a natural mRNA, even though one of RNA’s own building-blocks here is replaced by a corresponding fluorescent building-block that has been developed by the team.</div> <div>“In this way you can follow mRNA molecules into the cell and see how they are taken up. The method makes it easier for the pharmaceutical industry and academic research groups to accelerate the development of mRNA medicines,” says Marcus Wilhelmsson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>To ensure that the method is utilized, the researchers have submitted a couple of patent applications and with the support of Chalmers Ventures and Chalmers Innovation Office, a company is being started up.</div> <div>“We are currently looking for a business developer and in a few weeks, the company will be up and running.”<br /><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>So how long can it take before</strong> the new technology can be on the market?</div> <div>“The fluorescent building block could be on the market within a year. Skilled labs around the world could use it to do their own investigations. A kit for the entire technology, which includes information about the production of the long mRNA strand, may take two years, says Marcus Wilhelmsson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The method has already received a lot of attention, not least since the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) selected the project and the innovation for its annual 100 list. The Areas of Advance Award is another recognition that the results of their research which has also been done in collaboration with AstraZeneca, makes a difference.<br /><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><strong>“Sweden is not known</strong> for having many academic prizes, so it is nice to get that attention. It´s an honor, especially when you think about the talented people who have received the award before. We are very proud”</span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Related:</strong><br /><a href="/en/centres/FoRmulaEx/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The FoRmulaEx research center</a><br /><br />Text: Lars Nicklasson</span>​</div> ​Wed, 15 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0200