News from the Department of Pharmacy
They receive the Pharmaceutical Student Union's pedagogical awards
“Receiving the students' award after this challenging year feels extra great", says Lecturer Christina Wedén who, together with Ulrika Rosenström and Viktor Rognås, receive the Pharmaceutical Student Union's 2021 pedagogical awards.
In March 2020, Uppsala University switched to distance teaching. The seminar halls of BMC have since echoed empty, but with new routines and creative solutions, the pedagogical development continues and on 25 May 2021, the Pharmaceutical Student Union traditionally handed out this year's pedagogical awards to prominent teachers at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
“The pandemic is depriving our students of their normal, dynamic study social environment, and I feel great admiration for how they during almost three whole, tough semesters have taken responsibility and manages to continue and complete their studies. We teachers try with simple means to make a difference, and it is extra warm to get the students' encouragement, which I see as a confirmation that we are succeeding,” says university lecturer Christina Wedén, receiver of the Student Council's award for student influence.
The Student Council emphasises in its motivation how Christina Wedén's commitment to both students and their opinions stand out from the crowd, something that is reflected in the students' course evaluation report. It also states how Christina, as course coordinator, have faced COVID-19 with constant and admirable contact with anxious students.
“I am happy and moved by the award, but also want to take the opportunity to extend a warm thank you to all teachers, researchers and administrators who have helped to maintain a functioning teaching and lab activity. It has required a lot from all of us, but thanks to collaboration at both course, department and faculty level, and not least from the students, we have come this far.”
The Pedagogical award is given to Lecturer Ulrika Rosenström, whose students in general organic chemistry emphasize Ulrika's great commitment and abilities to teach and look after each student.
“I always strive to work with and for the students in my teaching, so to receive the Pharmaceutical student union's pedagogical award with this very motivation is truly an honor. At the same time, I would like to express my gratitude to all committed students and also all colleagues for the ongoing exchange of experience in pedagogical issues,” says Ulrika Rosenström.
Ulrika describes how she and many teacher colleagues during the pandemic miss the contact with the students that occur in seminar halls. The screen is especially a barrier during interactive elements in larger groups, but she still perceives that both students and teachers have adapted to the digital teaching in a fantastic way.
“I hope we can soon return to more teaching at campus, but this past year's involuntary distance learning has really taught us a lot. For example, it is inspiring to see how some things work just as great digitally.”
The Student treatment award is given to PhD student Viktor Rognås, who when COVID-19 began to spread in Sweden listened to and acted on the basis of his students' experience that several courses were difficult to complete from a distance. Among many things, Viktor conveyed opinions to the course coordinator and stayed after seminars to help the students who needed extra help with individual projects.
“I remember quite well what it is like to be a student, and just knowing that someone feels helped or noticed is encouragement enough, still, I deeply appreciate this expression of gratitude from the students. At the same time, the students and the commitment they show are of great importance for everything going so well. They contribute to both their own and each other's learning and make it even more fun to be a teacher,” says Viktor Rogås.
Viktor shares Ulrika Rosenström's view that the challenges posed by distance education during the pandemics mainly concern group dynamics and activating the students through the screen.
“Distance education requires more of how we meet and communicate with our students. On the other hand, it also adds values, For example, I find it easier to talk to individual students and smaller groups while teaching.”
The Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates Viktor Rognås, Ulrika Rosenström and Christina Wedén on very well-deserved awards!
Four thumbs up for SweDeliver summer internship at AstraZeneca
How about a six-week summer internship at one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies? We asked Tilde Hagelin, pharmacy student at Uppsala University, and Frederik Dörr, Senior Scientist at AstraZeneca.
SweDeliver's summer internships adding value to all parties
“My work at Strike Pharma was a highly educational experience,” states Amanda Gustafsson, master's student with a focus on biopharmaceuticals and one of six future pharmaceutical experts selected for this summer’s internships at the national competence center SweDeliver's industrial partners.
Maria Kjellsson has been appointed Professor of Pharmacokinetics
The Department of Pharmacy has now achieved equality in terms of the number of men
and women working as Professors as Maria (Mia) Kjellsson was appointed Professor of Pharmacokinetics on August 29. We congratulate both the Department and Mia!
Mia has been employed at Uppsala University since 2002, with a short break for postdoc 2009-2010. She completed her PhD Studies in 2008 with the thesis Methodological Studies on Models and Methods for Mixed-Effects Categorical Data Analysis and has worked as an Associate Professor in Pharmacokinetics since 2014, first at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences and then at the Department of Pharmacy.
Christel Bergström: "Uppsala's Life science hub is at the highest international level"
With a virtual intestine and an amped up 3D printer, Christel Bergström is on her way to alter pharmacy as we know it. "We are on an incredibly inspiring journey that would not be possible anywhere but here in Uppsala," she states from her own laboratory in the heart of the Swedish life sciences.
Paarkavi Udayakumar and Yuming Zhang win Best Poster Awards at CRS 2023
The Faculty of Pharmacy congratulates Paarkavi Udayakumar and Yuming Zhang, PhD students at the Department of Pharmacy, on receiving awards for outstanding poster presentations at the Controlled Release Society Annual meeting 2023 in Las Vegas.
SweDeliver announces four half-time seminars in autumn 2023
Wednesday 4 October, SweDeliver invites to half-time seminar: Self-assembly of therapeutic peptides with Ellen Brunzell, PhD student at the Department of medicinal chemistry. Half-time seminars with Marco Tjakra, Xiguo He and Rebekkah Hammar at the Department of Pharmacy will follow during the autumn semester.
Top grades to Cerebrovascular Biology 2023
"Fantastic science in a fantastic environment" and "Immensely successful" are some views on Cerebrovascular Biology 2023: The international conference that in late June brought 360 researchers with a focus on diseases in the blood vessels of the brain to Uppsala University and the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Elin Svensson wins the Oscar prize 2023
Elin Svensson, Senior lecturer at the Department of Pharmacy, receives the 2023 Oscar prize, an award presented to young, promising scientists at Uppsala University who "offers the greatest promise of continued academic writings at the University".
Faculty of Pharmacy reaching new heights in global rankings
In the QS World University Ranking 2024, Uppsala University advances ten positions, currently reaching number 24 in the field of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. Looking at individual researchers, this year's rankings also provide inspiring reading for the Faculty of Pharmacy, where, among others, Anna Orlova and Ola Söderberg enter the lists of the foremost in their disciplines.
SweDeliver and NextBioForm conference brings the pharmaceutical world to Uppsala
27-29 November, Competence centers SweDeliver and NextBioForm will host the New Horizons in Drug Delivery and Formulation 2023 conference, an international arena where academia and industry meet in Uppsala to present the latest scientific advances in drug formulation and delivery.
Uppsala University all set for Cerebrovascular Biology 2023
With frontline research and Swedish Midsummer festivities in a Viking environment as an extra attraction, Uppsala University is all set to host Cerebrovascular Biology 2023, the international summit gathering 350 participants from five continents.
Best Paper Award to Alexandra Teleki & Colleagues
Alexandra Teleki and Ann-Christin Jacobsen of SweDeliver have received a Best Paper Award for their article Intrinsic lipolysis rate for systematic design of lipid-based formulations, published in the scientific journal Drug Delivery and Translational Research Special Issue May 2023.
Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes receives the Gustaf Adolf Medal in gold
Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes, Professor em. and former Dean at the Faculty of Pharmacy, is awarded Uppsala University's Elder Gustaf Adolf Medal in gold for her many significant contributions.
AI and self-learning machines rewriting the pharmaceutical map
“The new technology offers fantastic opportunities for pharmaceutical research. Thus, slowing down the ongoing progress might relegate Sweden to an international backwater,” says Per Larsson, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy who in 2022 led a project at Uppsala University's interdisciplinary initiative AI4Research.
Now Streaming: Faculty of Pharmacy • The Movie
Can you invent new drugs and be a pop star at the same time? Join in as Alice, David, Nadia and Valter, seventh graders at the Uppsala Music Classes, visit Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy to find out if it is true that some of the world's best researchers work in their hometown (English subtitles available).
Uppsala University in international initiative for eco-directed prescribing of drugs
With funding from the UKRI Medical Research Council, Uppsala University's Faculty of Pharmacy and the Scottish University of the Highlands and Islands along with NHS Highland have initiated a collaboration to implement an environmental perspective when prescribing drugs - and ambitions reach even further.
New study helps pave the way for orally administered biological drugs
In a new article, Benyamin Naranjani and Per Larsson of SweDeliver, show that decreased peristaltic wave speed can increase the maximum concentration of permeation enhancers and macromolecules at the epithelial surface with 397 and 380 percent respectively.
They search the medicine cabinet for new tools against rare diseases
Taking a promising substance the full distance from laboratory to treatment requires large resources. Consequently, rare diseases are seldom first in line when new ideas are tried. Now the Faculty of Pharmacy is joining several European consortia on the outlook for new therapies among well-known drugs.
Popular course focuses on Drugs in the environment
Current research shows how pharmaceuticals affect our environment. Now the Faculty of Pharmacy has gathered several key organisations to build sustainable networks between a new generation of experts and their future employers.
3D printers adapting drugs for seriously ill children
In a laboratory at BMC stands a machine, about the size of a coffee maker but with the potential to fundamentally revolutionize healthcare. "By 2030, we expect to have 3D printers in private homes that will create drugs in accordance to each individual need," says Christel Bergström, Professor at the Department of Pharmacy.
New model to predict drug absorption reduces need for animal testing
In a new thesis, Vicky Barmpatsalou, PhD student at SweDeliver, introduces new in vitro models to cost-effectively identify which drug candidates are best suited for oral delivery and absorption in the large intestine.
Middle school students rocked the Faculty of Pharmacy
“Everything was just super exciting,” says Alice Mankert, one of four middle school students from Uppsala Music Classes who in early February visited the Faculty of Pharmacy to learn more about frontline pharmaceutical research and also performed a much-lauded rock concert at the Pharmen Student union building.
Greta Hultqvist receives SEK 1M from the Alzheimer's Foundation
Greta Hultqvist, Associate Professor and researcher in Protein drug design, receives a SEK 1 million grant from the Alzheimer's Foundation. "My goal is for my research to contribute to future treatments, and with new protein drugs we can make a big impact," says Greta Hultqvist.
Sweden Inhalation Network unites Swedish expertise in pulmonary drug delivery
Sweden Inhalation Network works to give a new generation of Swedish researchers access to leading expertise in pulmonary drug delivery. On Thursday 15 December, the network will present their operations and future initiatives at the SweDeliver and NextBioForm webinar series.
DRUGtrain explores drug repurposing to find treatment for ADPKD
With funding from Horizon 2020, European consortium DRUGtrain is exploring if available drug molecules also have a therapeutic effect against the currently incurable kidney disease ADPKD. "Our goal is to identify how existing drugs will work against ADPKD and thereby contribute to new treatment options," says Alina Meyer, PhD student at Uppsala University.
Alexandra Teleki new member of the Particle Technology Forum (AIChE) executive committee
Just a minute... Alexandra Teleki, researcher with a focus on pharmaceutical nanotechnology and Center co-Director of SweDeliver, that in January 2023 will join as the only non-American member of the Particle Technology Forum executive committee.
Vinnova praises SweDeliver in new evaluation
SweDeliver continues to receive top marks for its successful research program and building of new networks and expertise for future drug delivery. This time from main financier Vinnova, emphasizing, among many things, the efficient collaboration that characterizes the competence center.
Swedish Cancer Society allocates SEK 7 million to Sara Mangsbo, Ola Spjuth and Ola Söderberg
Immunotherapy against tumors, Studies of how DNA damage generates cancer cells and Cell profiling in a robotic laboratory are in focus as the Swedish Cancer Society allocates SEK 7.2 million to three promising research projects at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
SRC investing SEK 10 million in research at the Department of Pharmacy
Thomas Dorlo, Lena Friberg and Margareta Hammarlund Udenaes at the Department of Pharmacy receive grants amounting to more than SEK 10 million in the Swedish Research Council's calls in Medicine and Health and Natural Sciences and Engineering in 2022.
Richard Bergström and Siew Chai new honorary doctorates at the Faculty of Pharmacy
The Faculty of Pharmacy is awarding honorary doctorates to Richard Bergström, former national vaccine coordinator, and Siew Chai, Associate Professor at Monash University. The promotion will take place in the Uppsala University Main Auditorium Friday 27 January, 2023.
Nanoparticles pave the way for biological drugs in tablet form
In a new study, researchers at Uppsala University show how specially designed nanoparticles pave the way for oral delivery of biological drugs. "That the particles are absorbed in large quantities in the intestinal cells may facilitate medication for patients that have to inject their biological drug," says Patrik Lundquist, researcher in Drug Delivery.
Numerous new findings by SweDeliver's junior researchers
During summer and autumn, Ires van der Zwaan, Marcus Wanselius, Ann-Christin Jacobsen and numerous other junior researchers at SweDeliver are publishing results that add valuable knowledge to the fields of drug delivery.
SweDeliver receives top marks in new evaluation
SweDeliver fulfills the high expectations and is well equipped to reach its goals, states the Competence Center's Scientific Advisory Board in a new evaluation of the ongoing collaboration between Uppsala University and 16 pharmaceutical companies.
New consortium to develop RNA-based treatment for Crohn's disease
With over 5 million euros in funding from Horizon Europe, new knowledge consortium GENEGUT will develop an RNA-based therapy against inflammatory disease in the gastrointestinal tract. "It is inspiring to take on a challenge with such extensive medical needs," says Per Artursson, Professor of Dosage Form Design.
PhD thesis provides new knowledge about oral delivery of biological drugs
Biological drugs have an increasingly important function in healthcare, but despite numerous years of research, physicians often lack effective methods to give them as tablets. In a current PhD thesis, Staffan Berg presents new knowledge about how permeation enhancers and correct release profile can increase the absorption of biological drugs in the blood when delivered orally.
Sara Mangsbo receives the BiotechBuilders Award
“Receiving the BiotechBuilders Award 2022 provides valuable inspiration and hopefully contributes to consolidating Uppsala's and Biopharmaceutical’s places on the Swedish Life Science map,” states Sara Mangsbo, research director in immuno-oncology at Uppsala University.
Popular summer school in Pharmacometrics continues to expand
“This is the best course I have taken during my entire PhD,” states a participant at the Uppsala Pharmacometrics Summer School, every August gathering doctoral students from all over the world. "This year's summer school is our biggest to date," says Mats Karlsson, Professor of Pharmacometrics.
Uppsala University ranks 23rd in the world in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
The 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities is official: Uppsala University continues to climb in the field of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and now ranks 23rd in the world. "This is yet another acknowledgment that our determined work is fruitful," states Mathias Hallberg, Dean at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Antibiotic researchers of the future at Uppsala summer school
Antibiotic resistance, Innovations and Design Thinking were on the agenda when the Faculty of Pharmacy welcomed young researchers from six European universities to the TIPAT Summer School 2022. "Organizing an event like this generates great values," says Iris Minichmayr at the Department of Pharmacy.
Translational PKPD conference arousing international interest
September 14-15, the conference Translating PKPD - (Retro)Perspectives brings the world of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics to Uppsala University. "It is inspiring to welcome such a significant part of our scientific field,” says Irena Loryan at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Att ersätta djurförsök i forskning om läkemedel
Maria Karlgren och hennes kollegor vid Institutionen för farmaci på Uppsala universitet, utvecklar och använder olika modeller och metoder för att studera egenskaper hos tilltänkta substanser i läkemedel. De har utvecklat flera in vitro-metoder, som har kunnat ersätta vissa djurförsök, vilket Maria förklarar i Jordbruksverkets film.
2023 Pharmaceutical Profiling Symposium full program and registration link
The program for the 12th Pharmaceutical Profiling Symposium is now finalised and we are happy to announce the full list of confirmed speakers and their respective topics.
PhD position in Molecular Pharmaceutics
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student with an interest in RNA therapies to join the multidisciplinary GENEGUT project! Help us develop 3D intestinal organoid cultures to understand intracellular delivery of novel RNA-nanoparticles.
Registration is now open for the 12th Uppsala University Symposium on Pharmaceutical Profiling in Drug Discovery and Development
We are happy to announce that the registration to the 12th Uppsala University Symposium on Pharmaceutical Profiling in Drug Discovery and Development is now open.
Madlen Hubert becomes newly promoted Associate Professor!
We would like to congratulate Madlen Hubert for being promoted to Associate Professor (docent)! Very well done and a hard-earned achievement!
Madlen Hubert receives grant from the Valborg Jacobsons fond
The Valborg Jacobsons fond supports Madlen’s research with a grant of 200’000 SEK to develop human gut models for improved prediction of the in vivo performance of advanced oral medicines. Congratulations!
Now hiring: Two PhD Students in Molecular Pharmaceutics
SweDeliver is now recruiting two PhD Students in Molecular Pharmaceutics. Welcome to submit your application no later than 18 February 2022.
***Update – Symposium will be held online***
The 11th Symposium on Pharmaceutical Profiling in Drug Discovery and Development on January 27, 2022 will be held as a virtual meeting! Don’t miss to register before Jan 13.