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Congratulations! Kristian Riesbeck – Wallenberg Clinical Scholar 2019

NDPIA Board member Kristian Riesbeck, chief physician and professor at Lund University, is one of the five Wallenberg Clinical Scholars, who each receives research funding worth SEK 15 million over a five-year period, with the potential to extend this for a further five years.

Kristian Riesbeck and his research group are working on the development of vaccines against bacterial infections. The group has studied bacteria which produce vesicles and the structure of these vesicles. With the new funding, the Kristian Riesbeck’s research group will use the knowledge to develop vaccine in artificial vesicles for the application as nasal sprays.

The NDPIA congratulates Kristian Riesbeck to this phantastic funding.

More information about Kristian Riesbeck’s research
More information about the Wallenberg Clinical Scholars programme and the other 4 awardees

Picture: Charlotte Carlberg Bärg, Lund University

NDPIA highlighted in the current issue of ”Infektionsläkaren”

“NDPIA creates excellent opportunities for research of highest quality”, the national journal for infection physicians in Sweden states in a quote from the article.

In its the first issue of 2019 the journal Infektionsläkaren published interviews with Fredrik Kahn, NDPIA Director of Studies at Lund University, Lisa Påhlmann, MIMS Clinical Research Fellow and Åke Forsberg, National coordinator for NDPIA .

Both Lisa and Fredrik are physicians working in the infection clinic but are also doing  research. Both have received support from MIMS as MIMS Clinical Research Fellows CRFs). Lisa is one of the two currently supported MIMS CRFs and Fredrik had support for 50 % research time as CRF 2013-2015.

The Article in Infektionsläkaren highlights the high quality of the courses/workshops and network meetings that are organized by National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) and that is open for all PhD students and postdocs in active in infection biology in Sweden. Especially, the course in November 2018 on “Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance” is mentioned where NDPIA presented a programme with world leading international scientists as lecturers. Many of the senior scientists attended the whole course and engaged in discusions with the course partcipants during the poster sessions and social activities.

The article also contains an interview with Helena Bergsten, NDPIA member and physician at the Hospital in Danderyd, who is a part-time PhD student at Karolinska institutet. Helena was one of the 40 PhD students and postdocs who attended the course in November.

Read the article in Infektionsläkaren (pdf-download)

More about the course Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance, 26-30 November 2018.

Live in the dark – recap of the NDPIA course “Live Imaging of Intracellular Infections”

November. The absolutely worst month of the year. Dark and gloomy. To change that, we spent five full days together with other people also passionate about intracellular infections. The course, named Live Imaging of Intracellular Infections was held 12-16 November at Linköping University and attracted students from Kalmar, Linköping, Umeå, Uppsala, Örebro and Tromsø who were encouraged to bring their own cells and bacteria to work with during the course.

Live imaging hands-on
The central element was the new, live cell microscope in Linköping in which e.g. infected cells can be imaged over time in a high throughput fashion.

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NDPIA Ambassadors appointed!

Aiming to increase regional participation in NDPIA and programme activities, five “NDPIA Ambassadors” have been appointed. The ambassadors will promote NDPIA and activities together with the NDPIA Directors of Studies for their respective region/university.



Naveed Asghar

Örebro University

Stefan Börjesson

National Veterinary Institute (SVA, Uppsala)

Padryk Merkl

KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University

Lena-Mari Tamminen

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Uppsala)

Helena Vandesande

Linnaeus University (Kalmar)


Chalmers (Gothenburg)


Malmö University

Appreciated NDPIA workshop and 4th NDPIA/SFM Day 1-2 October 2018

On 1-2 October, NDPIA organised a workshop on English writing and a joint meeting, the 4th NDPIA/SFM Day, together with “Svenska föreningen för mikrobiologi” (SFM) at Hjortviken Konferens, beautifully located at the west coast outside of Gothenburg. Young investigators provided very positive feedback to NDPIA/SFM management with comments like ”excellent workshop, a great poster walk, good networking opportunities” and suggest that similar events should be organised in the future.

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