The organisation: The Lund University (LU), founded in 1666, is the largest university in Scandinavia, with its eight faculties and multitude of research centres and specialised institutes. Approximately 41,000 students study within the 85 educational programmes, the twelve international masters programs or the 1,100 courses. The University is the only Nordic member of U 21, an international network of 17 outstanding universities from ten countries. Research of the highest international class is carried out in several cutting-edge research fields within a wide range of disciplines. The breadth is also evident in the special centres where researchers collaborate across faculty boundaries. One of these is the Lund Food Science Centre which includes as a core activity the Functional Food Science Centre (FFSC) comprising 70 research leaders from 5 faculties and 35 research divisions.
The div of Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry is organised within the Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition at the technical faculty (Lund Institute of Technology). The div. has access to advanced instruments for food analysis and experience in a wide range of methods for nutrition studies regarding e.g. in vitro models predictive of events in the gastro-intestinal channel, bioavailability aspects, prebiotic carbohydrates, glucose tolerance, tailoring of glycaemic- and hormonal responses to food products, process induced carcinogens. The div. has long experience in research related to the impact of various types of processing on the nutritional properties of food products. Focus has been on the nutritional characteristics of carbohydrates, especially starch and dietary fibre; and of proteins. Other competences within the Department include food engineering and food technology.
The Biomedical Center (BMC) is the biggest research institution at Lund University, comprising about 40% of the research and teaching at the Faculty of Medicine. It is houses all preclinical, biomedical research at the faculty, and most of the clinical experimental research in Lund. All in all around 700 scientists (in 90 research groups) work at the BMC. The Molecular Endocrinology group (Holm laboratory) is one of 5 research groups at the Section for Molecular Signalling within the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. The group is renting around 500 sq. meters of laboratories plus animal quarters for mouse models and rats. Besides own equipment, including necessary small equipment, a 15 L bioreactor, a fluorescence microscope, a combined luminometer/fluorometer, a Silicon Graphics workstation and a real-time PCR machine the group has access to common facilities at the Dept./BMC, i.e. cell culture facilities and heavy equipment, including a fluorescence-equipped laser-capture microdissection instrument and a dexa-scanner for laboratory animals. Through colleagues and collaborators within and outside the BMC, including our colleagues within the faculty-funded Diabetes Research Program, we have access to MALDI-TOF instruments, FACS and confocal and electron microscopes. Central to the project is also the availability of the Swegene technology platform for postgenomic research, providing expertise and competence in microarray, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics etc.
Last updated on 2005-08-09 by Gertrud Linsberger-Martin