Umeå University

Umeå Centre for Microbial Research, UCMR

Granted: 90 MKr
Contact: Bernt Eric Uhlin
Website: UCMRexternal link, opens in new window

UCMR is an interdisciplinary consortium of academic research groups in the fields of microbial molecular pathogenesis, chemistry, structural biology, and physics that have joined forces to establish a world-leading and sustainable scientific environment at Umeå University focused on understanding and preventing microbial infectious diseases.

Tragically, microbial infections remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in humans and animals throughout the world and are one of the world´s most pressing public health issues due to antibiotic resistance.

Discovery of novel antimicrobials to combat disease in the future must be a priority to prevent a post-antibiotic era with pandemic infectious diseases.

The UCMR goal is to develop model systems to identify new control strategies for modern day problems of microbial infections.

As a consortium, our various individual strategies and expertise for understanding microbial virulence will be integrated and applied to numerous pathogens.

By combining the new discipline of chemical biology together with our internationally-recognized, cutting-edge molecular microbial genetics, small molecules are identified that interfere with the virulence of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) providing powerful, innovative tools to identify novel mechanisms of virulence creating a foundation for the development of novel strategies in prevention and treatment of microbial infections.

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Updated: 2014-05-06