Welcome to the fourth Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine, WCMM Symposium on 21-22 April 2022.

The WCMM-LiU Symposium is an initiative focusing on the Medicine-Technology Interface

- Invited keynote speakers
- WCMM group leaders
- Poster sessions presenting the Medicine – Technology Interface at WCMM-LiU

Place: Lecture hall Hugo Theorell, Northern entrance, level 9, Campus US

Online via Zoom:

WCMM Symposium April 21st - Day 1

WCMM Symposium April 22nd - Day 2

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Registration and deadlines

Registration is open.

Deadline is set to April 16.

Poster presentation (Deadline for Abstract and Title April 6)

Register for WCMM Symposium 2022 here >>

Confirmed Speakers

Anders Eklund
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Fredrik Elinder
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Paul Franken
University of Laussane, Switzerland

Eva Hedlund
Stockholm University, Sweden

Markus Heilig
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Frank Hernandez
WCMM, LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Stefan Koch
WCMM, LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Maria Larsson
Stockholm University, Sweden

Maria Lerm
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Sara Liin
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Francisca Lottersberger
WCMM, LiU, Linköping, Sweden

India Morrison
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Colm Nestor
LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Vincent Pasque
KU Leuven, Belgium

Gesine Paul-Visse
Lund University, Sweden

Stephan Pless
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jörg Schilcher
WCMM, LiU, Linköping, Sweden

Preliminary Program

Day 1: Thursday, 21-April-2022

9:55 - 10:15 Registration
Grab your name badge and a cup of coffee

“From Molecules to Behavior”

10:15 – 10:30 Antonios Pantazis, LiU

10:30 – 11:05 Fredrik Elinder, LiU
“Three Ways to Open a Potassium Channel”

11:05 – 11:40 Stephan Pless, Univ. Copenhagen
“Function and structure of a massive ion channel complex that modulates neuronal excitability”

11:40 – 12:15 Eva Hedlund, Stockholm University
"Decoding the transcriptional dynamics in motor neuron diseases"

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 13:50 India Morrison, LiU
“Hormonal and neural modulation during human social touch”

13:50 – 14:25 Maria Larsson, Stockholm University
“Smell loss: A marker of cognitive decline, dementia, and mortality”

14:25 – 15:00 Gesine Paul-Visse, Lund
"Pericytes at the interface of vascular dysfunction, inflammation and neurodegeneration”

15:00 – 16:20 Afternoon fika and posters

16:20 – 16:55 Paul Franken, Lausanne
“Using systems genetics to find out what makes us sleepy”

16:55 – 17:30 Markus Heilig, LiU
“Molecular and cellular mechanisms of alcohol use despite negative consequences”


Day 2: Friday, 22-April-2022

“Cutting Edge of Research and Technology in the Life Sciences and Medicine”

9:25 – 9:40 WCMM-LiU introduction by David Engblom, LiU

9:40 – 10:15 Frank Hernandez, LiU
“Harnessing the biology of nucleases for developing diagnostic and therapeutic approaches”

10:15 – 10:50 Sara Liin, LiU
“In search of molecular mechanisms underlying sex differences in cardiac

10:50 – 11:05: Break

11:05 – 11:40 Jörg Schilcher & Anders Eklund, LiU
“Machine learning to improve diagnostic accuracy of rare events in Orthopedics”

11:40 – 12:15 Maria Lerm, LiU
“DNA methylation analyses –a powerful tool for precision medicine”

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

“Cell Signaling and Reprogramming”

13:15 – 13:30 Introduction by Claudio Cantù, LiU

13:30 – 14:05 Colm Nestor, LiU
“The genetics of sex bias in autoimmune and infectious disease”

14:05 – 14:40 Francisca Lottersberger, LiU
"Nuclear architecture and genome stability"

14:40 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:35 Vincent Pasque, KU Leuven
“Modelling early human development with stem cells”

15:35 – 16:10 Stefan Koch, LiU
“Intersection of FOX and WNT signaling in human diseases”

16:10 – 16:20 Closing words, Walker Jackson, LiU

Previous symposia

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3D render of a medical background with DNA strand
3D render of a medical background with DNA strand


About WCMM

The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM) at Linköping University is part of a national plan for Sweden to gain an internationally leading position in medical research. 

WCMM at Linköping University (LiU) was created in 2015 as a joint effort between Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Linköping University and Health care institutions constituting Region Östergötland. The aim of our center is to explore the interphase between medicine and technology, an area with large potential for in modern health care. The collaboration between researchers at the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as at Linköping University Hospital has already resulted in established collaborations in the areas of imaging-diagnostics, bio-engineering and bio-materials. Thanks to the WCMM effort, we have now been able to recruit 13 new research groups from leading institutions world-wide to join our efforts in Linköping and Norrköping.

The researchers active in our center has extensive collaborations with investigators from the WCMM nodes in Göteborg, Lund and Umeå as well as SciLife laboratories in Stockholm. These interactions are supported by the National Molecular Medicine Fellows Program (NMMP), an initiative funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation with the aim to increase nationwide interactions between research environments in Sweden.

This Symposium is organized by the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine at Linköping University - WCMM together with the research school and network Forum Scientium.