To all Staff, post-doc and PhD Students at the Department of Neuroscience

2020-11-13

Everybody at the Department is welcome to join the 2020 Neuroscience-day on Thursday Nov 19th. You find the program on our homepage in the calendarium. This departmental mini-symposium will be via Zoom. Alas, our banquette in the night is cancelled once again due to the Covid-19 situation. Our yearly Neuroscience day or NEURO-DAY focuses on our research and it gives the opportunity for newly appointed members of the Department to present themselves and for PhD students, junior- and senior researchers to present their research. This year we have also invited several prominent guest lecturers. Please join in via the zoom link provided by e-mail or in the calendarium.

I want to congratulate the Rostedt-Punga- and Boije-groups that received grants from the Research council. I remind you all to participate in our seminar series, join grant writing seminars, mentor programs etc., all which are informed via mail sent by Cecilia Yates.

It is now more important than ever that we work together in the Department and within the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy to keep up our good research during the coming times with increased isolation and distancing due to Covid-19. I am aware that a great individual responsibility fall on each of us to manage this situation and therefore it is crucial that we collaborate well. Distance education and work from home is advised when the activities allow and after agreement with supervisors and management. When I came in this morning, there were very few students on Campus BMC showing that most teaching is on distance. Still we have activity in our laboratories and it is very important that we can do the necessary work safely on site.

We have had a few cases with Covid-19-positive employees. Those have not led to any extended virus spreading within the premises and thus so far, our precautions seem to be effective. We inform affected groups when risk for virus exposure. However, virus infection-tracing is performed by the regional County council that monitors the situations and contacts persons at risk. Always inform your group leader/manager if you are sick with Covid symptoms or with any other symptoms.

As before: It is recommended to avoid or minimize any social activities that includes physical closeness. Hence, avoid public transportations, after-work gatherings and parties. Always use good hand hygiene, stay at home if slightest symptoms of cold and please respect the situation to a full extent.

Take care and hope to see you all at the NEURO-DAY,

Finn Hallböök

https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/nyheter-och-press/nyhetsarkiv/2020/oktober/beslut-om-skarpta-allmanna-rad-i-uppsala-lan/

Finn Hallböök, PhD

Head of the Department
Professor of Developmental Neuroscience

Dept Neuroscience