Research at the Department of Medical Sciences

At the Department we perform clinical and pre-clinical research in a large number of specialties. Much of the research is conducted in close association with Uppsala University Hospital, and encompasses both basic studies on causative mechanisms of disease and clinical applications such as improved diagnosis and methods of treatment. In support there are a number of technology platforms and other resources.

Uppsala University Hospital Laboratory

Within this area several independent research groups are working to identify risk factors for, and the aetiology of, several common diseases such as cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. State of the art genomics, epigenetics and computational modelling methods are employed together with in vitro experiments, utilizing biological materials in the form of cells, DNA, protein or metabolites to uncover casual links between environment, heredity and disease. High throughput experimental techniques are also used to develop therapies for cancer and other complex diseases.

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Emergency care and internal medicine

Many studies are done as national and international collaborations. By experimental and epidemiological studies researchers can identify risk factors and by clinical trials and registry studies both existing and new therapies are evaluated for their efficiency.

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Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Research in occupational and environmental medicine is about the importance of various environmental factors for health and covers all age groups. We use both quantitative and qualitative methods and do both epidemiological studies, experimental studies and intervention studies.

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Infectious Diseases

Infections by bacteria, viruses and fungi is a major cause of disease globally and new epidemics and pandemics emerge repeatedly.  To, if possible, block the arisal of such we study zoonotic diseases using a multidisciplinary approach. We also work with improvement of vaccines. Another important theme is antimicrobial resistance where we are engaged in multiple parallel projects and initiatives.

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Cardiology, clinical physiology and respiration medicine

Within this broad area the researchers work with cardiovascular  and respiratory diseases, but also with sleep and the impact of various environmental factors for health in a wider perspective. Many studies are done as national and international collaborations. By experimental and epidemiological studies researchers can identify risk factors and by clinical trials and registry studies both existing and new therapies are evaluated for their efficiency.

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Neuro

The focus of the clinical neuroscience subject areas are scientific questions about diseases and injuries in the nervous system. Our research includes diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of neurological and neurosurgical diseases and we also conduct translational research on these conditions.

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Psychiatry

Within the field of expertise are the research groups Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that study how psychopathology develops at different ages, as well as and how it should be diagnosed and treated. The research is based on a model where biological, psychological and social risk and protective factors interact in both the development and progression of the disorders. The National Center for Disaster Psychiatry is part of the Psychiatry research group and is a national expert resource that conducts research in psychotraumatology.

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Medicine, skin and rheumatology

We study component of many diseases that cause significant morbidity and mortality. These include a number of rheumatoid diseases, kidney diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes obesity, matobolic bone diseases and cutaneous diseases. The research unit strive to dissect the mechanisms of disease, to improve diagnosis and to develop new treatments.

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Last modified: 2022-09-15