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.

Circulation and respiration

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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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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Inflammation is an important component of many diseases that cause significant morbidity and mortality. These include autoimmune diseases such as a number of rheumatoid diseases, kidney diseases, inflammatory bowel 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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Laboratory medicine

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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Research in the field of endocrinology is performed by three research groups focused on strategies for treatment of diabetes, obesity and metabolic bone diseases. Can novel drugs targeting adipose tissue metabolism be used for prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes?”, “Can stem cells be used to treat type 1 diabetes?”,  “What causes metabolic bone diseases?” are examples of questions that are addressed. A large number of different methods are used in our studies, mostly with human subjects, and they include clinical trials.

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Last modified: 2021-06-03