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Lund University is Sweden's strongest comprehensive research university and in recent years has been awarded more research funding than any other Swedish full-scale higher education institution. Lund is also the only full-scale Swedish university to make the list of the 50 organisations that received funding from the European Commission's EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development. This success can largely be attributed to the inter-disciplinary research that is carried out and the diversity that our University can offer.

Internationally renowned research is carried out at Lund University in several cutting-edge research fields, including:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Climate change
  • Stem cell biology
  • Diabetes
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Music education

Independent reviews, such as the Research Quality Assurance for the Future RQ-08 report also rate research in the following areas to be excellentand/or outstanding:

  • Philosophy
  • Cognitive science
  • Economic history
  • Quaternary science
  • Physics
  • Nano science
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • Automatic control engineering
  • Stem cells
  • Endocrinology
  • Physical geography and ecosystems analysis

Innovations and discoveries

The first ultrasound image Ultrasound
Hellmuth Hertz and Inge Edler’s 1953 ultrasound method to examine the human heart, which is now employed in other areas, including imaging of the foetus in the womb.

Nils Alwall's artifical kidneyArtificial kidney
Nils Alwall’s research and 1946 discoveries on the artificial kidney laid the foundation for the multinational company Gambro, which today makes life easier for 350 000 dialysis patients around the world.

Bluetooth technology
Bluetooth technology, which has its roots at Lund University, has made wireless communication possible and has become an indispensable part of the developments in the IT sector. The first Bluetooth product came onto the market in 2001 and since then some two billion units have been sold, making it the world’s fastest growing technology.

Nicorette
The world's first nicotine medication in 1967 to help people stop smoking. Said to have saved the lives of millions of smokers worldwide.