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Better health

New advances in medicine, life and health

The combination of cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research is essential in order to generate new knowledge on how we can prevent diseases, live healthier, improve diagnostics and develop innovative treatments. The aim is to contribute to higher quality of life and better health.

The artificial kidney, ultrasound and ventilators are some of the many innovations over the years that started as an idea among researchers at Lund University and that are now helping people all over the world.

Research at the highest international level

Today's research spans a wide range of areas, from basic experimental research in state-of-the-art laboratories to lifestyle studies and clinical trials on patients. We are home to cutting-edge research in areas including brain diseases, diabetes, infectious diseases, cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, stem cell biology, cardiovascular diseases, epidemiology and nursing.

Our close links with the Skåne University Hospital ensures that our research is based on real problems and challenges in healthcare. It is also a prerequisite for a rapid application of research results into new diagnostics and treatments.

Researchers are also trying to understand why certain population groups are more prone to disease than others by identifying the causes of our most common diseases, such as environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors. In this way, prevention, treatment and cures can be introduced at an early stage.

The global health challenges we face must be met with boundary-crossing and international external engagement. Many of our research projects bring together medical researchers and professionals, biologists, engineers, social scientists, chemists, economists, behavioural scientists, ethicists and humanists to solve complex societal problems.

Solving challenges together

Researchers are developing new solutions in close collaboration with organisations inside and outside academia in areas such as:

The experience of the Covid-19 pandemic shows that emerging infectious diseases can affect populations in different ways - geographically, demographically and socially.

At Lund University, there are two collaborative projects in which researchers, together with the public and private sectors, are developing solutions that improve society's preparedness for future viral pandemics and other health crises.

They are investigating the direct and underlying causes of virus transmission, and developing systems and methods to monitor the spread of infection in society in real time, among other things.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Many people are diagnosed at a very late stage or are misdiagnosed. Early and accurate diagnosis is essential to provide patients with the right treatment and support.

Researchers at Lund University are working with the public and private sectors to develop methods that can improve diagnosis and prognosis for people with Alzheimer's disease.

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease – (in Swedish)

In today's society, people whose work involves helping and supporting others are severely affected by increasing existential threats and associated stress. This is often related with feelings of meaninglessness and disconnection from self, the wider community and the world as a whole. Apart from human suffering, stress-related mental illness is also costly for society, for example in terms of sick leave.

In the project 'Existential Resilience: Contemplation, Aesthetics, Compassion' (ERiCi), researchers from several faculties at Lund University and other stakeholders aim to find answers to how to prevent and address the increase in existential and work-related stress among people in healthcare, other service professions and society at large.

Existential resilience | ERiCi