We conduct our research in close co-operation with our patients and their relatives. Safety and compliance with the laws and principles that govern medical ethics are a given, and we systematically monitor and evaluate these new methods.
Skåne University Hospital and Region Skåne conduct and participate in various international research projects, as this is a natural and crucial part of clinical research. One of the largest source of research financing in Europe is the European Union, and we are involved in over 30 EU projects.
Major research areas at Skåne University Hospital
- Childhood diseases
- Blood disorder
- Hand and plastic surgery
- Gynaecological disorders
- Memory-related problems and geriatrics
- Neurological diseases and injuries
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Infectious diseases and disorders of the digestive system, lungs, skin, kidneys, eyes, ears, nose and throat
In co-operation with Lund University and Malmö University, Skåne University Hospital provides the best conditions to promote research and education. These include our state-of-the-art educational facilities, libraries, research laboratories and patient clinics, as well as lots of space, and cafés and restaurants both in Malmö and Lund.
Here researchers, students and medical personnel work side by side. The issues confronted and the experiences of contact with the patients are carried into the laboratory. The results of the research are then brought back to our patients in the form of new diagnostic and treatment methods, new drugs and innovative technology.
National strategic areas
In 2009, the Swedish Government decided to prioritise seven strategic areas for research. This decision represented a key step towards creating global cutting-edge research and was taken at the behest of the Swedish Research Council, FAS, Formas, Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency.
Five of these areas are being co-ordinated by researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University.
- Epidemiology (EpiHealths)
- Neuroscience (Multipark)
- Cancer (BioCARE)
- Diabetes (Exodiabs)
- StemTherapy (Department of Laboratory Medicine)
Sweden is a superb country for conducting large-population studies, thanks to our system of personal registration numbers in combination with the many registers we have here (birth register, patient register, community health centres, cause of death register, dental register, prescription register, cancer register and medical quality register, among others).
These factors make it easier to follow up on those who participate in these studies.
Skåne University Hospital participate in several large-population studies:
- BIG3 is a research project in Skåne named for three of the most common illnesses: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer.
- GÅS is an acronym for the Swedish for Good Aging in Skåne, which is a study meant to increase the knowledge and understanding of what factors affect the health of the elderly. The percentage of the population comprised of elderly people in on the rise, and this creates a greater need for medical and social care. This, in turn, requires greater knowledge of the factors that affect the health of seniors.
- MOS stands for the Malmö Offspring Study, which is the first large-population study in Sweden that enables us to monitor major common diseases over several generations. The focus includes type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer.