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For life. the faculty of medicine at Lund university / Sweden

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T h e f a c u l t y o f M e d i c i n e at L u n d u n i v er s i t y

For over 300 years, Lund University’s F ­ aculty of Medicine has been engaged in teaching and r­ esearch. Today, the Faculty of Medicine is a knowledge-intensive meeting place for students, lecturers and researchers from all over the world. The faculty’s researchers make new discoveries and develop innovations to improve p ­ eople’s health and quality of life. Our study programmes equip today’s students with knowledge and insights for professional lives within medicine, nursing and healthcare. The urge to investigate the mechanisms of life and the desire to improve people’s health is what drives our staff and students.



Education: A prerequisite for a good life is a well-functioning and accessible healthcare system. The healthcare workers we train are present at all stages of life; at birth, in school healthcare, in case of accidents, by a deathbed or when a patient has fresh hope and feels the joy of life thanks to successful medical treatment.


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Education. For a better life. The Faculty of Medicine at Lund University contributes to the healthcare and medicine of the future. Our students study in order to give people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and rich life. Education is conducted in close cooperation with healthcare and is anchored in the faculty’s strong research tradition. The faculty’s lecturers are active within education, healthcare and research. A degree from Lund University’s Faculty of Medicine stands for an education of the highest quality.

The Faculty of Medicine educates future profession-

hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In all our pro-

als in medicine, nursing, speech pathology, audiology,

grammes, students are trained to think freely, independ-

radiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and

ently and critically. Students work together in groups,

biomedical science. We offer specialised programmes for

using problem-based learning (PBL), to solve issues taken

nurses and midwives, as well as Master’s programmes in

from real life professional situations. They are encour-

public healthcare, biomedicine, sports sciences, sports

aged to challenge accepted truths, to be creative and to

psychology, audiology and medical science. Most of

find new solutions to old problems – which is the basis

our programmes are professional training programmes

for lifelong learning.

and result in a professional qualification to work within healthcare or medicine.

The Faculty of Medicine also trains the researchers, lecturers and supervisors of tomorrow. Each year, around

Lund University has a strong global profile and there

140 research students publicly defend their PhD theses,

are lecturers and students from all over the world in

acquiring a stable grounding in research methodology as

our programmes. Our students are offered study time

well as a unique qualification within their special area of

abroad, and in our programmes we aim to stimulate

medical and health sciences. Their expertise gives them

students to acquire learning which can contribute to the

the opportunity to contribute to medical development

solution of global health problems.

through their own discoveries and through the development of health and medical care with new methods and

Students are prepared early on in their education for

treatments. In professional life, there are people with

their professional lives. Tuition exposes them to the lat-

doctoral degrees from our faculty working as lecturers,

est research findings, and they meet patients and future

researchers within academia and industry, and in leading

colleagues within various professions at the university

positions within healthcare and business.

Facts about our programmes: ----------------------------------------8 first cycle study programmes, 6 second cycle programmes and 12 specialised programmes for nurses and midwives Approximately 2 800 students in the first and second cycles Approximately 700 Bachelor’s degree graduates per year Approximately 1 000 doctoral students Approximately 140 PhD graduates per year


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Students are represented in all decision-making bodies and contribute to the development of the faculty with their perspective and their knowledge. The students are crucial to the ongoing work to develop the quality of our programmes, which aim to challenge students academically to an ever higher degree each year.

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Our students are based in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg where they have access to modern learning environments with libraries, computer stations, IT support, as well as various forms of training environments enabling them to practise their skills. At the Practicum Clinical Skills Centre at Skåne University Hospitals, all professional categories within healthcare and nursing – both students and professionals – can practise their clinical skills, teamwork and ­communication using advanced simulators, in the most realistic situations possible.



Research: We don’t all start with the same premises for a healthy life. Genetic heritage has a major impact on many diseases. But the social heritage and the environment in which we grow up also play a role. Studies on large population groups in a country or city are important for the understanding of what causes ill health and what promotes good health. Population studies are an example of methods used by the faculty’s researchers to find new knowledge. The inhabitants of the city of MalmÜ, among whom over 170 different nationalities are represented, have been an important source of new insights into the causes and incidence of diseases over the years.


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Research. For health. All our research has the same goal: to contribute to a better life and better health. Research at the Faculty of Medicine benefits society through better and more efficient healthcare and nursing, which addresses the needs of the whole person and ultimately provides better health throughout society. Our close links to university healthcare in the Skåne region guarantee that our research is mainly based on real problems and challenges in healthcare. ­Cooperation with the healthcare system is also a condition for ensuring that research findings are rapidly converted into new diagnostics and treatments.

Research at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University

most of the broad research expertise present ­throughout

is internationally leading within several fields. For example,

the whole university. Many research projects bring

this is the case for brain diseases, diabetes, infectious

together medics, biologists, engineers, social scientists,

diseases, cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, stem cell bio­

chemists, economists, behavioural scientists, ethicists and

logy, cardio-vascular diseases, epidemiology and nursing.

humanists to solve complex social problems. The global

Research covers a broad field, from pure basic research

challenges that we face today must be tackled with

to research into healthcare and medical science and clini-

boundary-crossing cooperation.

cal, point-of-care research. Currently two large materials research facilities are under Lund University makes sure to create the best possible

construction in Lund: the MAX IV laboratory, which will

conditions for medical research. Sweden’s population

become a world-leading synchrotron radiation labora-

registers and biobanks, which are unique in the world,

tory, and the European ESS facility, which will house the

combine with creative meeting places, high class prem­

world’s most powerful neutron source. They will offer

ises, equipment and technical platforms to contribute to

completely new opportunities for research within the life

the creation of strong research environments attracting

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researchers from all over the globe.

Lund University’s successes are to a large extent due to the opportunities for interdisciplinary research which a full-scale university is able to offer. The faculty makes the

Being able to obtain an image of what is going on inside a person’s body is ­becoming increasingly important for both research and healthcare. Lund University Bioimaging Centre has state-of-the-art equipment for bioimaging, which is unique in Sweden. The Lund University Bioimaging Centre features advanced magnetic cameras for the study of tissue samples, animals and humans, as well as two scanners of the PET/CT and SPECT/CT types for animal experiments.


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One example of boundary-crossing research cooperation is the Neuronano Research 足Centre, NRC. Within the NRC, researchers from dif足ferent faculties (medicine, engineering, science and humanities) cooperate on the task of producing superthin electrodes capable of recording and stimulating the activity of nerve cells in the brain. Such electrodes can create new possibilities for the treatment of various types of brain injury and diseases, but they can also be an invaluable tool in understanding how the brain functions.

The interdisciplinary research centre, CASE, 足focuses on the aging individual and population and works on supportive environments for mobility, activity and health. The centre conducts research to promote the development of supportive environments for healthy aging. The researchers are experts in fields such as gerontology, health sciences, social work, rehabilitation and traffic environments.The results are significant for many elderly people but also for municipalities, housing companies and principals within public transport.


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T h e fa c u lt y o f M e d i c i n e / r e s e a r c h

One of Lund’s strongest areas of research is diabetes – a major global health problem. At Lund University, researchers tackle the disease from many different angles. How do you inherit diabetes? What role is played by the environment in which we live and the food we eat? What happens at the level of cells and molecules in affected tissues? How can we alleviate the symptoms? How can we curb the exponential increase in the number of diabetes sufferers? And will we find a cure?

A large part of our research and education takes place in three modern centres closely connected to university healthcare: the Biomedical Centre in Lund, the Health Science Centre in Lund and the Clinical Research Centre in Malmö. These are integrated research and study environments with first-class conditions for experimental basic research, pointof-care research and research within nursing and healthcare. Now Lund also has Medicon Village, which integrates research, innovation and entrepreneurship within the life sciences.


Cooperation: In many countries around the world, giving birth is a life-threatening process for both mother and child. But it is possible to reduce maternal mortality rates through education. Through her work, a midwife in Malawi has succeeded in radically reducing maternal mortality rates in three villages in the Malawian countryside. Bicycle ambulances, which work well in this environment, along with increased commitment from the men in the community, have proven to be determining factors. Now the project has been extended to large parts of Malawi. This is the result of one of many transformative projects within the framework for an international training programme, developed at the Faculty of Medicine with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Between 2006 and 2010, 220 midwives and obstetricians from 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe were trained.


T h e f a c u l t y o f M e d i c i n e / c o o p e r at i o n

Cooperation. For knowledge ­without boundaries. One of the University’s fundamental tasks is to cooperate with wider society. Our mission is not only to understand the challenges facing society and the individual within the field of health, but also to explain these challenges to the world around us and to create the conditions for improved healthcare and nursing. There is a demand for the expert knowledge of our researchers, who also take an active part in societal development through debates, transfer of knowledge, cooperation projects, professional development, evaluations and innovation development. Through innovation and cooperation, research benefits

most successful in Scandinavia. New research findings

society. Lund University is behind several significant

are converted into science suitable for commercialisation

medical discoveries which have led to improved treat-

at Ideon Science Park in Lund. Medeon Science Park in

ment methods, new drugs and better diagnostics. Some

Malmö is another dynamic and growing scientific centre

of the better-known discoveries from Lund are Hellmuth

for both established companies and start-ups.

Hertz and Inge Edler’s ultrasound method for examining the human heart, and medic Nils Alwall’s research on the

Lund University is located at the heart of a dynamic

artificial kidney. Two more recent examples are a test for

and innovative region. With highly specialised healthcare,

the risk of embolism (so-called APC resistance) and the

pharmaceutical companies , medical technology industry

so-called Lund model for the treatment of serious injury

and active business parks in its immediate vicinity, the

to the skull, which prevents brain swelling in the case of

University has the best conditions to support, develop,

traumatic skull injury as a result of traffic accidents and

apply and commercialise the knowledge and ideas of

falls, for example.

researchers. The Öresund region’s Medicon Valley is a well-known concept within biotechnology and medicine.

In a fruitful cooperation with local, national and inter-

Within the framework of the Medicon Valley Alliance,

national business, many of the researchers’ discoveries

the universities and university colleges of the Öresund

are made and refined. The Faculty of Medicine at Lund

region cooperate within its hospitals, pharmaceutical

University cooperates with the Ideon Science Park, one of

industry and medical technology industry to reinforce

the foremost research parks in Europe and the oldest and

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The research and education at the Faculty of Medicine take place in close cooperation with healthcare and medicine. Many of the faculty’s researchers are themselves employed within healthcare, and our students spend a large part of their education in clinics around the Sküne region. Together we strive to develop new methods of fighting and preventing diseases. The findings of basic research are converted by clinical researchers into practical healthcare, and clinical observations in turn become new challenges for basic research.

Research and education at the Faculty of Medicine are highly relevant to society. It is therefore extremely important that our activities take place in a dialogue with society. Various agents in society such as business and industry, politicians and the general public, have the right to be informed of our research and its results. Our researchers are active with regard to communicating their research and discussing important social issues, as well as fostering an early interest in research and higher education in children and youth.

T h e f a c u l t y o f M e d i c i n e / c o o p e r at i o n



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Education and research are not just of ­national concern but require international ­cooperation. Our staff cooperate extensively on research and education with colleagues all over the world. In addition, Lund ­University is part of several important networks on a ­global level. Universitas 21 Health Science Group – with other internationally leading research univer­sities – and the European network – the League of European Research Universities (LERU) – are two examples.

T h e fa c u lt y o f M e d i c i n e

Lund University seeks to be a world-class univer­ sity that works to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. The University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world. We tackle global challenges and work to ensure that know­ledge and innovations benefit society. We provide education and research in ­engineering, science, law, social sciences, e ­ conomics and management, medicine, humanities, theology, fine art, music and drama. Our 47 000 students and 6 800 employees are based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö.



L u n d u n i v e r s i t y / T h e fa c u lt y o f M e d i c i n e

Lund The University has made its mark on the city of Lund for almost 350 years. From the historic Lundagård park in the city centre, the university campus has grown northeastwards and now borders on the Ideon Science Park. Lund has 110 000 inhabitants, a large proportion of whom have some connection to the University. In Lund, the faculty’s research and education are gathered in the Biomedical Centre and the Health Science Centre, as well as the Skåne University Hospital in Lund.

Malmö Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city with 300  000 inhabitants, is a dynamic, multifaceted knowledge city. In the very centre of the city is medical Malmö, an area characterised by healthcare facilities, medical research and education and life sciences enterprise. This is the location of Lund University’s research and education centre, the Clinical Research Centre, Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, the Medeon research park and Malmö University’s research in the fields of health and society.

Medicon Valley One of Europe’s strongest life sciences ­clusters, with a large number of companies and ­research institutes on both sides of the Öresund Bridge which links Sweden and Denmark. 3.5 million inhabitants 41 000 employees in the private sector within life sciences 32 hospitals of which 11 university hospitals and 6 science parks 12 universities and university colleges

Lund ------- 1. Lund University 2. Skåne University Hospital, Lund 3. Biomedical Centre, BMC 4. Health Science Centre, HSC

Malmö ----------- 1. Clinical Research Centre, CRC 2. Skåne University Hospital,, Malmö 3. Medeon 4. Malmö University


5. Faculty of Science 6. Faculty of Engineering (LTH) 7. Medicon Village 8. Ideon 9. Max IV 10. ESS



1. Faculty of Law 1 12. Faculty of Social Sciences 13. Faculty of Humanities and Theology 14. School of Economics and Management





København Malmö



Ängelholms flygplats






Kristianstad Airport




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Kastrup Copenhagen International Airport


Malmö-Sturup Airport

The Öresund Region / Medicon Valley

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L u n d u n i v e r s i t y / T h e fa c u lt y o f M e d i c i n e Faculty of Medicine Lund University Box 117 SE-221 00 Lund / Sweden Phone +46 46 222 00 00

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