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Research areas at Karolinska Institutet
Research at Karolinska Institutet is very extensive and is conducted in nine strong research areas.
Cancer and Haematology
Karolinska Institutet is at the forefront of cancer research in the world. The primary goal of the research conducted at KI is to make sure that as few people as possible suffer or die from cancer. Its research encompasses all areas, from the examination of molecules to the study of large demographic groups.
Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology
These fundamental research areas are concerned with the basic building blocks of the body, the cells, investigating their structure and function, both normally and pathologically. Research involves the study of genes and their expression, as well as proteins and other organic substances, and how these co-operate in the living cell.
Circulation and respiration
Research into circulation and respiration deals principally with the heart, blood vessels and lungs. It spans several important medical fields and diseases which impact significantly on both individuals and society.
Developmental Biology, Stem Cells, Reproductive, Regenerative and Reparative Medicine
The speciality called developmental biology includes the study of how cell growth is regulated, and how cells are differentiated from the stem cell stage and onwards to form tissues and organs. The aim is to find, amongst other things, new methods of repairing damaged tissues (regenerative medicine). Reproduction is the speciality involved in research into germ cells, infertility, pregnancy, foetal medicine, the newborn infant and andrology. Reparative medical research involves surgery and orthopaedics.
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Research into endocrinology and metabolism touches upon many of the most important health problems of our time, including diabetes, obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis and hormonal disturbances. The research involves e.g. nutrition, physical activity, anaesthesia and intensive care, drug metabolism, psychiatry, neurology, nephrology and gastroenterology.
Epidemiology and Public Health Sciences
Researchers in epidemiology and public health sciences study how the environment, lifestyle and genetic factors affect health and the aetiology of disease. This knowledge is used to create methods and approaches for the prevention of disease and ill health.
Health Care Sciences
Health care sciences are extensive subjects that include studies in a number of disciplines such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and health economics. Studies at Karolinska Institutet can be applied to such widely-separated areas as cancer, dementia and musculoskeletal problems. They can also include defined sub-sets of the general population such as the elderly, women, children and people of different cultural origins.
Immunology, Infection, Inflammation and Microbiology
The four subjects immunology, infection, inflammation and microbiology are closely connected. Infections are caused by microorganisms, the immune system protects us against infections and immune responses also cause inflammation, which is involved in combatting infection, but can, if stimulated in other ways, cause chronic inflammatory conditions.
Neuroscientists at Karolinska Institutet strive to make fundamental discoveries about nervous system function, to teach and train the next generation of scientists and clinicians, and to translate research findings into improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.
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