About the Experimental Traumatology research unit
The Experimental Traumatology research unit was originally established by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).
The Swedish Armed Forces have a long-standing tradition of advanced medical research. The unit for Experimental Traumatology was originally established by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).
In 2008, the unit was strategically transferred to Karolinska Institutet, by decision of Commander-in-Chief Håkan Syrén, to provide a platform for improved collaborations with national and international medical research institutes, and to further develop Swedish academic military medicine research.
The successful establishment of the unit at Karolinska Institutet enabled for continuous, competitive research in military medicine and traumatology.
Today, the unit maintains active research in many focus areas of military medicine and traumatology, which are continuously advanced in close collaboration with the Armed Forces.
In addition, the unit performs strategic external analyses in military medicine and traumatology and maintains close collaborations with national and international research networks and science and technology organizations, including the European Defence Agency.
The unit acts as an external advisor in traumatology for agencies including the Swedish Police authority and the Swedish Defence University.
Government and Parliament governance
The Armed Forces must order research and development work, as well as conduct their own studies and trials, for the focus and development of military defence.
The research and development activities that the Armed Forces order must contribute to long-term capability development and strengthen the Armed Forces' ability to face future threats.
Research and development contribute to knowledge to be able to grasp strategic decisions, set appropriate requirements and provide the necessary equipment. The Armed Forces must strengthen research and development within defence areas and, to create conditions for future direction, continue to strive to maintain freedom of action.