Work at the Institute of Biomedicine spans from basic biomedical research to advanced translational research embedded in clinical investigations. Our teaching portfolio also demands expert knowledge covering wide scientific areas, including large courses in the medical program (both early and later stages) as well as BMA-program and courses in the dentistry-, pharmacy- and nursing programs. The doctoral research education is an integral part of our research environments.
We have worked continuously to focus our efforts and resources to a number of scientific fields, in which we feel that we can establish the critical mass necessary to be nationally leading, and internationally highly competitive. Even if we cannot cover all scientific fields, we believe we can compete with any other department worldwide within defined areas of research.
The Institute of Biomedicine identified four key focus areas, which we have since continued to develop:
• Infection and immunology
• Cancer and stem cell biology
• Genetics and molecular medicine
• Cell biology and molecular biology, including glycobiology.
The aim of the Institute is to accomodate a wide variety of scientific questions, but also common interests and complementarity that will allow for fruitful collaborations. In many cases, we have a number of research groups working on related questions, spanning all the way from basic science to clinical research.
To obtain the type organization we desire, it is essential to recruit the best possible candidates to every available position. Perhaps even more important than senior groups is the recruitment and promotion of young, successful scientists. The Institute of Biomedicine has recruited a large number of young group leaders. Many of these are externally recruited, and the vast majority has postdoctoral experience from major international research organizations.
The majority of our principal investigators have an international experience and a network of foreign contacts. We are an international work place, with PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and professors from around the globe. As is the case with all modern biomedical research, our groups collaborates with research institutes in every corner of the world.