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Intestinal bacteria

Is there a link between the composition of the intestinal microbiota (gut flora) and type 2 diabetes? Are gut bacteria the key to curing type 2 diabetes? Here, you can read about pioneering research at the Institute of Medicine that has great potential to transform treatment for many of our most common diseases.

Unique research

Our scientists carry out translational research on these bacteria to understand how they and our diet can act jointly to influence our metabolism. The goal of the researchers at the Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research is to find new ways of preventing and treating type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Our research areas

  • How the gut flora affects our metabolism.
  • How the gut flora is connected with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • How the gut flora produces molecules.
  • Gut bacteria as a cure for type 2 diabetes.
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Magnified intestinal bacteria.
Magnified intestinal bacteria.

Groundbreaking discoveries

  • In the past few years, researchers at the Wallenberg Laboratory have made several major discoveries, notably that:
  • Patients with type 2 diabetes have an altered gut flora.
  • In patients who have undergone a gastric bypass, the gut flora is altered.
  • The gut flora produces molecules that cause type 2 diabetes.

Translational research

Translational research means that results from experimental research are transferred to health care to benefit patients, or that observations or problems in health care give rise to new research ideas.

Close connection between research and education

There is close cooperation between the Institute’s research and our education and training, in which many of our researchers too are involved. They supervise doctoral students and teach on our regular programmes, freestanding courses and vocational care programmes within Sahlgrenska Academy.

Read more about our education