Open house at Gothia Forum, May 20

We celebrate Clinical Trials Day by inviting to an open house with seminars, guided tours and refreshments and mingling. We will tell you about our services and how we can support you as a researcher with clinical research projects of various kinds. You have the opportunity to go on a guided tour at the Clinical Trial Center, CTC, mingle and discuss with employees at...
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Combining research and clinical work

Per-Anders Jansson has worked as Medical advisor at Gothia Forum since 2014 and he also holds the position as professor of translational medical research at University of Gothenburg. This position is the first of its kind and involves a combination of teaching and supervision in medical research and translational medical research. Per-Anders Jansson has been involved in research...
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New study and database on biomarkers - a major aid in Alzheimer's research

In a new study published in Lancet Neurology, researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy have been able to show which blood and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers that best differentiate between patients with Alzheimer’s disease and controls. Parallel to the study, the researchers developed a large database that gathers data on biomarkers in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s...
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New collaboration between MSD, Sahlgrenska Academy and Region Västra Götaland

Today, February 9, a framework agreement between healthcare company MSD, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland was signed. It is the beginning of a new and innovative, collaborative arena that will ultimately benefit the patients. The steering committee that the partners are co-building will devise joint initiatives that will benefit society...
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Inauguration of Primary Care Trial Center in Skövde

On February 24, Gothia Forum is inaugurating a new PTC (Primary Care Trial Center) unit,  in Skövde. There is already a PTC entity established in Gothenburg and the addition in Skövde will meet the need for research support to primary health centers in Skaraborg region. So far PTC Skövde has established collaboration with eight health centers, but are open to more. PTC is a...
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Gothenburg researcher receives a total of 90 million for clinical therapy research

Half of the funds within the call for the clinical therapy research is given this year to researchers in Gothenburg.   Goran Dellgren, Ann Hellström and Torsten Olbers are the main applicant for large projects which will receive 30 million each from the call. On January 20, a new call period will open for funding from the Swedish Research Council within the same area. Through...
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Course: Biobanking in clinical research

On February 8-12 the course "Biobanking in clinical research"  will be held at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The course is organized by Sahlgrenska biobank, Gothia Forum. This course aims to give you knowledge in how to use biobanking as a resource in clinical research. The course covers basic concepts for biobanking, such as infrastructure and research, ethical and...
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Diabetes study conducted in collaboration with Gothia Forum, published in BMJ

A new combination of drugs has shown good results in lowering blood sugar levels, reducing body weight and lowering treatment doses of insuline in hard-to-treat type-2 diabetes. These are the results from two Swedish studies published simultaneously in The New England Journal of Medicine and The British Medical Journal. One of the studies involved a total of 14 Swedish clinics, one being...
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Lars Ny new Head of Department at Gothia Forum

As Gothia Forum for Clinical Research enters its seventh year,  Lars Ny will betaking over as Head of Department in January 2016. This is part of the effort to strengthen clinical research in Västra Götaland.  - With a vast experience of clinical research in the academy and healthcare as well as the industry, Lars is well equipped to take Gothia Forum into its next phase,...
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Gothia Forum offers a specialized unit for clinical research in primary care

Since 2014 Gothia Forum offers a specialized unit conducting clinical research in primary care called Primary care Trial Center (PTC), located in Västra Frölunda. Another clinic is planned to open in Skövde by the end of the year, offering research support to primary care clinics in the surrounding area of Skaraborg. Ever since the founding of Gothia Forum, inquiries have been made...
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Research studies show promising results for people suffering from cerebral fatigue and narcolepsy

Arvid Carlsson and his research team at Sahlgrenska Academy have seen promising results in several research studies regarding cerebral fatigue and narcolepsy.  A follow-up study is presently being conducted at the Clinical Trial center , CTC, at Gothia Forum. The research team recently started testing the drug on young people suffering from narcolepsy as a consequence of...
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NRI Innovation Network's workshop

The workshop will focus on hospital and industry cooperation and testbeds - more specifically on the success of innovation projects: How to implement innovations and ensure acceptance from the future users. The workshop is a collaboration between Gothia Forum, eHealth department - Region Västra Götaland, IT University Gothenburg, NRI Innovation Network and ScanBalt. The cross...
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Health economic study shows that spouses of stroke survivors face lingering health issues

Josefine Persson, Health Economist at Gothia Forum and doctoral student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, along with the research team  “ The Sahlgrenska Academy Study on Ischemic Stroke”   (SAHLSIS) mapped the self-perceived health of stroke survivors' spouses.   The study shows that quality of life can be affected in nearly a decade The study has been recognized by, among...
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New clinical trial unit for children and youth

At the end of the year, Gothia Forum together with Queen Silvia Children's Hospital open up a new clinical trial unit for children and youth. This will eventually lead to more clinical research and new and improved treatments for children and adolescents.   By the end of 2015 the Clinical Research Children's (Pediatric Clinical Research Center, PCRC) will start operations...
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New approach lifts the life scince in western Sweden

The public and the private sector join forces on a new venture for more companies in the life sciences. A never-before-tried cooperation is expected to provide research and new jobs in connection with AstraZeneca, Mölndal, according to a press release from the Secretariat of Regional Development. In total nearly SEK 60 million over three years will be provided to BioVentureHub at...
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National conference on clinical research

Welcome to the upcoming conference on  April 14-15 2015  for all parties interested in clinical research. The venue is  the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre , Gothenburg. This is the fifth conference to be arranged and  like previous years we invite international speakers to provide an international outlook and networking possibilities. The conference...
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BioGaia invests in Gothenburg based research company

BioGaia has decided to invest SEK 12 million in MetaboGen AB, Gothenburg, Sweden. The investment will be made over a two year period and will then give BioGaia 35% of the share capital of the company. BioGaia´s president, Peter Rothschild will now become chairman of the board of MetaboGen. MetaboGen is a research company, which was founded in 2011 in Gothenburg by Professor Fredrik...
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Mapping the spread of diarrhoea bacteria a major step towards new vaccine

Every year hundreds of thousands of people die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by ETEC bacteria. A study published in Nature Genetics describes how Swedish researchers have mapped the spread of strains of ETEC bacteria around the world.  This is another important step in developing a vaccine against ETEC. The first trials were carried out by researchers at Gothenburg University in...
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SEK 620 million investment in the life sciences in Gothenburg

Today , 29 October, saw the launch of an initiative to create a new centre for molecular medicine at the University of Gothenburg, with funding of at least SEK 620 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the University of Gothenburg, AstraZeneca and Region Västra Götaland. Cancer, obesity and diabetes are just some of the areas highlighted for research. ...
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The research study SCAPIS gets 100 million in grants

The national population study SCAPIS received 100 million SEK from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. SCAPIS is a unique research project concerning the heart, blood vessels and lungs  led by a national research group at the university hospitals in Sweden in collaboration with the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation. - SCAPIS is a unique study with great potential for research...
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National information meetings on Horizon 2020

Are you a researcher and would like to know more about the opportunities in the more research intensive bottom-up parts of Horizon 2020? The new European Framework programme is the world’s largest research and innovation programme with a total budget of close to 80 billion euro during the period 2014-2020. Horizon 2020 consists of three key areas: Excellent science, Industrial...
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7 Questions to Linda Paulson, the new Head of Sahlgrenska biobank

What’s your background? I have a PhD in medicine at the department of Neurochemistry at the Sahlgrenska Academy. After that I completed a post doc at the Arvid Carlsson Institute and a second post doc at Rikshospitalet in Oslo. In 2011 I started at Oslo University Hospital where I was in charge of setting up a biobank with five employees. In Oslo, the storage facility was placed...
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Mind-controlled prosthetic arms that work in daily life are now a reality

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct connection to...
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World´s first child born after uterus transplantation

In a ground-breaking research project at the University of Gothenburg, seven Swedish women have had embryos reintroduced after receiving wombs from living donors. Now the first transplanted woman has delivered a baby – a healthy and normally developed boy.  The world-unique birth was acknowledged in The Lancet on 5 October. The uterus transplantation research project at the...
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MedTech West part of a collaborative project that receives 34 million kr. grant

Justin F. Schneiderman, researcher at MedTech West and Sahlgrenska Academy has, together with colleagues at Chalmers University of Technology, Karolinska Institute’s NatMEG center, and Sahlgrenska Academy recently been granted almost 35 million SEK for the collaborative project NeuroSQUID. Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW), the largest private financier of research in Sweden,...
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Strokefinder quickly differentiates bleeding strokes from clot-induced strokes

The results from the initial clinical studies involving the microwave helmet Strokefinder confirm the usefulness of microwaves for rapid and accurate diagnosis of stroke patients. This is shown in a scientific article published on Monday. Strokefinder enables earlier diagnosis than current methods, which improves the possibility to counteract brain damage. In the article,...
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Time to apply for BIO-X

Now it is time to apply for BIO-X. This nationwide call for BIO-X project proposals focus on ICT-healthcare solutions to improve personalized treatment and care. Detailed call information >> Proposals should be for a novel, ICT-based solution that can give direct benefit to the individual receiving treatment or care. For example: by increasing cure rates or...
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NBC16 – MTD10, October 14-16th

MedTech West is the host for the the joint 16th Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering & Medical Physics and Medicinteknikdagarna 2014! The conference is held in Gothenburg, October 14-16 2014 and it's combining the IFMBE’s Nordic-Baltic conference with the Swedish MTF (Svensk Förening för Medicinsk Teknik & Fysik) annual national meeting in biomedical...
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Gothia Forum - Now a unifying name for several research resources

Gothia Forum is, since April this year, a unifying name for several research resources and now consists of four sections: Research Support Office, Sahlgrenska Biobank, Clinical Trial Center and Primary Care Trial Center. Gothia Forum will be able to offer better support to researchers and companies through the entire research process from idea to implementation, testing and monitoring....
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Sahlgrenska Academy and AstraZeneca In New Research Collaboration

Respiratory and inflammatory diseases constitute a heavy burden for both the individuals affected and for society. AstraZeneca and the Sahlgrenska Academy are now entering into a collaboration in which a guest professorship has been created to reinforce research and drug development in several globally widespread and common diseases. Respiratory, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases...
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MedTech West seminar – Health care economics for medical technologies

On May 8, Emin Ekström, Project Manager and Health Economist at Gothia Forum will be presenter at the MedTech West seminar: Health care economics for medical technologies Participants in this seminar will get a comprehensive overview of the specifics of health economics, and practical examples of integration of health economics for medical technologies. Date: May 8, 2014 Time:...
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Changes to health care and medical care require cooperation

Gothia Forum has initiated a project with actors in the Västra Götaland Region, Sahlgrenska Academy, Region Skåne and AstraZeneca to produce a model for cooperation regarding health-finance analyses for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The aim is to gain more knowledge of how costs for medical care and sick leave associated with COPD can be reduced without affecting the quality...
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We look forward to contributing to the national coordination of clinical research

Just before Christmas the report by Ingrid Pettersson (IP) on national coordination of clinical studies, Starkare Tillsammans [Stronger Together] was published. The report recommends the setting up of a national board with six regional nodes with the task of facilitating clinical research in Sweden. IP proposes that the regional nodes should assist by: Offering companies and...
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Possible antibody breakthrough in Alzheimer´s treatment

Treatment with antibodies that attack a harmful molecule in the brain has yielded promising results in tests on Alzheimer’s patients. The results are from a so-called phase 3 clinical study conducted by leading researchers from American, British and Swedish universities.  The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not fully understood, but leading scientists believe that it is due to...
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