Success stories

Success stories

The cooperative environment and prominent clinical resarch have contributed to the development of life science in Västra Götaland. The region is home to one of Europes largest university hospitals and cutting edge research in biomedicine and the natural sciences, and a strong research-based industry. Read some of our success stories below.

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Graphene flagship

Graphene flagship


In strong competition, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg has been appointed by the European Union to lead research on the new super-material graphene.

Graphene has exceptional properties that are predicted to revolutionise areas such as electronics and medicine. The project is the largest EU research investment ever, with funding of 1 billion Euro, enough to pay one thousand researchers for ten years of work. The material will be tested in different products at the Graphene Innovation Lab at Chalmers University of Technology. The project's Advisory Council includes four Nobel Laureates and is headed by Jari Kinaret, professor in physics at Chalmers University. Learn more about Graphene at Chalmers »

Womb Transplant Research

Womb Transplant Research

The world's first birth from a transplanted womb took place in Gothenburg at Sahlgrenska University Hosptial in the autumn of 2014. The University of Gothenburg has been conducting womb transplant research since 1999. The aim is to give women who lack a womb, either from birth or after cancer surgery, the chance to give birth to a child. Read more about uterus tranplant research »

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Fredrik Bäckhed

One of Sweden´s most successful young researchers

Fredrik Bäckhed

Fredrik Bäckhed and his team at the Sahlgrenska Academy, have a phenomenal ability to attract grants and are frequently published in respected journals. Fredrik leads a research team that is specialised on the significance of the gut microbiota to health. The25-person strong team collaborate with other teams around the world.

"Often, development is a matter of combining research fields. We are strong in the field of in intestinal bacteria, and don't need to be experts on everything else. Instead, we bring in research partners from abroad." 

More about Fredrik Bäckhed and his research »

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm that work in daily life is now a reality

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm

In 2013, Sahlgrenska was the first hospital in the world to give a patient a prosthesis permanently connected to the skeleton, nerves and muscles. The prosthesis feels natural and give patients far fewer limitations than other types of prosthesis. 

The direct skeletal attachment is created by what is known as osseointegration, a technology in limb prostheses pioneered by associate professor Rickard Brånemark and his colleagues at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Rickard Brånemark led the surgical implantation and collaborated closely with Max Ortiz Catalan and Professor Bo Håkansson at Chalmers University of TechnologyLearn more about the prosthetic arm »
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ETEC - a vaccine is on its way

ETEC kills 300 000 a year

Every year hundreds of thousands of people die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by ETEC bacteria. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy are world leaders in research into ETEC and have made a major breakthrough in collaboration with colleagues from around the world.

A study published in Nature Genetics describes how Swedish researchers have mapped the spread of strains of ETEC bacteria around the world. It provides key information about how pathogenic bacteria arise, which will be important for the Swedish diarrhoea vaccine currently under development. Learn more about the ETEC research »

Visual Arena

Life and death visualization

Ajibola Omokayne

The general public’s understanding of research could become a matter of life and death. Ajibola Omokayne, who works with vaccines and contagious diseases, knows this. He is passionate about making research easier to understand through visualization.

“Science could learn a great deal from marketing and news media. They want to generate interest in the general public through images, headlines or interaction. Scientific publications are not as engaging,”.

Ajibola participated in the International Science Festival in Gothenburg. In collaboration with Visual Arena at Lindholmen Science Park, he held a workshop in which visitors were able to participate and illustrate themes at the International Science Festival – life and death. Read more about the workshop »
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Prehospital ICT Arena

Unique collaboration for better prehospital care


Healthcare of the future is facing major challenges. An aging population and new work methods are making it more important than ever for technical solutions to be utilized in healthcare. A unique collaboration is set to enable the optimal utilization of IT and eHealth in prehospital care, such as for example, ambulance medical care. Together with healthcare services, industry and academy, Lindholmen Science Park is initiating a collaboration, the Prehospital ICT Arena. Learn more about Prehospital Arena »

PrehospIT-Stroke is one ongoing project within prehospital eHealth. The project will pave the way for better use of IT within ambulance services. The focus is on developing joint ways of managing information and communication in order to improve the patient care process, from the emergency call to health care at the right hospital. Learn more about PrehospIT-Stroke »

Smart Textiles

Smart Textiles -  Knitted blood vessels are taking shape

Ygraft, a uniquely designed textile blood vessel

Within a year after having had bypass surgery, one third of the patients suffer another blockage of the blood vessel. It is hoped that Ygraft, a uniquely designed textile blood vessel, will solve this problem.

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital has developed knitted blood vessels in cooperation with the Swedish School of Textiles at University of Borås that do not cause scarring, which in turn can cause the blood to clot and stop to flow out. This smart textiles have a large potential market and the Swedish researchers have a global patent on the product. Learn more about Smart Textiles and Ygraft »