Epidemiology for health - a joint initiative between Lund and Uppsala universities for national and international excellence
Sweden has a long history of population-based data collection, based on social security numbers, and this forms a basis for researchers at Lund University (LU) and Uppsala University (UU) to work together for the strategic research area (SRA) "Epidemiology for Health", or abbreviated "EpiHealth".
As the name suggests, EpiHealth aims to improve the understanding of prevalence and etiology regarding both chronic and infectious diseases through "state-of-the-art" epidemiological research. With a board consisting of fifteen representatives from both universities and the healthcare system, the project will be driven forward.
The field of epidemiology is a science and not just a tool that is used in other disciplines. EpiHealth will form the basis for enabling the development and teaching of the latest findings in epidemiological methodology and technology and thus be able to advance science further.
There are three main areas covered by SRA Epihealth:
- Basic science epidemiology: To research the etiology of chronic and infectious diseases using "biomarkers" and interactions at the gene level.
- Applied epidemiology: To develop monitoring systems for prognosis, care processes and cost-effectiveness around what health care delivers and its preventive programs.
- Epidemiologic Infrastructures: Research and development of modern epidemiological infrastructures, for example, registers, biobanks and other technological platforms. These are based on existing infrastructures such as several large population studies, for example Malmö Preventive Medicine and Malmö Diet Cancer at LU, and the ULSAM cohort at UU. To create free access to material for research both in Sweden and abroad, EpiHealth also aims to develop new national and international research databases.
EpiHealth funding is recommended by the Swedish Research Council following a decision by the government since 2009. Since the 1st of January 2020, the EpiHealth's coordinator is Professor Sölve Elmståhl, Malmö, who coordinates epidemiological research between several researchers in Lund, Malmö and Uppsala. Assistant coordinator is Professor Marju Orho-Melander.
EpiHealth Business Follow-up 2010
EpiHealth Business Follow-up 2011
EpiHealth Business Follow-up 2012
EpiHealth Business Follow-up 2013
EpiHealth Self-Evaluation 2014
Summary of SRA EpiHealth (LU part) activities during 2014-2019
Vice Chancellor's decision
EpiHealth Principal's decision by coordinators 2019
EpiHealth Vice Chancellor´s decision by coordinators 2014
EpiHealth Record Decision Deputy Coordinators 2010
Vice Chancellor's decision funding for SRA and special funding for universities and colleges
EpiHealth VR application 2009
EpiHealth Decision on steering group
Guidelines and assignments
EpiHealth Case Study 2014
Cooperation agreement Lund – Uppsala
Strategic plan 2010-2014
Strategic plan 2017-2021
Strategic plan 2020-2025