Division of Sensory Organs and Communication (SOK)

At the division, research focusing on human communication is carried out.

Photo credit Thor Balkhed

The main areas of the division's research include conversations with people with communicative impairments, speech and language disorders in children, applied hearing research, and clinical and ultrastructural studies of eye tissues and vision.

Upcoming events at SOK

26 April 2024

Public defence of doctoral thesis in Medical Science: Inga-Lena Johansson

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Belladonna, Building 511, Campus US

Inga-Lena Johansson, at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, defends her doctoral thesis "Parkinson's disease and communication: Intelligibility, interaction and participation". Opponent is Margaret Walshe, Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. The defense takes place in Belladonna, Campus US. For questions, contact supervisor Christina Reuterskiöld.


Christina Reuterskiöld


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Cornea Research

Our research team focuses on understanding the origins of blinding diseases of the cornea, evaluating new pharmacologic, surgical, and regenerative therapies to treat corneal disease.

Girl reaches for a book on a bookshelf.

Swedish-speaking children with developmental language disorder in comparison with second language learners

The focus of this project is language processing in children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and bilingual children learning Swedish as their second language (L2). They are similarly challenged by Swedish grammar.

A child pointing to communicate with his family at the kitchen table.

Precursors of Intentional Communication Skills in Children

The project aims to create a checklist for parents, identify early communicative behaviors in young children up to one year of age, and examine their connection to later linguistic and communicative abilities.



The world's largest eye research organization praises LiU researchers

Neil Lagali and Mehrdad Rafat earn global acclaim, winning ARVO Foundation's 2023 Point of View Award. Recognized by the world's largest eye research organization, their work in regenerative ophthalmology offers new hope for vision restoration.

Close-up of an eye.

European investment in research into corneal diseases

Researchers at Linköping University are taking part in the largest European investment to date into diseases of the cornea. The aim is to restore vision in people with severe and rare eye diseases.

Demonstration of surgical method.

Bioengineered cornea can restore sight to the blind and visually impaired

LiU-researchers have developed an implant made of collagen protein from pig’s skin, which resembles the human cornea. In a pilot study, the implant restored vision to 20 people with diseased corneas.

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