The donation is a nationwide investment for Sweden to regain a world-leading position within medical research. It will stimulate collaboration with the WCMM centres at Gothenburg, Lund and Umeå, and the SciLifeLab at Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University, in order to optimize use of resources and expertise in Swedish Life Science research.
The remarkable progress that we have seen with respect to our understanding of biology and medicine during the last 25 years, and the substantial development of new diagnostics and therapeutics is not primarily the result of progress in only one specific research area. Rather, it is the dynamic and increasing interplay between medicine, biology, chemistry, technology, materials science, bioinformatics, computation and imaging that has fueled much of the discovery process. It is reasonable to assume that we have only seen the beginning of this interactive medicine-technology avalanche.
Known for its unique interdisciplinary approach, Linköping University (LiU) is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 32,000 undergraduates, 1,300 research students, 4,000 employees and an annual turnover of over 4 billion SEK. Celebrating its 40th year anniversary 2015, LiU is ranked in the top 30 (#26) in the world among the 16,000 universities less than 50 years old.
Linköping University Hospital and Region Östergötland
The University Hospital in Linköping, which constitutes the main centre for health care in Region Östergötland (RÖ) and provides highly specialized care for three counties (1 million inh.), has 600 patient beds and 4,900 employees. The University Hospital is and has been ranked as one of the top hospitals in Sweden regarding quality-of-care.