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Lund University Research Center for Respiratory Medicine

Dept of Experimental Medical Science, Dept of Respiratory Medicine & Allergology, Dept of Clinical Sciences, Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Dept of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation, Skane University Hospital, Lund University

Brief Overview

Our host center is a multidisciplinary translational research unit with a mission to increase the understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms behind chronic inflammatory pulmonary diseases, transplantation and bioengineering. Knowledge to be used in phenotyping, predicting disease prognosis, and evaluate response to therapy, thereby enabling the development of new respiratory therapies. The center involves several teams covering all aspects of chronic inflammatory lung diseases from clinical experimental research using novel challenge models and non-invasive techniques to basic research the field of lung extracellular matrix, regenerative medicine, cellular inflammation, lung immunology, lung innate immunity and mast cells.

Research Areas


Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)\ European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

LU offers a creative milieu facilitating cross-disciplinary interactions and an excellent infrastructure to support research in respiratory medicine. Our center is in close vicinity to the University hospital, Bioimaging Centre, BioMS, Center for Translational Genomics, NBIS, a single cell sequencing facility and MAX IV. Our host center is based on five solid fundaments:
1. Clinical experimental research
2. Lung tissue pathology and morphology using cutting-edge 3D and 4D imaging techniques, including novel histological techniques
3. Cell- and matrix biology
4. Translational acute and chronic models including mouse, porcine and clinical
5. Stem cell research

Research funding/Resources

We offer cutting-edge knowledge and technology. We have close collaborations with the clinic and access to human material. We are regularly recognized at the national and international as being an outstanding translational center. PIs have grants from the Swedish Research Council, Swedish heart and lung foundation and the European Research Council. Grants awarded in high competition and continued throughout the career phases: PhD students, national and international postdoc grants, junior establishing grants, and as senior PI. Junior researchers, post docs and PhD students are encouraged to apply for grants and receive support from the PIs and peer support.

Links to non-academic sector

Our center has extensive collaborations with various companies within the respiratory field, both local biotech companies and big industry such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim. Numerous interactions involving collaborations on novel respiratory drug actions have led to novel drug developments based on our research. We have had several industrial PhD students and participants from industry taking part in our center’s activities, such as our annual international conference (LURN conference).

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

We are hosting master students, ERASMUS, ERS fellows, PhD students and post docs. We have more than 20 post docs, originating from around the world. We provide support for the publication process, grant writing and participation in national and international conferences is encouraged. The center organizes journal clubs and research schools. For postdocs, the society “Future Faculty” organizes career seminars to facilitate growth towards an independent researcher. There is a mentor/mentee program which our trainees can participate in to be paired with a mid-career and senior scientist at Lund University. Our research services office also organizes seminars for grant writing with different national and international funding agencies where our trainees and PIs can participate. Moreover, we strongly support outreach to the community. For example, we encourage researchers to write press releases, popular science articles, attend radio programs and seminars for patient organizations.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award

In the process of applying