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Cancer is a malignant disease and one of the most common causes of death in our time. The aim of studying cancer is to develop safe and effective methods to prevent, detect, diagnose, treat and ultimately cure the various diseases known as cancer. The better we understand these diseases, the more progress we will make towards reducing the human suffering and economic costs of cancer.

Areas within cancer

Clinical research

Clinical cancer research is patient-oriented research in close collaboration with the health care system.

Basic research

We need a greater understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind the spread of cancer.

Translational cancer reserach

Translational research bridges the gap between laboratory-based science and cancer treatment in clinic.


Knowledge of brain tumour metabolism can improve treatment

Metabolites expression varies greatly between subgroups of malignant brain tumors, cancer researchers show.

Research on cells' power plants and cancer receives funding

Paulina Wanrooij named new Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Nasim Sabouri gets another five-years of funding.

Antibiotics increase the risk of colon cancer

A clear link between taking antibiotics and increased risk of colon cancer has been found by researchers.

Breakthrough in the understanding of a protein with a key role in cancer

The neutron reflexometry method gives scientists atomic-level insight into the behaviour of the protein Bcl-2.

Novel insights of how prostate cancer causes secondary tumors

Awareness of how prostate cancer cells become mobile and spread may provide opportunities for treatment.

Medicine against prostate cancer in new COVID-19 study

Researchers will investigate if a medicine for prostate cancer also can have effect on COVID-19.

Research infrastructures

Biobanken norr
It is possible for researchers to join Biobanken norr organizationally and then choose to use other services.
Research area: Cancer
Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU)
BICU is an interdisciplinary facility providing state-of-the-art imaging technology with affinity measurements
Research area: Cancer, Infection biology
Biomedical Engineering – Research and Development (R&D)
The Department of Biomedical Engineering-R&D at University Hospital of Umeå is an important partner in e.g, developing equipment or as a technical...
Clinical Research Center
The Clinical Research Center is a joint resource for Region and University for near-patient clinical studies. The Clinical Research Center may...
Analysis of cell surface bound as well as intracellular proteins and RNA expression with flow cytometry.
Personalised screening, risk prediction, and understanding disease trajectories for early detection of disease - An integrated cohort approach.
Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB)
Biomedical research on experimental animals at Umeå University is organized within Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB).
Umeå Hypoxia Research Facility
UHRF is a facility at the Molecular Biology Department for performing experiments under hypoxic conditions
Research area: Cancer, Infection biology

For more information about cancer research at Umeå University, please contact:

Ingrid Söderbergh
Other position, research coordinator
Lena Åminne
Communications officer