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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 research

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


Studenter samtalar runt bord
National school for cancer research to be started in Umeå

In spring 2025 Umeå University will start a new cancer research school that is unique in Sweden.

Manlig patient som har konsultation med läkare.
Sjöberg Foundation millions for prostate cancer project

A project for more efficient treatment for aggressive prostate cancer gets SEK 21 million in funding,

Närbild på Beatrice Melin, professor och överläkare, när hon håller upp båda händerna i nivå med hakan.
Cancer project awarded SEK 30 million

The project is led by Professor Beatrice Melin, Umeå University, and the goal is early detection of cancer.

Porträttbild på Beatrice Melin
Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Beatrice Melin, Professor at Umeå University, is one of two new Swedish members of the Academy.

Två träd med mistlar
Mistletoe extract did not increase survival

This is shown by the MISTRAL study, with the participation of 290 patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Närbild på hand som håller cigarett.
Lung cancer does not decrease in line with reduced smoking

Despite smoking has decreased, the cases of lung cancer is not decreasing as expected, shows study.

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...
BioMolecular Characterization Umeå
BMCU is an interdisciplinary facility that provides state-of-the-art technology to characterize biomolecules.
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...
Clinical Studies Sweden – Forum North
Clinical Studies Sweden – Forum North is a platform for research-supporting infrastructure with the goal of facilitating the implementation of...
Research area: Cancer, Clinical medicine
EPIC - The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition
EPIC was designed to study associations between diet, nutrition, lifestyle, environment, and disease.
Epigenetic Platform Umeå
DNA methylation is the process through which a methyl group is added to DNA nucleotides, most commonly at the 5-carbon position of cytosine (5mC)....
Research area: Cancer
Analysis of cell surface bound as well as intracellular proteins and RNA expression with flow cytometry.
Kostdatabas i norra Sverige (NSDD)
NSDD contains refined dietary data based on food frequency questionnaries from Norrbotten and Västerbotten.
Personalised screening, risk prediction, and understanding disease trajectories for early detection of disease - An integrated cohort approach.
The Biobank Research Unit
The Biobank Research Unit coordinates access to register data and samples from about 50 sample collections.
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
Research coordinator
Lena Åminne
Communications officer