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In the area, function and interaction of nerve cells within the central nervous system and with the bodys other organs is mapped. Research is conducted at both basic land patient level to understand how the nervous system works in normal conditions and how it changes in aging, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases and stroke. This examines how the nervous system regulates behaviors and motor/cognitive abilities, pathophysiology of symptoms and disease processes, and new treatment methods.

Latest news

Healthy millions from the Swedish Research Council for research at Umeå University

Umeå University is well ahead in autumn's allocation in the medical field from the Swedish Research Council.

Umeå in European infrastructure on brains

Umeå University has signed a cooperation agreement with the esearch infrastructure EBRAINS.

Discovery of nanosized molecules that might inhibit Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Nanosized molecules of a particular chemical element can inhibit the formation of plaque in brain tissues.

Templating S100A9 amyloids on Aβ fibrillar surfaces revealed

A research team has provided the mechanistic insight into protein co-aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease.


Beyond the moment - brain research then, now and in the future

At UFBI, the brain and memory are studied through longitudinal studies using MRI and PET.

Learning about protein aggregates to solve the riddle of ALS

Peter Andersen has found mechanisms that may make it possible to treat or even prevent it.

Wants to get closer to a solution to Parkinson’s disease

Sara af Bjerkén is determined to figure out what role noradrenaline has in this context.

Research infrastructures

The Biobank Research Unit
The Biobank Research Unit coordinates access to register data and samples from about 50 sample collections.
Visible Speech (VISP)
Visible Speech (VISP) is an infrastructure developed to enable the handling of audio recordings of people speaking, in accordance with GDPR and IT...
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...
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...
Biobank and database for children and young adults in Västerbotten.
Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB)
Biomedical research on experimental animals at Umeå University is organized within Umeå Centre for Comparative Biology (UCCB).

Research groups

Alireza Salami-research group
Wallenberg Molecular Medicine Fellow: Neurosciences Cognitive neuroscience of aging
Research area: Ageing research, Neurosciences
Laboratory of Neurodegeneration and Repair
Parkinson’s disease - etiology, neuroprotection and symptomatology
Lena Gunhaga
Early development of the nervous system
Michael Dimitriou-research group
To survive autonomously, every single human being must control their movements in a highly flexible and adaptive manner. The overall goal of our la...
Research area: Neurosciences
Paolo Medini
This is the research group lead by Dr Paolo Medini Master Thesis Students, PhD and PostDoc applicants are welcome in the Lab!
Research area: Neurosciences
Per Petersson-research group
In our research, we aim to understand how different parts of the central nervous system interact to generate purposeful behaviors. In particular, w...
Research area: Neurosciences
Peter Andersen Lab
We conduct clinical and pre-clinical research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).
Research area: Neurosciences
Staffan Johansson-research group
The research group investigates the electrical signals of neurons and the role ion channels and ion transporters play for the generation of these...
Research area: Neurosciences
Verena Kohler lab
Implications of ageing and disease on cellular protein quality control

Research projects

DopaminTransporter-PET in Atypical parkinsonian syndromes and Lewybody Dementia – DaTAtiLDe
Research area: Neurosciences
Duration 17 January 2022
Type of project Research project
What predicts depression in adolescents?
Duration 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project
Effects of early nutrition on brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders in children
Duration 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2027
Type of project Research project
Pioneering ultrasound imaging methods for neuromuscular diagnostics
Duration 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project