Research in progress
In addition, several major research studies aiming to build large knowledge databases in Skåne are in progress. The studies’ purpose is to give researchers more knowledge about diseases’ origination in order to be able to prevent them, give better and earlier diagnoses, and find new, better treatment methods and medication.
Examples of research studies:
BIG3 – Non-Communicable Disease Research
BIG3 is a research project focusing on the three non-communicable diseases chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer.
The goal of the research is to better understand the mechanisms behind these diseases in order to be able to develop new treatment methods. The methods shall lead to earlier and more precise diagnoses, and improved treatment.
GÅS – Good Aging in Skåne (Gott Åldrande i Skåne)
Good Aging in Skåne is aimed at a selection of people who are 60 years and older, and who live in Malmö, Eslöv, Hässleholm, Osby and Ystad. The purpose is to gain increased knowledge in order to better understand what affects older people’s health and the care they receive.
Good Aging in Skåne
SCAPIS is run by the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation in collaboration with Region Skåne (Skåne University Hospital) and Lund University. It stands for Swedish CArdioPulmonary bioImage Study, has 30,000 participants from six towns and cities across the country, and will run for three years.
The study examines participants’ hearts, blood vessels and lungs using tomography and ultrasound, and tests blood sugar and cholesterol. The goal is, among other things, to discover heart and lung disease risk factors.
The Skåne part of the study began in 2014.