In the future it may be possible to treat currently incurable diseases by reprogramming cells. By mimicking naturally occurring processes in the human body, pharmaceuticals can be delivered to the cells through the use of nanoparticles. An innovation at Chalmers makes it possible to characterise nanoparticles in a more sophisticated way.
Several ongoing Chalmers projects aim to find solutions to the problem of antibiotic resistance. Chalmers researchers have also studied the option of using fungi as a source of future antibiotics
. The findings show that fungi have the potential to make a large variety of natural and bio-active products that can be used as pharmaceuticals.
Chalmers has carried out extensive traffic safety research that covers many different disciplines. Research into autonomous vehicles and smart traffic systems raises the hope of achieving the target of halving the number of people injured and killed in road traffic accidents. The Transport Area of Advance at Chalmers conducts research and activities to support and develop the area. (Add link)
The Materials Science Area of Advance
pursues multidisciplinary initiatives in the field of health, which includes tissue and cell engineering, as well as materials for the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care and biosensors.
In the field of health Chalmers carries out research in close collaboration with a large number of actors such as the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, the Sahlgrenska Academy, Region Västra Götaland, Astra Zeneca, and others. Chalmers’ research collaboration with Sahlgrenska University Hospital has resulted in several successful applications, such as mind-controlled prosthetics and bone-anchored hearing aids.
In the field of medical technology, joint ventures are under way at the MedTech West
centre, which aims to facilitate and promote clinical research collaboration between the health and medical care sector, industry and academic researchers.
The Centre for Healthcare Improvement (CHI)
at Chalmers conducts research and education within the innovation and transformation of healthcare. The goal is to work alongside the Swedish healthcare system to create and spread knowledge about how to achieve better and safer healthcare.