Research at the department

The Department of Women's and Children's Health has a strong multiprofessional and international research environment. We conduct research aimed at improving the health of individuals, both in Sweden and globally. Our profile areas are gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, health sciences and e-health, global health and migration as well as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and behavioral medicine. Our department also includes three research-oriented centres: Center of research and learning for sustainable development and global health (Swedesd), The National Centre for Knowledge on Men's Violence against Women (NCK) and Center for Women's Mental Health (WOMHER).

All research groups 

Healthcare Sciences and e-Health

Our research concerns identifying, predicting, and treating disease-related emotional distress among those affected by the disease or close ones. Together with people with own experience of disease in one-self and close ones we develop, test, evaluate, and implement psychological interventions, several of these are webbased. We also investigate whether different recruitment methods and methods to support continued participation in research studies has an impact on recruitment and retention rates.

Our group hosts the strategic research programme Uppsala Psychosocial Care Programme (U-CARE),

Global Health and Migration

Within the  profile area global health and migration, we study sexual and reproductive health, measures to reduce mortality in the newborn period, diabetes, nutrition, antibiotic resistance, fever/malaria in children as well as health systems and implementation research. The research is anchored in the global sustainability goals (Agenda 2030) and is conducted in close collaboration with colleagues worldwide.

Research groups working in this field are:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

The profile area of ​​gynecology and maternity care works to improve the care and treatment of women with gynecological problems, pregnant women and newborn children. The research is about better diagnostics and treatment of endometriosis, cancer, hormonal disorders and infertility. We work with the prevention of pregnancy and childbirth complications. A particular focus is on women's mental health in relation to sex hormones and pregnancy.

More information about our research can be found under the respective research group's website:


The profile area of ​​pediatric conducts research with a focus on the health and diseases of children and young people. The research projects include care of premature babies and child health care and aim to prevent health problems later in life. Pediatric healthcare is a broad field, but we particularly want to improve diagnostics and treatment of asthma and respiratory diseases, obesity, kidney diseases, neurological diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer.
A particular focus area concerns the prevention of long-term consequences of cancer treatment in children. The research is done in close collaboration with the Academic Children's Hospital.

More information about our research can be found under the respective research group's website:

Last modified: 2023-01-24