Pediatric oncological and neurological research

A cancer cell surrounded by red blood cells

By increasing our understanding of the clinical, biological, and psychosocial aspects of childhood neurological diseases and childhood cancer, the research group Pediatric oncological and neurological research works to improve the quality of life for children and adolescents with these diseases and their families.

The research performed within our research group spans from experimental studies using molecular biological techniques to behavioral research aiming to help children and their families better cope with demanding treatments. We collaborate nationally and internationally, both leading and participating in different research projects. We work especially tightly together with research group Pediatric oncology research with a special focus on side effects with whom we have several collaborative projects. Read more about our main fields of research and projects and our research group.

Special resources at UU

Protein beam therapy
The Skandion Clinic in Uppsala started in 2015 and is a national, and even Nordic, resource and entails a significant expansion of the therapeutic arsenal for children with cancer. Protein beam therapy enables the irradiation field to be precisely controlled, thereby limiting damage to nearby healthy tissues. The establishment of Skandion Clinic provides increased possibilities for radiation therapy for younger patients, where treatment is otherwise restrictive due to the risks for serious late complications, particularly in the brain.

Biobanks
There are two biobanks connected to Uppsala with a particular focus on childhood cancer and neuropediatrics: The Nordic biobank for childhood leukemia (Frost main responsible, Palle et al.) and the Swedish childhood tumour biobank (Ljungman clinical leader and chairman of the board). Learn more about both biobanks on the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund's website (in Swedish only).

Research funders

We would like to warmly thank our funders, collaborators, and all patients and their parents who enable our research work, including for example the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund, Gillbergska Stiftelsen, Lions Cancerforskningsfond Mellansverige Uppsala-Örebro, Mary Bevés Stiftelse, Insamlingsstiftelsen för Prader-Willi forskning, and Region Uppsala.

Updates from our research group

  • 31 December 2023

Happy New Year! With around 40 publications, almost 20 new research grants awarded, and several new members, we look back at 2023 as a successful year within childhood oncological and neurological research. Thank you for all your support and hard work - may 2024 be even better!

  • 1 November 2023

Warm welcome to research nurse Emelie Carlbaum, who has joined our team to work part-time within our research projects with focus on pediatric neurology. We look forward to working with you within our research projects!

  • 15 August 2023

Listen to Klara Lithammer, who talks about her important work as a research nurse within children's and women's healthcare as part of Uppsala University Hospital's summer podcast (only in Swedish). We are so appreciative of all the fantastic work done by the research nurses in our research group! 

  • 23 May 2023

Congratulations to PhD student Mia Giertz, who has now officially completed half of her PhD education in the project, "Osteonecrosis, thrombosis, and life after treatment in children with Hodgkin lymphoma". Well done, Mia!

  • 22 May 2023

Researchers and clinicians gathered together at Uppsala University Hospital at the BrainSave symposium, which focused on the theme of rehabilitation this year and was organized by research group member, Dr. Geraldine Giraud. Below is a picture of special educator and postdoctoral researcher Malin Lönnerblad, PhD, who presented her results on school outcomes after treatment for childhood brain tumors.