Börje Haraldsson is the chairperson and holds one of three professorships in nephrology in Sweden. He is a senior consultant in nephrology and is responsible for the peritoneal dialysis unit. Several other coworkers are employed by the hospital, which gives naturally connections between education, research and clinical work. The research is translational in the true sense of the word with studies on patients, clinical samples, cultured cells, animal research and studies at the molecular and biochemical level.
We do research in order to participate in the creation of future nephrology. That allows us to provide healthcare of high quality for patients with kidney disease. Without internationally competitive research, patients will get second class treatment."
Nephrology is an fascinating subject where one meets patients of all ages. Sometimes the kidney disease is acute requiring swift action. More often, the disease is slow and chronic and that is challenging in other respects. Most kidney diseases have unclear background and the underlying disease mechanisms are intricate and still not fully understood. It is therefore essential that every nephrology unit participate in research in order to help finding more specific treatment. In the last 10-15 years our knowledge has expanded immensely, but the therapeutic options are still few and unspecific.
Teaching is a natural part of any high quality clinical unit since quality depends on the competence of the coworkers. In nephrology, we proudly teach at basic, advanced and research level. It is this blend of research, education and clinical work that constitutes the "complete milieu" that we believe to be an essential component of a high quality nephrology unit.
Nephrology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, SE-413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden
Bruna Straket 5
+46 31 342 7086