Skip to main content

Infectious diseases

Below is an overview of various sections of The Swedish COVID-19 & Pandemic Preparedness Portal where information about research data and resources relevant to Infectious diseases can be found. For a short background on this topic below, see the description below.

Data highlights (34)

Data-driven research shows that Neanderthal gene connected to severity of COVID-19 (Update) COVID-19 Infectious diseases
Data-driven research shows that Neanderthal gene connected to severity of COVID-19 (Update)

2022-10-03

Study by Hugo Zeberg and Svante Pääbo fully based on openly available data published open access in Nature.

Now a Nobel Prize winner!!
Read more

Direct RT-PCR used to monitor Omicron BA.1/BA.2 variant transition in Sweden (Update) COVID-19 Infectious diseases
Direct RT-PCR used to monitor Omicron BA.1/BA.2 variant transition in Sweden (Update)

2022-08-15

Lentini and collegues used direct RT-PCR to show the transition from Omicron BA.1 to sub-variant BA.2 in Sweden Jan-March 2022. New Preprint from Reinius lab which shares data and code.
Read more

Study of host-viral interactions of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever identified potential new drugs Infectious diseases
Study of host-viral interactions of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever identified potential new drugs

2022-05-06

New study gives insight into host-viral interactions of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, an infectious disease without available treatments. Raw RNAseq, mass spectrometry proteomics data and code shared.
Read more


Dashboards (6)


Sample collections (35)

Name Type Size Materials
Dalarna biobank (forskningsprov och nyinsamlade prov):
SARS-CoV-2 PCR positiva Dalarna
Healthcare sample collection 1000 - 10.000 Nasal swab Throat swab
Gävleborg biobank:
Klinisk mikrobiologi
Healthcare sample collection 1000 - 10.000 Nasal swab Serum Throat swab Other
Halland biobank:
Patologen Halland
Healthcare sample collection 100 - 1000 Tissue (stained sections/slides) Tissue (paraffin preserved)

Ongoing research projects (117)

Project title Funder Topics
The COMMUNITY Study - COVID-19 Biomarker and Immunity Study

Host institute: Karolinska Institute / Danderyd Hospital
Principal investigator: Charlotte Thålin

SciLifeLab / Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation COVID-19Infectious diseases
Validation and characterisation of novel plasma biomarkers for risk prediction and stratification of COVID-19 patients

Host institute: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Principal investigator: Jacob Odeberg

SciLifeLab / Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation COVID-19Infectious diseases
NEVERMORE COVID – Establishing a drug discovery platform for corona virus disease

Host institute: Uppsala University
Principal investigator: Kristian Sandberg

SciLifeLab / Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation COVID-19Infectious diseases

Open funding opportunities (3)

Call title Deadline Funder Topics
The overall objective of the call is to support and accelerate cutting edge Nordic research with high potential for renewal and impact on the welfare among children and young people in the …
December 8, 2022 Swedish Research Council COVID-19General
Since early May, there has been a sudden and unexpected multi-country increase in monkeypox virus (MPXV) infections. Based on the outcomes of this consultation and the need for an immediate …
November 29, 2022 ISIDORe Infectious diseasesMonkeypox
Your request for free of charge transnational access to ISIDORe services for supporting and advancing your research must be focused on one of; surveillance & epidemic risk management, …
January 1, 2025 ISIDORe Infectious diseasesCOVID-19

Background

Infectious diseases are one of the most prominent threats to public health globally. Multiple types of organisms cause infectious disease, including bacteria (for example, urinary tract infections, tuberculosis), viruses (for example, the common cold, influenza, and coronaviruses), fungi (for example, ringworm), and parasitic organisms (for example, malaria).

Infectious diseases can spread directly or indirectly in multiple different ways. For example, they may spread through droplets in the air, by exchanging bodily fluids, and by consuming contaminated food. Infectious diseases can spread between humans (including from mother to unborn child) as well as between animals and humans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted exactly how detrimental coronaviruses can be to public health over the last 2+ years. However, many other infectious diseases have a significant, negative effect worldwide. Some examples of infectious agents affecting millions of people globally are Dengue fever, Ebola, HIV, Measles, Legionella, tuberculosis, West Nile fever, and Zika virus. Research into these infectious agents and efforts to monitor their spread took place before the COVID-19 pandemic, continued throughout, and will progress into the future. For example, Influenza is a seasonal airway infection that affects thousands of people in Sweden annually. Influenza can cause severe disease and possibly even lead to death in individuals where the immune response is compromised in some way (for example, in the elderly). The four subtypes of influenza (A, B, C, and D) are well known, but novel strains regularly emerge, and can result in outbreaks or even pandemics (for example, the Spanish flu). Given the potential negative effects of influenza on public health, continuous efforts are made to monitor its spread and to develop vaccines against novel strains. See the website of the Swedish Public Health Agency for more information related to influenza and how it is managed in Sweden (resources in Swedish).

It is clear then, that further work into known, emerging, and novel infectious diseases is warranted. In paticular, research is needed to elucidate their pathogenicity, the development of resistance to existing treatments (including antibiotic resistance), and to develop effective policies and treatments to minimise their impact. Further, surveillance is required to monitor their spread, as this will show when/where outbreaks occur and enable us to contain them.

For more information on how infectious diseases are monitored in Europe, see the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) pages. For statistics regarding infectious diseases that are reported to the authorities in Sweden, see the Swedish Public Health Agency pages.