FibroHealth - Combatting Fibrosis in Chronic Diseases

Fibrosis is a major pathologic process in several chronic diseases. It is estimated to contribute to nearly half of the mortality in western countries. Fibrosis is a scarring process where functional tissue is replaced by excess extracellular matrix leading eventually to organ failure and death.

FibroHealth – Combatting Fibrosis in Chronic diseases (FibroHealth) is one of University of Oulu´s interdisciplinary research fields integrating biomedical and human sciences.

Research themes

FibroHealth strengthens and expands our high-level fibrosis related research to generate impactful new knowledge of the molecular, epidemiological, clinical and behavioral basis of fibrosis in complex chronic diseases and unhealthy ageing. The goal of our innovative multidisciplinary ecosystem is to develop novel effective preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic options to combat fibrotic diseases and associated adverse societal outcomes.

Fibrohealth research community is wide in several faculties and also cross-links with other profiling themes, especially GenZ, DigiHealth, HiDyn and 6GESS - see Top Research under "Strengthening human capabilities in the digital era", "Digitalized solutions for future healthcare", "Dynamic data modelling", and "6G solutions for data-driven society".

FibroHealth covers the following themes running in parallel: Fibrosis Diseasome and Fibrobesity.

FibroHealth Research Community

Fibrobesity Visitor Programme

University of Oulu’s Fibrobesity research theme has launched its visitor programme to award funding for research mobility to and from Oulu in 2022-2024. We are prepared to provide funds to cover travel and accommodation costs for about 20 research visits of professors and postdoctoral researchers to promote research in our scientific themes. This is an open continuous call with no deadline.

For full details and guidelines on how to apply, please go to the full call text.

Inquiries and further information: Fibrobesity coordinator Ritva Saastamoinen, ritva.saastamoinen[at]

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