Diagnostics plays an important role the modern health service. Traditionally, diagnostic tests are used to detect and monitor diseases, disease processes, susceptibility to diseases, and determine the most fitting course of treatment. Today, and even more in future, diagnostics provide essential tools for personalized medicine where patients are selected for appropriate treatment with certain drugs and doses.
Several research groups in the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University are working on diagnostics developing new tests, test reagents, assay techniques, measuring methods, measuring devices, result deduction or interpretation software and algorithms as well as tools for personalized medicine. The discovery and selection of new analytes, now typically referred as to biomarkers, is an essential part of developing new diagnostic tools and at focus of many of the research groups. The groups from both universities whose research is related to diagnostics have been collected on these pages.