The overall objective of COMBINE is to create a network of scientists, clinicians, patients and industrial representatives, which together can useunique Swedish advantages to improve understanding of why inflammatory diseases develop, what are the most essential goals for patients to achieve, and to develop and implement novel prevention and therapy for these diseases.

The operational strategy is to create infrastructure and programs where systematic capture of data takes place in routine healthcare and is utilized in research, and where the same infrastructure is used to feed information from research back to healthcare. This work will also include collaborations with CIDAT, another project supported by the research foundations.

A bearing idea is that the project should be self sustaining or so attractive that additional grant financing can be obtained, even after the initial support from the six foundations has ended in 2013.