USA - Mayo Clinic

For over 20 years, Karolinska Institutet (KI) has cooperated with the Mayo Clinic (USA), an organisation that tightly integrates healthcare with medical education and research.

Mayo Clinic developed gradually from the medical practice of a pioneer doctor, Dr. William Worrall Mayo, who settled in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1863. Through the years, Mayo Clinic has nurtured and developed its founders' style of working together as a team. Shared responsibility and consensus still provide the framework for decision making at Mayo. That teamwork in medicine is carried out by more than 55,000 doctors, nurses, scientists, students and allied health staff at Mayo Clinic locations in the Midwest, Arizona and Florida. Today, Mayo Clinic and its hospitals form the largest integrated medical center in the world, providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment in virtually all medical and surgical specialties.

"The Mayo Clinic has a unique structure, in which healthcare, education and research all have the same principle,"

says Professor Martin Schalling, academic coordinator for the partnership between KI and Mayo Clinic.

The two institutions have over two decades' experience of a more traditional research partnership in such scientific fields as metabolism, diabetes and nutrition. Now, however, the collaboration platform has been extended to psychiatry, neurodegeneration, regenerative medicine, cancer and infection diseases. It also includes themes like education, innovation, library services and administration, all of which are discussed at an annual meeting. The meeting in Rochester in September 2014 was highlighted by the celebration of 20 years of collaboration between KI and Mayo Clinic.

More information about the meeting in 2014: 

An operative Steering Committee, with five academic and administrative representatives from each institution, was formed in September 2012. The Steering Committee's primary focus is to stimulate and deepen new and on-going collaborations.

21st Annual Mayo-KI Scientific Research Meeting: September 10-11, 2015

Save the date: The next Mayo Clinic and Karolinska Institutet joint meeting will be held at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm in September 2015. The conference is organised in cooperation with Karolinska University Hospital.

To register for the conference, explore the programme and get in touch with the organisers, please see the research meeting's website. 

Joint Activities and Funds

Collaborative Funding Opportunities

In order to facilitate interactions and joint activities, funds to build collaborative strength have been made available. The first collaborative Travel Awards and Collaborative Grants for KI and Mayo Clinic were awarded in 2013.

Announcement - funds for 2015

The partnership's steering committee announced project-, travel and administration funds for 2015 to plan or conduct collaborative interactions. Deadline was November 14, 2014 and the awardees were announced in mid-December. Find the projects and individuals set to receive funding in 2015 here.

Are you looking for a Mayo Clinic collaborator? Find more information about potential researchers within various fields here

Do you want to sign up on our Mayo-KI Collaboration email list, please send your contact detalils to

Exchange Programmes for Postdoctoral Training

KI and Mayo have an exchange programme for postdoctoral training.

This agreement was signed in 2010 and the aim of this agreement is in line with the overall aim to expand and intensify the KI and Mayo Clinic collaborations. The principle of the postdoctoral training exchange programme is to admit researchers with a doctoral degree from Mayo Clinic and KI for postdoctoral training at KI for a period of at least one year or at Mayo Clinic for a period between one and two years.

The application for 2015 has been closed. For questions please contact Johanna Diehl. 


Academic Coordinator


Martin Schalling

Phone: 08-517 744 81
Organizational unit: Neurogenetics



Pernilla Witte

Phone: 08-524 861 07
Organizational unit: Faculty Office and International Relations

Articles and Links


The History of the Mayo Clinic-KI Collaboration

Dr. John Wahren of Karolinska Institutet explains the history of the Mayo Clinic-Karolinska Institutet collaboration.