USA - The Rockefeller University

The Rockefeller University is a private university that offers doctoral and postdoctoral education. Karolinska Institutet has an extensive cooperation agreement with the Rockefeller University. The initial agreement covers three exchange programmes: Nicholson Lectures Programme, Nicholson Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme and Nicholson Exchange Programme for Research, Education, Technical and Resource Staff.

The Rockefeller University is a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics and physics. The university's 73 laboratories conduct both clinical and basic research and study a diverse range of biological and biomedical problems with the mission of improving the understanding of life for the benefit of humanity.

The university is supported by a combination of government and private grants and contracts, private philanthropy and income from the endowment.

Since its founding, The Rockefeller University has embraced an open structure to encourage collaboration between disciplines and empower faculty members to take on high-risk, high-reward projects. No formal departments exist and scientists are given resources, support and unparalleled freedom to follow the science wherever it leads. This unique approach to science has led to some of the world’s most revolutionary contributions to biology and medicine

Post doc Training Exchange

This agreement provides support for the exchange of postdoctoral scientists (each a "Nicholson Postdoctoral Fellow") by awarding one fellowship to each Institution every alternative year. The aim of this exchange is to give selected individuals experimental training.

Research, Education & Technical Staff Exchange 

This agreement provides support for short-term technical and research exchange by scientists at a range of levels, including but not limited to post doc trainees, doctoral students, research assistance, and technical/resource centre personnel at the Karolinska Institutet and the Rockefeller University.

Nicholson Lectures Programme

The Nicholson Lectures Programme consists of two annual professors’ lectures at each university. The universities nominate between five and ten of their candidates, of which one is finally chosen by the partner university. In total seven Nicholson lectures have been held so far, by among others, Nobel laureate Prof. Ralph M. Steinman, Prof. Cori Bargmann, Prof. David C. Allis and Prof. Titia de Lange. KI Nicholson Lecturers include Prof. Tomas Perlmann, Prof. Juleen Zierath and Prof. Camilla Sjögren.

The Nicholson Lecture 2016 

Prof. A. James Hudspeth at the Nicholson Lecture 2016. Photo by Ulf SirbornMay 25, this year's Nicholson lecturer A. James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D. from Rockefeller University held his lecture
 "Making an effort to listen: Mechanical amplification by hair cells of the inner ear" at Nobel Forum.
Introductions were held by prof. Torsten Wiesel, prof. Maria Masucci and prof. Barbara Canlon.



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Videos: The 2015 and 2013 Nicholson Lectures 

Nicholson Lecture 2016 by A. James Hudspeth

The Nicholson Lecture 2016 at Karolinska Institutet: Prof. A. James Hudspeth: Making an effort to listen: Mechanical amplification by hair cells of the inner ear.
Introduction by prof. Barbara Canlon. 

Nicholson Lecture 2015 by Charles M. Rice

The 2015 Nicholson Lecture at Karolinska Institutet: Charles M. Rice: Hepatits C - 26 Years Later with the introduction 'Hepatitis C in Global Health Priorities' by Hans Rosling.

The 2013 Nicholson Lecture by C. David Allis

The Nicholson Lecture in 2013 at Karolinska Institutet: C. David Allis: Beyond the double helix: why your DNA isn't the whole story