FyFa Forum

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FyFa Forum is a seminar series held during term time at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

The seminars consist of scientific presentations from scientists at KI as well as invited national and international speakers. Presentations (in English) are usually 40 minutes followed by a discussion.

Seminars spring 2017

Please see the FyFa calendar for scheduled seminars.

Time and location

FyFa Forum seminars are usually presented Thursdays between 12:00-13:00. Refreshments are served (coffee and sandwiches). 

No registration is needed. 

The location is the Pharmacology library, Nanna Svartz väg 2. Interactive map - Campus Solna

Credits for attendance

Doctoral students at the department are awarded credits for attendance at the FyFa Forum seminars. Here is how to be accredited for attendance at the seminars:

  1. Print and fill out the attendance form. Bring the attendance form to the FyFa Forum seminar. Ask a teacher or a senior researcher to sign the form at the seminar.
  2. Print and fill out Form 16, the Karolinska Institutet form for validation and reporting of credits and skills.
  3. Hand in the completed attendance form and Form 16 to the study administrator for doctoral studies at FyFa. 

Educational administrator

Sofia Pettersson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 872 29
E-mail: fyskursexp@fyfa.ki.se
Visiting address: Course service desk
von Eulers väg 4a, floor 3. 
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 09:30-11:00, and 13:30-14.30. Fri 09:30-12:00 (closed for summer and winter holidays)


Assistant professor

Mattias Carlström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 879 24
Organizational unit: Carlström Mattias group - Renal and Cardiovascular Research
E-mail: mattias.carlstrom@ki.se

Assistant professor

Johanna Lanner

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 823 73
Organizational unit: Lanner Johanna group - Calcium signaling and molecular muscle physiology
E-mail: Johanna.Lanner@ki.se

Senior researcher

Camilla Svensson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 879 48
Organizational unit: Svensson Camilla group - Molecular Pain Research
E-mail: camilla.svensson@ki.se

Previous seminars


Speaker Date Title of seminar
Volker Haase Jan 26

“HIF oxygen sensors as therapeutic targets in kidney disease”


Speaker Date Title of seminar
Andreas Papapetropoulos Dec 8

"Biological actions and translational potential of hydrogen sulfide"

Susanne Gabrielsson Dec 1

"Exosomes in inflammation and as cancer therapy"

Li Wang Nov 24

"Nuclear Receptor and LncRNA Crosstalk in Liver Metabolism and Diseases"

John Pernow Nov 17

"Role of Arginase and Nitric Oxide Regulation in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes"

Christian Broberger Nov 3 "Building stable networks from individual neurons - Insights from hypothalamic dopamine neurons and the control of lactation"
Sara Liin Oct 20 "Molecular studies of cardiac arrhythmias – genetic causes and novel treatment strategies"
Valdir de Andrade Braga Oct 13 "Angiotensin II dependent hypertension: focus on the SFO-PVN-RVLM"
Rama Dwivedi Oct 10

"Role of epigenetics in disease prevention and therapeutics"

Carsten Daub Sep 22

"Gene regulation of insulin response in fat tissue and its dys-regulation in obesity"

Åsa Gustafsson Aug 24 "Mitochondrial quality control: the difference between success and failure"
Andres Melendez Feb 29 "Interplay of redox and calcium signaling in senescence"

Raekil Park

Jan 18 "Peroxisome dysfunction and hearing loss"


Speaker Date Title of seminar
Susan Treves Nov 19 "Calcium regulation under normal and pathological conditions"
Miguel Jimenez Andrade Oct 7 "Bone cancer pain: from mechanisms to therapy"
Oliver Soehnlein Sept 7 "Neutrophil-dictated monocyte recruitment – from physiology to intervention"
Stefano Gastaldello May 27 "Post translational modification of muscle proteins by the Small Ubiquitin Modifier, SUMO"
Simon Beggs March 18 "Microglia and pain: beyond immunity"
Ana Teixeira March 11 "Bioengineering approaches to understand cell-to-cell communication"
Kenneth A. Jacobson March 4 "Selective A 1 and A 3 adenosine receptor agonists and their potential application to disease treatment" 


Speaker Date Title of seminar
Jorge Ruas Nov 26

"Muscle talks: Molecular pathways of inter-organ communication"

Harald H. Schmidt April 15

"NOX vs. NOS: Therapeutic applications”

Omar S. Mabrouk

April 2

"Investigating motor circuits with advance in vivo neurochemical monitoring"

Paola Divieti Pajevic

March 12 "G-protein stimulatory subunit alpha in osteocytes controls hematopoiesis and fat metabolism"
Elisabeth Stener-Victorin February 11 ”Tumor-derived exosomes promote pre-metastatic niche formation and organotropism”
David Lyden Cancelled ”Developmental origin of reproductive and metabolic dysfunction: Role of androgens, obesity and new treatment strategies”


Speaker Date Title of seminar
Lene Uhrbom Cancelled "A cell of origin-based cross-species strategy to decipher glioblastoma biology"
Ruisheng Liu Nov 27 "Renal mechanism for salt-sensitive hypertension and diabetic nephropathy: Tubuloglomerular feedback - a two-edged sword?"
Robert Harris Nov 20  "Myeloid cell therapy - personalised medicine of the near future"
Nathan Bryan Nov 11 "New paradigm for regulation of endogenous nitric oxide production in humans - the oral systemic link"
Christopher S. Wilcox Oct 16  "Overview of oxidative stress as an initiator of hypertension and chronic kidney disease"
John H. Krystal Oct 11  "Ketamine - from probe of cortical dysfunction in schizophrenia to rapid-acting antidepressant"
Stephane Angers Sept 5  "Study of Wnt signalling using functional proteomics"
Theresa Vincent Aug 28 "Ribosomal biogenesis, epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and beyond"
Madelon Maurice June 13 "Mechanisms, moves and mutations of Wnt pathway proteins in cancer"
András Simon May 22 "Salamander regeneration"
Martin Ronis May 14 "The role of Wnt-beta-catenin signaling in alcohol promotion of hepatocarcinogenesis"
Igor Adameyko Apr 29 "Peripheral glial cells - dormant multipotent stem cells during development and regeneration"
André Fisahn Apr 24 "Neuronal synchronization and cognitive deficits in neurological disorders"
Jorge Ruas Apr 10 "Transcriptional control of skeletal muscle plasticity"
Anna K Magnusson March 6 "Keeping time - processing of communication sounds in the brain"
Peder Olofsson Feb 5 "Acetylcholine-synthesizing T cells relay neural signals that regulate inflammation"

Michael Andäng

Jan 30

"Ions and photons in control of stemness and development"


Speaker Date Title of seminar
Michael McKinley Dec 12 "The lamina terminalis in the brain: Front and center for body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis"
Tibor Harkany Nov 28 "Molecular dissection of cannabis-induced modifications to the developing brain"
Mia Phillipson Nov 21 "Leukocyte recruitment in inflammation and angiogenesis"
Staffan Strömblad Oct 17 "Systems microscopy analysis of cell migration form and function"
Rickard Sandberg Oct 3

"Single-cell transcriptome analyses in development and cancer"

Anna Wedell Sept 19

"Novel genes and pathways in inborn errors of metabolism"

Juha Kere Sept 12

"Gene expression during the first days of life"

Oliver Stiedl June 20 "Emotional learning and heart rate dynamics: translational approaches from mice to man"

Lorenz Poellinger

June 13

"Epigenetic mechanisms underlying the cellular response to hypoxia"

Jonas Fuxe May 2 "The epithelial-mesenchymal transition - a link between cancer and inflammation"
Ola Winqvist March 14

"Sentinel node based immunotherapy of cancer"

Johanna Lanner Feb 16

"Ca2+ release and muscle function in health and disease"

Michael Axelsson Feb 15 "Cardio-respiratory physiology in polar fish - does living on the edge make a difference"
Gerald DiBona Feb 1 "Translational medicine - the antihypertensive effect of renal denervation"
Robert Yolken Jan 19

"The search for new etiological agents of human brain diseases"