The research at the department is extensive. The research activities at the Department of Medicine of the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna are executed in 30 research groups within 14 research units, covering most areas within the field of medicine. The three main profiles in research are:
- Cardiovascular medicine
- Inflammatory diseases
In accordance with the research strategies of Karolinska Institutet, the Department of Medicine strongly encourages integration of experimental and patient-related research. In fact, the milieu of the Department is an excellent setting for patient-related research involving both clinicians and basic researchers.
A further improvement in this area could be accomplished through establishing even closer contacts between the Department and basic researchers on KI campus, as well as enhancing the possibilities for clinicians to perform active research. Future research strategies of the Department also include promoting the integration of genetic and clinical epidemiology within the profile research areas. The continuous work of fulfilling the strategic aims, including recruitment of new researchers, is lead by the Head of the Department in conjunction with the board of the Department.
One crucial part of the research activities at the Department is the post-graduate education. This activity can be reflected by the number of PhD dissertations, which during 2004-2006 were 32, 36, 30, respectively. Between 67 and 75 % of the dissertations were presented by women. The number of active PhD students was 224 (2004), 220 (2005) and 223 (2006), and in October 2007 there were 174 active PhD students registered (63% women). In 2007, 41% of all PhD students had a University Medical Degree (läkarexamen). For the last three years there were 51, 35 and 39 new PhD students registered, and between 60-68% were women. In 2007 (until October 11) 17 new PhD students were registered at the Department of Medicine.
Registration of new PhD students is prepared by a board led by Director of doctoral education Michael Fored where applications are processed. General feasibility of the projects as well as formalia are screened.