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09 Sep 2016 External inquiry finds Paolo Macchiarini guilty of misconduct Investigation
08 Sep 2016 KI board directs vice-chancellor to create action plan Investigation
08 Sep 2016 ERC Starting Grants to KI researchers Magda Bienko, Simon Elsässer and Anna Wredenberg Grant
08 Sep 2016 International research project receives Australia’s science Oscar Collaboration, Genomics, International
06 Sep 2016 Heckscher: astonished by what the inquiry uncovered Investigation
05 Sep 2016 Karolinska Institutet responds to Heckscher report on the Macchiarini case Investigation
05 Sep 2016 The Macchiarini case: The external inquiry into Karolinska Institutet criticises KI on several counts Investigation
05 Sep 2016 Sifo survey: Macchiarini case has damaged KI’s reputation Investigation
02 Sep 2016 Lars Leijonborg resigns as chairman of Karolinska Institutet Board, Investigation, Organisation
01 Sep 2016 Why pneumococci affect primarily humans Bacteria, Immunology, Infectious Disease Medicine
01 Sep 2016 Karolinska Institutet comments on Asplund’s “Macchiarini case” inquiry Investigation
31 Aug 2016 Inquiry into tracheal operations at Karolinska University Hospital presented Investigation
30 Aug 2016 Brian Hodges is awarded the KI Prize for Research in Medical Education Pedagogics, Prize
29 Aug 2016 Special nerve cells cause goose bumps and nipple erection Neurobiology, Neurology
25 Aug 2016 How a particular gene protects against psoriasis Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
25 Aug 2016 External investigation to be presented on 5 September Investigation
24 Aug 2016 Obesity surgery increases the risk of preterm birth Obesity, Obstetrics, Surgery
22 Aug 2016 Comment on a news report on TV4 Commentary
19 Aug 2016 Genes responsible for risk of heart attack, stroke and related cardiometabolic diseases identified Alzheimer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Genetics
18 Aug 2016 Deep genetic catalog powers studies of disease and dna variation DNA
15 Aug 2016 Hannah Akuffo on Summer in P1 Professor
12 Aug 2016 A new method simplifies blood biomarker discovery and analysis Innovation
10 Aug 2016 Genes linked to people’s bowel habits Genetics
09 Aug 2016 How a particular gene protects against aggressive breast cancer Breast cancer, Genetics
08 Aug 2016 Active hedgehog signalling in connective tissue cells protects against colon cancer Cancer and Oncology
04 Aug 2016 Sibling order affects risk of asthma and other diseases Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, Pediatrics
03 Aug 2016 Novel role for neutrophils elucidated Immuno Therapy, Immunology
02 Aug 2016 Reduced activity of an important enzyme identified among suicidal patients Suicide Research
21 Jul 2016 KI researcher awarded 8.5 million dollar grant for MS study Clinical Neuroscience, Grant
19 Jul 2016 Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide
14 Jul 2016 Bariatric surgery increases risk of depression and self-harm Psychiatric disorders, Surgery
12 Jul 2016 New brainstem model reveals how brains control breathing Pediatrics
12 Jul 2016 KI-scientists present new research on childhood neuroblastoma Cell Biology, Microbiology, Tumour Biology
08 Jul 2016 New method allows analysis of single neurons from tissues
08 Jul 2016 Promising new methods for early detection of Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer, Dementia
01 Jul 2016 The Pedagogical Prize 2016 to Dude Gigliotti Animal experiment, Award, Course, Prize
01 Jul 2016 New method provides better information on gene expression Cancer and Oncology
27 Jun 2016 No risk of contracting dementia through blood transfusion Dementia
27 Jun 2016 Special properties of pneumococci affect their ability to cause meningitis Bacteria, Microbiology
27 Jun 2016 New sign on the Solna campus wall Campus, History
22 Jun 2016 Highly educated men are more likely to be diagnosed with a brain tumour Brain Tumours, Health care
22 Jun 2016 Returning to KI with the bigger picture Funding
20 Jun 2016 Nerdy TV series awarded the Torsten Wiesel prize Award
17 Jun 2016 Sida coordinators get inspired about innovation and financing
17 Jun 2016 Keeping the Olympic village healthy Immunology
16 Jun 2016 Christer Betsholtz appointed new Head of ICMC Cardiovascular Diseases, Centre, Collaboration
16 Jun 2016 Even tougher expectations of the next vice-chancellor at KI Management
13 Jun 2016 Karolinska Institutet reviews recruitments funded by Swedish Research Council
13 Jun 2016 KI focuses on innovations for elderly health Ageing, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, International, Student
13 Jun 2016 Inherited mutation doubles the risk of death from malignant melanoma Malignant Melanoma

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External inquiry finds Paolo Macchiarini guilty of misconduct

09 Sep 2016

A statement issued by the expert group for misconduct at the Central Ethical Review Board (CEPN) finds Paolo Macchiarini guilty of scientific misconduct. “It’s liberating to have received the CEPN’s unambiguous confirmation that Paolo Macchiarini was guilty of scientific misconduct. It means we can...
Investigation

KI board directs vice-chancellor to create action plan

08 Sep 2016

The Karolinska Institutet board has tasked the vice-chancellor with drafting a plan of action for how the university will remedy the serious failings identified within the Heckscher report. “KI has to change, and must do so quite radically in certain areas. After what has happened over the past six...
Investigation

ERC Starting Grants to KI researchers Magda Bienko, Simon Elsässer and Anna Wredenberg

08 Sep 2016

Three researchers at KI have overcome stiff competition to clinch grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for starting their own independent research. The ERC Starting Grants are worth EUR 1.5 million for up to five years. Magda Bienko , Simon Elsässer and Anna Wredenberg all work at the...
Grant

International research project receives Australia’s science Oscar

08 Sep 2016

The international “FANTOM 5” project, in which five researchers from KI are involved, has been awarded a Eureka Prize – also known as Australia’s “Science Oscar” – in the International Scientific Collaboration category. The FANTOM5 project has been awarded the prize for its international...
CollaborationGenomicsInternational

Heckscher: astonished by what the inquiry uncovered

06 Sep 2016

Sten Heckscher at the press conference on 5 September. The external inquiry into the Macchiarini case released on Monday condemns Karolinska Institutet for its nonchalance towards rules and irresponsible attitudes towards formal procedures. Already at the time of visiting professor Paolo...
Investigation

Karolinska Institutet responds to Heckscher report on the Macchiarini case

05 Sep 2016

Commentary: The findings of the inquiry into the Macchiarini case were presented today to Karolinska Institutet’s board chairman Lars Leijonborg. Commissioned by KI’s University Board, the inquiry was led by former Administrative Supreme Court President Sten Heckscher. The report severely...
Investigation

The Macchiarini case: The external inquiry into Karolinska Institutet criticises KI on several counts

05 Sep 2016

On Monday, 5 September, the external investigators presented the results of their inquiry into Karolinska Institutet’s handling of visiting professor Paolo Macchiarini. Their report criticises KI on several counts, including that Macchiarini’s recruitment in 2010 and the extension of his contract...
Investigation

Sifo survey: Macchiarini case has damaged KI’s reputation

05 Sep 2016

A survey conducted by TNS Sifo shows that Karolinska Institutet’s reputation has plummeted from 85 to 59 on a scale of 0 to 100. The reason is the Macchiarini scandal. For the fourth year in succession, TNS Sifo has conducted an online survey of Sweden’s universities that explains their varying...
Investigation

Lars Leijonborg resigns as chairman of Karolinska Institutet

02 Sep 2016

Lars Leijonborg resigns the chair of Karolinska Institutet, he announced Friday 2 September. “I have notified Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson that I wish to resign as chairperson of the Karolinska Institutet board. My term of office expires in eight months’ time...
BoardInvestigationOrganisation

Why pneumococci affect primarily humans

01 Sep 2016

A special variant of a sugar molecule in the human nose might explain why pneumococcal infections are more common in humans than in other animals, researchers from Karolinska Institutet report in a study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe . The discovery can help in the search for a...
BacteriaImmunologyInfectious Disease Medicine

Karolinska Institutet comments on Asplund’s “Macchiarini case” inquiry

01 Sep 2016

Commentary: On 31 August, Kjell Asplund presented results of the inquiry into circumstances surrounding the trachea operations performed by Paolo Macchiarini on three patients at Karolinska University Hospital. The inquiry is heavily critical not only of the hospital, but also of Karolinska...
Investigation

Inquiry into tracheal operations at Karolinska University Hospital presented

31 Aug 2016

Today Professor Emeritus Kjell Asplund presented his external, independent investigation of Paolo Macchiarini’s transplantations of synthetic tracheae at Karolinska University Hospital between 2011 and 2013. Kjell Asplund, who is chair of the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics (SMER) and...
Investigation

Brian Hodges is awarded the KI Prize for Research in Medical Education

30 Aug 2016

Brian Hodges, Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, is awarded the 2016 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. His research has led to changes in educational practice, both scientific and practical, in the training of health professionals around the world. “This...
PedagogicsPrize

Special nerve cells cause goose bumps and nipple erection

29 Aug 2016

The sympathetic nerve system has long been thought to respond the same regardless of the physical or emotional stimulus triggering it. However, in a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Nature Neuroscience , scientists show that the system comprises different neurons that...
NeurobiologyNeurology

How a particular gene protects against psoriasis

25 Aug 2016

There is currently no cure for the skin disease psoriasis. However, in a new study conducted at Karolinska Institutet and published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , scientists show that the miR-146a gene can be a “chronicity factor” , that mediate the resolution of inflammation...
Dermatology and Venereal Diseases

External investigation to be presented on 5 September

25 Aug 2016

The external inquiry into Karolinska Institutet’s handling of the Macchiarini case is to be presented to the media on 5 September. The external investigators Sten Heckscher, Ingrid Carlberg and Carl Gahmberg appointed by the Karolinska Institutet University Board to conduct the inquiry will be...
Investigation

Obesity surgery increases the risk of preterm birth

24 Aug 2016

Babies of women who have undergone bariatric surgery for obesity run a higher risk of preterm birth, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in The New England Journal of Medicine . Obesity in pregnant women increases the risk of complications that can adversely affect the...
ObesityObstetricsSurgery

Comment on a news report on TV4

22 Aug 2016

Commentary: According to a news feature on Swedish TV4 Monday August 22, a researcher at KI has been conducting a drug trial without permit. Karolinska Institutet considers the accusation to be inaccurate and maintains that no research has been conducted without valid permits. A study at Karolinska...
Commentary

Genes responsible for risk of heart attack, stroke and related cardiometabolic diseases identified

19 Aug 2016

Thousands of genes and their interactions across tissues mediating cardiometabolic diseases have been identified. The research, published in Science , is a result of a joint collaboration between the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Tartu University Hospital in Estonia, Karolinska...
AlzheimerCardiovascular DiseasesGenetics

Deep genetic catalog powers studies of disease and dna variation

18 Aug 2016

New research, by members of the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC), report scientific findings from data on the exome sequences - protein-coding portions of the genome - from 60,706 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The study is published in the journal Nature . The research has been led by...
DNA

Hannah Akuffo on Summer in P1

15 Aug 2016

Hannah Akuffo, Adjunct Professor of Parasitology at Karolinska Institutet, will be broadcasted on Tuesday August 16, on Sommar i P1 (Summer on P1), one of the most popular shows on Swedish radio. Hi Hannah, what did the editorial team of ”Sommar i P1” say when they first contacted you? “Not quite...
Professor

A new method simplifies blood biomarker discovery and analysis

12 Aug 2016

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with Estonian Competence Centre on Health Technologies have developed a new gene expression analysis method to widen the usage of blood in biomarker discovery and analysis. Their paper is published in the journal Scientific Reports . Blood...
Innovation

Genes linked to people’s bowel habits

10 Aug 2016

A new publication in the scientific journal Gut sheds light on the role that certain genes have in determining how people differ in their bowel habits. The study results from the collaboration of research groups at Karolinska Institutet and the University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, the...
Genetics

How a particular gene protects against aggressive breast cancer

09 Aug 2016

Women with an inactive Wnt5a gene run a higher risk of aggressive breast cancer. In a transatlantic collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York scientists have discovered how Wnt5a prevents tumour development. The study is published in the periodical PLOS...
Breast cancerGenetics

Active hedgehog signalling in connective tissue cells protects against colon cancer

08 Aug 2016

Many types of cancer are caused by gene mutations in the signalling pathways that control cell growth, such as the hedgehog signalling pathway. A new study from the Karolinska Institutet, published in the journal Nature Communications , now surprisingly shows that in colon cancer hedgehog...
Cancer and Oncology

Sibling order affects risk of asthma and other diseases

04 Aug 2016

Younger siblings, single children and older siblings are at different risk of developing asthma and other common childhood diseases, according to a Swedish population study carried out by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology . Much...
AllergyAsthmaImmunologyPediatrics

Novel role for neutrophils elucidated

03 Aug 2016

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have elucidated a novel role for neutrophils in immune function, in that they are important in control of B cell immune responses. The study, which is published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine , may have an impact on how vaccinations are performed. In a...
Immuno TherapyImmunology

Reduced activity of an important enzyme identified among suicidal patients

02 Aug 2016

It is known that people who have attempted suicide have ongoing inflammation in their blood and spinal fluid. Now, a collaborative study from research teams in Sweden, the US and Australia published in Translational Psychiatry shows that suicidal patients have a reduced activity of an enzyme that...
Suicide Research

KI researcher awarded 8.5 million dollar grant for MS study

21 Jul 2016

The researcher Fredrik Piehl at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet has been rewarded a grant of approximately 8,5 million US dollar, from The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, PCORI, USA. Together with others researchers at the Department of Clinical...
Clinical NeuroscienceGrant

Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide

19 Jul 2016

Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, contrary to what was previously thought. In a new study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, is also shown that the main predictor of suicide in OCD patients is a previous suicide attempt, which...

Bariatric surgery increases risk of depression and self-harm

14 Jul 2016

Gastric bypass surgery is used to help obese patients lose weight, but a study from Karolinska Institutet published in The Annals of Surgery shows that people with a history of depression run a high risk of severe post-operative depression. Gastric bypass, or bariatric surgery, is used around the...
Psychiatric disordersSurgery

New brainstem model reveals how brains control breathing

12 Jul 2016

Scientists from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have discovered how the brain controls our breathing in response to changing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood. (Text: courtesy of eLife Press) The control of breathing is essential for life. Without an adequate response to increased carbon...
Pediatrics

KI-scientists present new research on childhood neuroblastoma

12 Jul 2016

In the journal Cell Reports researchers at Karolinska Institutet together with international colleagues present new data on the pediatric tumor neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a nerve cell cancer that affects young children and originates in the peripheral nervous system along the spine and in the...
Cell BiologyMicrobiologyTumour Biology

New method allows analysis of single neurons from tissues

08 Jul 2016

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new technique that enables them to isolate single neurons from tissues and analyse the gene expression within. The study, which is published in Nature Communications, demonstrates how the method can be used by neurologists to...

Promising new methods for early detection of Alzheimer's disease

08 Jul 2016

New methods to examine the brain and spinal fluid heighten the chance of early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Results from a large European study, led by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, are now published in the medical journal BRAIN. These findings may have important implications for...
AlzheimerDementia

The Pedagogical Prize 2016 to Dude Gigliotti

01 Jul 2016

Karolinska Institutet's Pedagogical Prize 2016 is awarded Dulceaydee Norlander Gigliotti, Associate Professor and Director of Studies at Comparative Medicine. She is awarded for having modernised and made the education in laboratory animal science more efficient. “It's a great joy receiving this...
Animal experimentAwardCoursePrize

New method provides better information on gene expression

01 Jul 2016

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) have devised a new high-resolution method for studying which genes are active in a tissue. The method can be used on all types of tissue and is valuable to both preclinical research and cancer diagnostics. The results...
Cancer and Oncology

No risk of contracting dementia through blood transfusion

27 Jun 2016

Previous studies have shown that neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be induced in healthy laboratory animals, causing concern that dementia diseases can be transmitted between individuals, possibly via blood transfusions. However, in a new study published in The Annals of...
Dementia

Special properties of pneumococci affect their ability to cause meningitis

27 Jun 2016

Structures on the surface of pneumococci determine the ability of these bacteria to enter the brain and cause severe infections, according to a paper published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. Their findings suggest that certain pneumococci that are...
BacteriaMicrobiology

New sign on the Solna campus wall

27 Jun 2016

Signs with the Karolinska Institutet logo are being updated on the Solna campus. The famous gold-lettered sign on the brick wall to the entrance on Solnavägen 1 has already been replaced. The new sign – also in gold – includes the Karolinska Institutet seal as well as the name. Two new signs will...
CampusHistory

Highly educated men are more likely to be diagnosed with a brain tumour

22 Jun 2016

A new study from Karolinska Institutet published in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health shows that people of a higher socioeconomic position are more commonly diagnosed with glioma, the most common form of adult brain tumour. The results are particularly salient for men. The paper is...
Brain TumoursHealth care

Returning to KI with the bigger picture

22 Jun 2016

During his postdoc period at Harvard University, Ninib Baryawno has learnt to think big, and when he returns to KI next year, he’ll be bringing with him a broader view of research. It might sound mad for someone to switch to another research field when about to do their postdoc period overseas. For...
Funding

Nerdy TV series awarded the Torsten Wiesel prize

20 Jun 2016

The Big Bang Theory isn’t any old sitcom – it’s a show that takes its science deadly seriously and stimulates public interest in science. So says the Young Academy of Sweden, which recently awarded the US TV series the newly created Torsten Wiesel Midnight Sun Award.
Award

Sida coordinators get inspired about innovation and financing

17 Jun 2016

A crash course on Karolinska Institutet’s innovation system and insight into how the Grants Office works with external financing and resource mobilisation were on the agenda when Sida ’s chief coordinators for projects in Bolivia, Cambodia and countries in Africa came to KI on a study visit on 17...

Keeping the Olympic village healthy

17 Jun 2016

Benedict Chambers and Berit Carow left the world of elite sports to concentrate on their careers as immunologists at Karolinska Institutet. They are now returning to the limelight to help contestants in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio avoid infection. Berit Carow and Benedict Chambers cut...
Immunology

Christer Betsholtz appointed new Head of ICMC

16 Jun 2016

Professor Christer Betsholtz is the new director of AstraZeneca and Karolinska Institutet joint Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre (ICMC) based at KI . "To me, the ICMC represents a unique type of platform for academia-industry collaboration that I am certain will deliver fundamental knowledge...
Cardiovascular DiseasesCentreCollaboration

Even tougher expectations of the next vice-chancellor at KI

16 Jun 2016

The nomination process for Karolinska Institutet’s next vice-chancellor is underway, and this summer an application committee will be seeking out candidates before the interview process commences in August. Before the previous recruitment process for KI’s vice-chancellor in 2012, KI decided to...
Management

Karolinska Institutet reviews recruitments funded by Swedish Research Council

13 Jun 2016

Karolinska Institutet will review six of its international top recruitments funded with special grants from the Swedish Research Council. The review follows a recent decision by the Research Council to decrease the originial grant, due to KI not fully complying with the grant conditions. The...

KI focuses on innovations for elderly health

13 Jun 2016

With its EIT Health programme, the EU is investing in innovative solutions to ageing and health. Karolinska Institutet wants to encourage its students and staff to cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial mentality. “We want to make much more use of the research being done and show the students...
AgeingCollaborationEntrepreneurshipInnovationInternationalStudent

Inherited mutation doubles the risk of death from malignant melanoma

13 Jun 2016

People with malignant melanoma with an inherited mutation in a certain gene are twice as likely to die of the disease, according to a new study carried out by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University in Sweden. The finding, which is published in The Journal of the National Cancer...
Malignant Melanoma

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