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Dissertation 16 June 2017: Donghao Lu

24 May 2017

On Friday June 16, Donghao Lu will defend his thesis " The role of psychological stress in cervical and prostate carcinogenesis ". His opponent is Professor David Spiegel from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences School of Medicine, Stanford University. Donghao's supervisors are...
Cancer and Oncology

Photos from the second Brain and Culture Symposium at Aula Medica on 17th May

24 May 2017

The second Brain and Culture meeting was presented at the Erling Persson Hall, Aula Medica on Wednesday May 17th. This year it was organized to honour George Klein who sadly passed away last December. He was a great inspiration for the Brain and Culture program at KI and fought against what he...

Congratulations all new doctors!

23 May 2017

This year’s spring conferment ceremony took place in Stockholm City Hall on 12 May. The doctors and honorary doctors then donned their hats to the canon salute from the City Hall waterfront. At NVS, Muhammad al Mustafa Ismail , PhD within neuroscience, Andreas Monnier and Conran Joseph , both PhDs...
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New way of making biological drugs with spider silk protein

23 May 2017

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to synthesise lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk. Animal studies reveal it to be just as effective as the biological drugs currently in clinical use. The study is...

New thesis on how lifestyle relate to cognitive ageing

21 May 2017

Hi Ylva Köhncke, PhD student at the Aging Research Center. On 23 May you will defend your thesis ”Lifestyle, cognitive aging, and brain correlates”, what´s the main focus of the thesis? “My thesis is about how different lifestyles relate to differences in cognitive ageing. On average, we tend to...
AgeingCognitive ScienceNeurobiology

Impressive PhD presentations during SyDAD´s annual meeting

19 May 2017

At May 9-10, the European Training Network SyDAD (Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer Disease) assembled at DZNE in Bonn for an annual meeting including a mid-term review by the European Commission. ”I am very impressed by all high-quality presentations by the PhD students and very happy to see all...
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Differences as catalysts for professional learning

19 May 2017

The article, published in the Cogent Education, is a result of a student exchange with partners in Ugandawritten by Sofia Vikström , Julius Kamwesiga, Andrew Mubangizi and Susanne Guidetti , argues that international exchange can be of great benefit for students' learning and in becoming an...

Paper on the future dementia research among the most cited in the world

19 May 2017

The journal Lancet Neurology devoted its entire April issue in 2016 to a detailed overview and recommendations about how patient care, as well as basic and clinical research on Alzheimer disease and other dementias should be organized in the future. A year later the publication is among the most...

MTC researchers in the Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam Group publish in Immunity

18 May 2017

MTC researchers in the Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam Group have published in Immunity this month In their article, Paola Martinez-Murillo and colleagues (pictured above) identify a novel neutralizing antibody epitope present at the apex of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) spike. Single cell...

Dissertation 1 June 2017: Bénédicte Delcoigne

18 May 2017

On Thursday June 1, Bénédicte Delcoigne will defend her thesis " Efficient design and analysis of extended case-control studies ". Her opponent is Professor Sven Ove Samuelsen from the Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo. Bénédicte's supervisors are Marie Reilly, Kamila Czene and Agus...

Using Swedish snus while pregnant carries the same level of risk as smoking

17 May 2017

While it is well known that smoking while pregnant can damage the fetus, the effects of using Swedish snus (oral moist snuff) have been more mooted. Anna Gunnerbeck at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health has recently defended her thesis on how the nicotine consumption of pregnant women...

A roundtable and the elaboration of a roadmap for mHealth for diagnostic assistance in the clinical setting

17 May 2017

At the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in Stellenbosch, South Africa, a two-day roundtable meeting on mHealth for image-based diagnostic support took place in February 2017. The meeting gathered a group of about 50 stakeholders from clinical, research, policymaking and business...
CollaborationGlobal Health

Spread of tau measured in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients

16 May 2017

In a new study presented in Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have measured how deposits of the pathological protein tau spread through the brain over the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Their results show that the size of the deposit and the speed of its spread differ from...
AlzheimerClinical NeuroscienceNeurobiology

Welcome Richard Rosenquist Brandell, new professor at MMK

15 May 2017

Richard Rosenquist Brandell was recently appointed Professor of Clinical Genetics at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet and Senior Physician in Clinical Genetics at Karolinska University Hospital. Since May 9th, 2017 he is research group leader of the group...

Grants to MTC 2017

12 May 2017

This list covers grants and research positions awarded to MTC during 2017, updated as new grants are confirmed. Ruth and Richard Julin Foundation in thousand SEK Name 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total Claudia Kutter 150 150 300 Susanne Schlisio awarded a 6 year senior research position from The...

Ways to evaluate how well people are aging taking the complexity of their health status into account

09 May 2017

Hi Giola Santoni, PhD student at the Aging Research Center. On 6 June you will defend your thesis " How well are we aging? Capturing the complexity of health trajectories of older adults ”, what´s the main focus of the thesis? “The aim of this thesis was to evaluate how well people are aging,...
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Maria Lindskog appointed as an associate professor within neuroscience

09 May 2017

At the end of April, Maria Lindskog, researcher at the Division of Translational Alzheimer Neurobiology, was appointed as an associate professor of neuroscience at the KI Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. "I am pleased, it is a stamp of approval from KI on my science as well as...

Dental Medicine subject of collaboration between KI and Shanghai 10th People's Hospital

09 May 2017

The Department of Dental Medicine has signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with 10th People's Hospital in Shanghai. On March 26 to 29 Göran Dahllöf, professor and “Head of International Affairs” and Margaret Sällberg Chen, associate professor and director of doctoral education at Dept of...

Newly discovered malaria mechanism gives hope to pregnant women

08 May 2017

Resistance to malaria drugs means that pregnant women are unable to overcome the anaemia caused by the malaria parasite – and their babies are born undersized. A study carried out at Karolinska Institutet, however, exposes the effects of malaria in pregnant women and shows how the PTEF protein is...

Neda Agahi appointed as an associate professor (docent) within public health science

08 May 2017

At the end of April, Neda Agahi, researcher at the Aging Research Center, was appointed as an associate professor of public health science at the KI Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. “I was happy when I got the news! The appointment is an important milestone in one’s research...
AgeingPublic Health

Intense learning exchange during the International week at NVS

08 May 2017

The “international week” course took place last week with students and teachers representing several health care professionals and countries. The course is conducted in cooperation between the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam and Karolinska...
Care SciencesInternationalOccupational TherapyPhysiotherapy

Thesis on preoperative treatment selection in rectal cancer

05 May 2017

Anders Elliot from the group Colorectal Surgery will defend his thesis "On preoperative treatment selection and magnetic resonance imaging in rectal cancer" on May 12th, 2017. Main Supervisor is Per Nilsson. What's the main focus of your thesis? Preoperative treatment selection and magnetic...
Cancer and OncologyGastroenterology and Hepatology

Susanne Schlisio awarded a 6 year senior research position from The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation

04 May 2017

Susanne Schlisio (Pictured 2nd left with her research group) has been awarded a 6 year senior research position from The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (Barncancerfonden) despite fierce competition - hers was one of only 26 approved applications. Susanne Schlisio's research concerns the...

Available position: Professor in Toxicology

04 May 2017

IMM seeks a toxicologist who is expected to strengthen and further develop research in experimental toxicology with focus on new methods and their applications regarding e.g. biomarkers, biomonitoring, risk assessment or setting exposure limits. The professor in toxicology is expected to lead a...

Dissertation 12 May 2017: Carolyn Cesta

02 May 2017

On Friday May 12, Carolyn Cesta will defend her thesis " Stress, depression, and other psychiatric disorders: an epidemiological approach to studying the causes and consequences for in vitro fertilization outcome and polycystic ovary syndrome ". Dr Sunni Mumford from the Epidemiology Branch of the...
EpidemiologyPsychiatric disorders

Dissertation 11 May 2017: Johan Zetterqvist

02 May 2017

On Thursday May 11, Johan Zetterqvist will defend his thesis " Statistical methods for twin and sibling designs ". Assistant Professor Theis Lange from the University of Copenhagen will be his opponent. Johan's supervisors are Arvid Sjölander, Yudi Pawitan, Henrik Larsson, and Paul Lichtenstein...
BiostatisticsTwin research

The Business Case for Nursing with Jack Needleman


02 May 2017

The Business Case for Nursing (from a non-nursing perspective) with Professor Jack Needleman. Jack Needleman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. Jack teaches courses in health policy analysis and American political institutions and health policy in the...
Medical management

Oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life

19 Apr 2017

One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life but does not increase depressive symptoms. This is shown by a major randomised, placebo-controlled study conducted by professor Angelica Lindén Hirschberg at the Department of Women's and...

Dissertation 4 May 2017: Daniela Mariosa

18 Apr 2017

On Thursday May 4, Daniela Mariosa will defend her thesis " Metabolic disorders in the etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis : an epidemiological approach ". Professor Albert C. Ludolph from the Department of Neurology at the University of Ulm will be her opponent. Supervisors are Fang Fang,...

NVS researchers takes a stand by marching for science

12 Apr 2017

The NVS researchers Kirsten Coupland and Laetitia Lemoine are participating in organizing the Marsh for Science in Stockholm on 22 April. The event will be taking place in over 500 cities around the world. In Stockholm, the march is coordinated by Vetenskap & Allmänhet, with the support of a...

Researchers at NVS among the most cited in the world

12 Apr 2017

Bengt Winblad, Professor of Geriatrics, and Dag Aarsland, Professor of Clinical Dementia Research, are both listed at the 2016 list of "Highly Cited Researchers". In total 3,000 scientists worldwide are listed as the most cited, this within 21 subject areas. The list is put together by Clarivate...
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Juan Du and Michael Landreh recieve Ingvar Carlsson Award

11 Apr 2017

MTC's Juan Du and Michael Landreh are two of twelve promising young postdocs who receive the Ingvar Carlsson Award 2017 from The Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF. The projects focus on proteins, cells and molecules as part of the efforts to diagnose and treat diseases better and with fewer...

Available position: Professor in Epidemiology

10 Apr 2017

IMM seeks an epidemiologist who is expected to strengthen and further develop research in epidemiology at IMM with focus on developing research aimed at investigating environmental, occupational, lifestyle, and genetic factors in relation to the health of individuals. The successful candidate will...

Dissertation 28 April 2017: Ruoqing Chen

10 Apr 2017

On Friday April 28, Ruoqing Chen will defend her thesis " Parental cancer and children’s well-being : understanding the potential role of psychological stress ". Professor Corinna Bergelt from the Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf will be her opponent...
Cancer and OncologyEpidemiologyPsychology

New thesis on how to prevent and treat complicated form of peptic ulcer

04 Apr 2017

Emma Sverdén from the group "Upper GI Surgery" will defend her thesis "Complicated peptic ulcer disease : prevention and treatment" on April 7, 2017. Main Supervisor is Professor Jesper Lagergren. What's the main focus of your thesis? How to prevent and treat complicated forms of peptic ulcer...

NVS researcher Daniel Ferreira represented KI at the GYSS 2017

04 Apr 2017

Daniel Ferreira, postdoc at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics, is one of tree KI representatives at this year´s Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) in Singapore, this after being selected through a though nomination process. “I am glad and honored to be selected for the summit, it has been a...

New thesis on long-term prognosis in young women with breast cancer

30 Mar 2017

Hanna Fredholm from the group Breast Surgery will defend her thesis "Breast cancer in young women : aspects on mortality and local recurrence" on April 7, 2017. Main Supervisor is Irma Fredriksson. What's the main focus of your thesis? We have studied long-term prognosis in young women with breast...

Yvonne Brehmer has been appointed Associate Professor in psychology

29 Mar 2017

Yvonne Brehmer has been appointed Associate Professor (docent) in psychology at the department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at KI. Her research interests include cognitive plasticity and training across the lifespan and neural correlates of age-related cognitive changes. Yvonne’s...

"We want to inspire older peolpe to lifestyle changes"

29 Mar 2017

Miia Kivipelto and Krister Håkansson have written the cover article in the coming issue of Scientific American (April 2017). The article describes the results of the FINGER study and how the NBN (Nordic Brain Network) research team is working to follow up on these. "The magazine's global reach...

Dissertation 20 April 2017: Fei Yang

29 Mar 2017

On Thursday April 20, Fei Yang will defend his thesis " Can Parkinson’s disease be prevented? - epidemiological evidence on lifestyle factors ". His opponent is Professor Beate Ritz from the University of California, Los Angeles. His supervisors are Karin Wirdefeldt, Nancy Pedersen, and Fang Fang...
EpidemiologyParkinson's disease

Two junior researchers at OnkPat receives funding for their positions from the Swedish Cancer Society

28 Mar 2017

Christofer Juhlin receives funding for six years at part time 50% via the Junior Clinical Investigator Award from the Swedish Cancer Society. The project is entitled ”Utilization of whole-genome sequencing to improve diagnosis, prognostication and treatment of thyroid cancer”. In addition,...
Cancer and OncologyFunding

Space matters! Part 2 - Informal learning. Podcast MedEdTalk

26 Mar 2017

What has hotel lobbies, Italian piazzas and popular cafés to do with learning spaces at universities? And why does Karolinska Institutet got a Harry Potter library? Teresa Sörö talks about informal learning spaces with Dr Jonas Nordquist and their experiences from the project "Future Learning...

New Silvia doctors graduated

24 Mar 2017

At a degree ceremony on 22 March, seven doctors graduated from the Silvia program. The ceremony took place in connection with the Silviahemmet’s inspirational day, and Her Majesty Queen Silvia handed out the diplomas to the new doctors.
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Yvonne Wengström appointed responsible for nursing within the theme Cancer at the Karolinska University Hospital

24 Mar 2017

Yvonne Wengström, professor and academic nurse, has been appointed as responsible for nursing within the Theme Cancer at the Karolinska University Hospital. Further information on Yvonne Wengström .
Cancer and OncologyCare SciencesOrganisation

ToxMaster programme celebrated 40 years at IMM and KI

24 Mar 2017

Successful celebration of 40 years of education in toxicology at KI and IMM on 25 November 2016 The celebration started with an open seminar in Aula Medica entitled “Toxicology for the future”. The programme included an overview of toxicology and the programme since the start in 1976 and highlights...

Welcome all new co-workers at NVS!

24 Mar 2017

At the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, every co-worker´s contribution is important, and we are therefore very pleased to present the co-workers who recently started to work at our department! Warmly welcome! Research assistant Hevgin Alagündüz Organizational unit: ARC (Aging...
Care SciencesNeurobiologyOrganisationSociety

Wallenberg Clinical Scholar for research on pneumococcal infections

23 Mar 2017

Birgitta Henriques Normark, photo: Markus Marcetic/KVA. KI researcher Birgitta Henriques Normark has been appointed Wallenberg Clinical Scholar 2017. She is granted SEK 15 million to find out how new strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria form and become resistant to antibiotics. The...

OnkPat professor earns prestigeous grant from ERC

23 Mar 2017

Klas Wiman , professor at the department of Oncology-Pathology has been awarded a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project "Restoration of tumor suppressor function by induction of translational read-through of premature termination codons - a strategy for improved cancer...
Cancer and OncologyGrant

Erika Franzén appointed Director of R&D for the Allied Health Professional Function

22 Mar 2017

Starting from January 2017, Erika Franzén's employment as a senior lecturer at Karolinska Institutet's, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society is combined with an employment as a physiotherapist at the Karolinska University Hospital. Within the frames of her work at the hospital,...
Care Sciences

Anna-Maria Loimi new coordinator for the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences and the Strategic Research Area Health Care Science

21 Mar 2017

Starting from March 8, Anna-Maria Loimi is the new administrative coordinator for the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences and the Strategic Research Area Health Care Science. Earlier, Anna-Maria Loimi worked with sustainable development, finance and communications.
Care Sciences