News from the departments

Professor Emeritus Uno Lindberg passed away on June 30th 2017

18 Jul 2017

Professor Emeritus Uno Lindberg passed away on June 30th 2017. Former MTC research group leader Uno was Professor Emeritus at Karolinska Institutet from 2006 onwards, with research focusing on cell biology. Uno was also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) from 1989 onwards and...

Video portrait of an employee: Vicente Pelechano

11 Jul 2017

SciLife Lab fellow and MTC Assistant Professor Vicente Pelechano is featured in "medarbetarporträtt" this month - a video interview outlining his research at Karolinska Institutet and SciLife View the video interview online here

Christer Betsholtz receives the Anders Jahre major medical award

10 Jul 2017

Christer Betsholtz, Professor in vascular and tumour biology, receives the Anders Jahre major medical award for his research into the formation and function of blood vessels. The research is important in terms of being able to treat specific disorders, e.g., brain tumours and psychoses. Betsholtz’...
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PRIME Health participates in seminar on physical activity among children and adolescents

04 Jul 2017

Cecilia Magnusson and Daniel Berglind from the research group Prevention, Intervention and Mechanisms in Public Health (PRIME Health) participates at the seminar "Physical activity among children and adolescents - who bears the responsibility?" on Wednesday 5 July, during the Almedalen week in...

IMM researchers have constructed a toxicogenomics space that accurately predicts risk of liver toxicity from chemicals and drugs

04 Jul 2017

Roland Grafström and coworkers publishes this week a description of a predictive toxicogenomics space in Nature Communications. The work represents a cooperation with researchers in Finland and Holland. Covering 1300 drug drug molecules, the study describes gene expression changes specifically...

Longer processing times at Wallenberg laboratory due to summer holidays

26 Jun 2017

The summer vacation period is starting and KM Wallenberg, KIMM and KCTT administrate requests as usual; however the vacation period will affect the daily work. Please be aware that: New accesses to KM-W will be limited during July until August 11th Establishment of new groups will be limited during...
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The presence of the protein KIF1Bβ can play a central role for the outcome of a neuroblastoma diagnosis

26 Jun 2017

A high percentage of KIF1Bβ means a greater chance of the tumour spontaneously regressing and disappearing. These are the results of a study by Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd. The study is to be published in the scientific journal Genes and Development...
Cancer and Oncology

Contact with NVS management during the summer

23 Jun 2017

E-mails to the NVS management is best sent to . During the summer, the following persons will serve as the Head of department resp. the Head of Administration at NVS. Week 25 Acting Head of Department, Kristina Johnell Acting Head of Administration, Mona Hellstadius Week 26 Head...

Thank you Caroline and Eva for your time at NVS!

23 Jun 2017

On Friday, June 16th, Caroline Kåhre, Controller, and Eva Wichert, Financial Officer, both of whom finishes their employment at NVS during this summer, were celebrated. NVS wishes both of them the best of luck in the future, and thank them for all of their work efforts at the department!

The best thing about working at NVS? My colleagues!

21 Jun 2017

On June 13, the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) had a summer lunch. About 200 co-workers attended at Winterviken to celebrate the past year’s successes and newly appointed professors, associate professors and lecturers. Maria Eriksdotter , Head of NVS, gave a speech in...
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Personal mobile platform helps prevent spread of HIV

20 Jun 2017

While mobile platforms are becoming an increasingly common medical and public health tool, there are few evaluations of their effectiveness. A new joint doctoral thesis from Karolinska Institutet and Stellenbosch University, South Africa, shows that using mobile platforms for recently circumcised...
Global HealthHIVInternational

Kajsa Wing receives Crafoord Prize research grant

14 Jun 2017

Assistant Professor Kajsa Wing has been awarded a research grant of 160 000 SEK in this year’s Crafoord Prize.

Summer recess in the LAS Education & Training unit July 1st to August 6th

14 Jun 2017

During this period the LAS E&T unit will not carry out course verifications competence assessments granting access to courses (online or onsite) We wish you a nice summer and an educative fall semester!
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Seminars to the course: ‘Current topics in infection biology’

13 Jun 2017

CIM seminars autumn 2017: On Wednesdays at 13.00, starting from August 23, we will have seminars from an excellent list of speakers representing different areas of research. Please, see the preliminary programme for details. For students registered to the course ‘Current topics in infection biology...

Two Summer Research Schools are Now Underway

13 Jun 2017

KI Summer Research School in Biomedical Research Introduction Day June 19th You just know its summer on campus when the KI Summer Research School in Biomedical Research starts! The summer school, coordinated by Gerald McInerney at MTC, encourages interest in Biomedical research at KI by offering...

Professor Sabine Koch elected as founding member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics

12 Jun 2017

Professor Sabine Koch has been elected to the inaugural class of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI). The Academy was established earlier this year by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), which held a comprehensive nomination process to select the...
Medical Informatics

How do we apply Cognitive Science in our educations?

03 Jun 2017

Podcast episode from MedEdTalk with Dr Holly Gooding Cognitive science can be a bit hard to get a grip on. Text about the subject can often feel dense or abstact and hard to understand how we can apply iit n educational settings. Because of that, Teresa Sörö talks has invited Dr Holly Gooding,...
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Call for proposals: Funding of Core facilities in health care science 2017-19

01 Jun 2017

The Strategic research area Health Care Science (SFO-V) is preparing a call for proposals of core facilities (CF) in health care science 2017-2019. Funding can be provided for up to three CFs for a total of 10 million SEK (2-4 million per application) for 2017 and 6 million annually (1-3 million...
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INFRAFRONTIER2020 Project - Trans-national Access call - June 2017

01 Jun 2017

Late-onset systemic phenotyping (ageing pipeline) Call information and application form Context and aim of the call INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping, archiving and distribution of model mammalian genomes. The INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure provides access...
AgeingAnimal experimentGenetics

NVS´s PhD students broke a sweat during half-day on physical activity

31 May 2017

On 23 May, the Doctoral student council at NVS arranged half a day (together with BASE gym) for NVS´s PhD students, aiming to promote physical activity and inform about the opportunities within health promotion available to students and employees at KI. The PDH students were instructed in the...
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Thesis on psychological distress following oesophageal cancer treatment

31 May 2017

Ylva Hellstadius from the group Surgical Care Science will defend her thesis "Psychological distress following oesophageal cancer treatment : is there a need for psychological support?" on June 2nd 2017. Main Supervisor is Anna Wikman. What's the main focus of your thesis? Psychological distress...
Care SciencesUpper GI research

Prestigious scholarship for research on stroke treatment in patients with dementia

30 May 2017

Sara Garcia-Ptacek, postdoc at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics, has been awarded a scholarship for postdoctoral education in medical science, this by the Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF). The project title is "Treatment of stroke and cognitive effects of statins in patients with...

Healthy participants for a study on brain iron

29 May 2017

The study investigates the effects of iron on brain structure and function in healthy aging. As a participant you will be tested 3 times now (baseline) and in 3 years (follow-up). The studie includes: (1) Blood sampling from the arm at the Aging Research Center, Stockholm (30 minutes) (2) Cognitive...

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...
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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...
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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...
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