Henrik Druid's Group

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Henrik Druids group at the Department of Oncology and Pathology at KI participates in the teaching at KI, and conducts both basic research and research that aims at improving the diagnostic forensic casework. Several projects implies collaboration with different departments of the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine.


Group members

Principal investigator

Henrik Druid, MD, Professor 
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Ahmed Mousa, Project leader


Kanar Alkass, PhD
Lydia Bennedich Kahn, MD, PhD
Tara Wardi, PhD

PhD Students

Gopalakrishnan Dhanabalan
Lotta Walz
Carl Söderberg
Brita Zilg
Eric Olsson (main PI: Urban Ösby)
Tor Seldén (main PI: Robert Kronstrand)
Qian Li (main PI: Kirsty Spalding)

Associated group members

Kanar Alkass, PhD
Magnus Lundberg, MD, PhD
Daniel Andersson, MD
Katharina l. Sjölin, MD
Nobar Ashjian
Maria Jepsen
Jesus Sanchez Pertz

Former group members

Guest researcher

Sasikala K Nil, Professor (2004)


Hisako Saitoh (2010-2011)
Olof Bendel, PhD (2008-2009)
Fredrik C. Kugelberg, PhD (2005-2006)

PhD students

Joakim Strandberg
Sofi Bäcklin
Lars-Eric Bergman
Kanar Alkass
Evan Reed
Madeleine Granlind

Project and exchange students

Sabria Belarbi (2014)
Marina Montmany (2014)
Niklas Sjökvist (2014)
Sandra Koskinen (2013)
Joelle Vos (2013)
Erik Bivehed (2013)
Joan Raouf (2011)
Ann Ståhle (2011)
Jenny Rönnlund (2011)
Sara Hassanzaddeh (2010)
Annika Andersson (2009)
Stephanie Harney (2009)
Hampus Janko (2009)
Anke Böhmer (2008)
Siv Andersson (2008)
Stina Norlin (2008)
Nina Granberg (2008)
Lisen Bredberg (2006)
Midia Hussein (2006)
Brita Zilg (2006)
Aziz Bitar (2005)
Anna Gustavsson (2005)
Elias Malko (2005)
Cecilia Hult (2004)
Peggy Törn (2004)
Elias Palm (2004)
Sofia Hausel (2002)

Research Nurse

Isabella Cereceda (2003-2009)

Selected publications

Dynamics of oligodendrocyte generation and myelination in the human brain.
Yeung M, Zdunek S, Bergmann O, Bernard S, Salehpour M, Alkass K, et al
Cell 2014 Nov;159(4):766-74

Neurogenesis in the striatum of the adult human brain.
Ernst A, Alkass K, Bernard S, Salehpour M, Perl S, Tisdale J, et al
Cell 2014 Feb;156(5):1072-83

Dynamics of hippocampal neurogenesis in adult humans.
Spalding K, Bergmann O, Alkass K, Bernard S, Salehpour M, Huttner H, et al
Cell 2013 Jun;153(6):1219-27

Analysis of radiocarbon, stable isotopes and DNA in teeth to facilitate identification of unknown decedents.
Alkass K, Saitoh H, Buchholz B, Bernard S, Holmlund G, Senn D, et al
PLoS ONE 2013 ;8(7):e69597

Postmortem identification of hyperglycemia.
Zilg B, Alkass K, Berg S, Druid H
Forensic Sci. Int. 2009 Mar;185(1-3):89-95

Brain biomarkers for identifying excited delirium as a cause of sudden death.
Mash D, Duque L, Pablo J, Qin Y, Adi N, Hearn W, et al
Forensic Sci. Int. 2009 Sep;190(1-3):e13-9

Evidence for cardiomyocyte renewal in humans.
Bergmann O, Bhardwaj R, Bernard S, Zdunek S, Barnabé-Heider F, Walsh S, et al
Science 2009 Apr;324(5923):98-102

Evaluation of the role of abstinence in heroin overdose deaths using segmental hair analysis.
Druid H, Strandberg J, Alkass K, Nyström I, Kugelberg F, Kronstrand R
Forensic Sci. Int. 2007 May;168(2-3):223-6

Forensics: age written in teeth by nuclear tests.
Spalding K, Buchholz B, Bergman L, Druid H, Frisén J
Nature 2005 Sep;437(7057):333-4

Screening for drugs of abuse in hair with ion spray LC-MS-MS.
Kronstrand R, Nyström I, Strandberg J, Druid H
Forensic Sci. Int. 2004 Oct;145(2-3):183-90

A compilation of fatal and control concentrations of drugs in postmortem femoral blood.
Druid H, Holmgren P
J. Forensic Sci. 1997 Jan;42(1):79-87

Nordic congress 2015

The 19th Congress of Forensic Medicine (NCFM) will be arranged in Stockholm, June 10-13, 2015. The venue is Hotel Radisson Blu Royal Park, Frösunda, Stockholm, adjacent to the beautiful Haga Park and with waterfront view. http://www.radissonblu.com/royalparkhotel-stockholm/gallery

Workshops and special sessions with invited experts will be arranged as well as general sessions allowing for presentations of any topic within the different forensic fields.

To go to the webpage of the conference please click here. We trust that the conference will be appreciated by all who want to share their results, learn about scientific and professional progress in the fields, and exchange experiences with other colleagues.

Henrik Druid
President of NCFM 2015