Newsletter, Nov. 2015

KICancer Newsletter 56/November 4, 2015

Editors: Ingemar Ernberg & Yvonne Strandberg (John Sennett takes over this role January 2016)


Special KICancer lecture, in particular recommended for PhD students and post docs


Thursday November 5,  15.30
Exciting talks- an introduction to oral presentations
Location: Petrén lecture Hall, Nobels väg 11 B
Time: 15.30
Speaker: Angela Hofmann, Yale University
Host: Ingemar Ernberg


Recommended seminars

Thursday, November 5, 12.00
Samuelsson, Tomtebodavägen 6
Vassilis Gorgoulis, Laboratory of Histology-Embryology, Molecular Carcinogenesis Group, Medical School National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
The Role of the DNA Damage Response Pathway (DDR) in Cancer. Beneficial and Adverse Effects
Host: Teresa Frisan


Monday November 9, 11.00
MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Maria Lung, Chinese University of HongKong
Landscape of somatic mutations in nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Host: Ingemar Ernberg


Monday November  9 15.00 What if life?
Hillarp Lecture Hall, Retzius väg 8, KI Campus
Birger Schmitz, Lunds University
An astronomical perspective on Earth's geological record and evolution of life
Host: Steven Jörsäter
16.15 – 18 Discussion in room A 302, MTC, Nobels väg 16, KICampus.

Tuesday November 10, 13.00
MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Martin Enge, Departments of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University
Transcriptional control of cell state in human cells - maintaining state across cell division and altering state during development
Host: Anita Göndör


Tuesday November 17, 13.00
MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Fredrik Lanner CLINTEC, KI
Single-cell RNA-seq reveals lineage formation and X-chromosome dosage compensation in human preimplantation embryos
Host: Anita Göndör


Wednesday November 18 15.00
Lecture Hall Solen, Alfred Nobels allé 8, Huddinge hospital
Fen Zhang, MIT   ( )
Genome Editing Using CRISPR-Cas Systems

Wednesday November  18 15.00 What is life?
Wallenberg lecture hall, Nobel forum, Nobels väg 1,  KI Solna campus
Bob Langer, MIT
Novel medical techologies-from invention and discovery to clinical implementation
Host: Ingemar Ernberg


More seminars at the End.

The tumorbiology/oncology program announces the following courses for the spring 2016. Application period  - November 16, 2015
Check: Apply (as usual) on the Web site:


1. Kurskod/Course number: 2000. Advanced seminars in Tumor Biology
Institutionen för mikrobiologi, tumör- och cellbiologi
Course responsible: Ingemar Ernberg
2016-01-19 -- 2016-06-07


2. Kurskod/Course number: 2001. What is life? The future of biology (seminar series)
Institutionen för mikrobiologi, tumör- och cellbiologi
Course responsible: Ingemar Ernberg
2016-02-01 -- 2016-06-15


3. Kurskod/Course number: 2367. Mouse models of human cancer  CLINTEC.
2016-02-08 -- 2016-02-15


4. Kurskod/Course number: 2110. Inherited cancer syndromes; Genes predisposing to malignant disease . Department for Molecular Medicina and Surgery.
Course responsible:
2016-03-14 -- 2016-03-18


5. Kurskod/Course number: 1592. Infections and cancer/Tumour virology . Institutionen för onkologi-patologi
Course responsible :
2016-04-11 -- 2016-04-15

6. Kurskod/Course number: 2067. Genome integrity. CMB.
Course responsible:
2016-05-19 -- 2016-05-26


7. Kurskod/Course number: 2720. Brain tumors.  Dept of Oncology and Pathology.
Course responsible:
2016-05-11 -- 2016-05-18



After review of the board of research the KICancer network has been granted 300.000 SEK in support for 2016, and the PhD-program in Tumor Biology and Oncology has been granted 1,9 Million SEK/year until December 2018.


Invitation to the Nordic PhD course Bio-8303: “Molecular and Clinical Aspects of Cancer” (see attachments)

The course will take place at the University of Tromsø in week 10 and 11 next year (March 7th to 18th, 2016). An international faculty teaches the course (please find the preliminary lecture schedule attached).
There is no course fee and for the cost of 2.500 NOK each external PhD student will be offered housing at an Apartment Hotel in the centre of Tromsø.
Please spread this invitation among your colleagues and to anyone that you think might be interested
Please note that the application deadline is DECEMBER 1st.

For more information and application see
Eirik Sødal Vole
Advisor, Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Troms


Facebook group

The FoTO program has set up a Facebook group to facilitate the spreading spread of information about our activities and to receive feedbacks from the highly dynamic group of doctoral students and post-docs. If you are interested, please look for the KICancer group and ask to join it to the administrator.


 Sept 26 – 27, 2016: Next KICancer Retreat

Will take place at Djurönäset. Monday  September 26 – Tuesday September 27, 2016. Make calendar reservation now!!  


Please contact our Diagnose-based networks if you want to join one or several of them:

Breast cancer,
Sarcoma network,
Endocrine tumors,
Gynecologic cancers,
Hematological malignancies,
Prostate cancer,
Pedatric cancers,
Liver and pancreas-cancer,
Colon Cancer,
Neuroscience & cancer,
The RNA network,


The new KICancer Website

The new homepage for KICancer is now launched. You’ll find it among ”Research networks” and the link is In order to have an up-to-date homepage with interesting information we need input from you and also comments if there is something missing or a links that do not work.

When you want to highlight a conference, a seminar or other news this can be announced on the first, front page. Send your material to Our ambition is that the home page shall reflect the multitude of the KICancer network, the different departmental environments and the wide variety of disciplines. Photos of medical discoveries and people from our different departments are also welcome contributions.

The list of ”Researchers” is not complete. We are willing to include everyone who is (officially) recognized as leading a research group (”group leader”).  Check the list and if you have not been included so far and send your information to Yvonne Strandberg. Make sure your KI Profile page is up-to-date and informative.

There are some limitations of what we can include on the KICancer new website, for example we cannot present whole research groups or project lists. But you may add this information to your KI Profile page,  with group members, links to your home page, bibliometrics etc.

We would be very please if the chairpersons of our diagnose-based networks make use of the website for activities that you want to spread.

Please send e-mail adress(es) of new members in your group to The KICancer mailing list is really the only way for KICancer to reach its members, PIs, students and post-docs.


More seminars

Tuesday November 24, 13.00, MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Johan Holmberg, CMB
A combined treatment to restore the potential for neuronal differentiation in neuroblastoma
Host: Ingemar Ernberg


Friday November 27, 2015
CCK-seminar 12.30
Professor Christian von Buchwald, dept of ORL, H&N Surgery, Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen
Hostess: Tina Dalianis


Tuesday December 1, 13.00 MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Mats Nilsson, Sci Life
Single cell in situ tumor cell caharacterization
Host: Ingemar Ernberg


Tuesday December 1 15.00 What is life?
Wallenberg lecture hall, Nobel forum, Nobels väg 1,  KI Solna campus
Lars Werdelin, Nature History Museum, Stockholm
Hominins, carnivores, and the origins of the Anthropocene
Host: Steven Jörsäter


Tuesday December 8, 13.00 MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Karl Tryggvasson, MBB and Singapore
Laminins - modulators and stabilisers of cellular phenotypes
Host: Ingemar Ernberg


Tuesday December 15, 13.00 MTC-seminar room, A 302, Nobels v 16
Arne Lindqvist

What to do in G2 phase after DNA damage: a decision point between senescence and cell division
Host: Ingemar Ernberg

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