Research at Centre for Gender Medicine

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Our goals are:

  • To support and encourage the development of gender-medical clinical and preclinical research with a focus on cardiovascular disease, endocrinology / metabolism, kidney disease, inflammation / rheumatology, neuropsychiatry and public health.
  • To further illustrate the role of sex and gender aspects in regenerative medicine, medical technology and pharmaceutical usage and identify other relevant areas that have no gender medical analysis.

Scholarships and grants

Since 2003 the Center for Gender Medicine has awarded scholarships and grants to researchers at Karolinska Institutet for their contributions to gender research. Financing has been provided for by funds from Marianne & Marcus Wallenbergs Foundation, AFA insurance company, Karolinska Institutet, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and private Lederhausen donation.

2014 Grants

Camilla Hage, Registered Nurse, PhD

Project: Biomarkers of altered metabolism in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Alexey Shemyakin, MD, Postdoc

Project: Red blood cell arginase activity in patients with acute coronary syndrome: a gender perspective

Linda Mellbin, MD, PhD, FESC

Project: Testosterone in patients with glucose abnormalities and acute myocardial infarction and in matched controls

Sarah Costantino, Associated

Project: Epigenetic signatures as a predictor of vascular risk in men and women with prediabetes

2013 Grants

Katarina Bilén, Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Deliberate self-harm patients in the emergency department: clinical and epidemiological studies

Sebastian Gidlöf, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, cyp21a2 deficiency: clinical and physiological aspects of pregnancy, screening and growth

2012 Grants

Agneta Andersson, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Cardiac rehabilitation in women

Lili Li, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Sex differences in acute and chronic experimental pain models

2011 Grants

Joakim Sturup, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Violent behavior and violent victimization among general psychiatric patients: prevalence and prediction

2008 Grants

Recipients of 250,000 Swedish crowns:

Birgitta Evengård, Division of Infectious Diseases, Karolinska Institutet/Umeå University

Project: Discordance in social differences in twins with chronic fatigue syndrome- analysis from a gender perspective.

Agneta Herlitz, Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Factors contributing to gender differences in cognition.

Christer Höög, Institutionen for Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet.

Project: Why do female chromosomes carry more aberrations than male chromosomes?

Carol Tishelman, Institute of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics(LIME), Karolinska Institutet

Project: Women and mens conceptions about cancer, preventative measures and new vaccines.

Eva von Strauss, Institute for Neurobiology, Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm County Geriatrc Center

Project: Sex differences in functional disability, morbidity and survival in the geriatric popultion.

Claes-Göran Östensson, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Endocrinology and diabetes. Karolinska University Hospital,Solna.

Project: Why do middle-aged men have a greater risk in developing type II diabetes than women? Molecular and genetic studies on sex related diabetes risk.

Anna-Lena Nordström, Institute for Clinical Neuroscience, Section for Psychiatry, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna

Project: PET investigations on sex differences in psychiatric disorders.

Yvonne von Hauswolff-Juhlin, Department of Obstetrics, Institution for Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge

Projekt: SWEDES  Stockholms weight development study

Peter Stenvinkel, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge

Project: Sex hormones in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with chronic kidney failure.

Karolina Kublickiene, Department of Obstetrics, CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge

Project: Preeclampsi  pathogenesis and future health.

Ivanka Savic-Berglund, Institute for Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna

Project: Mechanisms behind burntout syndrome in women.

Recipients of scholarships and grants 2004-2007

Theses and degrees

Since its establishment the Center for Gender Medicine has supported the completion of several theses and degrees.

2013 Theses

Katarina Bilén: Deliberate self-harm patients in the emergency department: clinical and epidemiological studies

Sebastian Gidlöf: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, cyp21a2 deficiency: clinical and physiological aspects of pregnancy, screening and growth

2012 Theses

Agneta Andersson: Cardiac rehabilitation in women

Lili Li: Sex differences in acute and chronic experimental pain models

2011 Theses

Joakim Sturup: Violent behavior and violent victimization among general psychiatric patients: prevalence and prediction

2007 Theses

Leanid Luksha: New insights into the control of small artery function in human pregnancy ans estrogen receptor beta knockout mice

2006 Theses

Ingrid Bergström: Effects of gonadal hormone deficiency on bone mineral density. Can physical activity increase bone mineral density in women?

Natalia Cruz: Gender-related small artery function: implications for estrogenic compounds 

2005 Theses

Cissi Gardmo: Studies on growth hormone induced female-characteristic gene transcription in rat-liver.

2004 Theses

Dan A. Svensson: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Major Recurrent Headaches

Margita Eriksson-Berg: Hemostasis in middle-aged women with coronary heart disease

Ulla Pripp: The Effect of Sex Hormones on Hemostasis and Cardiovascular Riskfactors in Postmenopausal Women

2003 Theses

Elisabet Svenungsson: Cardiovascular Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Bodil Lund: Different Roles of Enterococcus faecium from a Human Perspective

Tina Hallman: Gender Perspective on Psychosocial Risk Factors. Condtions governing womens' lives in relation to stress and coronary heart disease

Aida Wahlgren: Growth Factors in Spermatogenesis

Other Degrees

Helena Kallner, Masters Degree 2002: The importance of gender perspectives in evidence based prevention.

Pfizer Stipend

Cardiovascular Gender Medicine Scholarship

Since 2003 the Center for Gender Medicine has awarded a yearly scholarship for 50,000 crowns in Cardiovascular Gender Medicine. Financing has been provided by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Recipients

2006: Alexandra Antonvic: Hemostasis and Gender.

2005: Åsa Tivesten: Steroid metabolism, the androgen receptor and atherogenesis.

2004: Natalie Cruz: New insights in the gender related regulation of small artery function in humans and estrogen receptor beta knock-out mice.

2003: Nina Johnston: Gender aspects on biomarkers in acute coronary syndromes.

Gender and Research

Since 2010, the Research Council of Norway has required that all grant applicants address the potential relevance of sex and gender in their research.

In a stunning new document, the Council has strengthened its cutting-edge policies. See Gender Balance and Gender Perspectives in Research and Innovation, especially pages 9 and 11. Download it and read it.