Research Training

Advanced level education in Cancer
KICancer initiates, coordinates and supervises education and traininig in Cancer and cancer research at all advanced levels of the University system. It is done through its PhD-program FoTO. In the undergraduate, bachelor biomedical program there is a 8 week course in Molecular Oncology and Biostatistics during the last 3rd year, run by the biomedicine program committee.

After that KICancer offer

  • Master biomedicine-track in Tumor Biology
  • PhD-program courses in Oncology and Tumor Biology
  • A clinical research training school (NatiOn)
  • A young cancer leader program (YCL)

Master program in Biomedicine, the Tumor Biology Track

KICancer organizes via its Doctoral training program (see FoTO) a six week course block every autumn term for master students in biomedicine who have chosen the “tumor biology” track for their second year of deepening studies. Five 1-2 week courses are offered addressing basic aspects of tumor biology, using courses which are also offered to PhD-student. Applications are handled by the master program office of KI.

The purpose is that after the course block the students should

  • have an overview of the cancer problem, the modern view what cancer is, from a basic and clinical point of view
  • understand the basic foundations of cancer biology as well as have acquired some ability to discuss and understand advanced problems in cancer biology
  • gain insight into the most important problems to solve in cancer, to improve diagnosis, prevention, treatment and quality of life
  • be able to understand, analyze and criticize current strategies towards exploiting the available information on cell cycle regulation, tumour suppressors and oncogenes for the development of novel therapeutics
  • demonstrate insight into known, inherited cancer syndromes, what genes are involved, how
  • they were found, what is known on mechanisms for carcinogenesis, what is the current clinical state of the art for these syndromes concerning, genetic testing, counselling and prevention programmes or available therapy for affected individuals

FoTO - PhD-training program in Tumorbiology and Oncology

We organize a basic PhD-training program in Tumor Biology and Oncology offering annual training courses in basic tumor biology ("from molecule to patient"), new technologies and advanced focus courses on single cancer types. The program provides a fertile study-environment including annual student retreats. It has a translational profile attracting both pre-clinical and clinical students. The program operates with a progression of learning and quality controls, including developed pedagogics of research training according to the concept "how to best train excellent scientists”. (More information here)

NatiON - A National Clinical Oncology Research School

The National Clinical Oncology Research School (NatiOn) aims to provide a strong and internationally competitive basis for clinical scientific training. The recruitment base is clinicians with adequate background as MD or other health profession entering a PhD(MD)-program with research problems focused on cancer patients, e.g. in surgery, imaging, oncology and other relevant disciplines.

The school aims to support and catalyze the students to get most possible out of their own thesis project focus in terms of quality and originality. NatiOn works with a progressive pedagogic principle providing both necessary basic skills for clinical research and in-sights into cutting edge cancer biology and novel technologies needed for the PhD-studies. This is primarily provided through six 2 - 5-week full

time blocks (total 20 weeks) with interactive courses, seminars, mini-project exercises, lectures and computer labs. In between these blocks a virtual IT-based platform will keep constant contact with the students offering distance internet-based teaching, advice and Q/A with a qualified senior faculty help desk, also involving international centers. The school is at presently run by the Karolinska Institutet Cancer Research Network (KICancer), the Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala and Linköping University.

For more information contact the NatiOn Director of Studies,  Claes Karlsson

Young Cancer Leader (YCL)-program

KICancer/FoTO-program runs interactive, self-organizing groups of young PIs in cancer at KI (YCL-groups). The aim is to provide a platform for developing advanced skills as a supervisor, interact with top-scientists as role models, interact with the KI leadership and form strategies for the future. Advanced training In grant writing is also offered as well as mentorship with senior scientists within or outside KI. Subsequently each group of 10-15 young PIs acts more independently and would develop and form its own sustainable network. For information contact

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