President of Karolinska Institutet and Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases.
Anders Hamsten was born in Älvsbyn, Norrbotten, in 1953, and received his degree in medicine from Karolinska Institutet (KI) in 1978. He earned a PhD with his thesis on "Studies on myocardial infarction at young age" in 1986.
Anders Hamsten continued to research at KI and has led his own research group since 1987. From this year until 1990 his appointment was financed by the Medical Research Council, and from 1991 to 1997 by the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation. Anders Hamsten was made a docent (associate professor) in 1990 and professor in 1999.
Between 1993 and 2007, Professor Hamsten was the director of the King Gustaf V Research Institute, and between 1999 and 2007 the head of KI's Department of Medicine in Solna. From 2007 to 2012 he was head of division at the same department.
Alongside his research, Professor Hamsten has worked as a clinician. He received his specialist training in heart disease and internal medicine at Danderyd Hospital from 1982 to 1986. Between 1987 and 2012 he worked as a cardiologist at Karolinska University Hospital, where he was consultant from 1997. From 2004 to 2007 he was head of the Thorax division.
Professor Hamsten became a member of the Nobel Assembly at KI in 2004. He has also held positions of trust for several bodies, including the King Gustav V 80th Birthday Fund, the Salus Ansvar Foundation, the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation and the Research Council of the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation.
Professor Hamsten's awards include a prize for best original article (1986) from the Scandinavian Society for Atherosclerosis Research, and the 1997 Friedrich Merz Prize from Frankfurt University.
Professor Anders Hamsten assumed the presidency of Karolinska Institutet on 1 January 2013. He continues to research at the Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM).