Medals

Karolinska Institutet awards medals to people who have made special contributions to support KI. The medals are available in three categories: gold medal, grand silver medal and silver medal. Medals are awarded in connection with various academic ceremonies. The nominations are reviewed by the President, the Vice President, the University Director, the Academic Vice President for Research, the Academic Vice President for Doctoral Education, and the Academic Vice President for Higher Education.

Medals 2022

Portrait of Ingrid Lundberg.
Ingrid Lundberg. Photo: Vasan Kandaswamy

Grand Silver Medal

Ingrid Lundberg, professor at the Department of Medicine in Solna, is awarded the Grand Silver Medal for her efforts on behalf of Karolinska Institutet in pioneering scientific work on the rheumatic disease myositis, an area in which she is currently the world’s leading researcher.

Ingrid Lundberg's myositis research has altered understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this disease all over the world. She began her research on inflammatory muscle disease by observing patients suffering from myositis during her doctoral studies at Karolinska Institutet and Huddinge hospital in the late 1980´s when she saw the poor medical prognosis and great lack of knowledge relating to the disease, as well as observing how individual patients who engaged in physical exercise recovered, even though textbooks at the time strongly advised against movement and exercise. Two of the most clinically relevant research results that Ingrid Lundberg's research group have produced over the last 25 years are how physical exercise relieves myositis and how the disease develops over time. This has led to greatly improved and earlier diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Ingrid Lundberg has made unique efforts to ensure that this research is also put into clinical practice in Sweden and abroad, and has carried out wide-ranging activities for Karolinska Institutet nationally and internationally. In this way, she has contributed to Karolinska Institutet's international reputation by creating a clinically rooted research environment at the university to which researchers and clinics across the globe turn for advice and collaboration regarding myositis disease.

Ingrid also has a long-term commitment to female researchers nationally and internationally. At Karolinska Institutet, she has served as chair for the Centre for Gender Medicine and has in many other ways supported and mentored female researchers in a range of different subjects.

Portrait of Stefan Einhorn.
Stefan Einhorn. Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin/Natur och Kultur

Stefan Einhorn, professor at the Department of Oncology-Pathology, is awarded the Grand Silver Medal for his magnificent contributions to Karolinska Institutet.

Stefan Einhorn defended his dissertation in 1980 at the age of 24, and was then one of KI's all-time youngest students to receive a Doctor of Medicine. He became an associate professor two years later, and has been a professor of molecular oncology since 1999. He was one of the initiators of the Center for Social Sustainability (CSS) at Karolinska Institutet, the purpose of which is to create a platform for increasing knowledge about social sustainability through research. He also established the Einhorn Family Foundation, which, among other things, gives support to research projects, with the aim of reducing child mortality in low-income and middle-income countries. Between 1999 and 2002, Stefan also headed the Department of Oncology-Pathology.

For decades, Stefan Einhorn has been deeply involved in education at Karolinska Institutet, and, in 1999, was appointed by students as "Master", the students own personal prize awarded to teachers who have taught in an inspiring and instructional manner. 

With great commitment, Stefan Einhorn has worked according to the vision of using his medical training and postgraduate education to disseminate knowledge to the general public about subjects in the humanities within areas such as ethics, wisdom, treatment, relationships and spiritual needs. He has written fifteen books, two of which are popular science books about cancer, one is about pain, and the others are on the subject of human relationships.

Jan Andersson, professor emeritus vid institutionen för medicin, Huddinge. Photo: Karl Gabor

Jan Andersson, professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge, is awarded the Grand Silver Medal for his outstanding contributions to Karolinska Institutet. He has taken on important administrative assignments ranging from Vice-President of Karolinska Institutet to the establishment of the Stockholm Medical Biobank, and been a tireless champion of furthering the complex and sensitive task to facilitate interaction between the many academic and clinical bodies in the Stockholm region.

Jan Andersson has been associated with Karolinska Institutet for his whole professional life. He earned his medical degree at Karolinska Institutet in 1978. In 1985, he received his doctoral degree on antiviral mechanisms in Epstein-Barr virus infection at Karolinska Institutet.

His research has focused on pathogenesis and immune response of primary Epstein-Barr-virus and HIV infection. He has developed techniques for identification of cytokine/chemokine expressing cells at the single cell level and developed digital methods for in situ quantitative measurement to be applied in tissue and at the single cell level. His method for Fluorescence-activated cell sorting measurements has emerged as the gold standard in the field. These methods have been used in the characterization of pathogenesis and immune response of primary Epstein-Barr-virus and HIV infections. Jan Andersson has gained widespread recognition as a leading expert on the mechanisms and treatment of infectious diseases. He has been a bridge between the clinic and the laboratory, developing state-of-the-art methods in the field of infectious disease.

Medals 2010-2021

Gold Medal

2016 - Torsten Wiesel and Rune Fransson

2015 - Harriet Wallberg

2012 - Lennart Nilsson

2010 - Ingvar Carlsson, Paul Greengard, Bengt Samuelsson, Markus Storch, Hans Wigzell and H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf

Grand Silver Medal

2021 - Gunnar Grant and Rune Toftgård

2020 - Ove Hagelin, Richard J. Heald, Hans Jörnvall, Lars Olson and Nancy Pedersen

2019 - Anita Aperia, Sten Grillner, Bertil Hamberger and Mai-Lis Hellénius

2018 - Laura Fratiglioni, Håkan Eriksson and Bertil Fredholm

2017 - Marc Bygdeman and Tore Curstedt

2016 - Anders Ekbom, Ingemar Ernberg, Agneta Nordberg, Bengt Norrving and Elisabeth Olsson

2015 - Gunnel Biberfeld, Britta Wahren and SGO Johansson

2014 - Staffan Normark, Lars Klareskog and Hans Rosling

2013 - Gösta Gahrton, Folke Sjöqvist and Bengt Winblad

2012 - Peter Aspelin, Dimitris N. Chorafas, Suad Efendic and Nina Rehnqvist Ahlberg

2011 - Hans-Olov Adami, Lars Ekholm, Jan-Åke Gustafsson, Kerstin Hall and Tomas Hökfelt

2010 - Margareta Almling, Margareta Blombäck, Kerstin Hagenfeldt, Ulf Hjertonsson, Gunnar Höglund, Eva Klein, Georg Klein, Sten Linder-Aronson, Jan Lindsten, Anna-Stina Malmborg, Erling Norrby, Sten Orrenius, Nelson Sewankambo, Göran Stiernstedt and Yi-Xin Zeng

Silver Medal

2021 - Maria Masucci, Christina Helging Opava, Åke Rökaeus and Jan Ygge

2020 - Kristina Alexandersson and Roland Möllby

2019 - Lena von Koch and Björn Klinge

2018 - Fredrik Brolund and Lotta Widén Holmqvist

2017 - Lars-Olof Wahlund and Eva Mattsson

2016 - Gunnar Lennerstrand and Elisabeth Kjellén

2014 - Outi Hovatta and Björn Vennström

2013 - Hugo Lagercrantz, Sten Lindahl and Marie Åsberg

2012 - Kerstin Brismar, Bertil Daneholt, Johan Forsslöf and Karin Harms-Ringdahl

2011 - Agneta von Bahr, Inger Huldt, Kerstin Lagerström and Arne Öhman

2010 - Tomas Cronholm, Staffan Cullheim, Marja Lind Tuomela, Ester Mogensen, Per Olsson and Birger Winbladh

The Silver Medal

The medal can be awarded to a person who has made excellent efforts to support the activities of Karolinska Institutet’s mission – not only its education and research but also its outreach activities as well as its working environment/core values and implementation.

One or more medals are awarded in conjunction with the ceremony for Diligence and Devotion. The Silver Medal is primarily intended for internal recipients, yet it can also be awarded to external recipients.

The Gold Medal

The medal can be awarded to a person who has made unparalleled efforts to support the activities of Karolinska Institutet – not only its education and research but also its outreach activities as well as its working environment/core values and implementation.

One or more medals are awarded upon an occasion determined by the President. The Gold Medal is primarily awarded to an external recipient, yet in very special cases it can also be awarded to internal recipients.

Recipients of Gold Medals may not be simultaneously appointed as honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet, however, previously appointed honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet can be awarded a Gold Medal and vice versa.

The Grand Silver Medal

The medal can be awarded to a person who has made tremendous efforts to support the activities of Karolinska Institutet’s mission – not only its education and research but also its outreach activities as well as its working environment/core values and implementation.

One or more medals are awarded in conjunction with the installation ceremony in Aula Medica. The Grand Silver Medal is primarily awarded to external recipients, yet in special cases it can also be awarded to internal recipients.