The Cancer Theme

Cancer Research KI continuously strives to increase the interface between health care and research with the aim of boosting translational cancer research.

The cancer research initiatives at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital

Cancer Research KI

MD/PhD research group Oncology

- a forum for physician scientists in their early career

The MD/PhD research group at Tema Cancer, Karolinska University Hospital, was established in 2018 by residents in oncology (ST läkare). The group aims to be a forum for physicians who actively pursue research projects in addition to their clinical duty, and even welcomes those who plan to start research projects and seek guidance and inspiration.


The purpose of the group is to improve the conditions for conducting high-level research in parallel to clinical specialization. It serves partly as a "peer group", to discuss and advise on research grants, infrastructure and organizational issues specific to physician researchers.

Since 2019, the group is supported by Cancer research KI.
It is aimed at physicians - mainly at the beginning of their careers – with an interest in cancer research, both on the level of basic, translational, and clinical science.
Although the group was created by oncologists in training, other specialties with projects on cancer are explicitly welcome to join!


The group holds lunch meetings several times per semester at which general issues regarding funding and organisational aspects are discussed, and ongoing projects are presented.

Twice per year, the group hosts evening seminars with lectures by national and international speakers.

At both occasions, we offer the possibility, and encourage to, discuss research and any topics related to the medical profession.


Please contact Lisa Liu ( or Marco Gerling ( for more information.

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Content reviewer:
Dina Dabaghie