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13 Jul 2018 Nanosafety in Nature
21 May 2018 New disease mechanism in chronic smokers discovered
16 May 2018 Updated publication list
05 May 2018 New criteria document on skin exposure to chemicals
27 Apr 2018 Award to IMM researcher
19 Apr 2018 DNA damage can induce mutations in RNA leading to impaired function of tumor suppressor proteins
05 Apr 2018 PCSK9 inhibitors have unexpected anti-inflammatory effects
27 Mar 2018 New criteria document on silicon carbide
22 Mar 2018 Grants from Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments
07 Mar 2018 IMM-visit at US Environmental Protection Agency
23 Feb 2018 Asthmatics show DNA changes in immune cells
26 Jan 2018 Graphene oxide is ‘sensed’ by specialised immune cells
09 Jan 2018 Award to IMM researcher
14 Nov 2017 Award for scientific contribution
27 Sep 2017 Physical activity prevent insomnia in workers with back- and neck-pain
06 Sep 2017 ERC Starting Grants to IMM researcher
04 Jul 2017 IMM researchers have constructed a toxicogenomics space that accurately predicts risk of liver toxicity from chemicals and drugs
04 May 2017 Available position: Professor in Toxicology
10 Apr 2017 Available position: Professor in Epidemiology Epidemiologi
24 Mar 2017 ToxMaster programme celebrated 40 years at IMM and KI
15 Mar 2017 New IMM report
14 Mar 2017 Parenthood linked to longer life
01 Mar 2017 Medical yoga in the workplace setting−perceived stress and work ability−a feasibility study
06 Feb 2017 “Snus” users run greater risk of type 2 diabetes
08 Dec 2016 A Nobel laureate colleagues visit at IMM
07 Dec 2016 EU FP7 project-NANOREG
14 Nov 2016 Marie Vahter presented in The Lancet
26 Oct 2016 Sweetened beverages increase the risk of autoimmune diabetes Diabetes
07 Oct 2016 Celebrating 40-years of toxicology education
21 Sep 2016 How statins aid the immune system
19 Aug 2016 Immunological mechanisms in SLE and atherosclerosis, with implications for immunization therapy and our evolution
20 Jun 2016 Reporting guidelines for nutritional epidemiology
16 Jun 2016 IMM Conference: Application of “Big Data” in Environmental Medicine
22 Apr 2016 Exposure Assessment - Challenges and Research Needs
04 Mar 2016 High daily coffee consumption may lower risk of multiple sclerosis
09 Dec 2015 Exposure to noise during pregnancy increases risk of hearing dysfunction in children
16 Nov 2015 Sten Orrenius appointed as Jubilee doctor at Karolinska Institutet
26 Oct 2015 RECRUITMENT: Professor in Molecular toxicology
15 Oct 2015 New professor at IMM
02 Oct 2015 NEW CALL! The Swedish INterdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-Based Research (SINGS)
25 Sep 2015 Most cited authors in Cell Biology
07 Jul 2015 New professor at IMM
15 Jun 2015 EuroMix - New EU project
04 Jun 2015 Award for "Best paper"
01 Jun 2015 Upcoming Conference: Systems Biology in Nanosafety Research
16 Mar 2015 "Rothman Epidemiology Prize" to Göran Pershagen
19 Feb 2015 Most cited authors in Toxicology
15 Dec 2014 Asthma Research in organisms without lungs
14 Nov 2014 IMM researchers receives the LUSH prize
14 Nov 2014 New immunological findings provide possible therapy for cardiovascular disease

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Nanosafety in Nature

13 Jul 2018

Professor Bengt Fadeel is one of the authors of a review article on nanosafety in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Read the article: Advanced tools for the safety assessment of nanomaterials

New disease mechanism in chronic smokers discovered

21 May 2018

A new study led by researchers from Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet shows that an immune signalling protein called IL-26 is increased among chronic smokers with lung disease. This involvement reveals disease mechanisms of interest for developing more effective therapy for...

Updated publication list

16 May 2018

IMM's list of current publications is updated.

New criteria document on skin exposure to chemicals

05 May 2018

The Nordic Expert Group (NEG) has compiled an overview of skin exposure to chemicals in the work environment. The document deals with skin exposure assessment, skin sensitisation and prevention by exposure reduction. Authors are Anneli Julander, Anders Boman, Gunnar Johanson och Carola Lidén, all...

Award to IMM researcher

27 Apr 2018

At the annual meeting of the Swedish Society for Allergology (SFFA) Mikael Adner, Associate Professor at the Unit of Experimental Asthma and Allergy Research was awarded the large SFFA stipend worth 100 000 SEK for his research on "Identifying new mechanisms that cause airway contraction in asthma...

DNA damage can induce mutations in RNA leading to impaired function of tumor suppressor proteins

19 Apr 2018

A study by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University and University of Manchester published in PNAS shows that presence of DNA damage on the transcribed strand of a gene can induce transcription errors and subsequent production of protein with altered functions...

PCSK9 inhibitors have unexpected anti-inflammatory effects

05 Apr 2018

PCSK9 inhibition is a new therapeutic strategy for atherosclerosis which is known to lower LDL cholesterol. Research from IMM, presented at the ESC Congress last year and now published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, shows that PCSK9 inhibitors could ameliorate cardiovascular disease by immune...

New criteria document on silicon carbide

27 Mar 2018

The Nordic Expert Group (NEG) (chair professor Gunnar Johanson , IMM) has evaluated the health effects of silicon carbide (SiC) in the work environment. NEG concluded that angular (non-fibrous) SiC should be considered to be of similar toxicity as other poorly soluble, low toxicity (PSLT) dusts...

Grants from Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments

22 Mar 2018

Two IMM researchers have received grants from research foundation the Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments. Pekka Kohonen has received a follow-up grant of SEK 150,000 for the continuation of his project Deepened mechanistic validation of toxicity pathway functionality in a patented...

IMM-visit at US Environmental Protection Agency

07 Mar 2018

Anna Beronius, Johanna Zilliacus and Annika Hanberg, researchers at IMM, were invited to an internal workshop at US Environmental Protection Agency on “Systematic Review Evaluation Tools for Mammalian, Ecological, and in vitro Toxicology Assays”. Anna Beronius presented the SciRAP tool developed by...

Asthmatics show DNA changes in immune cells

23 Feb 2018

Children with asthma have epigenetic DNA changes in certain cells of their immune system, a major international study involving researchers at the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) shows. The finding, which is presented in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, can one day lead to improved...

Graphene oxide is ‘sensed’ by specialised immune cells

26 Jan 2018

A study by researchers at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, the University of Manchester and Chalmers University of Technology published in CHEM shows that our immune system handles graphene oxide (GO) in a manner similar to pathogens, paving the way for safer biomedical applications of this...

Award to IMM researcher

09 Jan 2018

At the British Pharmacological Society´s meeting in London in december Jesper Säfholm was awarded first prize (Veritas Pharma Dom Spina Late Breaking Abstract Prize) for his poster poster ”Antigen challenge results in specific activation of classical pathways for arachidonic acid oxygenation” .

Award for scientific contribution

14 Nov 2017

Vladimir Gogvadze, unit of toxicology, has received an award for his scientific contribution during 2017. The award was presented by the World Mitochondrial Society at their 8th world congress.

Physical activity prevent insomnia in workers with back- and neck-pain

27 Sep 2017

IMM's unit for implementation and intervention research has studied the possibility of preventing sleep problems in employees with back and neck pain by physical activity. Back- and neck-pain are responsible for much suffering and substantial costs to the individual, employers and society...

ERC Starting Grants to IMM researcher

06 Sep 2017

Erik Melén has received starting grants from the European Research Council (ERC) for conducting his own independent research. The purpose of the ERC Starting Grants is to support talented early-career scientist, who have already produced excellent supervised work, into becoming independent...

IMM researchers have constructed a toxicogenomics space that accurately predicts risk of liver toxicity from chemicals and drugs

04 Jul 2017

Roland Grafström and coworkers publishes this week a description of a predictive toxicogenomics space in Nature Communications. The work represents a cooperation with researchers in Finland and Holland. Covering 1300 drug drug molecules, the study describes gene expression changes specifically...

Available position: Professor in Toxicology

04 May 2017

IMM seeks a toxicologist who is expected to strengthen and further develop research in experimental toxicology with focus on new methods and their applications regarding e.g. biomarkers, biomonitoring, risk assessment or setting exposure limits. The professor in toxicology is expected to lead a...

Available position: Professor in Epidemiology

10 Apr 2017

IMM seeks an epidemiologist who is expected to strengthen and further develop research in epidemiology at IMM with focus on developing research aimed at investigating environmental, occupational, lifestyle, and genetic factors in relation to the health of individuals. The successful candidate will...
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ToxMaster programme celebrated 40 years at IMM and KI

24 Mar 2017

Successful celebration of 40 years of education in toxicology at KI and IMM on 25 November 2016 The celebration started with an open seminar in Aula Medica entitled “Toxicology for the future”. The programme included an overview of toxicology and the programme since the start in 1976 and highlights...

New IMM report

15 Mar 2017

Lithium, boron, cesium and other potentially toxic metals in Swedish well water Authors: Florencia Harari, Lena Maxe, Marie Vahter Download report There are no reported data on concentrations of lithium and stable cesium (not radioactive) in Swedish well water, and limited data on boron...

Parenthood linked to longer life

14 Mar 2017

A recent article by Karin Modig and co-workers have brought attention in the media, even internationally. Publication Modig K, Talbäck M, Torssander J, Ahlbom A Payback time? Influence of having children on mortality in old age J Epidemiol Community Health Published Online First: 14 March 2017. doi...

Medical yoga in the workplace setting−perceived stress and work ability−a feasibility study

01 Mar 2017

Authors: Iben Axén Gabriella Follin Published abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28137528 In this quasi-experimental feasibility study, the conduction of a work-place intervention with Medical Yoga was examined. Recruiting participating work units through the unit managers was...

“Snus” users run greater risk of type 2 diabetes

06 Feb 2017

Consuming one or more pot of “snus” – Swedish snuff or dipping tobacco – per day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70 per cent. This is the same risk increase as previously seen for smokers who smoke one packet of cigarettes a day. The study on the effects of snus was conducted by...

A Nobel laureate colleagues visit at IMM

08 Dec 2016

Today, colleagues of the Nobel laureate professor Ohsumi visited IMM's unit of Toxicology and held a seminar. Among the guests were professor Tamotsu Yoshimori, Associate Professor Maho Hamasaki and Associate Professor Akiko Kuma. Even the professors Gerry Melino and Mauro Piacentini from...

EU FP7 project-NANOREG

07 Dec 2016

Several IMM scientists have participated in the EU FP7 project-NANOREG, to develop toxicological data which may facilitate the risk assessment and regulation of nanomaterials. Last week a final conference was held at the OECD in Paris, where Bengt Fadeel participated as chair of the session on in...

Marie Vahter presented in The Lancet

14 Nov 2016

The latest issue of The Lancet contains articles on Marie Vahter and her research on arsenic. Marie Vahter: the arsenic detective In Bangladesh, arsenic poisoning is a neglected issue

Sweetened beverages increase the risk of autoimmune diabetes

26 Oct 2016

Lifestyle factors influence the risk of autoimmune diabetes. Researchers from IMM show that sweetened beverages consumption may be as strong of a risk factor for LADA – an autoimmune form of adult onset diabetes – as it is for type 2 diabetes. These novel results were recently published in European...
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Celebrating 40-years of toxicology education

07 Oct 2016

Seminar: Toxicology for the future – research, development and education for chemical safety Friday 25 November 2016, 13.00-17.00 at Aula Medica, Erling Persson hall, Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna The programme includes highlights of scientific development within the area of toxicology and...

How statins aid the immune system

21 Sep 2016

Statins protect against cardiovascular disease in more ways than previously thought. In a study, researchers from IMM are able to show the immunological effects of statins, and present a new hypothesis on why satins are effective at preventing heart attacks. The study is published in The Journal of...

Immunological mechanisms in SLE and atherosclerosis, with implications for immunization therapy and our evolution

19 Aug 2016

Professor Johan Frostegård and his research group has had their latest publication [1] high-lighted by an Editorial in Nature Reviews [2]. They demonstrate that antibodies against the small lipid epitopes phosphorylcholine (PC) and malondialdehyde (MDA) are strong protection markers for the...

Reporting guidelines for nutritional epidemiology

20 Jun 2016

Professor Agneta Åkesson, IMM has participated in a working group that has produced guidelines for reporting nutritional epidemiology (STROBE-nut). STROBE means “Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology” and "nut" indicates that this is an extension for nutritional...

IMM Conference: Application of “Big Data” in Environmental Medicine

16 Jun 2016

October 20, 2016, 9.30-17.00 at Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet is organizing a conference of application of “Big Data” in environmental medicine. The goal is to discuss challenges for using large-scale data...

Exposure Assessment - Challenges and Research Needs

22 Apr 2016

"Exposure Assessement - Challenges and Research Needs" is a new report written by a large number of IMM-researchers in different fields. Table of contents Introduction Human biomonitorin Epidemiology and exposure assessment – some general aspects Early life exposure assessment Spatial and temporal...

High daily coffee consumption may lower risk of multiple sclerosis

04 Mar 2016

Drinking around six cups of coffee – more than 900 ml – every day is linked to a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study lead from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet. The findings are being published online in the Journal of Neurology...

Exposure to noise during pregnancy increases risk of hearing dysfunction in children

09 Dec 2015

A recently published study from the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet shows that exposure to noise during pregnancy can damage the child’s hearing, with an 80 percent increase in risk in occupational environments with particularly high decibel levels. The results...

Sten Orrenius appointed as Jubilee doctor at Karolinska Institutet

16 Nov 2015

Sten Orrenius, Unit of Toxicology IMM, has been appointed as Jubilee doctor at Karolinska Institutet.

RECRUITMENT: Professor in Molecular toxicology

26 Oct 2015

During recent years research in Toxicology has become increasingly molecular. It has become clear that most toxic agents can interfere with cell signaling systems, and that this may cause cell damage or death. Increased production of reactive oxygen species, leading to DNA damage, has subsequently...

New professor at IMM

15 Oct 2015

Maria Albin has been appointed professor in occupational- and enviromental medicine at IMM.

NEW CALL! The Swedish INterdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-Based Research (SINGS)

02 Oct 2015

Deadline for application is December 11, 2015 at 12:00 (noon). Begins spring semester 2016 National population and health data registers, healthcare quality registries and other type of register data constitute a unique resource for research. Participation in SINGS aims to develop deeper knowledge...

Most cited authors in Cell Biology

25 Sep 2015

Boris Zhivotovsky, Professor in Toxicology at IMM, is the only Swedish scientist on the list of the 30 most frequently cited European authors within the topic Cell Biology as the magazine LabTimes has compiled. Most Cited Authors in Cell Biology 2007-2013

New professor at IMM

07 Jul 2015

Agneta Åkesson has been appointed professor in epidemiology with a focus on nutrition and toxicology.

EuroMix - New EU project

15 Jun 2015

The new EU project EuroMix (European Testing and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures) started with a kick-off in Bilthovan, Netherlands 20-21 may 2015. IMM participates as a partner through Associate Professor Johanna Zilliacus, professor Annika Hanberg and professor Helen Håkansson...

Award for "Best paper"

04 Jun 2015

Nicola Orsini, unit of nutritional epidemiology, and co-authors has been selected as the winner of 2014 in the review category by the Editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity. Read paper: Systematic review and meta-analysis of reduction in all-...

Upcoming Conference: Systems Biology in Nanosafety Research

01 Jun 2015

3rd Mini-Conference on Nanotoxicology at the Nobel Forum, November 9-10, 2015 For more information and registration .

"Rothman Epidemiology Prize" to Göran Pershagen

16 Mar 2015

Professor Göran Pershagen and co-authors has received “the Rothman EPIDEMIOLOGY Prize” for best paper published in 2014, for his paper on the Moscow wildfires (“Mortality related to air pollution with the moscow heat wave and wildfire of 2010”). The prize comes with $5000 and a plaque on the...

Most cited authors in Toxicology

19 Feb 2015

Four of IMMs researchers are on the list of the 30 most frequently cited European authors within the topic Toxicology as the magazine LabTimes has compiled. The four are Boris Zhivotovsky , Marie Vahter , Sten Orrenius och Bengt Fadeel . Most Cited Authors in Toxicology 2005-2011

Asthma Research in organisms without lungs

15 Dec 2014

Professor Sven-Erik Dahlén, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and Professor Robin Williams, Royal Holloway, London will start a research project in which organisms without lungs will be used for asthma research. The research project is funded by the National Centre for the...

IMM researchers receives the LUSH prize

14 Nov 2014

The IMM researchers Roland Grafström och Pekka Kohonen today receives the LUSH Science Prize 2014 for their efforts to reduce the use of animal testing in research. Read more about the LUSH Prize and the prize winners.

New immunological findings provide possible therapy for cardiovascular disease

14 Nov 2014

A new immunological mechanism in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease has been presented in a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The study is being published in the journal Arteriosclerosis , Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology , and also indicates a possible treatment method for these...

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