Centre for Translational Microbiome (CTMR) News and Media

Recent news from the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) can be found below!

Recent CTMR Publications

For a list of all publications, please visit our Selected Publications webpage!

Mpakaniye, P., Boven, A., Callens, S., Engstrand, L., Vlieghe, E., & Brusselaers, N. (2024). Clostridioides difficile recurrence in individuals with and without cancer: a Swedish population-based cohort study. INFECTION, 52(2), 649–660. https://doi.org/10.1007/s15010-024-02193-1 

Mazzone, L., Dooling, S. W., Volpe, E., Uljarevic, M., Waters, J. L., Sabatini, A., Arturi, L., Abate, R., Riccioni, A., Siracusano, M., Pereira, M., Engstrand, L., Cristofori, F., Adduce, D., Francavilla, R., Costa-Mattioli, M., & Hardan, A. Y. (2024). Precision microbial intervention improves social behavior but not autism severity: A pilot double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial. CELL HOST \& MICROBE, 32(1). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chom.2023.11.021 


CTMR News and Media

Women's Health, Mood and Microbes event celebrating International Women's Day 2024 was a huge success! 

On March 7 2024, we welcomed over 400 people to Aula Medica where they engaged in talks highlighting the microbiome, PCOS, ADHD, mental health during pregnancy and post-partum, restoring the microbiota in c-section births and discussing different products that are available to "treat" common gynecological issues. 

You can watch the seminars here: Women's Health, Mood and Microbes - International Women's Day 2024

The Guardian, Science Weekly (podcast) - "Secrets of the microbiome: the vagina", January 25 2024

In the second of a three-part Science Weekly mini-series, Madeleine Finlay meets Ina Schuppe Koistinen, associate professor at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and author of the book Vulva: Facts, Myths and Life-Changing Insights. Ina explains what makes the vaginal microbiome special, why it could hold the key to understanding pregnancy complications, and how we can better care for and protect it.

The Guardian - "The vaginal microbiome: how to look after it – and what to avoid", September 11 2023. 

Ina Schuppe Koistinen is interviewed to discuss how to take care of the vagina. 



Ina Schuppe Koistinen's book, Vulva: fakta, myter och livsomvälvande insikter, was nominated for the Swedish Publishing Prize (Publishingpriset)!


CTMR Podcasts

Podcast episodes where members from the Centre of Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) are interviewed or featured:

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The Conversation - "Kourtney Kardashian’s ‘vaginal health gummies’: here’s what the evidence shows", February 16 2023

Article (in English) written by Ina Schuppe Koistinen, discusses the celebrity-endorsed use of "vaginal health gummies" and, from a scientific perspective, their effect on the vaginal microbiome. 


Elle - "Cycle care – lev i synk med din menscykel", February 10 2023

Article (in Swedish) featuring Ina Schuppe Koistinen and she discusses the role of the vaginal microbiome on women's mental health. 



Article from Rektor's Blog:

Ole Petter Ottersen Blog (president Karolinska Institutet) - "Agility in a health crisis – a report on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic", February 23 2023


New Book: "Vulva: Fakta, myter och livsomvälvande insikter by Ina Schuppe Koistinen"

Handbok för en vålmående vulva och vagina

For more information, please visit: Bookmark Forlag

News archive 2022-2016

Dagens Nyheter: "Tecken på bukspottkörtelcancer finns i tarmfloran", March 21, 2022

Juan Du, Recipient of Ingvar Carlsson Award 2017-2021 from Stiftelsen för Strategisk Forskning (SSF) 

Video: "They use the body’s good bacteria against diseases", YouTube, October 1 2021

Juan Du and the researchers at KI are investigating how the body’s naturally occurring good bacteria, the so-called commensal bacteria, can protect us against infections, such as HPV, human papillomavirus. The bacteria could be used for preventive purposes, in so-called probiotics, which can strengthen the body’s defenses and reduce the need for antibiotics.

Oncobiome website launched - September 7th 2020

The new Oncobiome website can be reached here, with information and newsletters.

Microbiome Post - "Why the recent Rebiotix trial result is a bigger deal many seem to think…", May 14th 2020

"Last week, Ferring-owned microbiome firm Rebiotix reported positive preliminary findings from its phase 3 trial for RBX2660 – an investigational, non-antibiotic, microbiome-based therapy developed to reduce Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection recurrences."



KI News: "Collaboration increases opportunities for COVID-19 testing", March 24th 2020



Medicinveterna - "Medicinvetarna #30: Styr tarmfloran hälsan?", January 1 2020

Lars Engstrand interviewed about the impact of the microbiome on health and disease on KI's podcast Medicinveterna. January 2020 (in Swedish)

Link to podcast, and a short video



Karolinska Institutet News - "First project to create atlas of human microbiome", November 15 2019

TV4 - "Vaginal transplantation – framtidens lösning på bakteriell vaginos", November 18 2019

Press Release from MGI Tech - "MGI Forms Partnership with Karolinska Institutet Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) to Understand the Effects of Microbiome on Human Health", October 21 2019


CTMR receives European funding through the Horizon 2020 framework and the ONCOBIOME project

CTMR, under the lead of Professor Lars Engstrand, has received European funding through the Horizon 2020 framework and is one of the 17 collaborators of the ONCOBIOME project (2019-2023). This ONCOBIOME project aims to explore the role of the microbiome in cancer, from early detection and diagnosis to treatment and prognosis.“

Press Releease from KI News - "Ki, Ferring and Rebiotix extend collaboration to research next generation of microbiome treatments", January 22 2019

KI and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced today a five-year extension of their collaboration to explore the potential of the human microbiome in reproductive medicine and women’s health and gastroenterology.

TV4: "Stark koppling mellan syrahämmande medicin och magsäckscancer", February 19 2018

Lars Engstrand has been featured in the TV4 program Malou efter tio. The program focuses on the connction between long term usage of coagulants and stomach cancer.

YouTube: "Unlocking the Secrets of the Microbiome"

A new film summarizing the work and personalities at the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR)


Karolinska Intitutet News - "CTMR collaboration with EURAC on studies of the Ötzi gut microbiome", December 19 2016

Dr Frank Maixner, EURAC institute for studies of mummies and the iceman, Bolzano, Italy, visited The Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) and gave a lecture on "The 5300-year-old Helicobacter pylori genome of the Iceman - the story and the research" this December.

Karolinska Institutet News - "Ferring Pharmaceuticals site visit at CTMR/MTC and open house for The Center for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) June 13", May 18 2016