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19 Nov 2018 Researchers hope to be able to replace dysfunctional brain cells Neurodegenerative diseases, Neurosciences
16 Nov 2018 Katarina Bjelke appointed new University Director at Karolinska Institutet Management
16 Nov 2018 Flaws in industry-funded pesticide evaluation Environmental Medicine, Toxicology
15 Nov 2018 New inflammation inhibitor discovered Cancer and Oncology, DNA, Inflammation
15 Nov 2018 No link between hypoallergenic dogs and lower risk of childhood asthma Allergy, Asthma
15 Nov 2018 New diabetes drug may increase the risk of serious adverse events Diabetes, Drug, Register-based research
13 Nov 2018 Pep-up for children and young people when the Crown Princess and Prince came to KI
13 Nov 2018 Proud promovendis at the conferment ceremony in the Blue Hall Ceremony
12 Nov 2018 New clues to the origin and progression of multiple sclerosis Neurology
12 Nov 2018 How pneumococci challenge our immune system Immunology, Infectious Disease Medicine
07 Nov 2018 Link between vaccines and allergies dismissed Allergy, Pediatrics, Statistics, Vaccine
05 Nov 2018 Breast cancer cells become invasive by changing their identity Breast cancer, Cancer and Oncology, Cell Biology, Proteins
24 Oct 2018 New professors were celebrated together with recipients of academic awards Ceremony, Professor
24 Oct 2018 Smartphone app prevents disease outbreaks in low-resource settings Global Health, Innovation, Public Health
23 Oct 2018 New cell structure discovered by KI researchers Cell Biology, Structural Biology
23 Oct 2018 Antibodies linked to heart attacks Rheumatology
22 Oct 2018 Breathing through the nose aids memory storage Cognitive Science, Neurosciences
18 Oct 2018 Increased mortality in children with inflammatory bowel disease Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Gastrointestinal diseases, Register-based research
15 Oct 2018 KI visits China to welcome alumni Alumni, Collaboration, International, Society
12 Oct 2018 They are this year’s Ragnar Söderberg Fellows in Medicine Award, Funding, Grant
12 Oct 2018 Sharing of knowledge from an international project on how to manage your type-2 diabetes Collaboration, Diabetes, International
08 Oct 2018 Immunotherapy effective against hereditary melanoma Cancer and Oncology, Cancer genetics, Immuno Therapy, Skin cancer
05 Oct 2018 Karolinska Institutet holds its position in world university rankings Ranking
04 Oct 2018 Two KI researchers are new members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
03 Oct 2018 High-risk HPV linked to improved survival in cervical cancer Cancer and Oncology, Epidemiology, Register-based research
02 Oct 2018 Nobel prize-winning discovery – a research area that is developing rapidly Nobel prize
02 Oct 2018 KI met high school students during European Researchers' Night Collaboration, Society
02 Oct 2018 New knowledge on how neurons talk to muscles Neurobiology, Neurosciences
02 Oct 2018 More than SEK 100 million to KI researchers from KAW Foundation Funding, Grant
01 Oct 2018 Full house when KI opened Biomedicum to the public Collaboration, Society
01 Oct 2018 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo Nobel prize
26 Sep 2018 Bariatric surgery linked to safer childbirth for the mother Obstetrics, Surgery
26 Sep 2018 EU project aims to increase knowledge on hormone disruptors Environmental Medicine, Hormones, Neurobiology
26 Sep 2018 Risk-profiling can benefit HIV prevention HIV
25 Sep 2018 People with fibromyalgia have inflammation of the brain Clinical Neuroscience, Pain research
25 Sep 2018 New drug candidate makes cancer cells more sensitive to radiotherapy Cancer and Oncology, DNA, Drug
25 Sep 2018 KI opens Biomedicum to the general public Collaboration, Society
19 Sep 2018 President Ole Petter Ottersen held anatomy lecture for medical students Anatomy, Degree Programme, Management, Professor, Student
18 Sep 2018 Use of muscle relaxant during general anaesthesia increases risk of pulmonary complications Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Drug, Pulmonary medicine, Surgery
17 Sep 2018 Structural map of bacterial toxins raises hopes for new anti-infectives Bacteria, Infectious Disease Medicine, Proteins, Structural Biology
12 Sep 2018 Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders Audiology, Neurosciences
07 Sep 2018 New explanation for the cause of MS Clinical Neuroscience, Immunology
06 Sep 2018 President of Karolinska Institutet cleared of misconduct charges Management, Organisation
05 Sep 2018 Laura Fratiglioni, Håkan Eriksson and Bertil Fredholm awarded Karolinska Institutet’s Grand Silver Medal Award
04 Sep 2018 New project to improve drugs safety in East Africa Health Care Service and Management, International, Pharmacology
31 Aug 2018 Similar changes in the brains of patients with ADHD and emotional instability Clinical Neuroscience, Imaging, Neuropsychiatry
28 Aug 2018 Lorelei Lingard is awarded the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education Prize
27 Aug 2018 Microvascular dysfunction: a common cause of heart failure with preserved pumping capacity Cardiovascular Diseases
27 Aug 2018 Karolinska Institutet returns remains to Australia Ceremony, History
26 Aug 2018 Oxygen therapy for patients suffering from a heart attack does not prevent heart failure Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Emergency medicine

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Researchers hope to be able to replace dysfunctional brain cells

19 Nov 2018

A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet supports the theory that replacement of dysfunctional immune cells in the brain has therapeutic potential for neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which involved repopulating the brain with new immune cells in an...
Neurodegenerative diseasesNeurosciences

Katarina Bjelke appointed new University Director at Karolinska Institutet

16 Nov 2018

Katarina Bjelke is Karolinska Institutet’s new university director from May 2019. She is currently the university director at Uppsala University. “We’re delighted that Katarina wants to return to Karolinska Institutet, where she once began her career,” says Karolinska Institutet’s president Ole...
Management

Flaws in industry-funded pesticide evaluation

16 Nov 2018

Academic researchers have examined raw data from a company-funded safety evaluation of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. They discovered an effect on the brain architecture of the exposed laboratory animals at all tested doses, which was not included in the reported conclusions. Karolinska Institutet in...
Environmental MedicineToxicology

New inflammation inhibitor discovered

15 Nov 2018

A multidisciplinary team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed an anti-inflammatory drug molecule with a new mechanism of action. By inhibiting a certain protein, the researchers were able to reduce the signals that trigger an inflammation. The study is published in...
Cancer and OncologyDNAInflammation

No link between hypoallergenic dogs and lower risk of childhood asthma

15 Nov 2018

Growing up with dogs is linked to a lower risk of asthma, especially if the dogs are female, a new study from Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University in Sweden shows.
AllergyAsthma

New diabetes drug may increase the risk of serious adverse events

15 Nov 2018

The use of a new class of drugs in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, so called SGLT2 inhibitors, are linked to a twofold increased risk for lower-limb amputation as well as diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious diabetes complication. This is according to a Nordic study headed by researchers at...
DiabetesDrugRegister-based research

Pep-up for children and young people when the Crown Princess and Prince came to KI

13 Nov 2018

Inequality in children’s and young people’s health was in focus for the Pep Forum seminar, which was held at Karolinska Institute on 24 October. The day – which included research results and inspiring examples, as well as dancing – was organised by Generation Pep, an organisation founded by the...

Proud promovendis at the conferment ceremony in the Blue Hall

13 Nov 2018

During a festive and solemn ceremony in the City Hall, Karolinska Institute's new doctors and jubilee doctors were celebrated on November 9th. President Ole Petter Ottersen stated in his speech that the doctors and their achieved knowledge are of great importance to society and the world.
Ceremony

New clues to the origin and progression of multiple sclerosis

12 Nov 2018

Mapping of a certain group of cells, known as oligodendrocytes, in the central nervous system of a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), shows that they might have a significant role in the development of the disease. The discovery can lead to new therapies targeted at other areas than just the...
Neurology

How pneumococci challenge our immune system

12 Nov 2018

Pneumococci are the most common cause of respiratory tract infections, such as otitis and sinusitis, as well as of severe infections like pneumonia and meningitis. A new study from Karolinska Institutet published in Nature Microbiology shows how the bacteria can inhibit immune cell reaction and...
ImmunologyInfectious Disease Medicine

Link between vaccines and allergies dismissed

07 Nov 2018

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, having compared the development of allergies in children with and without the recommended vaccinations, find no support for the claim that childhood vaccination can increase the risk of allergy.
AllergyPediatricsStatisticsVaccine

Breast cancer cells become invasive by changing their identity

05 Nov 2018

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have identified a protein that determines the identity and invasive properties of breast cancer cells. The finding could lead to the development of new therapeutic and diagnostic strategies to target breast cancer invasion and metastasis. The study is published...
Breast cancerCancer and OncologyCell BiologyProteins

New professors were celebrated together with recipients of academic awards

24 Oct 2018

Eight professors were inaugurated, and two adjunct professors and two visiting professors were welcomed at Karolinska Institutet’s inauguration ceremony on 11 October. The Grand Silver Medal and academic distinctions were also awarded during the evening. In his speech at the inauguration ceremony,...
CeremonyProfessor

Smartphone app prevents disease outbreaks in low-resource settings

24 Oct 2018

A pilot study in which healthcare workers in the Central African Republic used a smartphone app to transmit public health disease reports to health authorities demonstrates that this technique contributes to early detection and prevention of infectious diseases and outbreaks. The study, which is an...
Global HealthInnovationPublic Health

New cell structure discovered by KI researchers

23 Oct 2018

A new structure in human cells has been discovered by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with colleagues in the UK. The structure is a new type of protein complex that the cell uses to attach to its surroundings and proves to play a key part in cell division. The study is...
Cell BiologyStructural Biology

Antibodies linked to heart attacks

23 Oct 2018

Levels of antiphospholipid antibodies, which are associated with rheumatic diseases, are also elevated in myocardial infarction without any autoimmune co-morbidity, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in Annals of Internal Medicine reports. Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) are a...
Rheumatology

Breathing through the nose aids memory storage

22 Oct 2018

The way we breathe may affect how well our memories are consolidated (i.e. reinforced and stabilised). If we breathe through the nose rather than the mouth after trying to learn a set of smells, we remember them better, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report in The Journal of...
Cognitive ScienceNeurosciences

Increased mortality in children with inflammatory bowel disease

18 Oct 2018

Children who develop inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease) have an increased risk of death, both in childhood and later in life, a study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Gastroenterology reports. It is therefore important that patients who are...
Gastroenterology and HepatologyGastrointestinal diseasesRegister-based research

KI visits China to welcome alumni

15 Oct 2018

The launch of KI Alumni China – Karolinska Institutet’s alumni network in China – continues. During the week, members of the KI management attend receptions in China for some 100 alumni. Last spring, the university launched KI Alumni China, its first organised international alumni network, with an...
AlumniCollaborationInternationalSociety

They are this year’s Ragnar Söderberg Fellows in Medicine

12 Oct 2018

Two researchers at Karolinska Institutet have been appointed Ragnar Söderberg Fellows in Medicine 2018. The two researchers will each receive SEK 8 million in funding from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation. This fundning programme is aimed towards successfull young researchers early in their careers...
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Sharing of knowledge from an international project on how to manage your type-2 diabetes

12 Oct 2018

In two socio-economically disadvantaged Stockholm suburbs, an urban township in South Africa and a rural area in Uganda, new methods are currently being tested to help people with type 2 diabetes take better control of their disease. The studies are part of the international research project Smart2d.
CollaborationDiabetesInternational

Immunotherapy effective against hereditary melanoma

08 Oct 2018

Individuals with an inherited form of skin cancer often have a poor prognosis.
Cancer and OncologyCancer geneticsImmuno TherapySkin cancer

Karolinska Institutet holds its position in world university rankings

05 Oct 2018

The university stands steady among the top 100 in the annual ranking of the world’s universities, irrespective of orientation, conducted by Times Higher Education (THE). Among the universities in the Nordic countries Karolinska Institutet is in first place. Karolinska Institutet is in 40th place in...
Ranking

Two KI researchers are new members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

04 Oct 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has elected two new members – both from Karolinska Institutet. Birgitta Henriques Normark, a professor at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, has been elected to the Class for Medical Sciences. Emily Holmes, a professor at the Department of...

High-risk HPV linked to improved survival in cervical cancer

03 Oct 2018

The presence of the human high-risk papillomavirus (HPV) in the diagnosis of invasive cervical cancer is linked to a greatly improved prognosis compared with if high-risk HPV cannot be identified in the tumour, researchers at Karolinska Institutet report in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine ...
Cancer and OncologyEpidemiologyRegister-based research

Nobel prize-winning discovery – a research area that is developing rapidly

02 Oct 2018

This year's Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology rewards the discovery that cancer can be treated by inhibiting the immune system's braking mechanisms. This year's Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology rewards the discovery that cancer can be treated by inhibiting the immune system's braking mechanisms.
Nobel prize

KI met high school students during European Researchers' Night

02 Oct 2018

Around 50 researchers from Karolinska Institutet met about 4,000 high school students when they participated in European Researchers' Night on the 28 September. The students participated in interactive activities, shows, lectures and research dialogues and more. In addition to KI, researchers from...
CollaborationSociety

New knowledge on how neurons talk to muscles

02 Oct 2018

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have discovered a new way in which nerve cells can control movement. In a study on zebrafish published in the journal PNAS they show that the contact between neurons and muscles is more dynamic than previously thought. The results can open up new avenues to...
NeurobiologyNeurosciences

More than SEK 100 million to KI researchers from KAW Foundation

02 Oct 2018

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) has awarded a total of SEK 104.2 million to four research projects led from Karolinska Institutet. In all, the Foundation is granting SEK 640 million this year to 22 research projects at Swedish universities. The KAW Foundation is financing research...
FundingGrant

Full house when KI opened Biomedicum to the public

01 Oct 2018

Nearly 1,500 people spent their Saturday in Biomedicum, when Karolinska Institutet held an open house for the public. Visitors could attend exhibitions, activities and lectures with KI researchers in the newly opened laboratory and learn more about stem cells, physical activity, pain, intestinal...
CollaborationSociety

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo

01 Oct 2018

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one...
Nobel prize

Bariatric surgery linked to safer childbirth for the mother

26 Sep 2018

Obese mothers who lose weight through bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries.
ObstetricsSurgery

EU project aims to increase knowledge on hormone disruptors

26 Sep 2018

Hormone-disrupting chemicals in our environment can affect early neurodevelopment in children, but little is known about the exact mechanisms for this interference. A new EU funded research project, coordinated from Karolinska Institutet, now aims to learn more and to develop better screening and...
Environmental MedicineHormonesNeurobiology

Risk-profiling can benefit HIV prevention

26 Sep 2018

That men who have sex with men run a greater risk of HIV than others has been known since the virus was discovered. However a thesis from Karolinska Institutet now shows that it is a small sub-group of these men who account for the greater part of the risk increase. The results are important to...
HIV

People with fibromyalgia have inflammation of the brain

25 Sep 2018

Using PET brain imaging, researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that glial cells – the central nervous system’s immune cells – are activated in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia. The finding opens the way for new therapies.
Clinical NeurosciencePain research

New drug candidate makes cancer cells more sensitive to radiotherapy

25 Sep 2018

Researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Kancera AB have developed a molecule that makes cancer cells sensitive to radiotherapy.
Cancer and OncologyDNADrug

KI opens Biomedicum to the general public

25 Sep 2018

On Saturday 29 September Karolinska Institutet invites the general public to an open house at the newly opened research laboratory Biomedicum on Campus Solna. Visitors will get a chance to meet researchers during lectures, exhibitions, interactive activities, scientific activities for children and...
CollaborationSociety

President Ole Petter Ottersen held anatomy lecture for medical students

19 Sep 2018

The anatomy of the head was the theme of KI president Ole Petter Ottersen’s first lecture for the university’s students last week. “I get inspired by lecturing and meeting the students,” he says. An important signal about what teaching means, according to Lena Nilsson-Wikmar, chair of KI’s...
AnatomyDegree ProgrammeManagementProfessorStudent

Use of muscle relaxant during general anaesthesia increases risk of pulmonary complications

18 Sep 2018

Muscle relaxants that are used during general anaesthesia increase the risk of pulmonary complications after surgery, according to the European multicentre study POPULAR, in which Karolinska Institutet researchers are involved. The study is published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine...
Anesthesiology and Intensive CareDrugPulmonary medicineSurgery

Structural map of bacterial toxins raises hopes for new anti-infectives

17 Sep 2018

The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause serious and difficult to treat infections. The infection process involves the activation of toxic substances from the bacteria by a common protein in our cells. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet now show how this happens and that the activation can...
BacteriaInfectious Disease MedicineProteinsStructural Biology

Discovery of new neurons in the inner ear can lead to new therapies for hearing disorders

12 Sep 2018

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have identified four types of neurons in the peripheral auditory system, three of which are new to science. The analysis of these cells can lead to new therapies for various kinds of hearing disorders, such as tinnitus and age-related hearing loss. The study is...
AudiologyNeurosciences

New explanation for the cause of MS

07 Sep 2018

In multiple sclerosis (MS), not only the T cells of the immune system, but also its B cells, play an important role. This is shown by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the University of Zurich in a study published in the journal Cell. The findings explain how a new class of MS drugs works,...
Clinical NeuroscienceImmunology

President of Karolinska Institutet cleared of misconduct charges

06 Sep 2018

France’s Institut Pasteur’s ethical committee has cleared Karolinska Institutet’s President Ole Petter Ottersen from all suspicions of scientific misconduct, committee chairperson François Rougeon has announced on the conclusion of the investigation. On 19 July this year Karolinska Institutet...
ManagementOrganisation

Laura Fratiglioni, Håkan Eriksson and Bertil Fredholm awarded Karolinska Institutet’s Grand Silver Medal

05 Sep 2018

Laura Fratiglioni, Håkan Eriksson and Bertil Fredholm are awarded Karolinska Institutet’s Grand Silver Medal 2018. They are given the medal for their great contributions to support KI’s activities. Since 2010, Karolinska Institutet awards medals to people who have made special contributions to...
Award

New project to improve drugs safety in East Africa

04 Sep 2018

In recent years access to drugs and vaccines has been increasing in many African countries, but the systems for monitoring treatment effects and reporting side-effects require further development. Karolinska Institutet will now lead an international collaboration project on pharmacovigilance –...
Health Care Service and ManagementInternationalPharmacology

Similar changes in the brains of patients with ADHD and emotional instability

31 Aug 2018

In both ADHD and emotional instability disorders (e.g. borderline and antisocial personality disorder as well as conduct disorder in children), the brain exhibits similar changes in overlapping areas, meaning that the two types of conditions should be seen as related and attention should be paid to...
Clinical NeuroscienceImagingNeuropsychiatry

Lorelei Lingard is awarded the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education

28 Aug 2018

Professor Lorelei Lingard is awarded the 2018 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education.
Prize

Microvascular dysfunction: a common cause of heart failure with preserved pumping capacity

27 Aug 2018

Microvascular dysfunction, or small vessel disease, can be an important cause of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (preserved pumping capacity), an international team including researchers from Karolinska Institutet and AstraZeneca report in a study published in The European Heart...
Cardiovascular Diseases

Karolinska Institutet returns remains to Australia

27 Aug 2018

On 23 August, Karolinska Institutet handed the remains of seven indigenous Australians over to the Australian Government. The remains were part of Karolinska Institutet's anatomical collections from the mid- to late-1800s. They were transported to Sweden by a sea captain, a doctor and an...
CeremonyHistory

Oxygen therapy for patients suffering from a heart attack does not prevent heart failure

26 Aug 2018

Oxygen therapy does not prevent the development of heart failure. Neither does it reduce the long-term risk of dying for patients with suspected heart attack. This has been proven for the first time by researchers at Karolinska Institutet as a result of a major Swedish study. The study has been...
CardiologyCardiovascular DiseasesEmergency medicine

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