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20 May 2019 The first day on the job for KI’s new University Director
17 May 2019 Adult-onset IBD linked to higher mortality Gastrointestinal diseases, Register-based research
17 May 2019 Genes affect our desire to own a dog Genetics, Twin research
17 May 2019 KI hosts this year’s STS Forum European Workshop Collaboration, International
15 May 2019 Spring’s conferment ceremony something of a record-breaker Ceremony, Doctoral education
15 May 2019 Researchers learn more about severe liver disease Hepatology
15 May 2019 Transplanted cells reveal early signs of type 1 diabetes Autoimmune diseases, Diabetes, Transplantation
14 May 2019 IL-1 inhibitors may reduce radiation-induced vascular damage Cancer and Oncology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Drug, Inflammation, Radiation Biophysics
13 May 2019 Bladder drug linked to atherosclerosis in mice
10 May 2019 KI in joint Sweden-South Africa conference on Agenda 2030 Collaboration, International
09 May 2019 Stem cells provide information about neuron resilience in ALS Neurosciences, Stem cells
02 May 2019 A new method to select the right treatment for advanced prostate cancer Biomarker, Cancer and Oncology, Prostate cancer
30 Apr 2019 More individual MSCA grants to KI Funding, Grant, International
23 Apr 2019 Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at risk of giving birth prematurely Diabetes, Neonatology, Obstetrics
23 Apr 2019 Detailed map of lung immune response in TB Immunology, Infectious Disease Medicine
23 Apr 2019 Rare disease gives new insight into regulatory T cell function Autoimmune diseases, Immunology
16 Apr 2019 Genetic analysis can provide better dosage of antipsychotic drugs Pharmacology, Psychiatric disorders
11 Apr 2019 Pathway contributing to fatty liver disease discovered Biosciences, Metabolism, Proteins
11 Apr 2019 WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited KI Global Health, Sustainable development
10 Apr 2019 Mutation behind incurable disease mapped Genetics, Immunology, Proteins
09 Apr 2019 A new way of finding compounds that prevent ageing Ageing, Biosciences, Cell Biology, RNA
09 Apr 2019 New resource expands use of lab technique to visualise DNA in cells Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology, Cell and Molecular Biology, DNA, RNA
08 Apr 2019 Portrait of researchers and their innovations in a new brochure Collaboration, Innovation
08 Apr 2019 A sleep-deprived brain interprets impressions negatively Doctoral education, Psychology
04 Apr 2019 KI's Biomedicum named Building of the Year!
04 Apr 2019 Students in focus at conference on global goals Collaboration, Global Health, Sustainable development
04 Apr 2019 Screening also prevents rare types of cervical cancer Cancer and Oncology, Cancer of the cervix
03 Apr 2019 New way to tackle mitochondrial disease DNA
02 Apr 2019 Increased risk of substance abuse in people with treatment resistant depression Psychiatric disorders, Psychiatry
28 Mar 2019 ERC grant for research on insulin-producing cells Diabetes, Funding, Grant
27 Mar 2019 First disease caused by defective myoglobin discovered Genetics, Musculoskeletal disorders, Proteins
26 Mar 2019 Sweden leads the world in saving extremely preterm babies Neonatology, Pediatrics
26 Mar 2019 Newly discovered molecule promising for pain sufferers Neurosciences, Pain research
26 Mar 2019 Prestigious grant for research on autoimmunity Autoimmune diseases
26 Mar 2019 Mechanism of impaired wound healing in diabetes identified Diabetes
25 Mar 2019 They are the 2019 Wallenberg Scholars Cancer and Oncology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Funding, Gene regulation, Grant, Immunology, Neurodegenerative diseases, Stem Cell Biology
22 Mar 2019 Highlights sexual harassment in academia Equality
21 Mar 2019 Antibodies stabilise plaque in arteries Cardiovascular Diseases, Immunology
20 Mar 2019 Online psychotherapy against child sexual abuse launched on the darknet Psychiatry
20 Mar 2019 Unwarranted variations in Swedish childbirth care Doctoral education
18 Mar 2019 Protective antibodies also found in premature babies Immunology, Neonatology
18 Mar 2019 Painkillers during pregnancy unlikely to cause asthma Asthma, Drug, Epidemiology, Obstetrics
14 Mar 2019 Paolo Chiesi, Douglas Easton, and Sophie Ekman appointed honorary doctors at KI 2019 Award
14 Mar 2019 Oral bacteria in pancreas linked to more aggressive tumours Bacteria, Cancer and Oncology, Odontology
13 Mar 2019 KI participated in a delegation trip to India to strengthen health collaboration
08 Mar 2019 Initiative to reduce the leadership gap in global health Global Health, Public Health
06 Mar 2019 Digital examinations offer new opportunities
05 Mar 2019 Molecular puzzle reveals unknown stages of fetal development Physiology
27 Feb 2019 New mechanism of bone growth discovered Physiology
25 Feb 2019 New skeletal disease found and explained RNA

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The first day on the job for KI’s new University Director

20 May 2019

Today, Katarina Bjelke has her first day of work at Karolinska Institutet as the University Director. She studied and earned her PhD at KI and also held various management positions at KI. “I think that Karolinska Institutet is a very important university for Sweden. It will be very enjoyable to...

Adult-onset IBD linked to higher mortality

17 May 2019

While the onset of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease) in adulthood is tied to a higher mortality, the actual number of deaths has been falling, a Swedish study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Gut reports. Now it is a case of ascertaining which of...
Gastrointestinal diseasesRegister-based research

Genes affect our desire to own a dog

17 May 2019

Researchers at Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from more than 35,000 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The results, which are published in the journal Scientific Reports, indicate that an individual’s...
GeneticsTwin research

KI hosts this year’s STS Forum European Workshop

17 May 2019

Today, 16 May, the Japanese organisation “Science and Technology in Society forum” (STS forum) is arranging a workshop at KI with representatives from, amongst others, Microsoft, Ericsson, universities, and the Japanese authority for science and technology. On the agenda are information and...
CollaborationInternational

Spring’s conferment ceremony something of a record-breaker

15 May 2019

Spring’s conferment ceremony 2019 was something of a record-breaker.
CeremonyDoctoral education

Researchers learn more about severe liver disease

15 May 2019

Approximately one out of every ten people with hepatitis B are coinfected with hepatitis D, which is among the most serious liver conditions. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and their German colleagues have described the impact of chronic hepatitis D on parts of the immune system. The study...
Hepatology

Transplanted cells reveal early signs of type 1 diabetes

15 May 2019

By the time type 1 diabetes is diagnosed, most of the insulin-producing beta cells have already been destroyed. Now, using an innovative transplantation technique, researchers at Karolinska Institutet and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have been able to intervene to save the beta...
Autoimmune diseasesDiabetesTransplantation

IL-1 inhibitors may reduce radiation-induced vascular damage

14 May 2019

Radiation therapy against cancer can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease much later in life, as the radiation causes chronic inflammation of the exposed blood vessels. In a new study published in the European Heart Journal , researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have shown that...
Cancer and OncologyCardiovascular DiseasesDrugInflammationRadiation Biophysics

Bladder drug linked to atherosclerosis in mice

13 May 2019

A drug used in the treatment of overactive bladder can accelerate atheroclerosis in mice, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) . According to the researchers, the results suggest that in some cases...

KI in joint Sweden-South Africa conference on Agenda 2030

10 May 2019

A research and innovation conference is currently in progress in Stellenbosch, South Africa, bringing together representatives of Swedish and South Africa universities. The main topic of the week-long conference, which opened on 6 May under the STINT-financed South Africa–Sweden University Forum (...
CollaborationInternational

Stem cells provide information about neuron resilience in ALS

09 May 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a stem cell based model in order to study the resilience and vulnerability of neurons in the neurodegenerative disease ALS. The results are published in the journal Stem Cell Reports and can aid in the identification of new genetic...
NeurosciencesStem cells

A new method to select the right treatment for advanced prostate cancer

02 May 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified blood-based biomarkers that may determine which patients will benefit from continued hormonal therapy for advanced prostate cancer. The results are published in the journal JAMA Oncology . The researchers envision that this discovery...
BiomarkerCancer and OncologyProstate cancer

More individual MSCA grants to KI

30 Apr 2019

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is the collective name for the European Commission's program aimed at researchers' career development. Karolinska Institutet has now been selected as host organisation for 6 new individual fellowships within the MSCA, with a total funding of SEK 12.6 million (...
FundingGrantInternational

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at risk of giving birth prematurely

23 Apr 2019

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of delivering their baby prematurely. The risk increases as blood sugar levels rise, however women who maintain the recommended levels also risk giving birth prematurely. These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and...
DiabetesNeonatologyObstetrics

Detailed map of lung immune response in TB

23 Apr 2019

The picture above shows a tuberculosis (TB) infection in a mouse lung, in which immune cells form a granuloma around the bacteria. The different symbols represent working copies of active genes, called messenger RNA, which are different in the granuloma centre in comparison to the surrounding cells...
ImmunologyInfectious Disease Medicine

Rare disease gives new insight into regulatory T cell function

23 Apr 2019

An international study led from Karolinska Institutet provides new insights into the regulatory T cells’ role in protecting against autoimmune disease. By mapping the targets of the immune system in patients with the rare disease IPEX, they were able to show that regulatory T cells control...
Autoimmune diseasesImmunology

Genetic analysis can provide better dosage of antipsychotic drugs

16 Apr 2019

An initial gene analysis may yield better outcomes when patients are treated with the antipsychotic drugs risperidone and aripiprazole. A novel study shows how the activity of a specific enzyme, which metabolises the two drugs, affects the individual dose that should be given for optimal treatment...
PharmacologyPsychiatric disorders

Pathway contributing to fatty liver disease discovered

11 Apr 2019

Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have found a protein that is a critical regulator in the development of fatty liver disease in mice, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications . Analysis of liver biopsies of patients indicate that the identified mechanisms may help explain the differential susceptibility of individual patients to develop more severe stages of fatty liver disease.
BiosciencesMetabolismProteins

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited KI

11 Apr 2019

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, visited Karolinska Institutet and Campus Solna on Tuesday morning. In the presence of students, teachers, researchers and other KI employees, he discussed the education and research and KI's role for the WHO and for the opportunities of achieving the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Global HealthSustainable development

Mutation behind incurable disease mapped

10 Apr 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have mapped the genetic mutation behind the incurable disease systemic mastocytosis. The results give insights into the origin of the disease, and the researchers also discovered a protein with potential to improve disease diagnosis. The results are published in...
GeneticsImmunologyProteins

A new way of finding compounds that prevent ageing

09 Apr 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new method for identifying compounds that prevent ageing. The method is based on a new way of determining age in cultured human cells and is reported in a study in the journal Cell Reports . Using the method, the researchers found a group of candidate substances that they predict to rejuvenate human cells, and that extend the lifespan and improve the health of the model organism C. elegans.
AgeingBiosciencesCell BiologyRNA

New resource expands use of lab technique to visualise DNA in cells

09 Apr 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet present a publicly available resource that can accelerate the use of so-called FISH techniques for studying how the genome is spatially organised in the cell nucleus. The new platform, which enables more cost-effective analyses for both research and diagnostic labs, is described in the scientific journal Nature Communications .
Biomedical Laboratory Science/TechnologyCell and Molecular BiologyDNARNA

Portrait of researchers and their innovations in a new brochure

08 Apr 2019

A number of products and solutions have been developed out of research at Karolinska Institutet and contribute to great social benefit. To highlight this, KI Innovations AB has produced a brochure that presents twenty researchers and their innovations. ”The purpose is to illustrate the variety and...
CollaborationInnovation

A sleep-deprived brain interprets impressions negatively

08 Apr 2019

A sleepless night not only leaves us fatigued and distracted, it also makes us interpret things more negatively and makes us more likely to lose our temper. Moreover, people suffering from a pollen allergy are at a high risk of some form of sleep disruption from the outset. This according to a new...
Doctoral educationPsychology

KI's Biomedicum named Building of the Year!

04 Apr 2019

Biomedicum on the Campus Solna has been namedthe Building of the Year. The motivation reads: “The winner of the 2019 Building of the Year award has succeeded with a project that was both complicated and extensive. The project team set their sights high as regards developing collaboration, work...

Students in focus at conference on global goals

04 Apr 2019

How the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development are to be integrated into higher education and the importance of engaging students in these efforts were the topics of lively debate at the recent conference “Rethinking Higher Education – Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals”. The...
CollaborationGlobal HealthSustainable development

Screening also prevents rare types of cervical cancer

04 Apr 2019

Rare types of cervical cancer can be effectively prevented with screening, a comprehensive study of identified cases of rare cervical cancer over a ten-year period in Sweden concludes. The study was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and is published in The BMJ.
Cancer and OncologyCancer of the cervix

New way to tackle mitochondrial disease

03 Apr 2019

Diseases affecting mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, are often caused by mutations in the mitochondrial DNA. Symptoms of such mitochondrial diseases in mice can be ameliorated by increasing their levels of mitochondrial DNA, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet...
DNA

Increased risk of substance abuse in people with treatment resistant depression

02 Apr 2019

People suffering from treatment resistant depression are at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders than other patients with depression, reports a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Addiction . The risk is highest for sedatives or opiates, which includes the analgesic morphine and heroin.
Psychiatric disordersPsychiatry

ERC grant for research on insulin-producing cells

28 Mar 2019

The ERC Advanced Grant is one of the most prestigious funding programmes for research in Europe. Per-Olof Berggren, professor of experimental endocrinology at Karolinska Institutet, is now awarded this grant for the second time. It is the European Research Council that awards the ERC Advanced...
DiabetesFundingGrant

First disease caused by defective myoglobin discovered

27 Mar 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have discovered the underlying cause of a hereditary muscle disease first characterised in a Swedish family in 1980. It proves to be the first identified disease caused by defective myoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen in muscle cells. The study is...
GeneticsMusculoskeletal disordersProteins

Newly discovered molecule promising for pain sufferers

26 Mar 2019

If a particular protein is missing during the fetal stage, no neurons develop that convey pain, temperature and itch, a study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Cell Reports shows. The discovery can eventually lead to new drugs for pain conditions. Previous research into the...
NeurosciencesPain research

Sweden leads the world in saving extremely preterm babies

26 Mar 2019

The survival rate among extremely preterm babies has greatly improved in Sweden, a country that offers top-class neonatal care, a study led from Karolinska Institutet published in the esteemed journal JAMA reports. The researchers have analysed survival among Swedish babies born over 3.5 months...
NeonatologyPediatrics

Prestigious grant for research on autoimmunity

26 Mar 2019

KI Professor Olle Kämpe is one of five appointed Wallenberg Clinical Scholars in 2019. He will receive SEK 15 million to study why the immune system attacks and destroys specific tissues in the body in patients with autoimmune diseases. The prestigious research program Wallenberg Clinical Scholars...
Autoimmune diseases

Mechanism of impaired wound healing in diabetes identified

26 Mar 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have identified a mechanism that can explain the impaired wound healing in diabetes which can lead to diabetic foot ulcers. The study is published in the scientific journal PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . In diabetic mice, wound healing...
Diabetes

They are the 2019 Wallenberg Scholars

25 Mar 2019

Three researchers at Karolinska Institutet have been appointed Wallenberg Scholar in 2019: Ernest Arenas, Sten Linnarsson, and Randal S. Johnson. The researchers – among the foremost in their field in Sweden – receive SEK 18 million each from the Wallenberg Foundations in the form of a five-year...
Cancer and OncologyCell and Molecular BiologyFundingGene regulationGrantImmunologyNeurodegenerative diseasesStem Cell Biology

Highlights sexual harassment in academia

22 Mar 2019

A new research and cooperation programme has been launched, that will provide knowledge about sexual harassment in academia – and lead to research-based improvements. The initiative is led by KI jointly with KTH and Malmö University. The launch was introduced by the Minister for Higher Education...
Equality

Antibodies stabilise plaque in arteries

21 Mar 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have found that type IgG antibodies play an unexpected role in atherosclerosis. A study on mice shows that the antibodies stabilise the plaque that accumulates on the artery walls, which reduces the risk of it rupturing and causing a blood clot. It is hoped that...
Cardiovascular DiseasesImmunology

Online psychotherapy against child sexual abuse launched on the darknet

20 Mar 2019

On March 26th, the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital are launching a new study aimed at reducing online sexual exploitation of children. Recruitment of study participants will take place in forums on the encrypted part of the internet called the darknet. This study aims to...
Psychiatry

Unwarranted variations in Swedish childbirth care

20 Mar 2019

Meet Johan Mesterton, doctoral student at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics at Karolinska Institutet. For his thesis, he analysed registry data from almost 140,000 births in seven Swedish regions between 2011 and 2012. What are your most interesting results? That there...
Doctoral education

Protective antibodies also found in premature babies

18 Mar 2019

Even premature babies carry anti-viral antibodies transferred from the mother, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report in a paper on maternal antibodies in newborns, published in the journal Nature Medicin e. The results should change our approach to infection sensitivity in newborns...
ImmunologyNeonatology

Painkillers during pregnancy unlikely to cause asthma

18 Mar 2019

Paracetamol or other painkillers taken during pregnancy are unlikely to cause asthma in the child, according to a large study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Queen Mary University of London. The study, which is published in the European Respiratory Journal , suggests that there is another factor linked to use of these drugs that increases the risk of asthma.
AsthmaDrugEpidemiologyObstetrics

Paolo Chiesi, Douglas Easton, and Sophie Ekman appointed honorary doctors at KI 2019

14 Mar 2019

Karolinska Institutet has appointed three new honorary doctors – Paolo Chiesi, Douglas Easton, and Sophie Ekman.
Award

Oral bacteria in pancreas linked to more aggressive tumours

14 Mar 2019

The presence of oral bacteria in so-called cystic pancreatic tumours is associated with the severity of the tumour, a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Gut reports. It is hoped that the results can help to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer...
BacteriaCancer and OncologyOdontology

KI participated in a delegation trip to India to strengthen health collaboration

13 Mar 2019

A Swedish delegation led by H.E. Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, visited India in late February with the purpose to strengthen Swedish-Indian health collaboration. KI's Vice-Rector Anders Gustafsson was one of the participants in the delegation. “It was very valuable for...

Initiative to reduce the leadership gap in global health

08 Mar 2019

PhD student Sara Causevic and researcher Helena Nordenstedt at the Department of Public Health Sciences and student Wiebke Mohr at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics started the Women in Global Health Sweden Chapter as a response to the Call to Action on Gender Equality.
Global HealthPublic Health

Digital examinations offer new opportunities

06 Mar 2019

Karolinska Institutet now facilitates for all educational programs to use digital examinations. Digital examinations are legally secure and efficient as well as allows for new possibilties for teachers and course administrators to develop the education programs. Examinations are an incredibly...

Molecular puzzle reveals unknown stages of fetal development

05 Mar 2019

By applying gene analysis to individual cells from early mouse embryos, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered previously unknown cellular stages of fetal development from fertilised egg to living being. The study is published in the scientific journal Cell Reports . All...
Physiology

New mechanism of bone growth discovered

27 Feb 2019

In a paper published in the journal Nature , an international research team led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report that bone growth in mice takes place in accordance with the same principles as when new cells are constantly produced in blood, skin and other tissue. This...
Physiology

New skeletal disease found and explained

25 Feb 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a new and rare skeletal disease. In a study published in the journal Nature Medicine they describe the molecular mechanism of the disease, in which small RNA molecules play a role that has never before been observed in a congenital...
RNA

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