News from the departments

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...

Calls for proposals to the Swedish Research Council are now open

19 Feb 2018

Now you can apply for proposals for the development of methods for animal testing according to 3R. You must apply at latest March 20th at 14.00. Read more
Animal experiment

New study on capability beliefs on and use of evidence-based practice in geriatric care

14 Feb 2018

Nurses, occupational therapists, physicians, and physiotherapists, at a geriatric clinic trust their capabilities to deliver evidence-based medical care, shows first study ever to combine survey results from diverse student and professional groups. A research team recently published an article in...

Professor Nicholas Talley awarded Companion of the Order of Australia

14 Feb 2018

University of Newcastle Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley, who is also an Affiliated Professor at KI Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, has been bestowed the high honour of the Companion in the Order of Australia (AC), announced on Australia Day 2018. The highly-respected...

Erik Sundström assigned new Director of Doctoral education at NVS

13 Feb 2018

Starting from 1 March, Erik Sundström is the new Director of Doctoral education at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. At the department, about 170 to 180 doctoral students are registered, and per year some 30 of them defend their thesis. Array Erik Sundström Phone: +46-(0)8-...
Doctoral educationOrganisation

Caroline Graff new Vice/Acting Head of Department at NVS

13 Feb 2018

Caroline Graff, Professor working at the Division of Neurogeriatrics, takes place in the NVS´s executive management group as a new Vice/Acting Head of Department. In her new role, Caroline Graff will have a dedicated responsibility for issues concerning EU's new data directive, which will come into...

Marc Guitart-Masip appointed as an associate professor (docent) within neurosciences

13 Feb 2018

In mid-January, Marc Guitart-Masip, researcher at the Aging Research Center, was appointed as an associate professor (docent) in neuroscience at the KI Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. – It is exciting and inspiring to become an associate professor, says Marc Guitart Masip...

Apgar scores in neonates predict risk of CP and epilepsy

12 Feb 2018

An infant’s scores on the so-called Apgar scale can predict the risk of a later diagnosis of cerebral palsy or epilepsy. The risk rises with decreasing Apgar score, but even slightly lowered scores can be linked to a higher risk of these diagnoses, according to an extensive observational study by...

KI's internet-based CBT reduces dental anxiety among children

09 Feb 2018

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed an accessible therapy for children and adolescents suffering from dental phobia. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, shows that guided internet-based CBT is highly effective in reducing anxiety and increasing the...
Dental CarePsychology

Dissertation 23 Feb 2018: Johanna Holm

06 Feb 2018

On Friday Feb 23, Johanna Holm will defend her thesis " Aggressive breast cancer: epidemiological studies addressing disease heterogeneity ". Her opponent will be Professor Lucile Adams-Campbell from Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, U.S.A. Johanna's supervisors are...
Breast cancerEpidemiology

Dissertation 9 March 2018: Shuyang Yao

06 Feb 2018

On Friday March 9, Shuyang Yao will defend her thesis " Genetic and environmental influences on eating disorders and associated adversities and comorbidities ". Her opponent will be Professor Ilona Koupil from the Centre for Health Equity Studies at Stockholm University. Shuyang's supervisors are...

Calcium-transfer may open up to new ways of treating Alzheimer's disease

02 Feb 2018

Hello Maria Ankarcrona, Alzheimer's Researcher at the Division of Neurogeriatrics. Recently the reputable scientific journal Current Biology published one of your studies, what is it about? "A cell has several constituents, one of which is mitochondria. They produce energy in the cell and are also...
AlzheimerNeurobiologyNeurodegenerative diseasesPharmacology

New Board of Directors for CIMED

02 Feb 2018

The Center for Innovative Medicine (CIMED) is a research centre focusing on prevalent illnesses such as cancer and chronic diseases with a large burden of illness. Annika Bergquist has been director of CIMED since 1 January 2018. The CIMED research centre is a collaboration between Karolinska...
Chronic DiseasesCollaboration

The patient's own perception of health the focus of a new thesis

31 Jan 2018

Hello Karin Lodin, PhD student at the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care. You are about to defend your thesis on 22 February, what is the main focus of your research? When we get an inflammation we commonly experience diffuse sickness symptoms such as decreased appetite, fatigue, malaise...
Health careInflammation

New thesis on synapses and Alzheimer disease

31 Jan 2018

Hello Jolanta Lundgren, PhD student at the Division of Neurogeriatrics. You are about to defend your thesis on 2 February, what is the main focus of your research? My thesis focus is on the specialised structures of nerve cells called synapses, which are the sites where nerve cells communicate by...
AlzheimerDementiaNeurobiologyNeurodegenerative diseases

Henna Hasson appointed acting Director of MMC


26 Jan 2018

Henna Hasson is appointed acting director of the Medical Management Center from 1st of February.

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...

Welcome Maria Staiger – new HR officer at NVS

26 Jan 2018

What´s your role at NVS? I´m going to work as a HR officer at the department. My role is to provide support to managers and employees in personnel matters, such as recruitment, scholarships, work environment and payroll administration. What are you most looking forward to with your new job? I look...

Everyday exercise has surprisingly positive health benefits

25 Jan 2018

The benefits of low-intensity physical activity, such as standing, walking or doing household chores, can be more health beneficial than once thought. According to a study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Clinical Epidemiology, replacing half an hour’s sedentariness a day with...

Johanna Snäll, CIM, defended her thesis on January 18th

19 Jan 2018

Congratulations to Johanna Snäll, Center for Infectious Medicine, who defended her thesis on January 18th. Title on thesis: Phagocytic cells and Streptococcus pyogenes in invasive infections : an inflammatory relationship Main supervisor was Professor Anna Norrby-Teglund, Center for Infectious...

Michael Landreh, David Lane, Sonia Lain, Marcus Ladds et al publish in Cell Chemical Biology

19 Jan 2018

In a study published in Cell Chemical Biology this week, researchers from MTC (Michael Landreh, David Lane, Sonia Lain, Marcus Ladds et al), KTH, Uppsala University, and the University of Oxford, used a new strategy to find out how anticancer drugs bind to the membrane protein dehydroorotate...
Cancer and Oncology

Jorge Ruas recipient of The Leif C. Groop award for outstanding diabetes research

17 Jan 2018

Jorge Ruas, Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, is the recipient of The Leif C. Groop award for outstanding diabetes research for his work on muscle and exercise physiology and critical signalling pathways in skeletal muscle, liver and fat...

Oxysterols guide gut immune cells and are involved in inflammatory bowel disease

17 Jan 2018

KI Press Office announces: "Researchers at Karolinska Institutet report that cholesterol metabolites cause specific immune cells in the large intestine to move, which lies behind the formation of the immune system's important lymphoid tissue in the intestine. The study, published in the journal...

Welcome Indu Kadlac – new coordinator at PUF-V

16 Jan 2018

What´s your role at NVS? I am the new program coordinator for the Doctoral program in health care science (PUF-V). What are you most looking forward to with your new job? I am looking forward to the new experience of working in a university environment and meeting exciting new colleagues. What´s...
Care SciencesDoctoral programmesOrganisation

New publication about subset of blood forming stem cells has been published in Nature

16 Jan 2018

Sten Eirik Jacobsen Professor at Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine is one of the authors and writes: “Carrelha et al have identified a new subset of blood forming stem cells, who, despite sharing the ability of other blood forming stem cells to produce all blood cell lineages, is...

In memory of Professor Marti G Parker

15 Jan 2018

Marti Gale Parker, professor of social gerontology at the Aging Research Center, has passed away after a long illness. Marti played a leading role in establishing the center, helping stabilize its funding and research direction. Her work was at the international forefront of research on the...

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” .

Proteomics analyses could present new opportunities to diagnose and treat dementias

09 Jan 2018

One of the most intriguing properties of the brain is its means to undergo synaptic plasticity which represents the basis for learning and memory, abilities that severely decline in the case of a dementia. New research, published on 9 January in the scientific journal Brain, suggests that...
AlzheimerBiomarkerDementiaNeurodegenerative diseasesParkinson's diseaseProteomics

Mechanism that converts white fat to brown identified in JEM publication

08 Jan 2018

An international team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet have, in experiments on mice, pinpointed a mechanism for the conversion of energy-storing white fat into energy-expending brown fat. The study is published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine . Obesity is a major global health...
Cancer and Oncology

Gösta Gahrton received the title jubilee doctor

22 Dec 2017

Gösta Gahrton is one of the doctors who received the title jubilee doctor during a promotion ceremony at Stockholm City Hall on 10 November. The title jubilee doctor recognises 50 years as a doctor or, as Gösta himself put it, that one “is very old”. Gösta defended his thesis on the subject of...

Several research grants to Center for Infectious Medicine

21 Dec 2017

Just before Christmas, CIM received several major research grants to their research about infectious medicine. Jenny Mjösberg and Niklas Björkström receives extended funding from KI and Benedict Chambers and Malin Flodström-Tullberg receives funding from Vetenskapsrådet (VR). Funding from...

Congratulations to Marianne Forkel for a well-conducted dissertation!

20 Dec 2017

Congratulations to Marianne Forkel at CIM who defended her thesis: Innate lymphoid cell heterogeneity in human tissues at steady state and during inflammation Main supervisor was Jenny Mjösberg, CIM, and CO-supervisors: Jakob Michaëlsson, Niklas Björkström, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, all from CIM...

Jessica Norrbom and Maria Ahlsén at Karolinska Institutet's Book Fair

19 Dec 2017

Four publishing houses were present at Karolinska Institutet's book fair on December 14th - Fri Tanke, Volante, Natur & Kultur and KIUP - and some of the authors they represented were interviewed during the afternoon. Visitors had the opportunity to ask questions directly to the scientists and...

Mats Wahlgren's work with new drug Sevuparin featured in Ciennce

19 Dec 2017

New data published after trials using the anti Malarial drug Sevuparin have been accepted by the journal PlosOne , and featured in an article in Ciennce this month. MTC's Mats Wahlgren has run the studies together with Anna Leitgeb at Modus Therapeutics AB and Arjen Dondorp at the Oxford-Mahidol...

Ute Römling and iGEM Stockholm bring in the gold

18 Dec 2017

MTC's Ute Römling is Principal Investigator (PI) in The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team from Stockholm 2017 - a team that has won a gold medal for its innovative research projects for the third year running! The team consists of 15 students from 11 different nationalities...

Gunnar Schulte and Vitezslav Bryja guest editors for the British Journal of Pharmacology Special Issue

14 Dec 2017

This week the British Journal of Pharmacology publishes a themed section entitled “WNT Signalling: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities”. The compilation of state-of-the-art reviews from leaders in the field is a result of a WNT meeting (EMBO Conference) held at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech...

Mattias and Sofia´s latest article published in The Journal of Immunology

12 Dec 2017

Mattias Svensson and Sofia Björnfot Holmström´s latest publication is published in The Journal of Immunology. Read original abstract here

Congratulations to Sofia Björnfot who defended her thesis on December 8th

12 Dec 2017

Congratulations to Sofia Björnfot Holmström at CIM who defended her thesis: The role of monocytes in chronic inflammatory diseases Sofia's Main supervisor was Mattias Svensson, CIM, and CO-supervisors was Elisabeth Almer Boström and Anders Gustafsson, both from Department of Dental Medicine...

Rikard Holmdahl granted nearly SEK 20 million by The Swedish Research Council

12 Dec 2017

Decisions on the Research Environment grant in ageing and health has been taken by the Swedish Research Council.

MTC Awards 2017

11 Dec 2017

MTC awards were presented to the following categories and recipients from the Head of Department Pontus Aspenström this December: MTCer of the year The Facility management team, Magnus Bjurström, Per Persson, David Mayer and Torbjörn Laggar MTC Young Scientist of the Year Jonathan Coquet Scientific...

Nicola Orsini and the Biostatistics team receives grant from EFSA for project on dose-response analysis in health risk assessment

08 Dec 2017

The project aims to share competencies and procedures among epidemiologists, nutritionists, toxicologists, and biostatisticians, in order to develop and apply novel methods for performing dose-response analysis in the field of health risk assessment of nutritional and toxicological factors in food...

Clinical utility of gene signatures in breast cancer patients

06 Dec 2017

Nick Tobin, Arian Lundberg and colleagues have shown the broad clinical utility of the Recurrence Score and PAM50 breast cancer gene signatures in two papers published simultaneously in Clinical Cancer Research. In paper 1, a collaboration with Dr. Thomas Hatschek and Prof. Jonas Bergh, Tobin et al...
Breast cancerCancer genetics

Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam awarded Distinguished Professor Grant from VR

05 Dec 2017

Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam has been awarded a Distinguished Professor Grant from Vetenskapsrådet, one of 5 recipients at Karolinska Institutet. The grant for the project "Genetic studies of antibody diversity" consists of a 5 Million SEK yearly grant over a ten year period for a total amount of 50...

Lars Engstrand and Ina Schuppe Koistinen featured on Swedish National TV 4

05 Dec 2017

Lars Engstrand and Ina Schuppe Koistinen have been featured in the TV4 program Malou efter tio this week. The program focuses on their current research into intestinal flora's probable positive influence on women's ability to be pregnant and to have a successfull pregnancy. Watch the full program...

Animal handling database tick@lab

05 Dec 2017

Karolinska Institutet has invested in an IT system called tick@lab. The system provides an integrated platform to handle all processes regarding animal handlings including daily operations and data handling. The goal is that all animals in the animal facilities at KI campus Solna will be included...

Dissertation 18 Dec 2017: Jiangrong Wang

04 Dec 2017

On Monday Dec 18, Jiangrong Wang will defend her thesis " Effectiveness and equity of cervical cancer prevention : real-life evidence from organised programmes in Sweden ". Her opponent will be Professor Margaret Cruickshank from the Division of Medical and Dental Education at the University of...
Cancer of the cervixEpidemiology

Igor Adameyko receives the Hans Wigzells Research Foundation Science Prize

04 Dec 2017

Igor Adameyko, senior researcher at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, was awarded the Hans Wigzell Research Foundation Science Prize (Hans Wigzells Forskningsstiftelses vetenskapspris) on November 29, 2017. Igor Adameyko's research concentrates on understanding cellular aspects of...

PHS participated in the Global Ministerial Conference on tuberculosis

30 Nov 2017

On the 16-17 November, the Russian Federation hosted the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending Tuberculosis (TB) in the Sustainable Development Era. The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) was represented at the conference by Professor Knut Lönnroth and Dr Kerri Viney, from the Social Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Migration research group.

Kay Sundberg new assistant professor in nursing

28 Nov 2017

On 1 November 2017, Kay Sundberg took up the position of assistant professor in nursing at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. “It is important that KI and the department fill senior positions within teaching, as this benefits not only students but also patients. I am...

Joana Dias defended her thesis: Role of MAIT cells in human antimicrobial immunity

28 Nov 2017

Congratulations to Joana Dias who defended her thesis on Friday, November 24th! Main supervisor was Johan Sandberg at CIM. CO-supervisors was; Anna Norrby-Teglund, Markus Moll and Edwin Leeansyah, CIM. Opponent: Professor Paul Klenerman from University of Oxford. The title of the thesis was "Role...