News from the departments

Congratulations to Carmen Fourier and Matthijs Dorst - Teachers of the year 2018!

21 May 2019

Björn Meister presented 2018's "Teachers of the Year" during the departmental coffee information meeting held on 21 May. The educational committee traditionally nominates a senior and a junior teacher, but this year two junior teachers, were nominated for their excellent contribution to education...
Teacher

New thesis on different radiotherapy courses in patients with rectal cancer

20 May 2019

Johan Erlandsson from the group Colorectal Surgery will defend his thesis "Preoperative radiotherapy in rectal cancer : aspects on fractionation and timing of surgery" on May 24, 2019. Main Supervisor is Anna Martling. What's the main focus of your thesis? Colorectal cancer is a common form of...

Cagla Sahin receives a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Novo Nordisk Foundation

20 May 2019

Cagla Sahin has received a Postdoctoral Fellowship for research abroad in bioscience and basic biomedicine from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Cagla's project is entitled "The superstructural biology of RNA-binding amyloid-like proteins in neurodegeneration and memory formation" and will be funded...
Cancer and Oncology

András Simon appointed CMB Head of Department

20 May 2019

András Simon has been appointed Head of Department for the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB). The appointment is for a five year period and was signed by the KI Vice President Karin Dahlman-Wright starting June 1, 2019. Professor András Simon has been Acting Head of Department since...

Implementation and effects of a school-based first line-model

17 May 2019

The Medical Management Centre (MMC) has been asked by The Public Health Agency of Sweden to evaluate a school-based first line-model. In the model, school-, social- and clinical health care services collaborate to offer early interventions for children with the risk of or with signs of mental ill-...
Medical management

The WHO is releasing, for the first time, Guidelines on risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia.

15 May 2019

Professor Miia Kivipelto and her team - the Nordic Brain Network - provided a major contribution to the development and definition of the guidelines, given the expertise and experience in the field of risk and protective factors for dementia and AD. Geneva July 2-4th 2018: Guideline Developing...
AgeingAlzheimerDementia

Ganesh Phad awarded the Sven Gard’s Scholarship for the best dissertation thesis in Virology 2018

14 May 2019

Ganesh Phad has been awarded the Sven Gards stipendium for 50 000 kr the the best dissertation thesis in Virology for 2018. Ganesh presented his thesis based on four original articles, three of which were published in highly renowned scientific journals and one in a manuscript format. His thesis...
Virology

New thesis: Impact of psychosocial working conditions on health in older age

13 May 2019

Hi Kuan-Yu Pan, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On 5 June you will defend your thesis ”Impact of psychosocial working conditions on health in older age”, what's the main focus of the thesis? Work takes up a great deal of time in one’s adult life, which possibly makes it an...
AgeingDoctoral educationDoctoral student

Days at home after surgery reveal long-term outcome

09 May 2019

Number-of-days-at-home within 30 days after surgery (DAH30) is a patient-centred outcome metrics that integrates length of hospital stay and any readmission or death within 30 days after a surgical procedure. A group of clinical scientists at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Monash University...
Health care

New thesis: Participation in everyday life after stroke: Development and evaluation of F@ce – a team-based, person-centred rehabilitation intervention supported by Information and Communication Technology

09 May 2019

Hi Martha Gustavsson, PhD-student at the Division of Occupational Therapy. On 29 May you will defend your thesis ”Participation in everyday life after stroke: Development and evaluation of F@ce – a team-based, person-centred rehabilitation intervention supported by Information and Communication...
Doctoral educationDoctoral studentOccupational TherapyStroke

Dissertation 24 May 2019: Elisabeth Dahlqwist

06 May 2019

On Friday May 24 Elisabeth Dahlqwist will defend her thesis " Method developments for the attributable fraction in causal inference ". Her opponent will be Professor Xavier de Luna from Handelshögskolan, Umeå universitet. Elisabeth's supervisors are Arvid Sjölander and Yudi Pawitan. In public...
BiostatisticsEpidemiology

New thesis on structural chromosomal aberrations

06 May 2019

Maria Pettersson from the research group Rare Diseases will defend her thesis "Structural genomic variation in human disease" on May 17th, 2019. Main Supervisor is Anna Lindstrand. What's the main focus of your thesis? My thesis is about structural chromosomal aberrations, which are physical...
Genetics

Inhibition of ribosome biogenesis as a novel approach for multi-stage cancer treatment

06 May 2019

Nearly ninety per cent of all cancer patient deaths are due to metastasis. A study from Karolinska Institutet shows that a process that allows the cells to metastasise is aided by the synthesis of new ribosomes, the cell components in which proteins are produced. The results open the possibility...
Cancer genetics

IMM researcher criticizes high EU limit values for carcinogens

02 May 2019

The new binding occupational exposure limit values ​​for carcinogens introduced by the EU are in many cases far too high. This is stated by Gunnar Johanson, senior professor at IMM , and Håkan Tinnerberg, occupational hygienist at the University of Gothenburg, in the editorial in the latest issue...

Staffan Normark elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences

02 May 2019

Professor Staffan Normark from MTC has recently been elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. Members and foreign associates are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a...

Identification of mechanisms controlling fibroblast functions in ductal breast carcinoma in situ.

30 Apr 2019

Carina Strell and colleagues in the Arne Östman research group has published an article in Journal of the National Cancer Institute investigating mechanisms controlling fibroblast functions in ductal breast carcinoma in situ (DCIS). A better definition of biomarkers and biological processes related...
Breast cancerCancer and Oncology

New thesis: Impact of cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric multimorbidity on older adult's health

30 Apr 2019

Hi Davide Vetrano, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On 13 May you will defend your thesis ”Impact of cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric multimorbidity on older adult's health”, what's the main focus of the thesis? My thesis is about the development and the impact of...
AgeingDoctoral educationDoctoral student

CXCL14/ACKR2 signaling in the tumor microenvironment enhance metastasis and shorten survival of breast cancer patients

29 Apr 2019

In the present study Elin Sjöberg and colleagues in the Arne Östman research group have identified that cancer associated fibroblast (CAF)-produced CXCL14 re-activates a developmental program that promote migration and invasion of cancer cells, leading to increased formation of lung metastasis in...
Breast cancerCancer and Oncology

Degree of Uptake and Accumulation of Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids Drives Their Toxicity

29 Apr 2019

Long-chain perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAA) are currently substituted by short-chain variants based on the view that these are less toxic. This study shows that the toxic potency of short-chain and long-chain PFAA may be similar and that the key factor is the uptake and accumulation in the body,...

Discover of a novel player in human skin wound healing

25 Apr 2019

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have identified a novel RNA molecular named ‘WAKMAR1’, that can help keratinocyte migrate, a pivotal step to recover the skin barrier upon injury. In patients with hard-to-heal wounds, WAKMAR1 is lacking. The study is published in the scientific journal PNAS,...

Dissertation 13 May 2019: Andreas Karlsson

25 Apr 2019

On Monday May 13 Andreas Karlsson will defend his thesis " Microsimulation modelling of prostate cancer screening in Sweden ". His opponent is Dr Eveline Heijnsdijk from the Erasmus University Medical Center. Andreas' supervisors are Mark Clements, Alexandra Jauhiainen, Erwin Laure and Henrik...
BiostatisticsEpidemiologyProstate cancer

Ann Langius-Eklöf awarded grant from The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity

24 Apr 2019

Professor Ann Langius-Eklöf, Head of Division of Nursing, NVS, awarded grant from The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreunership, Research & Charity for the project ”Leva bättre och längre med kronisk sjukdom: effekter av personcentrerad primär­vård med stöd av mobil teknik”. Ann Langius-...
AwardGrant

Charlotte Ytterberg awarded grant from The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Research & Charity

24 Apr 2019

Lotta Ytterberg, Division of Physiotherapy, NVS, awarded grant from The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepreunership, Research & Charity for the project "Person-centred care transitions for people with complex health conditions: a co-design project". It was in total SEK 4 000 000. The project...
AwardGrant

Publication on traumatic knee injury in children receives Hughston Award 2019

24 Apr 2019

The American Journal of Sports Medicine have selected the paper “Operative Repair of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Injury Versus Knee Brace in Children With an Acute First-Time Traumatic Patellar Dislocation: A Randomized Controlled Trial” as the winner of the 2019 Hughston Award. The prize, which...

Protein composition changes stimulate brain development and neuronal communication

23 Apr 2019

Subtle changes in protein composition by a process called ‘citrullination’ are thought to be involved in causing several diseases, including multiple sclerosis. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet now show in the journal Cell Reports that the enzyme PAD2, the main protein responsible for this...
Cell and Molecular Biology

The Unit for Bioentrepreneurship joins forces with EIT Health to create “Co-up Lab

18 Apr 2019

The Unit for Bioentrepreneurship is joining forces with EIT Health to mix the concept of Makerspace, pop-up space and creative education into "Co-up Lab". The participants are invited to an “incubation process” that includes getting hands-on experience and learning of entrepreneuring. It includes...
Course

Welcome to hearing of NVS’s Head of Department candidate

17 Apr 2019

Professor Maria Ankarcrona is a candidate for the position as Head of Department at the Department of Neurobiology, Care sciences and Society. She will present herself and her views on the assignment at the hearing. You will have the opportunity to ask questions afterwards. The hearing will be held...

Jonas Ludvigsson published paper of the year in the American Journal of Gastroenterology

16 Apr 2019

A paper on blood transfusion and the risk of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) has been named paper of the year by the Am J Epidemiology (2018). The study, which was coordinated by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, also involved researchers from the Danish Statens Serum Institut, the Mayo...
EpidemiologyGastrointestinal diseases

Proteome picture of breast cancer

15 Apr 2019

In a new study, led by Professor Janne Lehtiö (SciLifeLab/Karolinska Institutet), researchers from SciLifeLab, University of Oslo, and MD Anderson Cancer Center have generated a detailed map of protein levels in breast tumors. The proteome complements the previously known DNA and RNA picture of...
Breast cancerProteomics

A chat with Linda P. Sturesson on her new book "Diskvalificering av det positiva"

15 Apr 2019

Hi there Linda P. Sturesson, PhD student at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics. Your new book "Diskvalificering av det positiva" (Disqualification of the positive) was released on April 11th. Could you tell us a little about your book? “ Diskvalificering av det positiva...

New thesis: Person-centered care supported by an interactive app for patients with pancreatic cancer following surgery

11 Apr 2019

Hi Tina Gustavell, PhD-student at the Division of Nursing. On 10 May you will defend your thesis ”Person-centered care supported by an interactive app for patients with pancreatic cancer following surgery”, what's the main focus of the thesis? ”The mainfocus on my thesis is to investigate if...
Cancer and OncologyDoctoral educationDoctoral studentNursing

Combined genome and proteome level analysis reveals new insights in childhood leukemia

11 Apr 2019

Professor Janne Lehtiö and his colleagues at the department of Oncology-Pathology have together with Kajsa Paulsson and her group at Lund University published an article in Nature Communications where they have investigated the two most common subtypes of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL...

Världens dödligaste infektionssjukdom: en doldis på folkhälsoagendan (article in Swedish)

09 Apr 2019

Tuberculosis is the leading infectious disease causing death in the world every year. The fight against tuberculosis must be stepped up - and immediately. This debate article has been published in OmVärden, tackling the topic of Tuberculosis globally. The article is written in Swedish.

Postdoctoral Position: Tuberculosis pathogenesis, cell biology and immunity

09 Apr 2019

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Ernst Laboratory in the UCSF Division of Experimental Medicine to study molecular mechanisms of monocyte-macrophage differentiation and development and mechanisms of immune evasion in tuberculosis. Required qualifications: • Ph.D. degree in...

Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohorts (OMEGA-NET)

08 Apr 2019

The Unit of Occupational Medicine at IMM hosted a meeting within the EU COST-action Network on the Coordination and Harmonisation of European Occupational Cohorts (OMEGA-NET) April 3 to April 5 with approximately 100 particpants from 30 countries. A special session where young researchers presented...

Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg reports large cohort study

08 Apr 2019

Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg has reported a large cohort study of 1254 women and girls undergoing procedures for fertility preservation in Sweden between 1998-2018. In that cohort, 852 of the individuals had cancer and were planned to receive treatments with a high risk of subsequent sterility. The...

Awards from the Swedish Cancer Society to OnkPat

05 Apr 2019

Felix Haglund has received Junior Clinical Investigator Award for his research on ”Genetic, molecular and clinicopathological studies of sarcomas.”Sean Rudd has been awarded Junior Investigator Award for his studie ”Targeting SAMHD1 to enhance existing cancer therapies.” Finally, Isabelle Magalhaes...
Cancer and OncologyFunding

The Swedish FTD Initiative symposium 2019

04 Apr 2019

Spring was just around the corner when Swedish FTD Initiative, founded by the Schörling Foundation, hosted the Swedish FTD Initiative symposium 2019 at the beginning of March. The symposium is the first of its kind in Sweden, dedicated to disseminate research in the area of Frontotemporal dementia...
AlzheimerDementia

New deputy director of doctoral education

04 Apr 2019

"I applied for this assignment because of my great interest and commitment to doctoral education and research at large," says Ulrica Nilsson, professor of nursing and newly appointed deputy director of doctoral education at NVS. She sees the quality aspect as her most important task in the mission...
Doctoral education

INFRAFRONTIER call: Specialised phenotyping pipelines

04 Apr 2019

INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping and archiving of model mammalian genomes. The INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure provides access to first-class tools and data for biomedical research, and thereby contributes to improving the understanding of gene function in...
Animal experiment

Jonas Bergh receives first ESMO Breast Cancer Award

02 Apr 2019

Lugano, Switzerland, 2 April 2019 – The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) announced today that Prof. Jonas Bergh from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm will receive the newly established 2019 ESMO Breast Cancer Award in connection with the inaugural ESMO Breast Cancer Congress (2-4...
AwardBreast cancer

Review paper about important database - LISA

01 Apr 2019

Today, researchers from Karolinska Institutet publish a paper about ”The longitudinal integrated database for health insurance and labour market studies” (LISA) and its use in medical research. The paper appears in the European Journal of Epidemiology. The so-called LISA database contains data from...
EpidemiologyRegister-based research

Better results and fewer complications if Achilles tendon rupture is operated within 48 hours

01 Apr 2019

New study shows that patients with acute Achilles tendon rupture who undergo surgery within 48 hours experience a considerably better result with a smaller number of complications compared to patients who undergo surgery after 72 hours. Researchers at the group Orthopaedics, Department of Molecular...
OrthopaedicsSurgery

Retraction of article on treatment for severe heartburn prevents cancer

29 Mar 2019

On March 28, 2019 the paper "Risk of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma After Antireflux Surgery in Patients With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in the Nordic Countries” published in JAMA Oncology, was retracted by the authors due to an error in the statistical analysis. Further information is to be found...
Upper GI research

Hearing with András Simon – candidate for new CMB Chairperson/prefekt

29 Mar 2019

Welcome to an open hearing with Professor András Simon, candidate for the position as CMB Chairperson/Head of Department. The positions is for a period of five years. Friday April 5th at 1 PM Lecture hall Biomedicum 1, entrance floor Moderator: Professor Lars Holmgren We encourage you to take this...

Sitting less and moving more reduces risk of depression

29 Mar 2019

"We found that replacing short durations of mentally-passive sedentary behaviours, such as watching TV, with mentally-active behaviours, or preferably with light or moderate-intensity physical activity, significantly reduced the risk of depression onset in adults", explains Mats Hallgren, assistant professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences and first author of the article about the study.

New thesis about infections in patients with chronic kidney disease and its implications for public health

28 Mar 2019

Hi there Guobin Su, doctoral student at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. On Thursday 4 April you will defend your thesis "Infections in patients with chronic kidney disease: patterns, outcomes and the role of vitamin D for future prevention". What is the main focus...

Export of Nitric Oxide bioactivity from the red blood cell

28 Mar 2019

More than 20 years ago an American research group released a spectacular idea that the red blood cell was capable of exporting the signaling molecule nitric oxide (NO) and by this mechanism participate in the classical physiological phenomenon known as hypoxic vasodilation, i.e. that our blood...
Pharmacology

Professor Jonas F Ludvigsson will give the opening lecture of the National Pediatric Week 2019

27 Mar 2019

Jonas F Ludvigsson, professor and pediatrician, will give the opening lecture during the National Pediatric Week beginning April 1, 2019. His lecture is entitled ”The very sick child in Sweden”. Here he answers some questions about the National National Pediatric Week and about his lecture. The...
EpidemiologyPediatrics

Welcome to Annika Bolind Bågenholm, Education Coordinator and Course Director at the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship (UBE)!

27 Mar 2019

We would like to welcome Annika Bolind Bågenholm to the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics. Annika has a Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology from Uppsala University and studied business at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She conducted research with the...
Education administration

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