Organization of NVS

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NVS conducts experimental, clinical, health care science and epidemiological research with particular focus on aging and diseases in the elderly. Our research within the area of ​​dementia is at the international forefront. Successful research is also conducted in various other areas including stroke, cancer and rheumatology. The research is translational, ranging from genes to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and care. The greater part of our research is thus carried out in close collaboration with the health care sector and we strive to quickly implement it into clinical practice. 

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), one of the largest departments at Karolinska Institutet (KI), consists of eight divisions with a shared departmental management. Some divisions have a strong focus on experimental laboratory research and doctoral education, while others have a more clinical focus with a significant proportion of educational activities. In 2016, about 500 people were employed at NVS and we had a turnover of SEK 457 million. About 45 percent of our funding comes directly from the state and more than 30 percent comes from other external funding for research and education. Other revenues are generated within KI by sources including freestanding courses and fees for executive and professional education.

Information on NVS for download

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Picture of the NVS organization.

The NVS department is led by the executive management group, and contains of 11 divisions, which are run as individual units, five centres and two core facilitites. NVS is also host department for five doctoral schools and one doctoral programme.


Division of Aging Research Center (ARC)
Division of Clinical Geriatrics
Division of Family Medicin and Primary Care 
Division of Neurogeriatrics
Division of Nursing
Division of Occupational Therapy
Division of Physiotherapy
Division of Social Work


Aging Research Center (ARC)
Center for Alzheimer Research
Centre for Social Sustainability (CSS)
Swedish Brain power (SBP)

Core facilities

The Brain Bank at Karolinska Institutet


Research & Education

NVS has a close collaboration with the Stockholm County Council and continued expansion of our research and education into the health care sector is ongoing. Our obligations include developing academic competence within the health care system in primary care, geriatric medicine and care and rehabilitation. We also interact with the county's municipalities regarding the future of elderly care.

Tomorrow’s health care staff, researchers, and teachers are trained in an environment of specialist medical care, in close collaboration with the county's inpatient, outpatient and community care, and internationally recognized research. NVS is developing a unique profile in higher education at both undergraduate and advanced levels, with all of the education closely linked to research. Our department is responsible for the majority of courses in three undergraduate health care study programmes: nursing, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. NVS is also the organizer for the Master's degree programmes in these study fields - as well as for ten specialist nursing programmes. We are coordinators for education in the general medicine and geriatrics part of the programme in Medicine and also for a course in the Psychology programme. Teaching at the department comprises more than 1600 full-year students in undergraduate level programmes. In total, NVS is responsible for 40 percent of KI's educational activities.