Research at Centre for Gender Medicine
Our goals are:
- To support and encourage the development of gender-medical clinical and preclinical research with a focus on cardiovascular disease, endocrinology / metabolism, kidney disease, inflammation / rheumatology, neuropsychiatry and public health.
- To further illustrate the role of sex and gender aspects in regenerative medicine, medical technology and pharmaceutical usage and identify other relevant areas that have no gender medical analysis.
Scholarships and grants
Since 2003 the Center for Gender Medicine has awarded scholarships and grants to researchers at Karolinska Institutet for their contributions to gender research. Financing has been provided for by funds from Marianne & Marcus Wallenbergs Foundation, AFA insurance company, Karolinska Institutet, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and private Lederhausen donation.
Camilla Hage, Registered Nurse, PhD
Project: Biomarkers of altered metabolism in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
Alexey Shemyakin, MD, Postdoc
Project: Red blood cell arginase activity in patients with acute coronary syndrome: a gender perspective
Linda Mellbin, MD, PhD, FESC
Project: Testosterone in patients with glucose abnormalities and acute myocardial infarction and in matched controls
Sarah Costantino, Associated
Project: Epigenetic signatures as a predictor of vascular risk in men and women with prediabetes
Katarina Bilén, Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet.
Sebastian Gidlöf, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet.
Agneta Andersson, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
Project: Cardiac rehabilitation in women
Lili Li, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet.
Recipients of 250,000 Swedish crowns:
Birgitta Evengård, Division of Infectious Diseases, Karolinska Institutet/Umeå University
Project: Discordance in social differences in twins with chronic fatigue syndrome- analysis from a gender perspective.
Agneta Herlitz, Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet.
Project: Factors contributing to gender differences in cognition.
Christer Höög, Institutionen for Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet.
Project: Why do female chromosomes carry more aberrations than male chromosomes?
Carol Tishelman, Institute of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics(LIME), Karolinska Institutet
Project: Women and mens conceptions about cancer, preventative measures and new vaccines.
Eva von Strauss, Institute for Neurobiology, Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm County Geriatrc Center
Project: Sex differences in functional disability, morbidity and survival in the geriatric popultion.
Claes-Göran Östensson, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Endocrinology and diabetes. Karolinska University Hospital,Solna.
Project: Why do middle-aged men have a greater risk in developing type II diabetes than women? Molecular and genetic studies on sex related diabetes risk.
Anna-Lena Nordström, Institute for Clinical Neuroscience, Section for Psychiatry, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna
Project: PET investigations on sex differences in psychiatric disorders.
Yvonne von Hauswolff-Juhlin, Department of Obstetrics, Institution for Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge
Projekt: SWEDES Stockholms weight development study
Peter Stenvinkel, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge
Project: Sex hormones in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with chronic kidney failure.
Karolina Kublickiene, Department of Obstetrics, CLINTEC, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge
Project: Preeclampsi pathogenesis and future health.
Ivanka Savic-Berglund, Institute for Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna
Project: Mechanisms behind burntout syndrome in women.
Theses and degrees
Since its establishment the Center for Gender Medicine has supported the completion of several theses and degrees.
Cissi Gardmo: Studies on growth hormone induced female-characteristic gene transcription in rat-liver.
Dan A. Svensson: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Major Recurrent Headaches
Margita Eriksson-Berg: Hemostasis in middle-aged women with coronary heart disease
Elisabet Svenungsson: Cardiovascular Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Aida Wahlgren: Growth Factors in Spermatogenesis
Helena Kallner, Masters Degree 2002: The importance of gender perspectives in evidence based prevention.
Cardiovascular Gender Medicine Scholarship
Since 2003 the Center for Gender Medicine has awarded a yearly scholarship for 50,000 crowns in Cardiovascular Gender Medicine. Financing has been provided by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
2006: Alexandra Antonvic: Hemostasis and Gender.
2005: Åsa Tivesten: Steroid metabolism, the androgen receptor and atherogenesis.
2004: Natalie Cruz: New insights in the gender related regulation of small artery function in humans and estrogen receptor beta knock-out mice.
2003: Nina Johnston: Gender aspects on biomarkers in acute coronary syndromes.
Gender and Research
Since 2010, the Research Council of Norway has required that all grant applicants address the potential relevance of sex and gender in their research.
In a stunning new document, the Council has strengthened its cutting-edge policies. See Gender Balance and Gender Perspectives in Research and Innovation, especially pages 9 and 11. Download it and read it.