Spotlight on our friends the bacteria
Not long ago, everyone – including doctors and experts – mainly considered bacteria, funguses and viruses as being something undesirable, only causing trouble and disease. Now we know better. Knowledge of the role of microbes for our well-being has exploded over the past decade.
Diversity rather than simplicity
Lots of bacteria live on and inside our body. We would quickly get ill without them. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet are trying to find out more about "our friends the bacteria".
What role does bacteria play in a delivery?
Children born by caesarean section have a different bacterial flora. Researcher Emma Fransson and her colleagues at the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR) are now studying whether this can be restored, thereby reducing the risk of allergies.
Balance in the vaginal flora important for health
KI researcher Juan Du is studying how the correlation between bacteria and HPV impacts the development of cervical cancer.
How the researchers changed their own diet
Did the new knowledge about the role of bacteria for human health make you change your own diet? Here are the answers from some of KI's bacteria researchers.
Treated with bacterial culture from a healthy donor
The constant diarrhoea was ruining Charlotta's life. Through a research project at Karolinska Institutet she found a treatment that worked.
Studying oral disease in the laboratory with biofilm models
Georgios Belibasakis researches the bacterial ecosystem of the mouth and how it can thrive in symbiosis with its host – or cause diseases such as caries, periodontitis and peri-implantitis.
Gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability
Research from Karolinska Institutet in mice shows that shows that natural gut-residing microbes can influence the integrity of the blood-brain barrier.
Video from CTMR: Secrets of the microbiome
A video about the people and the research conducted at the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research (CTMR). The centre is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, SciLifeLab and the company Ferring Pharmaceuticals.