SRP Diabetes International Seminar Series

This seminar series with international speakers in the field of diabetes and metabolism has the aim to increase the interactions of the research community at Karolinska Institutet with interesting scientists from other institutions. The seminars are sponsored by the SRP Diabetes programme and hosted by the different research groups affiliated to the programme.

Diabetes Friday webinars continue in the fall!

Our webinars in the spring were highly popular and will be continued in the fall - tune in at this site to see who's up next. Internationally recognized scientists in the field will be invited as speakers.


Diabetes Fridays - SRP Diabetes webinars 2021

We are happy to announce the new webinar series for the spring 2021: Diabetes Fridays! Due to the pandemic the Diabetes Day 2020 excellent speakers have all agreed to each give a separate talk primarily on Fridays during the spring term 2021. So far, six of the talks have been scheduled – more information on topics and how to join will be given at this site so stay tuned! You may also sign up for our email list to get invitations directly in your mailbox.

Friday January 22, 15.00 Swedish time – Andrea Dunaif (Mount Sinai NY, research on women’s health and diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and Sanjiv Risal (Karolinska Institutet, research on PCOS) Host: Elisabet Stener-Victorin.

Friday February 12, 12.00 Swedish time – Karine Clement gives the Jacobaeus prize lecture (prize awarded by Novo Nordisk Fonden), (Sorbonne University/INSERM, research on pathophysiology of obesity and nutrition-related disorders) Host: Anna Krook and Novo Nordisk Fonden.

Friday February 26, 15.00 Swedish time – Marc Donath (Univ Basel, research on islet inflammation in physiology, obesity and type 2 diabetes) and Eckardt Treuter (Karolinska Institutet, research on epigenetic mechanisms in metabolic-inflammatory diseases). Host: Per-Olof Berggren.

Friday March 12, 12.00 Swedish time – Chantal Mathieu (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, research on type 1 diabetes, vitamin D and immune system and diabetes, the insulin-producing beta cell) and Sofia Carlsson (Karolinska Institutet, research on risk factors, incidence and complications of autoimmune diabetes) Host: Juleen Zierath.

Friday February March 26, 12.00 Swedish time – Matthias Blüher “Healthy obesity – a myth?” (University Leipzig, research on adipose tissue function in insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes development) Host: Peter Arner.

Wednesday May 26, 15.00 Swedish time - Jean Schaffer, (Joslin/Harvard, research on diabetic cardiovascular complications, lipotoxicity and tissue response to metabolic stress) and Anna Norhammar (Karolinska Institutet, research on cardiovascular complications of diabetes and prediabetes). Host: Juleen Zierath

Friday June 4, 12.00 Swedish time webinar on gene regulation in diabetes and metabolic disorders- Jorge Ferrer, (Imperial College London and Centre for Genomic Regulation Barcelona/CIBERDEM, research on genome regulation of pancreatic beta cells and human diabetes) and Andreas Hörnblad (Umeå University, research on gene regulatory mechanisms in obesity-associated liver cancer)  Host: Helena Edlund

September-OctoberDate TBD, Christian Wolfrum, (ETH Zurich, research on cellular heterogeneity of adipose tissue affecting adipose tissue quality and metabolic homeostasis.) and Niklas Mejhert (Karolinska Institutet, research on mechanisms of energy storage in fat cells) Host: Mikael Rydén

Earlier seminars


Midhat Abdulreda, Diabetes Research Institute, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, USA

Zachary Knight, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Fransisco, USA

Barry Freedman, Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Ulf Riserus, Uppsala University, Sweden


Rhonda Bassel-Duby, University of Texas Southwestern, USA

Jan Frystyk, Odense University Hospital & University of Southern Denmark

Christoph Handschin, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

Guy Rutter, Imperial College, London, UK

Antonio Vidal-Puig, Metabolic Research Laboratories, University of Cambridge, UK


Kelle Moley, Washington University, USA

Bruce Spiegelman, Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA

Mark Atkinson, Diabetes Institute, The University of Florida, USA


Roland Stocker, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney, Australia

Akilesh Reddy, University of Cambridge, UK


Eckhardt Lammert, Institut of Metabolic Physiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany


Philippe Froguel, Imperial College London/Pasteur Institute Lille, France

Barbara Corkey, Boston University School of Medicine, USA

Barry Freedman, Wake Forest School of Medicine Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Stephen Shears, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA


Evan Rosen, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, USA

Yuval Dor, The Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School, Israel

Heiko Lickert, Institute for Stem Cell Research/ Helmholtz Center, Munich, Germany

Piero Carninci, Omics Science Center, RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Japan

Alejandro Caicedo, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA


Richard Johnson, University of Colorado, Denver

Juergen Eckel, Paul-Langerhans-Group German Diabetes Center


Stefan Nobel