300 politicians visited Biomedicum and Hagastaden

Published 2017-05-10 14:09. Updated 2017-05-10 15:42

Politicians listening to Johanna Lanner. Photographer: Karolina Wichman

On May 5th, politicians from The Council for the Stockholm Mälar Region visited Karolinska Institutet as part of a tour around Hagastaden. The politicians were from different counties and municipalities of the Stockholm Mälar region and they met in Stockholm for their annual conference “Mälartinget”. The theme of this years meeting was “Incentive and Collaboration”.

The Biomedicum crew. Photographer: Klas Wichman

Collaboration in Biomedicum

Strategically located outside the Biomedicum building, Johanna Lanner, Kerstin Lundin and Jonas Fuxe presented the visions of the Biomedicum project. The focus was to describe how Biomedicum will bring researchers from different departments and scientific disciplines together and create a fundament for new collaborative approaches and scientific breakthroughs.

Johanna, researcher at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Jonas, researcher at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, shared examples from their own research areas of how collaboration in Biomedicum can work.

“In my research we try to find out what causes muscle weakness. Muscle weakness is common among patients with cancer. A possible cause of muscle weakness may be that the muscles are exposed to substances released from cancer cells that circulate with the blood to the muscles. In collaboration with cancer researchers, as for example Jonas Fuxe, we can identify which circulating substances that reaches the muscle cells. Overall, to be under the same roof will make collaboration much easier” Johanna says.

The future in five minutes

The visiting politicians had five minutes at each station. ”It was a very good experience and a bit of a challenge to pitch Biomedicum outdoors to a different audience. It is not easy to present our fantastic, yet complex project in just five minutes, especially when parts of the audience visited KI for the first time and did not know much about experimental research.” project leader Kerstin says.

During their tour around Hagastaden, the politicians also visited Akademiska hus and Campus Solna, Karolinska universitetssjukhuset, Northern Hagastaden and Norra stationsgatan.