International collaboration

StratCan-KICancer catalyzes international networks and collaborations in line with KI’s international policy.

Cancer Core Europe

Six leading cancer centers have joined forces to form Cancer Core Europe - a European cancer association carrying out innovative research propelling cancer medicine into a new era. Karolinska Institutet is one of the member institutes of Cancer Core Europe:

  • Cambridge Cancer Centre
  • German Cancer Research Center & National Center for Tumor Diseases
  • Gustave Roussy
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology

MD Anderson Cancer Center

In May 2013 KI signed a "Sister Institution Agreement" with MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson Cancer Center is a top-ranked comprehensive cancer center in the United States. The signing ceremony was held at KI accompanied by a mini-symposium with prominent international speakers.

Ronald A. DePinho, President MD Anderson and Anders Hamsten, Vice-Chancellor KI at the signing ceremony

StratCan-KICancer administers the collaborative efforts with MD Anderson and serves as the contact point at KI.

The primary joint efforts include:

  • Participating in the SINF (Sister Institution Network Fund) grant announcement for collaborative grants. The KI-MDACC Collaborative grant/ SINF has been announced yearly since 2013 and so far five projects have received funding (funding of the KI partner by StratCan).
  • Participating in the annual GAP meeting. The meeting is held every second year at MD Anderson in Houston Texas and every second year hosted abroad at a Sister Institution. KI/StratCan has participated in the meetings annually since start.


StratCan collaborates with The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ). Presently two research projects are jointly funded through this collaboration.