Novel findings explain indirect regulation of glucose homeostasis
The hormone secreting part of the pancreas, the islets of Langerhans, has a unique cyto-architecture that allows functional interrelationships between the different cell types. Somatostatin is secreted by the delta cell and is an effective inhibitor of the insulin secreting beta cell and the glucagon secreting alpha cell. According to a novel study from Sweden’s Karolinska Instiutet, published in the journal Nature Communications, the delta cell can thereby indirectly affect glucose homeostasis in health and disease.
New pain organ discovered in the skin
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a new sensory receptor organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts. The discovery is being published in the scientific journal Science.
SEK ten million for research on brain development
Sten Linnarsson, professor of molecular systems biology at Karolinska Institutet, is trying to understand the development of the human brain. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is now giving him this year’s Torsten Söderberg Academy Professorial Chair in Medicine for his work in achieving a detailed map of the human brain. The grant consists of SEK ten million over a five-year period.
New signaling pathway controlling breast cancer
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now discovered a previously unknown signaling pathway that controls cellular senescence in breast cancer.
Hormonal therapy has a long-term effect in breast cancer
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have investigated the long-term effect of hormonal therapy in women with the most common types of hormone-sensitive breast cancer. The results are presented in the journal JAMA Oncology.
Psychiatric comorbidity contributes to increased mortality in ADHD
Psychiatric comorbidity may play an important role in the increased risk of premature death in people with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), according to a new extensive registry study conducted at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University. The results are published in JAMA Psychiatry.
KI participates in Stockholm Pride
Last week Stockholm Pride took place. The festival is part of a global movement to improve the life situation and rights of LGBTQ individuals. Karolinska Institutet participated again in this year’s manifestation.
Alarming information about imprisoned KI Alumnus - Ahmedreza Djalali
Following the emergence of the most recent disturbing details, President Ole Petter Ottersen is once again calling for justice for Ahmedreza Djalali.
Genetic study shows that anorexia nervosa is more than a psychiatric disorder
A new large-scale genome-wide association study published in Nature Genetics, has identified eight genetic variants significantly associated with anorexia nervosa. The study, involving researchers from Karolinska Institutet, shows that the origins of this serious disorder appear to be both metabolic and psychiatric.