Brain injury in COVID-19 is revealed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography
Injuries in the nervous system of patients with severe COVID-19 are revealed by magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography. In a study of 185 patients, researchers at KI and Karolinska University Hospital show an affection of microscopic blood vessels and inflammation in the brain, meninges and nerves. The results are published in Radiology.
New insights into the cellular response to SARS-CoV-2 infection
The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has created an unprecedented public health challenge globally. Little was known about how the infecting cells respond to the virus and how the virus hijacks the host cellular machinery. A study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet published in Emerging Microbes & Infection gives new insights into the virus-host interplay enabling newer ideas to tackle the virus.
Academic Pride Flying the Flag for Digital Festival
The Covid-19 pandemic does not stop the fight for LGBTQ rights. This year’s Stockholm Pride will instead be broadcast live digitally under the name Stockholm Pride Summer Stream. As usual, Karolinska Institutet, together with several of Stockholm’s higher education institutions are participating under the joint Academic Pride banner.
Large number of undiagnosed patients likely infected with hepatitis virus identified in Sweden
Using a large transfusion database, with data going back to the 1960s, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have been able to identify 44 donors and 1,180 transfused patients likely to be infected with hepatitis C, who are still alive and who remain undiagnosed.
Antidepressant does not improve post-stroke recovery
The antidepressant fluoxetine has been suggested as a means to improve brain recovery after acute stroke. However, a large randomised study on stroke patients at 35 Swedish hospitals shows that the drug has no such effect. The study, which was led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, is published in The Lancet Neurology.
New method estimates risks of hormone-disrupting substances in drinking water
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new method that can make it easier for public authorities to assess the health risks of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the environment.
Unique global online tool paves the way for more individualised cancer treatments
Making the latest research results available to doctors increases the opportunities for finding better individualised cancer treatment. For a few years, researchers at Karolinska Insititutet and several other universities have been working on building a digital tool which will make global genomic data easily available as support for treatment decisions.
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Immunity to COVID-19 is probably higher than tests have shown
New research from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital shows that many people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 demonstrate so-called T-cell-mediated immunity to the new coronavirus, even if they have not tested positively for antibodies. According to the researchers, this means that public immunity is probably higher than antibody tests suggest. The article is freely available on the bioRxiv server and has been submitted for publication in a scientific journal.
A limited selection of recent publications in high impact journals to which researchers at KI have contributed.
New method reveals more genetic links to human traits and diseases
High-definition likelihood inference of genetic correlations across human complex, Ning Z, Pawitan Y, Shen X, Nature Genetics, June 2020.
Decreased mortality in patients diagnosed with aortic dissection
Sex differences and temporal trends in aortic dissection: a population-based study of incidence, treatment strategies, and outcome in Swedish patients during 15 years, Smedberg C et al, European Heart Journal, June 2020.
Patients with chronic kidney disease may benefit from more fruit and vegetables
Plant-based diets to manage the risks and complications of chronic kidney disease, Carrero JJ et al, Nature Reviews Nephrology, June 2020.
Environmental factors do not explain increased prevalence of autism
Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autistic Traits Over Time, Taylor MJ et al, JAMA Psychiatry, May 2020.
KI in the media
The Macchiarini case: timeline
Ten questions (plus one extra) for KI’s new chairman of the university board
In a sense, Göran Stiernstedt will have come full circle when he takes up office as KI chairperson on 1 May 2020. He once took his medical degree at KI, and now he’s back.
Spotlight on COVID-19
In early 2020, a new coronavirus was identified in China, and it has now caused a worldwide pandemic. The official name for this virus is SARS-CoV-2, and the disease that is caused by the virus is called COVID-19. Here we present news and features about KI's efforts to stop the new coronavirus.
Meet our researchers
What causes depression and why is fat cells so hard to study? These are some of the questions that researchers at KI are interested in. Find interviews and articles prevously published here at the news site or in our popular-science magazine, Medicinsk Vetenskap.