Health for all in focus when KI’s 13 new professors were inaugurated
Mushroom pickers and kite surfers who want to cure cancer and eliminate chronic pain – those are some of the 13 new professors inaugurated at Karolinska Institutet on Thursday in a ceremony in Aula Medica. Some 750 guests had gathered to welcome the new professors in addition to eight adjunct professors, four visiting professors, eight prize winners and four medalists.
New diagnostic method finds aggressive tumours
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new cheap method that can identify highly heterogeneous tumours that tend to be very aggressive, and therefore need to be treated more aggressively. The technique is presented in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
People with atopic eczema have more S. aureus bacteria in their skin
People with atopic eczema have many more Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in their skin than those with healthy skin or psoriasis, according to a study by researchers at KI and the University of Helsinki, Finland. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows how the S. aureus bacteria displaced other potentially health-promoting bacteria.
Children exposed to Swedish snus during pregnancy have higher blood pressure
Children are more likely to have higher systolic blood pressure by age six if their mom used the Swedish powdered tobacco product snus during pregnancy. This according to a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Increased performance in female athletes after testosterone supplementation
Researchers at KI and the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences have investigated the effects of testosterone supplementation in young athletically active women in a randomised, placebo-controlled trial. The results are published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of major birth defects
Children born to women who underwent gastric bypass surgery before becoming pregnant had a lower risk of major birth defects than children born to women who had severe obesity at the start of their pregnancy. That’s according to a matched cohort study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University published in the scientific journal JAMA.
In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Gunnar Höglund
Professor Emeritus Gunnar Höglund, doctor and researcher, died on October 3, 2019, 88 years old. His importance in highlighting the importance of medical education research and its development is unmatched in the history of Karolinska Institutet. Together with his wife, Docent Anna-Stina Malmborg, doctor and researcher, established a foundation in 2001 to highlight and stimulate high-quality research in the field of medical education, including through the international award KIPRIME.
No difference in suicide rates between refugees and migrants
Refugees who fled to Sweden were no more likely to die by suicide than migrants who moved to the country on their own terms, according to a study by researchers at KI and UCL in the U.K. However, the risk of suicide for both groups increased the longer they stayed in Sweden and was after 20 years almost on par with that of the native population. The study is published in The British Journal of Psychiatry.
Nobel laureates explain vital ability
The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2019 have explained a vital ability – how cells adapt to the availability of oxygen. These discoveries have opened the door to new strategies for combating anaemia, cancer and many other diseases and are now being investigated further.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza
The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.
KI collaboration projects awarded EUR 19 million in ERC Synergy Grants
Two research projects at Karolinska Institutet have been awarded synergy grants from the European Research Council (ERC). In total, the researchers and their international partners were awarded about EUR 19 million (SEK 209 million) over a six-year period for studies that aim to widen our understanding of disease-causing fat cells and unlock new cancer treatments.
New center in Washington named after Hans Rosling
University of Washington in Seattle, USA, has decided a building under construction will be named after the late Karolinska Institutet-professor Hans Rosling. The center is mainly financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and is expected to be finished in 2020.
A limited selection of recent publications in high impact journals where researchers from KI are main authors.
New strategy for mapping receptor-activating proteins
Multiplexed analysis of the secretin-like GPCR-RAMP interactome
Lorenzen E. et al, Science Advances, Sept. 2019.
Study reveals sex-specific genes in Schizophrenia
Sex-specific transcriptional and proteomic signatures in schizophrenia, Tiihonen J et al., Nature Communications, Sept. 2019.
New knowledge about the immune system of the lungs
Bhlhe40 and Bhlhe41 transcription factors regulate alveolar macrophage self‐renewal and identity, Rauschmeier R et al., EMBO Journal, Aug. 2019.
KI in the media
The Macchiarini case: timeline
On Thursday, 17 October 2019, thirteen new professors were inaugurated at Karolinska Institutet in solemn forms in Aula Medica. The professor's inauguration ceremony is one of the highlights of the academic year of our university.
Spotlight on prostate cancer
Many researchers agree that screening is a way to reduce mortality in prostate cancer patients, but so far the diagnostic methods have been inadequate. Find articles from the latest issue of our magazine Medicinsk Vetenskap translated to English.