New research centre opening at KI
On 30 September Karolinska Institutet, in collaboration with KTH - Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, is opening a new research centre. The aim of the centre, called AIMES – Center for the Advancement of Integrated Medical and Engineering Sciences, is to promote inter-disciplinary research and its translation to societal impact.
The new coronavirus
Strong activation of anti-bacterial T cells linked to severe COVID-19
A type of anti-bacterial T cells, so-called MAIT cells, are strongly activated in people with moderate to severe COVID-19 disease, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that is published in the journal Science Immunology. The findings contribute to increased understanding about how our immune system responds against COVID-19 infection.
Women could conceive after ovarian tumours
Women receiving fertility-sparing surgery for treatment of borderline ovarian tumours were able to have children, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in Fertility & Sterility shows. Natural fertility was preserved in most of them and only a small proportion required assisted reproductive treatment such as in vitro fertilization. Survival in the group was also as high as in women who had undergone radical surgical for treatment of similar tumours.
Breakthrough for tomorrow’s dentistry
New knowledge on the cellular makeup and growth of teeth can expedite developments in regenerative dentistry – a biological therapy for damaged teeth – as well as the treatment of tooth sensitivity. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, is published in Nature Communications.
KI’s reputation score increases
Karolinska Institutet's reputation score among the public has risen for the second year in a row, according to new survey results published on 10 September.
Web-based CBT effective for alcohol use disorder
While alcohol dependency is becoming increasingly common, it is difficult to obtain help. However, new research presented in a doctoral thesis by Magnus Johansson at Karolinska Institutet shows that web-based CBT is no less effective than face-to-face CBT.
Decision on scientific misconduct case
In a decision announced late yesterday (9 September), the National Board for Assessment of Research Misconduct finds Karin Dahlman-Wright, the former vice-president of Karolinska Institutet, guilty of scientific misconduct with respect to four papers published between 2013 and 2016.
Imagery reveals autism-related brain differences
People with autism spectrum disorder have lower levels of a protein that regulates the amount of serotonin in the brain, a paper from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry reports. For their study, the researchers used a molecular brain imaging technique to compare people with and without autism; their results offer hope of finding a drug that can alleviate the symptoms.
Glenn Regehr is awarded the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education
Dr. Glenn Regehr is awarded the 2020 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (KIPRIME.) Dr. Regehr of University of British Columbia, Vancouver (UBC), whose work has improved the educational and scholarly practices in health professions education, will be the tenth winner of this prestigious and coveted award.
A limited selection of recent publications in high impact journals to which researchers at KI have contributed.
Promising results in case study of COVID-19 drug candidate APN01
Human recombinant soluble ACE2 in severe COVID-19, Ali Mirazimi et al, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, September 2020.
New knowledge on the effect of periodic fasting in over-weight men
Time-restricted feeding alters lipid and amino acid metabolite rhythmicity without perturbing clock gene expression, Lundell LS, Nature Communications, September 2020.
Gene analysis may improve precision in treatment of certain neuroblastoma
Age Dependency of the Prognostic Impact of Tumor Genomics in Localized Resectable MYCN-Nonamplified Neuroblastomas. Report From the SIOPEN Biology Group on the LNESG Trials and a COG Validation Group, Ambros IM et al, Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2020.
KI in the media
The Macchiarini case: timeline
Professors' inauguration 2020
On Thursday, 15 October 2020, fourteen new professors are to be inaugurated at Karolinska Institutet in solemn forms in Aula Medica. The professors' inauguration ceremony is one of the highlights of the academic year of our university. This year due to the pandemic, a part of the ceremony will be held digitally.
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.