Academic freedom in decline – universities must assume greater responsibility
Several high-profile cases of intimidation, harassment and imprisoned researchers demonstrate that academic freedom is under considerable pressure. Earlier in May, KI highlighted the situation during a seminar that focused on the role of universities must play as propagators of academic freedom.
Precision prevention receives SEK 23 million in research grants
EIT Health Scandinavia International has awarded SEK 23 million in research grants to support international collaboration in precision prevention in rheumatology, with almost half of the grant distributed to Karolinska Institutet and Region Stockholm. The scope of the project includes creating the conditions for the early diagnosis of risk factors for developing RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and enabling patients at risk of developing RA to manage the risk through lifestyle changes.
A new form of therapy for autistic individuals has been evaluated
A doctoral thesis at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has investigated whether Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be used for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The results show that the treatment can be carried out in both a school environment and in psychiatric outpatient care and can have an effect on, among other things, perceived stress.
Hybrid conference: The university as a vital driver of sustainable development
The day before the UN’s Stockholm+50 international conference in early June, KI, Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm Environment Institute are arranging a hybrid conference focusing on how scientists, academics and students can influence decision-makers and drive progress towards a sustainable society. Co-organizers Hanna Karlsson and Stefan Swartling Peterson explain why you shouldn't miss it.
mRNA booster vaccines may be a good investment in developing countries
Vaccines based on inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus are commonly used in developing countries due to their low cost. New research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that a booster shot of mRNA vaccine to individuals who have received two doses of inactivated vaccine offers the same level of protection against COVID-19 as three doses of mRNA vaccine. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.
Stories from the pandemic
Back to the future: Researchers, teachers and students on life after the pandemic
The pandemic still effects people around the world, but as restrictions are lifted, there are new challenges. At Karolinska Institutet, teachers are faced with hybrid teaching, researchers will return to previous research and students will find their way back to routines on campus. Here, they talk about the time before and during the pandemic and after restrictions were lifted.
Cell types responsible for hearing loss in humans identified
Using gene expression data from different cell types in the inner ear and brain, KI researchers have been able to identify the cell types that mainly contribute to hearing loss. The findings confirm that hearing loss does not derive from the brain but from a distinct compartment in the cochlea, called the stria vascularis, which is the “powerhouse” of the inner ear.
How screen habits affect children's health
Screen time is often associated with poor health in young people, but it is more complicated than that, say researchers. We are affected, but differently and not just negatively. What we do on our phones – and what we do when we are not using them – also plays a role in our well-being.
Progenitor cells in salamanders form honeycomb-like pattern to repair heart injury
Eroglu E et al, Nature Cell Biology, May 2022
Researchers introduce new quality control tool for RNA sequencing in single cells
Sandberg R et al, Nature Methods, April 2022
New genetic risk factors for migraine revealed in large study
Hautakangas H et al, Nature Genetics, February 2022
New explanatory model for mild COVID-19 in children and adolescents
Brodin P et al, Immunity, January 2022
Antibody-based tool could help efforts for malaria control and elimination
Yman V et al, Nature Communications, January 2022
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KI returns remains to North America
In May, KI-staff Dan Jibréus boarded a plane bound for North Dakota, and then on to Oklahoma in the United States. Two separate remains in specially built boxes were packed in the cargo space and would, after several years of delay due to the pandemic, now be returned.
The Macchiarini case: timeline
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