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Two KI researchers awarded ERC Consolidator Grants
Two KI researchers – Simon Elsässer and Magda Bienko – have been awarded 2022 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants totaling four million euro (nearly 45 million Swedish kronor). The funds will support two ambitious basic research projects that aim to further our understanding of the complex nature of our cells.
EU Cancer Conference: “A clear objective is greater care equality throughout the EU.”
The Swedish presidency of the EU began in the new year and so much is evident, especially when it comes to issues of healthcare. Anna Martling, chief physician and professor of surgery at Karolinska Institutet, will be leading the EU Cancer Congress, which kicks off in Stockholm on 1 February.
Spotlight on proteins
The proteins that fix (almost) everything
Proteins can make any inventor green with envy. It is proteins that make the body work. But when these same super-substances make mistakes, we may get sick with things like cancer or Alzheimer's disease. The job of researchers is to sort out the proteins when they malfunction. Read a special series about protein research from KI's magazine Medicinsk Vetenskap.
Poor coparenting linked to depression in dads
Dads are more likely to feel depressed when their kids are toddlers if their coparenting relationships are poor in the months after birth, a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet shows. The findings are published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Both high- and low-dose exercise therapy is beneficial for knee osteoarthritis
Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have compared high dose exercise therapy versus low dose in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. The study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine show that both groups had similar results. However, high dose exercise therapy provided superior outcomes related to function in sports and recreation in the short term, with results subsiding after six months.
Ukrainian scientist fled Russia’s bombs – now she is researching at KI
Nataliia Petryk ran a private clinic in Kyiv helping women give birth when she was forced to flee Ukraine when Russia invaded her country. By following a call by the European Research Council for EU teams to take in Ukrainian scientists, she is now able to conduct research to prevent miscarriage at Karolinska Institutet. Her experience is an example of how science knows no borders.
Procrastination is linked to poor health
Students who habitually delay tasks are at higher risk of worse health outcomes over time, a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Sophiahemmet University has found. The authors linked procrastiction to more symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, disabling pain and worse sleep quality nine months later. Read more in The Conversation.
Antibodies in the airways provide durable protection against SARS-CoV-2
High levels of mucosal IgA antibodies in the airways protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least eight months. A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Danderyd Hospital raises further hope for the feasibility of future nasal vaccine platforms.
Uric acid linked to later risk for irregular heart rhythm
High levels of uric acid in midlife may significantly raise the risk for a serious type of irregular heartbeat in the decades that follow, even in people without traditional risk factors, new research from Karolinska Institutet published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows.
The same genes may be behind cardiometabolic diseases and dementia
Being affected by several cardiometabolic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, is linked to a greatly increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A new twin study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet suggests that the same genes may be behind the risk of both cardiometabolic diseases and dementia.
Blood-based markers may reveal Alzheimer disease ten years before symptoms show
Alzheimer disease begins decades before any symptoms, such as memory loss, start to show. Consequently, early diagnosis increases the chances of slowing the disease down with drugs. A new study on an inherited form of the disease shows that a protein called GFAP is a possible biomarker for very early stages of the disease. The findings could one day lead to an earlier detection of this serious and common disease.
The proteins that fix (almost) everything
Proteins can make any inventor green with envy. It is proteins that make the body work. But when these same super-substances make mistakes, we may get sick with things like cancer or Alzheimer's disease. Read the first in a series of articles about protein research from the magazine Medicinsk Vetenskap.
Antibiotic residues in water a threat to human health
Antibiotic residues in wastewater and wastewater treatment plants in regions around China and India risk contributing to antibiotic resistance, and the drinking water may pose a threat to human health, according to an analysis from Karolinska Institutet published in The Lancet Planetary Health.
New method finds the right treatment for breast cancer patients
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a method that should be able to predict whether a patient with breast cancer will benefit from a particular treatment or not. The cell-based method has been tested on patients with promising results, according to a study published in PNAS.
Cellular messengers improve cancer therapy
Nano-sized membrane bubbles known as extracellular vesicles activate the immune system in mice and seem to render their tumours sensitive to a type of immunotherapy drug called a checkpoint inhibitor. This is according to a new study published in Cancer Immunology Research by researchers at KI.
Women severely affected by chronic cluster headache
Cluster headache, sometimes known as “suicide headache”, have been described as a predominantly male disease. New research from KI now shows that women who have the disease are more affected in their daily lives. They have longer periods of pain, a higher frequency of related symptoms, use more prophylactic medicine and take more sick leave.
Selected top publications
Reduced risk of alcohol related disorders in elite football players
Peter Ueda et al, BMJ, December 2022
Vaccination effective and safe in mice with hereditary small vessel disease
Daniel V Oliveira et al, EMBO Molecular Medicine, December 2022
Simultaneous mapping of different epigenetic landmarks in a single cell
Marek Bartosovic and Gonçalo Castelo-Branco, Nature Biotechnology, December 2022
Double embryo transfer during IVF increased risk of complications in singleton births
Kenny A. Rodriguez-Wallberg et al, JAMA Psychiatry, December 2022
Lung function development more plastic than previously thought
Gang Wang et al, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, November 2022
Study shows how the brain encodes the start, duration and speed of locomotion
Eva M. Berg et al, Neuron, November 2022
Cholinesterase inhibitors helped Alzheimer’s patients preserve kidney function
Hong Xu et al, Kidney International, November 2022
More high impact publications
Scientific challenge to measure inequity in health
How is health equity even calculated? Researchers Emelie Agardh and Matteo Bottai at Karolinska Institutet are looking for new methodological paths, among other things inspired by the game Master mind.
Information regarding the war in Ukraine
On this page you will find information for staff and students and resources for journalists and the public concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Macchiarini case: timeline
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