Published: 2021-11-09 17:51 | Updated: 2021-12-14 14:27

Four MedS colleagues were celebrated at this year's installation ceremony

Elizabeth Arkema at the installation ceremony 2021. Photo: Marie Wahren-Herlenius

On October 14, KI's annual installation ceremony was held in Aula Medica. During the ceremony, professors are inaugurated and adjunct professors and recipients of academic awards are celebrated.

The ceremony began with a procession and a welcome speech by the President Ole Petter Ottersen. During the evening the guests were also entertained with music by, among others, Cookies n´Beans and Paganini.

Elizabeth received the award

Among the prize winners was Elizabeth Arkema (picture) from the Department of Medicine, Solna. Elizabeth has been awarded the Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Prize for her population-based studies on the inflammatory disease sarcoidosis. She has built a unique data repository leveraging the power of Swedish population-based data with biobanked blood samples from well-characterized and longitudinally followed clinical cohorts. Elizabeth’s research focuses on identifying the links between genes, inflammation and lifestyle factors which cause sarcoidosis, and how these factors can be used to identify novel phenotypes and predict prognosis.

Installed professors

Two new MedS professors were also installed; Karin Ekström Smedby, professor of hematology-oncology with a focus on clinical epidemiology, and Olof Stephansson, professor of clinical epidemiology with a focus on gynecology-obstetrics. Jon Lampa was installed as an adjunct professor of rheumatic diseases.

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Karin Ekström Smedby
Karin Ekström Smedby, professor. Photo: Ulf Sirborn

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Professor Olof Stephansson
Professor Olof Stephansson. Photo: Ulf Sirborn.

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