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KI announces exchange positions at the University of Tokyo for doctoral students for travels with departure date between mid-September and 31 December 2019.
A few weeks have passed since the launch of ki.se in Drupal 8. We have fixed most of the issues discovered in connection to the launch. We will keep developing the web to improve the visitor/user experience, but also for editors. We see that many of you are already working well in the new system. Here are some clarifications on issues we get a lot of questions around.
Gonçalo Castelo Branco, at Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, is leading one of 38 projects that received a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Seed Networks for the Human Cell Atlas grant. The project, investigating how oligodendrocytes can be different in the human brain and spinal cord, will be part of the Human Cell Atlas, a global consortium of scientists whose mission is to create comprehensive reference maps of all human cells.
The research school is aimed at doctoral students who are active in clinically oriented research within primary care.
Good news! 9 researchers from ANA Futura received CIMED grant 2020-2022.
KI-researcher Åsa Wheelock has been awarded a grant of SEK 15 million for molecular research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has distributed 2 MSEK during 2019 to support a collaborative project between Karolinska Institutet and Region Stockholm.
The grants are distributed over three years: 2010-2022.
Mikael Rydén and Paul Petrus, Unit for Endocrinology and Diabetes have in collaboration with researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted a study on Type 2 diabetes, published in EBiomedicine.
Per Södersten's long term research at NVS has been translated into treatment of patients with anorexia and other eating disorders in collaboration with Cecilia Bergh since 1993. Starting from nothing, the Mandometer Clinic has grown over the years. The treatment is based on neuroscience and has been evaluated in clinical studies and the results have been verified in large groups of patients.
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls
Laura Kremer, postdoc in Nils-Göran Larsson’s research group at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics has received an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship to study basic mechanisms for the inheritance of mitochondrial DNA in mammals. The fellowship runs over 24 months.
A symposium to discuss the role of family caregivers and how they can be supported in caring of older persons was held on May 16 and organized by the research group “Caring in Community Care”, Division of Nursing.
Karolinska Institutet has been invited by STINT (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education) to nominate two candidates and a backup candidate to participate in the exchange programme for teaching staff called Teaching Sabbatical.
Higher Education News is a newsletter for personnel in Karolinska Institutet's higher education organisation. It was published for the first time in 2009.
Birgitta Henriques Normark, Rickard Sandberg and Sten Eirik Jacobsen have been elected as members of the EMBO organization.
INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping and archiving of model mammalian genomes. The INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure provides access to first-class tools and data for biomedical research, and thereby contributes to improving the understanding of gene function in human health and disease using the mouse model.
Using a method called Mendelian randomisation, researchers at Karolinska Institutet show that there is a causal association between high BMI and several heart and blood vessel diseases, especially if the fat mass is high. The greatest risk increase was observed for a condition known as aortic valve stenosis. The study is published in the European Heart Journal.
Antibodies that exist in the joints before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain even in the absence of arthritis, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report. The researchers believe that the finding, which is published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, can represent a general mechanism in autoimmunity and that the results can facilitate the development of new ways of reducing non-inflammatory pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Muhammad Irfan from the research group Growth and Metabolism will defend his thesis "Roles of SNAP-25 isoforms in activity-dependent long-term synaptic plasticity" on June 19th, 2019. Main Supervisor is Christina Bark
News stories on medical research are affected by the quality of university press releases, but both sources often omit important information about the actual scientific study described, researchers from Karolinska Institutet report in the journal PLOS ONE.
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KI’s new strategy document, Strategy 2030, was adopted in April. Now the goals and tasks that will lead the way for the first four years are being compiled. Two general meetings were held at the end of May at which staff and students were able to voice their opinions on what should be done.
The Svedbergpriset 2019 is awarded to Magda Bienko for her studies on how our DNA is organized in the cell nucleus and how this affects the expression of genes in different cell types in our body.
Dr Kostas Stamatopoulos has been appointed Visiting Professor at the research group Clinical Genetics, the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, from June 1st, 2019.
Neither the sex nor pregnancy history of red blood cell donors appear to influence the risk of death among patients who receive their blood, according to a large observational study involving researchers from Karolinska Institutet. These findings, published in JAMA, suggest that current red blood cell transfusion practice is safe.
Albert Blanchart Aguado has been appointed as the new Biosafety Officer for the department. Albert is currently manager of the VirusTech Core Facility, which also recently became part of MBB, and the coordinator of the common virus lab in Biomedicum. He has been a member of the KI Biosafety committee since 2018 and his main roles involve work related to genetically modified material, specifically viruses.
Memories of events, episodic memory, is better amongst women compared to men, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found in a new overview published in the scientific journal Psychological Bulletin. However, results vary depending on what is to be remembered.
Fourteen first-year bachelor students from the CN Yang Scholars Programme at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore recently spent an intensive five days at Karolinska Institutet. The grand finale of the visit was the group’s own presentation and summary of the week, attended by Professor Gunnar Nilsson.
Professor Klas Kärre from MTC has been awarded the HM King Carl XVI Gustaf medal for his outstanding contribution to medical research.

The medal was presented at an award ceremony at the royal palace on Monday June 10th.
People with undetected glucose disorders run a higher risk of both myocardial infarction and periodontitis, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. The results demonstrate the need of greater collaboration between dentistry and healthcare, say the researchers, and possibly of screening for diabetes at dental clinics.
KI work actively to try to raise awareness within KI regarding agenda 2030, and to strengthen the work with environment and sustainable development at campus. One of KIs environment and sustainable development goals is that waste should be reduced and recycled.
Cells prepare for different developmental paths and make multiple choices on their way to their final state, a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Harvard Medical School and elsewhere published in Science shows. The findings can help pinpoint where cells may “take the wrong turn” and become malignant.
ParkWell is a Swedish self-tracking app for improving neurology visits for Parkinson’s disease.
Christina Dalman and Kyriaki Kosidou, research group Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions, Substance use and Social Environment (EPiCSS), have together with researchers in Manchester estimated the prevalence of children and adolescents exposed to maternal mental illness in the UK between 2005 and 2017.
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls
Hi Mahmod Panahi, PhD-student at the Division of Neurogeriatrics. On 14 June you will defend your thesis ”Cadasil: a pure model for studying cerebral small vessel disease”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls
Jorge Ruas has, as one of four, been awarded the Ascending Investigator grant (10 MDKK) by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
The pre-GMP steering committee would like to thank all the participants of the first pre-GMP workshop on May 20, 2019.
Research News is an internal newsletter that for many years has reported on matters related to the organisation and conditions of research at Karolinska Institutet. The June 2019 issue will be the last Research News ever to be published – read the newsletter to learn why?
Alice Costantini from the research group Clinical Genetics will defend her thesis "Genetic causes and molecular mechanisms underlying rare metabolic bone diseases" on June 14th, 2019. Main Supervisor is Outi Mäkitie.
An interview with the NVS's delegates at the South Africa-Sweden University Forum Research & Innovation Week.
People who inject drugs and who are female, homeless or amphetamine users often share needles and syringes, and consequently run a higher risk of infection hepatitis C virus infection that affect the liver. However, as a new doctoral thesis from Karolinska Institutet demonstrates, early contact with a needle-exchange programme can have a protective effect.
Gunilla Lööf has worked as an anaesthetist nurse for 25 years at the Astrid Lindgren children’s hospital in Solna. In May, she defended her doctoral thesis on internet-based ways of preparing children for anaesthesia and surgery. Lööf is now planning to create a new website on the basis of the knowledge she has acquired.

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