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Immunotherapy for cancer has made great advances and many patients can now receive effective treatments that were not available ten years ago. However, there are certain types of cancer that do not respond to existing immunotherapy. A study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reports on a new kind of immunotherapy that gives hope of more treatment options for cancer in the future.
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The virtual SPARKS conference held on 2-3 December will gather a network of global leaders in public policy and research to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on social protection and health. Knut Lönnroth is the founder of the SPARKS and Professor of Social Medicine.
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There are known differences in the survival rates of women and men with lung cancer. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet set out to investigate potential reasons behind this disparity, such as the presence of other underlying diseases and smoking status. The study, which was published in Chest, shows that women have better survival rates after lung cancer surgery than men, independent of other factors.
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On Tuesday 24 November starting at 8 am, Akademiska Hus will perform a week long audit of the fire alarm in the Widerström building

Testing of the fire alarm will be carried out on Thursday 26 November between 6-9 am.
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Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik
Together with three other universities, researchers at KI organised a new PhD course in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). In total 33 PhD students participated in the course, 10 of the participants were PhD students at KI. Elin Larsson, researcher at the Department of Global Public Health, is the initiator of the course.
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23 Nov 2020
New grants
Grants from FORMAS 2020
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Institutet för miljömedicin
The Human Protein Atlas, a Swedish initiative, is turning 20. To celebrate the anniversary, the HPA consortium is launching a new website that combines atlas facts with breathtaking films of the human body and an updated version of the protein database. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet are involved in many different ways in the project.
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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have studied the incidence and regional distribution of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in the brains of people with Down’s syndrome. The results can bring new possibilities for earlier diagnosis and preventive treatment of dementia. The study is published in Molecular Neurodegeneration.
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In her thesis, Shadi Azam studied the association between established breast cancer risk factors with mammographic density change over time and mammographic microcalcifications by using data from the prospective KARMA cohort.
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During Thursday, November 26, starting at 14:00, Akademiska Hus will carry out an audit of the Fire Alarm in Aula Medica.

The testing may interfere with any meetings on site as the alarm must be tested with sound to ensure function.
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Worry about COVID-19 dominates some people’s lives in a way that has an impact on their health. A group of researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has developed a digital CBT programme that significantly reduced the participants’ unhelpful worry about the pandemic. The study is published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics and the programme is available through 1177 Vårdguiden.
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Women with breast cancer whose eggs or ovarian tissue were frozen had more children after their diagnosis than women who did not undergo fertility preservation using those methods before start of cancer treatment. That is according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, published in JAMA Oncology. According to the researchers, the result highlights the importance of reproductive counseling and fertility preservation for women who are diagnosed with cancer at a young age.
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Hi Axel Leppert, PhD student at the Division of Neurogeriatrics! On December 11 you will defend your thesis “Molecular basis for chaperone activities of the BRICHOS domain against different types of clumpy clients – a route to prevent amyloid toxicity”. What’s the main focus of the thesis?
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Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls
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This newsletter is primarily addressed to doctoral students. The purpose is to inform about news and practical details regarding doctoral education at KI.
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For your information there will be an OVK inspection in Neo on:
- Tuesday November 24th
- Friday November 27th
- Wednesday December 2nd
- Thursday December 3rd
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Biovetenskaper och näringslära
The global shutdown during the pandemic is particularly harmful to children and teenagers in the poorer parts of the world, said Professor Anna Mia Ekström during an ethics seminar held at KI in November. Also participating at the seminar was state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.
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Several doctoral courses and workshops are being arranged in connection with the conference.
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Thirteen researchers connected to Karolinska Institutet are on the 2020 list of highly cited researchers presented by Clarivate, the company behind Web of Science.
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Unnur Valdimarsdóttir has been granted at 10 million NOK Nordic grants in the announcement "Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19" from NordForsk. The COVIDMENT consortium is a collaboration between researchers in Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Estonia.
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Knowledge about the influence of lifestyle and environmental factors on diabetes risk is important as these factors are potentially modifiable and may be targeted in the prevention of diabetes.
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Recent data suggest that adults may experience long-term symptoms after COVID-19 infection, but if such symptoms also occur in children is still unknown. Children tend to have milder COVID-19 than adults, but in a case-report from Sweden, Professor and pediatrician Jonas F Ludvigsson describes five children with potential “long COVID”. These findings, together with a systematic review of long COVID in children, are published in the journal Acta Paediatrica.
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From the 24:th of November and onwards all Basic fire safety courses will be conducted via Zoom.
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Karolinska Institutet have been awarded a grant of SEK 290 million from the Swedish Cancer Society. NVS researchers Maria Hagströmer and Linda Björkhem-Bergman are among the recipients.
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- New finance controller at NVS's Department management
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One of the researchers who received fundings from the Swedish Cancer Society on November 10, 2020 is Professor Anna Martling at the research group Colorectal Surgery, the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery. The Cancer Foundation contributes a total of SEK 18 million to two research projects concerning colorectal cancer.
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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report promising results from an in vitro combination therapy against COVID-19. In a study published in EMBO Molecular Medicine, the researchers show that a combination of remdesivir, an approved drug against COVID-19, and hrsACE2, a medicine currently in phase II trials for COVID-19 treatment, reduced the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 and inhibited viral replication in cell cultures and organoids.
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Together with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, Karolinska Institutet has developed a new online course on dementia; “Dementia from Cell to Society”. The course offers a unique multi-professional perspective on caring for people with dementia.
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Next autumn KI will launch a new medical programme to gradually replace the current one. The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has now granted Karolinska Institutet degree-awarding powers for the new programme, making KI one of seven Swedish universities authorised to issue medical degrees.
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Jonas Ludvigsson appears in Aftonbladet as pediatrician giving advice and answering questions from parents.
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Medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik
What does the defense against bacterial infections have in common with hearing or fertilization? Key players in these and many other crucial biological processes belong to a large family of extracellular proteins using a common polymerization engine known as “zona pellucida (ZP) module”. Detailed information on how ZP module proteins look like in their functional polymeric state has so far remained elusive. Now researchers at KI have finally shed light on this long-standing question.
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We congratulate Dr. Magnus Dalén, at the Thoracic Surgery research group, the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, who has been awarded Ingegerd and Viking Olov Björk Memorial Scholarship 2020.
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We are looking for a scientific coordinator who, on 30%, on behalf of KI's management, will develop the academic work within the newly established "European University", NeurotechEU - The European University of Brain and Technology, specifically focusing on work package WP3 – NeurotechEU2040 – that KI is leading.
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Är du intresserad av att tillsammans med kollegor över hela Europa jobba för att utveckla framtidens universitet? Att över språk-, lands- och ämnesgränser ta itu med samhällsutmaningar och kompetensbrister i Europa?
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The rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib can block viral entry and reduce mortality in patients with moderate to severe COVID-19, according to translational research by an international team coordinated by researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, support the continuation of ongoing randomized clinical trials.
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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have been awarded a grant of SEK 290 million from the Swedish Cancer Society, meaning that over one third of the total grant of SEK 709 million, divided amongst eleven universities, is going to cancer research at KI. Two of the recipients are associate professor Mattias Rantalainen and Professor Fang Fang.
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From 14 November to 22 November, the pop-up library in House 75 in Solna will be closed due to moving to our newly renovated premises at Berzelius väg 7 B. On 23 November, the new library will partly open.
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A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that 1 in 5 patients admitted for acute myocardial infarction are infected with Helicobacter pylori and that it is possible to introduce screening for this bacterium in routine care. The results are published in the American Heart Journal. The researchers are now planning a large randomised trial to find out whether screening and treatment of the infection reduces the risk of stomach bleeding and improves cardiovascular outcomes in this patient group.
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Congratulations to the 10 researchers in ANA Futura who received funds from Cancerfonden 2021-2023.
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Congratulations to the three researchers at CLINTEC who received a grant from Vetenskapsrådet 2020-2025.
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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet receive SEK 290 million from Cancerfonden. Three of these researchers who receive the grants are Rimma Axelsson, Rainer Heuchel and Magnus Nilsson - all belonging to CLINTEC
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Congratulations to the 6 researchers at Labmed who received funds from Cancerfonden 2021-2023.
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Laboratoriemedicin
The minutes from IMM Enhetsråd on 10 November can be found in the IMM joint folder P:IMM_Information/Protokoll
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Institutet för miljömedicin
The Swedish cancer society has on November 11th awarded 709 million SEK to cancer research in Sweden. Among them were ten researchers from the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BioNut) at KI, who were granted a total of 45.2 million SEK. The grants cover the years 2021- 2023.

We wish to congratulate all our researchers to the grants received!
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Early-life events, such as the exposure to air pollutants, increases the risk of chronic lung disease in young adulthood, according to new results by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, published in the European Respiratory Journal and Thorax. The studies add to the growing evidence that chronic lung disease in adulthood can be traced back to childhood.
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Girls who have been sexually abused run a much higher risk of psychiatric ill health with depression and anxiety, leading to possible alcohol abuse and suicide. This persists even after intervention, reports a study from Karolinska Institutet published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (KIPRIME) is awarded for outstanding research in medical education. The Unit for Teaching and Learning at KI is launching the KIPRIME Podcast with the aim to contribute to your lifelong learning in medical education.
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