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Three researchers at Karolinska Institutet have been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2019: Jenny Mjösberg, Maria Genander, and newly recruited Pia Dosenovic. Their projects concern inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal cancers, and HIV vaccine, respectively. In all, the ERC will support 408 early-career researchers from around the world with its prestigious starting grant this year.
A study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet shows that a treatment adjustment algorithm based on lung function and symptoms in a mobile phone can be an efficient tool in managing uncontrolled asthma. For fuss-free measuring of lung function, the phone connects to a wireless spirometer and the app can register respiratory symptoms and provide visual feedback on treatment. The study is published in the highly respected European Respiratory Journal.
Hi Tobias Holmlund, PhD-student at the Division of Neurogeriatrics. On October 4 you will defend your thesis ”Energy Expenditure and Accelerometer Cut-points for Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity in Spinal Cord Injury – Implication for Guiding and Prevention”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
Hi Lieke de Boer, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On October 3rd you will defend your thesis ”Dopamine, decision-making, and aging : neural and behavioural correlates”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
Hi Lucas Morin, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On 20 September you will defend your thesis ”Too much, too late? Drug prescribing for older people near the end of life”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
”It will be both fun and exciting to take up as a new head of department,” says Maria Ankarcrona. She wants to keep steady in the helm and hopes to do a good job.

The South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is a strategic internationalisation project running from 2017-2020 with the overall aim of strengthening ties between Sweden and South Africa in research, education and innovation, working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Karolinska Institutet is one of the 37 universities in Sweden and South Africa participating in the project, coordinated by Uppsala University.
”Forskar-AT” is a programme for financing research during your AT-training. Both doctoral students at KI and PhDs that perform research at KI may apply.
One of KI’s most important assets is our information. Information is usually handled by IT systems and computers.
Hi Lucas Morin, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On 20 September you will defend your thesis ”Too much, too late? Drug prescribing for older people near the end of life”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
The new type of drugs for type 2 diabetes, the so-called SGLT2 inhibitors, are associated with a reduced risk of heart failure and death as well as of major cardiovascular events, a major Scandinavian registry study led from Karolinska Institutet reports in The BMJ.
The Fourth meeting of the European Burden of Disease Network was arranged by the research group Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions, Substance use and Social Environment (EPiCSS) together with WHO on the 20-21 August at KI.
Genes cannot be used to determine an individual’s sexual orientation. A study published in the journal Science found only five out of hundreds of thousands genetic variants occurred somewhat more often in people who had had same-sex partners. This suggests human sexuality is influenced by a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors, according to the researchers. The study is based on data from the UK Biobank, the U.S. company 23andMe and the Swedish Twin Registry at Karolinska Institutet.
Researchers have come one step closer to understanding how our immune system responds to acute dengue fever, a disease that has affected hundreds of thousands of people in Southeast Asia this summer. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Duke-NUS Medical School show that so-called natural killer cells were especially active shortly after an infection. The discovery could hopefully contribute to the development of new vaccines and treatments.
An international team of researchers from Karolinska Insitutet and the University of Leeds, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) may have discovered why some people experience muscle pain after taking statins. The research, published in JACC: Basic to Translational Science, could help doctors prevent a known side effect of statins and ensure people are able to reap the benefits of the life-saving drugs.
Bengt Winblad has been awarded the 2019 European Grand Prix for Alzheimer research by Fondation sur Recherche Alzheimer.
The prize consists - in addition to the honor - of a total of €100 000, of which €90 000 are intended for his lab research and €10 000 are regarded as a personal prize.
Telia will do maintanance work in the telephonysystem 29/8 at 7 pm. Disturbances for fixed telephones may occur.
Ed Boyden wins the 2019 Lennart Nilsson Award. He gets the prize for developing a new microscopy technique called expansion microscopy.
This year’s Sjöstrand lecture was held by Professor Jennifer Doudna, best known for having developed the CRISPR/Cas-9 tool with professor Emanuelle Charpentier. Apart from the lecture itself, she was also involved in several activities during the day at which she met researchers and students from SciLifeLab and Karolinska Institutet.
“I’ve read about her work and never thought I’d get to present my own project to such an important pioneer,” says KI researcher Mihaela Zabulica.
Hi Bárbara Avelar Pereira, PhD-student at the Division of Aging Research Center. On 16 September you will defend your thesis ”Multimodal imaging: Functional, structural, and molecular brain correlates of cognitive aging”, what's the main focus of the thesis?
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls.
Computers connected to the lab network in the buildings Biomedicum and Neo will not be able to access the storage networks G:, H: and P: from August 29, 7 pm. Instead, you need connect the computer to L: to be able to save files outside your own computer.
SRP Diabetes researcher Juleen Zierath is awarded the Swedish Medical Society’s Jubilee Prize 2019 for her pioneering translational diabetes research. Her studies have led to new and important knowledge that can improve the health of many people living with diabetes.
The Amgen Scholars Program at KI is a summer research program for European undergraduate students at Karolinska Institutet (KI) funded by the Amgen Foundation.
Marie Hasselberg has been appointed Professor of Public Health Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health Sciences, from 1 July 2019.
Internationalisation is of great and increasing importance to Karolinska Institutet's research and education, strategically, operationally and financially. According to Strategy 2030, one of three strategic choices is that KI should be a global university.
KI offers a travel award for collaboration with the University of Tokyo for PhD-students.
The paper's motto was: ”Among women with diabetes and high HbA1c, there is a risk that the fetus too early the outside world will see”

The winning study was led by Professor Jonas F Ludvigsson, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, KI, and shows that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, including preterm birth. With increasing HbA1c the risk of preterm birth increased further.
Clear evidence that higher levels of physical activity - regardless of intensity - are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, is published by The BMJ today. The findings also show that being sedentary, for example sitting still, for 9.5 hours or more a day is associated with an increased risk of death.
On Thursday after 5 pm, an update is made of ki.se including staff.ki.se, education.ki.se, news.ki.se and profile pages.
The 2nd year ToxMaster students at IMM have together with teachers participated in the 2nd European Commission Joint Research Centre’s Summer school on Non-Animal Approaches in Science Challenges & Future Directions with in total 120 junior scientists in Ispra, Italy 21-24 May 2019.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet now quickly generate new knowledge on clinically important drug-drug interactions associated to the anticoagulant warfarin.
Cytokines are a type of proteins that are important to the signaling between cells in the body's immune system, for example in the case of an infection or injury. A new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, by researchers researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University, is now indicating that the cytokine interleukin(IL)-26 could be used as a biological marker (biomarker) for uncontrolled asthma in both adults and children.
Meet your colleagues, while getting some activity and fresh air.
Wednesday: Akademiska Stråket 1, Bioclinicum, Solna
Friday: Blickagången 16, NEO, Flemingsberg
@ 12 am, the walk will be 30-40 minutes and at an easy pace.
To bring attention to the collaborations that take place between Canada and KI there will be a seminar the 17th of October.
Professor Juleen Zierath, the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, is awarded the Swedish Medical Society's Jubilee Prize 2019 for her pioneering translational diabetes research. Her studies have led to new and important knowledge that can improve the health of many people living with diabetes.
Fat-soluble statins can prevent liver cancer and reduce mortality in patients with chronic viral hepatitis. These are findings from a study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, among others. The study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) run a greater risk of psychiatric disorders, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in JAMA Pediatrics. The researchers claim that more psychological support and longer follow-up is needed for the children affected and their parents.
The international collaboration project Equal Life has received SEK 120 million from EU-HORIZON 2020. Jenny Selander, researcher at IMM´s unit for occupational medicine, is the main applicant from Karolinska Institutet.
The hormone secreting part of the pancreas, the islets of Langerhans, has a unique cyto-architecture that allows functional interrelationships between the different cell types. Somatostatin is secreted by the delta cell and is an effective inhibitor of the insulin secreting beta cell and the glucagon secreting alpha cell. According to a novel study from Karolinska Instiutet, published in the journal Nature Communications, the delta cell can thereby indirectly affect glucose homeostasis
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have discovered a new sensory receptor organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts. The discovery is being published in the scientific journal Science.
The university library in Solna will be closed during autumn 2019 and spring 2020 because we are renovating the facilities. A temporary pop-up library will instead open in House 75 (Hus 75) on Retzius väg 13B (Floor 3) on Campus Solna.
The University Library (KIB) at Solna Campus will be renovated and will therefore be closed. Instead, a pop-up library will open at Retzius väg 13B (Floor 3). The opening hours will be 8.30-10.00 and 11.30-13.00.
Sten Linnarsson, professor of molecular systems biology at Karolinska Institutet, is trying to understand the development of the human brain. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is now giving him this year’s Torsten Söderberg Academy Professorial Chair in Medicine for his work in achieving a detailed map of the human brain. The grant consists of SEK ten million over a five-year period.
The university library in Solna will be closed during autumn 2019 and spring 2020 because of renovation. A temporary pop-up library will instead open in House 75 (Hus 75) on Retzius väg 13B (Floor 3) on Campus Solna.
From Monday, August 19, Sthlm Street Lunch will have a food truck set up on Campus Solna every weekday between 10:30-13:00, at the Academic area near Nanna Svartz road 4.
Cells exposed to cancer-driving mutations respond by triggering a stress reaction called cellular senescence, which halts cell proliferation and thereby constitutes the major protective barrier to cancer. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now discovered a previously unknown signaling pathway that controls cellular senescence in breast cancer.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have investigated the long-term effect of hormonal therapy in women with the most common types of hormone-sensitive breast cancer. The results, presented in the journal JAMA Oncology, show that the treatment has a protective effect against distant metastatic cancer for both so-called Luminal A and Luminal B breast cancer subtypes, and a long-term effect for women diagnosed with Luminal A cancer.
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