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Due to the coronavirus/covid-19, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency there are new regulations regarding sick pay, disease carrier allowance, care of sick child (vab) and other compensations.
Anders Jahre's Awards for Medical Research to Jiri Bartek and Anders Jahre Award for young researchers to Niklas Björkström. The prize is awarded by University of Oslo.
KI researcher Tobias Alfvén has been elected new chairman of the Swedish Society of Medicine and will take office on 1 July, 2020.
Postdoc Ainoleena Turku is moving on in her career after 1.5 years at Gunnar Schulte´s group.
The risk of theft and sabotage in our premises has increased in connection with COVID-19 when fewer people are working in our building.
The government has announced that universities and colleges from June 15 can prepare to return to more teaching on campus.
Have you sent internal information to your private e-mail to work from home on your own, private computer? This is neither necessary nor allowed. As many are currently doing so, we want to remind you of our rules and what IT tools are available – so you do not have to.
The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology welcomes Roelinde Middelveld to the role of Research Coordinator.
On 29 May, the government announced that as of 15 June, higher education institutions may return to campus-based teaching. The recommendations issued by the Swedish Public Health Agency for containing the spread of the virus apply as much to HEIs as they do to general society, and require a responsible approach to the planning of a return to campus-based teaching.
E-meetings can often be an appropriate, and rather straightforward way of replacing physical meetings. However you must always assess the type(s) of information and activities involved in said meeting from an information security perspective.
A new EU funded research project entitled “nexT gEneRation sMart INterconnectEd ioT (TERMINET)” has been initiated by researchers at KI and the Health Informatics Centre (HIC) at LIME. Karolinska Institutet is participating as healthcare research partner, within a consortium of 27 partners all around Europe.
We are approaching summer and the half-year closing of the books and would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some important information regarding finances and HR.
Tips from KI Grants Office about current calls.
Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business from June 15, 2020.
Within the groups of Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg and Volker Lauschke human liver spheroids have been developed exerting an in vivo like phenotype. E.g. for mimicking chronic drug hepatotoxicity, insulin resistance, steatosis and mechanisms for drug mediated enzyme induction causing e.g. autoinduction of drug metabolism and clinical failure.
3 Jun 2020
E-meetings: Zoom
As of 30/5 you need to update your Zoom software to version 5.0 in order to use the service. If you use a centrally managed computer you will find the latest version via Software Center (Windows) or Self Service (MAC).

You can also use Zoom's web client if you wish. Then open the link below and press "Sign in".
In a sense, Göran Stiernstedt will have come full circle when he takes up office as KI chairperson on 1 May 2020. He once took his medical degree at KI, and now he’s back.
During a digital ceremony last Thursday, May 28, 19 international students in Sweden received the Global Swede award. One of them is KI Health Informatics student Winner Ng!
In a population-based cohort study from Sweden and Denmark of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during 1969-2017 and matched reference individuals from the general population, Ola Olén, Jonas F Ludvigsson and colleagues found that IBD patients had an increased risk of small bowel cancer.
Researchers at the Medical Management Centre (MMC), Karolinska Institutet, have been granted funding for the research project "The quandary of low value care: health professionals’ decision-making on abandoning ineffective practices". We asked project leader Henna Hasson to tell us a little more about the project.
Alexander Fyrdahl from the group Clinical Physiology, the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, will defend his thesis "Applications of the golden angle in cardiovascular MRI" on June 5th, 2020. Main Supervisor is Andreas Sigfridsson.
We are currently having issues with the Software Center application on KI computers.

Troubleshooting is in progress.
The anaesthetic drug ketamine has been shown, in low doses, to have a rapid effect on difficult-to-treat depression. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet now report that they have identified a key target for the drug: specific serotonin receptors in the brain. Their findings, which are published in Translational Psychiatry, give hope of new, effective antidepressants.
The Swedish government has announced that from June 15, colleges and universities can prepare to return to more on-campus teaching.
The focus of Isabella Ekheden's thesis is on gastric and esophageal cancer – gastroesophageal cancers - that are some of the most fatal malignancies in the world. Understanding the cause of these diseases is key to interventions such as primary prevention and/or surveillance with the potential of lowering the disease burden.
NextGenNK sets out to deepen its interactions with health care units. Activities, when applicable, will be integrated with the Vinnova funded CAMP, that focuses specifically on GMP-bioprocess development, production and distribution logistics.
Hi there Anna Bergström! The research project "Building capacity for implementation within health and welfare organizations – a longitudinal evaluation of methodological support in implementation for working groups" is one of the 14 projects awarded funding from Forte. Can you tell us a little more about it?
A new study has been initiated to evaluate whole-genome and RNA-sequencing as a first line diagnostic approach for patients in Sweden with acute leukemia. The study is conducted jointly by the national R&D platform Genomic Medicine Sweden and the biotech company Illumina – and is coordinated from Karolinska Institutet.
This year’s Mayo Clinic – Karolinska Institutet conference will reflect a new approach to the longstanding collaboration:  “Mayo - KI 2.0”.
Scheduled maintenance work for IDAC on May, 28 2020 between 17:00 and 19:00 will take place.
During this day, it will be possible to search for employees / students and use the "Reset password" service in the IDAC portal. Please, we do not ask you to use the remaining services in the IDAC portal between 12:00 and 22:00
Research from Karolinska Institutet published today in Nature shows that an RNA molecule involved in preventing tumour formation can change its structure and thereby control protein production in the cell. The finding can have important clinical implications as it opens for new strategies to treat different types of cancer.
This year’s Mayo Clinic – Karolinska Institutet conference will be held virtually at both Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic on September 9th - 10th, 2020. We are excited about this new opportunity!
Informing children of their parent's illness: A systematic review of intervention programs with child outcomes in all health care settings globally from inception to 2019
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Carles Sola Riera at the Department of Medicine in Huddinge (MedH), receives the award for his thesis "Hantaviruses, Escapees from the death row – viral mechanisms towards apoptosis resistance."
Anders Franco-Cereceda, Professor of Thoracic Surgery and Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, has been elected member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
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.
Key factors for health systems to maintain health services when faced with challenges are collaboration, clear decision-making for health system workers as well as flexible response plans, according to a new doctoral thesis from Karolinska Institutet.
One in three women in Europe inherited the receptor for progesterone from Neandertals – a gene variant associated with increased fertility, fewer bleedings during early pregnancy and fewer miscarriages. This is according to a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Hello Ingmar Ernberg, co-editor and professor at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor- and Cell Biology (MTC). Congratulations to your new book “Kvantfysiken och livet” that has just been released. What is it all about?
The fragmented Swedish healthcare system with its various levels of care, principals and care providers can lead to negative consequences in a person’s care and rehabilitation. This is especially relevant when several providers are involved in a care trajectory, such as in people with stroke.
Jakob Skov from the group Experimental and Clinical Neuroendocrinology, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, will defend his thesis "Epidemiological studies on comorbidity, heritability and co-aggregation in organ-specific autoimmune diseases" on June 5, 2020. Main Supervisor is Sophie Bensing.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new sequencing method that makes it possible to map how DNA is spatially organised in the cell nucleus – revealing which genomic regions are at higher risk of mutation and DNA damage. The technique is described in an article published in the scientific journal Nature Biotechnology.
Victor Bloniecki Kallio, PhD-student at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics. On May 27, 2020, you will defend your thesis "Using CSF biomarkers to understand mechanisms of behavioral changes and effects of drug treatment in dementia", what's the main focus of the thesis?
A simple blood test may help predict which people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will get worse during the following year, according to a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
It is highly likely that children can transmit the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, but several factors suggest that children are unlikely to be the main drivers of the pandemic. Opening up schools and kindergartens is unlikely to impact COVID-19 mortality rates in older people, according to a systematic review that spanned 47 publications and was conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet. The paper is published in the scientific journal Acta Paediatrica.
Childhood environment and socioeconomic status affect cognitive ability and brain development during adolescence independently of genetic factors, researchers at Karolinska Institutet report in a new study published in the journal PNAS. The study demonstrates how important the family environment is, not just during early infancy but also throughout adolescence.
Many severe symptoms in Parkinson’s disease are caused by the degeneration of the brain’s dopamine neurons. Transplantation of stem cell-derived dopamine neurons to patients with Parkinson’s disease is a therapeutic approach that is getting close to clinical application.
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2020-06-08