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Karolinska Institutet has launched COVID-19 courses for care providers and medical personnel following a request from the National Board of Health and Welfare. After one week of intense preparation, two online courses are now available.
Two new studies from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden underscore health risks associated with childhood obesity. Children with obesity have a three times higher risk of mortality in early adulthood compared with children in the general population and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. The findings, published in PLOS Medicine and BMC Medicine, highlight the need to identify specific risk factors for children with obesity and find preventative tools, say the researchers.
There are many questions at present surrounding the coronavirus and the impact on KI’s doctoral education.
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Hello Ute Römling, professor of Medical Microbial Physiology at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology. Congratulations to your new book “Microbial Cyclic Di-Nucleotide Signaling” that has just been released. What is it all about?
Camilla Olofsson from the group Growth and Metabolism will defend her thesis "Diet and postprandial risk markers for complications in type 2 diabetes" on March 20, 2020. Main Supervisor is Neda Rajamand Ekberg.
Congratulations to Professor Jesper Lagergren, from the research group Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery and Professor Pernilla Lagergren, from the research group Surgical Care Science, both at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, who will be awarded the 2020 Hilda and Alfred Eriksson's Prize.
Tonight from 22:00 we will update the VPN service in order to increase the capacity.
This may result in timed out connections.
From 06:00 tomorrow morning the service will be fully operational.

KI IT-Department.
When you work from home or other premises, you need some IT tools to access KI's resources. Please make sure to set up these tools, so that you are prepared in case you need to work remotely.
The application period is extended until 30 March at. 12:00.
We are born with all the hair follicles that we will ever have in our lives, because after birth the skin loses the ability to create new hair follicles. If our skin is severely damaged it cannot form new hair follicles or associated sebaceous glands essential for keeping the skin moist. But now researchers at the Karolinska Institutet have revealed that controlled activation of the so-called Hedgehog-signaling pathway leads to new formation of hair follicles and hair in mice.
We are currently having issues with the wireless network KI-Guest.
All employees or affiliates to KI can create news and calendar events on the staff portal to their own group.
Patients with polyps have a higher risk of colorectal cancer, and those with sessile serrated polyps, tubulovillous adenomas, and villous adenomas had a higher colorectal cancer mortality.
Their researches on the lamprey brain has enabled researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden to push the birth of the cortex back in time by some 300 million years to over 500 million years ago, providing new insights into brain evolution. The study is published in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
Information from the administrative staff at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, FYFA.
Zoom has increased their capacity during the weekend witch means that they are now able to serve
120 000 cocurrent users.

Please visit our E-meetings site for further info.

KI IT-Department.
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, it has been decided to shift the deadline for the application of the KID-funding (pre-application) to Wednesday 18th March at 16:00 hrs.
During the evenings between 20-22 this week there may be some disturbance in the Zoom platform due to maintenance service. For more info please visit

KI IT-Department.
The president of Karolinska Institutet, Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, has established a team of experts for Covid-19 comprising eight of the university’s researchers with expertise in a range of fields related to the spread of infection. One of them is doctoral students Hedvig Glans, assistant consultant and head of inpatient care at Karolinska University Hospital’s infection clinic in Huddinge.
StratNeuro announces several grants for funding postdoctoral researchers.
UPDATE 12:52:

The issue has been resolved and the service should be working as normal.

KI IT-Department.

Currently there is some performance disturbance in the Zoom making the service unavailable.
We are currently investigating the reason toghether with SUNET.

Please note, You can still use Microsoft Teams for meetings!


KI IT-department,
How can I easily find other researchers at KI to collaborate with? Is it possible to reduce the number of forms? More transparency around grant decisions, please! These were some of the issues that researchers at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology raised when the project “Researcher Support" was there to find out about their support needs.

As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infection, the gym facilities will be kept closed until further notice.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes, amongst other diseases, cancer of the cervix and oropharynx. A Swedish-Finnish study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases now shows that the most oncogenic HPV types can be eliminated, but only if both girls and boys are vaccinated. Both genders will be offered vaccination in Sweden as of 2020.
As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infections, the gym facilities will be kept closed on both campuses until further notice.
Among adults with chronic viral hepatitis at high risk of liver cancer, those who took low-dose aspirin long-term were less likely to develop liver cancer or to die from liver-related causes. The findings come from a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by a team led by investigators at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University Hospital in Sweden and Massachusetts General Hospital in the U.S.
Hi there Sayem Ahmed, you recently defended your doctoral thesis "Healthcare financing challenges and opportunities to achieving universal health coverage in the low- and middle-income country context". Could you tell us what is it about?
Professor Ali Mirazimi at Karolinska Institutet is part of a consortium that has received 1 million Canadian dollars (almost 7 million kronor) to try to develop a drug candidate against COVID-19. Mirazimi will assist with in vitro and in vivo infection models for SARS-CoV-2. The project is a collaboration with Canadian and Chinese researchers.
Professor David Gisselsson Nord, at the Division of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, has been awarded the prize for his work in the field Pathology and tissue biology.
Within the framework of a long-standing collaboration between Mayo Clinic and Karolinska Institutet, the Department of Global Public Health and Centre for Psychiatry Research will be hosting Mayo Clinic's renowned Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program in Stockholm during the fall this year.
KI’s Faculty Board has decided to establish a new research school in the field of health science.
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The Hugh Knowles Prize for Distinguished Achievement is awarded periodically to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to research or clinical practice in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of hearing disorders.
The evaluation of the Linnaeus centres is now completed. The investment by the Swedish Research Council in 40 Linnaeus centres has been going on for over 10 years and has cost a total of SEK 2.8 Billions. It was evaluated by the following criteria by an international panel.
Karolinska Institutet’s Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters has been tasked by the National Board of Health and Welfare to arrange an education, training and practice package (e.g. on the handling of personal protective equipment) for medical personnel in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet are on track to produce a vaccine against the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Several vaccine candidates are currently available in the freezers at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and the first animal studies are slated to begin at the end of March, according to Professor and Head of Department Matti Sällberg who is leading the effort together with virus researcher and Professor Ali Mirazimi and researcher Gustaf Ahlén.
Jiayao Lei’s thesis addresses research questions on prevention and prognosis of cervical cancer within the framework of the interplay of human papillomavirus (HPV), vaccination, and cervical screening, and also provides insights for evidence-based decision-making.
Applies only for Biomedicum:
On Thursday 12/3 a planned maintenance work will be carried out in the IT network within the house Biomedicum. The work will cause an interruption of approximately 30 minutes for both the wireless and fixed IT network.
The work will be carried out one floor at the time and will start at 19:00 with 10th floor and then continue down and will end at 22:00
The 24-25th of March 2020 is the starting point of the new learning arena “Develop future development” aiming to increase organizational competence and capacity for multilevel development in complex organizational systems.
Three coronavirus projects coordinated by researchers at Karolinska Institutet have moved onto the grant negotiation phase in a bid for 9 million euros (95 million kronor) in EU funding. The projects aim to find a vaccine, immunotherapies and neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and are being coordinated by KI’s Matti Sällberg, Qiang Pan Hammarström and Benjamin Murrell.
Hi there Oliver Dyer, doctoral student at the Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet. On Thursday 12 March you will defend your thesis. Tell us, what is your thesis about?
An opportunity to be recognized for your pedagogical achievements, apply to the Pedagogical Academy.
An international team of scientists led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet has launched a comprehensive overview of all proteins expressed in the brain, published in the journal Science. The open-access database offers medical researchers an unprecedented resource to deepen their understanding of neurobiology and develop new, more effective therapies and diagnostics targeting psychiatric and neurological diseases.
In an article published in The New York Times on 2 February 2020, Dr. Perry Klass discusses recent research and the relationship between the risk for depression and lack of physical activity among adolescents.
The spread of the new corona virus could, if the situation deteriorates, put a considerable strain on society. Karolinska Institutet has a great deal of relevant expertise and competence, and an explicit ambition to be at the disposal of society and the healthcare services to provide support and help if and when needed.
The EU-funded cooperation project "Modernity, Education and Human Rights" (MEHR), between Sweden, Croatia and Portugal, aimed at developing the work and strengthening higher education on human rights within the fields of medicine, social welfare, teacher training, geography and engineering.
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