Published: 2021-09-24 11:19 | Updated: 2021-09-24 13:16

AI in focus at this year's KI-Mayo Clinic conference

Recently, the 27th Annual Research Meeting was held within the collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic.

As in 2020, the confernece was held online over two half-days and this year it gathered over 700 registered  participants  within 11 different  break out sessions. Both days ended with a joint lecture. This year, the focus was on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and precision medicine, areas that already have brought major changes to the field of health care and, according to the keynote speakers, we cannot even imagine the changes that lay ahead.

Eric E Schmidt
Eric E Schmidt Foto: Wikipedia

AI is a tool in the future of health care

Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures and former CEO and chairman of Google, ended the first day. He talked about how artificial intelligence can impact health care. Data processing of large amounts of data can provide sub-methods for decision making and change methods and treatments.

The pandemic has really provided evidence of how we with combined forces and large amounts of data, can reduce the time to develop treatment, test methods and get new results for future research.

AI will not destroy us

When asked if AI will destroy the human race, Eric replied that there will be no robots that take over and become evil, but we do not yet understand and cannot predict how to coexist with non-human intelligence. It iss yet to be seen. Challenges such as ethics, fairness and bias, will remain as long as the data is biased. The more data collected from different areas and groups, the better AI, but it will never be perfect.  Future health service  will need people who are "bilingual", i.e. understand both technology and medicine. AI will not take over the work and all decision-making, but it will be an important tool in health care.

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Anna Martling. Fotograf: Samuel Unéus. Foto: Samuel Unéus

Precision medicine is AI in practice

Anna Martling, Professor of Surgery and Dean of KI Campus Nord completed the second and final day of the conference. Like Eric Schmidt, she showed how the development of handling large amounts of data has resulted in better and more personalized care. Through a patient case, she showed how the 1990s view on lung cancer and treatment evolved step by step, mainly through the mapping of the human genome that has led to a paradigm shift.

We need to raise awarness

Personalized care, so-called precision medicine, can bridge the gap between health care, research, and innovation. As Eric, Anna sees challenges for healthcare to embrace technology and change the organization. A discussion is needed to raise awareness about the area.

A new center for precision medicine

Anna presented the new center for precision medicine, the Precision Medicine Centre (PMCK), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, which takes on a coordinating role in the ecosystem of healthcare, industry, and academia. This ecosystem includes the Datadriven Life Science system (DDLS),  a programme consisting of 11 partners, which is part of SciLifeLab's  operations. Anna sees great opportunities to collaborate internationally in the field and welcomes the Mayo Clinic to join.

Welcome to Stockholm 2022

Jan Anderson, representative of the collaboration's steering group, concluded the conference by highlighting several of the values that unite Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic, such as respect, teamwork and justice, and welcomed everyone to a physical conference in Stockholm in 2022. There, the discussion on the future of health care can continue.

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Online workshop on sustainable developement - Stockholm-Tokyo University Partnership

27-09-2021 to
28-09-2021 Add to iCal
Online
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Karolinska Institutet, KTH the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, The Stockholm Trio and the University of Tokyo welcomes you to join the fourth interdisciplinary workshop within the framework of the strategic partnership between the University of Tokyo and the Stockholm Trio.

Content

Academics in the filed of neuroscience, biomaterials, education as well as sustainable development will share research findings and discuss possibilities for collaboration.

The workshops targets students, doctoral students and researchers in different discipline and all sessions will be online. Please join the workshop and expand your network within the Stockholm Trio and the Univeristy of Tokyo.

Welcome to two half days 08.00-12.00 CET (or in Tokyo 15.00-19.00 JST). More information about the registration, programme and speakers can be found here (the programme and the speakers are continuously updated).

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Published: 2021-09-17 11:07 | Updated: 2021-09-17 11:08

New center to promote sustainable health

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The inauguration of Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH) den 16 september 2021. Photo: Ulf Sirborn

On Thursday 16 September the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health (CESH) was inaugurated. It's a digital competence center that has been established together with Makerere University in Uganda. The purpose of the center is to promote sustainable health and contribute to Agenda 2030 with the help of a long-term partnership.

Screen with zoom call with people from Makerere University.
Foto: Ulf Sirborn

Already in January this year, Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University signed a collaboration agreement on the establishment of the center, and yesterday the inauguration took place digitally. The collaboration between the universities has been going on for over 20 years.

"This new centre is inspired by the ambitions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that aims to improve health and wellbeing for all, across geographical and generational boundaries and socioeconomic strata. COVID-19 has unveiled the sad consequences of health inequities. Most notably, poor countries lag far behind the rich in terms of access to vaccines and other opportunities to effectively and humanely counter the spread of infection," says President Ole Petter Ottersen.

During the inauguration the following topics were discussed:

  • the opportunities and challenges of sustainable health
  • why the center has been created and what the objectives are
  • how partnerships and universities can contribute to sustainable health

The inauguration was moderated by SVT's climate correspondent Erika Bjerström and Roy Mayega, senior lecturer at Makerere University (School of Public Health at the College of Health Sciences). Speakers from Karolinska Institutet were President Ole Petter Ottersen, Tobias Alfvén and Giulia Gaudenzi, both at the Department of Global Public Health.

Event type
Lectures and seminars
"Working memory 2.0" - a lecture with Earl K. Miller

21-09-2021 4:00 pm Add to iCal
Online
Location
Online via Zoom (https://ki-se.zoom.us/j/66543668821)
Lead

Welcome to a lecture with Earl K. Miller, at The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, on Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 16:00. The lecture will be held online via Zoom.

Content

Title

"Working memory 2.0"

Presenter

Earl K. Miller, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Abstract

Working memory is the sketchpad of consciousness, the fundamental mechanism the brain uses to gain volitional control over its thoughts and actions. For the past 50 years, working memory has been thought to rely on cortical neurons that fire continuous impulses that keep thoughts “online”.  However, new work from our lab has revealed more complex dynamics.  The impulses fire sparsely and interact with brain rhythms of different frequencies.  Higher frequency gamma (> 35 Hz) rhythms help carry the contents of working memory while lower frequency alpha/beta (~8-30 Hz) rhythms act as control signals that gate access to and clear out working memory.  In other words, a rhythmic dance between brain rhythms may underlie your ability to control your own thoughts.

Hosts

Henrik Ehrsson & Konstantina Kilteni, Department of Neuroscience

Via Zoom

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Lectures and seminars
"Free will in the human brain?" - a lecture with Patrick Haggard

22-09-2021 4:00 pm Add to iCal
Campus Solna
Location
Eva & Georg Klein Lecture Hall (aka Biomedicum 1), Solnavägen 9, Solna
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Welcome to a lecture with Patrick Haggard, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK, on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 16:00 in Biomedicum.

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Title

"Free will in the human brain?"

Presenter

Patrick Haggard, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Abstract

The capacity for voluntary action ("free will") is often viewed as fundamental to human nature but is difficult to explain scientifically. The strongest neuroscientific consensus perhaps comes from drawing a contrast between voluntary actions and reflexes. But this does not positively say what a voluntary action is, and how the brain produces it. I will review three current ideas about volition, based on randomness, on value, and on problem-solving, respectively. I will discuss the relation between volition and consciousness, and I'll describe the difficulties of searching for neural correlates of volition in human experiments. I'll end with experimental EEG results suggesting that recent attempts to eliminate volition from neuroscience may be premature.

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Henrik Ehrsson & Konstantina Kilteni, Department of Neuroscience

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Published: 2021-09-10 13:58 | Updated: 2021-09-15 15:14

Learn to write for the public and contribute to The Conversation

Are you a researcher who wants to use your expertise to improve the global public discourse and understanding of current affairs? Then the news platform The Conversation might be the right vehicle. Since the turn of the year, KI has a collaboration with The Conversation that also includes training sessions on finding the news potential in your own research and writing for the public. Sign up for the fall sessions now to secure your seat.

The Conversation is a politically unaffiliated news platform where academic researchers write their own news articles, analyses and op-eds within their area of expertise. The site’s editors offer significant support in shaping the articles, and also arrange workshops for researchers who want to contribute. These aim to improve the participants’ ability to see the news potential of their expertise and to write short, quality pitches that can be turned into promising stories.

Participate in a workshop

Sign up for one of The Conversation’s workshops by sending an email to the-conversation@ki.se. This fall, we offer two training sessions – October 21 (last day to register is October 7) and November 23 (last day to register is November 9). Both sessions are held on Zoom at 1.30 pm to 4 pm CET. The maximum number of participants is limited to 20 people. Preference is given to researchers with a PhD or doctoral students at the end of their education. If you have enrolled and are unable to participate, please let us know asap so that we can offer your seat to another person.

Write for The Conversation

If you are interested in writing for The Conversation, please contact KI’s communications office at the-conversation@ki.se. Please include a short description of your expertise, what topics you are interested in writing about and contact information. KI’s research editors and press officers help editors of The Conversation find suitable experts on hot topics. If you give us a heads up about your interests, we should be able to quickly match you with an editor when the right topic comes up.

You can find more information about writing for The Conversation at the staff portal under Communication tools and support: News platform The Conversation

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Internal courses and training
Workshop: Learn to write for the public and contribute to The Conversation

23-11-2021 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Add to iCal
Online
Location
Zoom
Lead

The news platform The Conversation arranges, in collaboration with the Communications Office at KI, a training session for researchers on finding the news potential in your own research and writing for the public.

Content

The Conversation is a politically unaffiliated international online platform for journalistic popular science articles. The platform is based on the principle that academic researchers write their own new articles, analyses and op-eds within their own fields of expertise – with the help of The Conversation’s own professional journalists and editors. Since the turn of the year, KI has a collaboration with The Conversation that also includes training sessions.

The workshop is aimed at researchers with a PhD who want to improve their ability to see the news potential of their expertise and to write short, quality pitches in English that can be turned into promising stories. There will also be a brief introduction to what The Conversation is and what this news platform can offer KI's researchers.

If you are interested, please contact KI’s communications office at the-conversation@ki.se. Please include a short description of your expertise, what topics you are interested in writing about and contact information.

Program

Presentation: how to write for a public audience

  • What is The Conversation (TC), origins and aims; what TC does and why
  • Why bother communicating research to the public?
  • What does writing for TC involve?
  • The benefits for academics and universities
  • Tips on style, tone and structure (with examples)
  • How to pitch (with examples)
  • Examples of different approaches:
    • A piece about the academic’s own research
    • A response to someone else’s research
    • A list (“Top five…”, “Ten most…”)
    • Something irreverent/entertaining/unusual

Chat/Q&A

Site demonstration

  • Editor takes attendees through the TC online editor
  • How article editing works, preview and history record
  • Demonstrate “traffic light” readability system
  • Note approve button and disclosure statement
  • Show dashboard and article readership metrics

Exercises:

  • Based on worksheet academics have brought with them, discuss ideas for articles
  • Each academic (or in teams of 3-4 if large group) develop one, write an opening paragraph
  • Group discussion on why topic is interesting to non-specialist audience, or how to make it so
  • Write a pitch for the article
Shared mailbox at KI for questions concerning The Conversation KI The Conversation the-conversation@ki.se custom Off Off Off Off

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Internal courses and training
Workshop: Learn to write for the public and contribute to The Conversation

21-10-2021 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Add to iCal
Online
Location
Zoom
Lead

The news platform The Conversation arranges, in collaboration with the Communications Office at KI, a training session for researchers on finding the news potential in your own research and writing for the public.

Content

The Conversation is a politically unaffiliated international online platform for journalistic popular science articles. The platform is based on the principle that academic researchers write their own new articles, analyses and op-eds within their own fields of expertise – with the help of The Conversation’s own professional journalists and editors. Since the turn of the year, KI has a collaboration with The Conversation that also includes training sessions.

The workshop is aimed at researchers with a PhD who want to improve their ability to see the news potential of their expertise and to write short, quality pitches in English that can be turned into promising stories. There will also be a brief introduction to what The Conversation is and what this news platform can offer KI's researchers.

If you are interested, please contact KI’s communications office at the-conversation@ki.se. Please include a short description of your expertise, what topics you are interested in writing about and contact information.

Program

Presentation: how to write for a public audience

  • What is The Conversation (TC), origins and aims; what TC does and why
  • Why bother communicating research to the public?
  • What does writing for TC involve?
  • The benefits for academics and universities
  • Tips on style, tone and structure (with examples)
  • How to pitch (with examples)
  • Examples of different approaches:
    • A piece about the academic’s own research
    • A response to someone else’s research
    • A list (“Top five…”, “Ten most…”)
    • Something irreverent/entertaining/unusual

Chat/Q&A

Site demonstration

  • Editor takes attendees through the TC online editor
  • How article editing works, preview and history record
  • Demonstrate “traffic light” readability system
  • Note approve button and disclosure statement
  • Show dashboard and article readership metrics

Exercises:

  • Based on worksheet academics have brought with them, discuss ideas for articles
  • Each academic (or in teams of 3-4 if large group) develop one, write an opening paragraph
  • Group discussion on why topic is interesting to non-specialist audience, or how to make it so
  • Write a pitch for the article
Shared mailbox at KI for questions concerning The Conversation KI The Conversation the-conversation@ki.se custom Off Off Off Off

Event type
Conferences and symposiums
Online workshop on sustainable developement - Stockholm-Tokyo University Partnership

27-09-2021 to
28-09-2021 Add to iCal
Online
Lead

Karolinska Institutet, KTH the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, The Stockholm Trio and the University of Tokyo welcomes you to join the fourth interdisciplinary workshop within the framework of the strategic partnership between the University of Tokyo and the Stockholm Trio.

Content

Academics in the filed of neuroscience, biomaterials, education as well as sustainable development will share research findings and discuss possibilities for collaboration.

The workshops targets students, doctoral students and researchers in different discipline and all sessions will be online. Please join the workshop and expand your network within the Stockholm Trio and the Univeristy of Tokyo.

Welcome to two half days 08.00-12.00 CET (or in Tokyo 15.00-19.00 JST). More information about the registration, programme and speakers can be found here (the programme and the speakers are continuously updated).

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Conferences and symposiums
Health Equity and Pandemics – a Moonshot for Sustainable Health

06-10-2021 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Add to iCal
Online
Location
(CEST) Online from Campus Solna, Sweden. https://ki-se.zoom.us/j/6223475 8753
Globe
Photo: Getty Images
Lead

Are you interested in knowing more about what it will take to prevent pandemics and reach sustainable health for all, globally? What can we learn from the pandemic and climate experiences to propel humanity towards sustainable health for people as well as the planet?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) proudly invite to the first annual joint Rosling seminar.

Content
11:00
Welcome

Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen, President Karolinska Institutet

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State of the SDG:s, Gapminder update

Mr. Ola Rosling, President Gapminder

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Opening conversation

Overall theme: What can we learn from the pandemic and climate experiences to propel humanity towards sustainable health for people as well as planet?

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General WHO & Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen, led by Prof. Stefan Swartling Peterson.

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Governing health innovation for the common good: a mission oriented approach

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato, University College London (UCL)

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What Hans Taught Me about Global Public Health – and beating COVID-19

Ms. Melinda French Gates

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Break
13:30
Conclusions and end of seminar

Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen, President Karolinska Institutet

    The seminar is moderated by Prof. Stefan Swartling Peterson, Karolinska Institutet and will be held on Zoom:

    The link to the seminar will be open from 10.50 am. Please join in time.

    To join the Webinar we recommend that you use the Zoom Client. If you are not able to join the Webinar using the Zoom Client you can join using one of the following web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.

    No registration to the seminar is needed.

    Moonshot – used to refer to a plan or aim to do something that seems almost impossible, or relating to such plans or aims (def Cambridge Dictionary)

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