Published: 2021-06-23 09:56 | Updated: 2021-06-23 10:00

Workshop - Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V) Applied survey methodology – from design to analysis

When should a questionnaire be used for data collection? What are the steps included in the development of a questionnaire? What type of questions can be included in a questionnaire? How does one formulate effective questions? How does one design rating scales? How does one avoid common mistakes when developing a questionnaire?

Questionnaires are commonly used in research as a data collection tool and investigators have access to many validated instruments. However, there are often occasions when a researcher needs to adapt an already validated instrument to their specific contextual needs. Also, the field of research questions that need to be investigated is so broad nowadays that a researcher often needs to design and create a new instrument specifical ly for their needs. Designing a questionnaire involves many different steps and each of these steps affects the quality of the questionnaire and the data collected. To address the need for researchers to understand and practice what is needed to create their own questionnaire or adapting a validated instrument to their needs, we are proposing a series of workshops about questionnaire design:

Principles of questionnaire design - October 5, 2021

Short introductory lecture on the basic principles of questionnaire design and types of question andresponse formats:

  • Reviewing the most common question and response formats used in questionnaires, such asinterval rating, ordinal, categorical, open-ended.
  • Discussing when to design a new instrument and when to adapt an already validated instrumentto the researcher’s needs.
  • Addressing elements included in a questionnaire instrument.
  • Group exercise: Participants will be asked to construct a questionnaire based on a chosen theme/subject.
  • Presentation of the questionnaires created by each group and open peer discussion including feedbackon each questionnaire.

Common pitfalls in questionnaire design - October 14, 2021

Introduction on the common pitfalls in questionnaire design, addressing general principles andconcerns regarding question writing.

  • Group exercise 1: Examination of purposefully bad survey items.
  • Group exercise 2: Discussion and revision of participants ‘own or peers’ questionnaires developed during Workshop 1.
  • Discussion on the group exercise and presentations of suggestions/modifications from each group.

Both workshops require participant activity and interaction with most of the time dedicated to group work and open peer discussions.


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De Leeuw, E. D., Hox, J., Dillman, D. (2012) International Handbook of Survey Methodology. Routledge. New York.
Kline, R. B. (2009). Becoming a behavioral researcher. The Guilford Press. New York.

Workshop leaders

Zoe Säflund and Per Palmgren

Aim of the activity

The aim of these workshops is to familiarize participants with the subject of questionnaires as a data collection tool, focusing on how to construct a questionnaire that fulfills the researchers’ needs.

After the workshop, the participant is expected to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the questionnaire development process and the necessary steps in designing oradapting an instrument and how these steps influence quality.
  • Practical knowledge on writing questionnaire questions, choosing the appropriate question format andwhat mistakes to avoid when writing questions.
  • The general learning outcomes are to:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with research methodology in general and the methods of the specific field ofresearch in particular.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate issues with scholarly precision critically, autonomouslyand creatively, and to plan and use appropriate methods to undertake research and other qualifiedtasks within predetermined time frames and to review and evaluate such work.

Time: October 5 and 14 2021, from 09:00 to 12:00

Location: Online.

A Zoom invitation will be sent to registered participants shortly before the workshops.Registration:The workshops can be attended independently from one another and it is possible to register to one workshop only. The number of seats is limited to 25 participants per workshop; don’t wait to enrol! Doctoral students and postdocs at Karolinska Institute have priority of attendance.

Deadline for registration: September 20, 2021.

Registrations to the workshop Principles of questionnaire design - October 5, 2021 are made here.

Registrations to the workshop Common pitfalls in questionnaire design - October 14, 2021 are made here.

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Kappa seminar for doctoral students in Health Care Science

18-10-2021 1:00 pm - 2:13 pm Add to iCal

Learn from the experience of other students and supervisors in the area of Health Care Science and get useful tips to prepare your Kappa.


Experienced supervisors, opponents, grading committee members and recently graduated doctoral students will share what they consider to be important in the writing of a Kappa.


You can enrol here on October 11, at the lastest.  A Zoom link will be sent shortly before the seminar.


For questions, please contact


Published: 2021-06-17 12:51 | Updated: 2021-06-21 11:48

Call for assignment as pedagogical ambassadors within doctoral education - deadline 20th of August 2021

The purpose of the one-year pilot project is to stimulate pedagogical development in doctoral courses by financing time for pedagogical ambassadors and the start-up of a pedagogical network in doctoral education with the support from the unit for Teaching and Learning (UoL).

“The pedagogical ambassadors are a new way of raising educational issues and stimulating pedagogical development in doctoral education" says Erika Franzén, chair of the Course and programme committee and deputy-chairperson in the Committee for doctoral education. "During the pandemic, we have taken a major step into the digitization of doctoral courses with new working methods and pedagogical tools, and there is a great need for further development and support.”

The pedagogical ambassadors are expected to: 

  • be part of a pedagogical network together with the other pedagogical ambassadors who support each other in pedagogical issues. 
  • participate in seminars and meetings organized by Teaching and Learning (TL) 
  • lead pedagogical discussions, for example in seminar form 
  • initiate and pursue pedagogical issues that are relevant to doctoral education 
  • lead at least one pedagogical development project 
  • support colleagues / "Critical friend" and spread good examples
  • work for doctoral education at the entire KI, not only for the research school / doctoral program you are affiliated with
  • immerse oneself in relevant higher education pedagogical literature and participate in other relevant pedagogical educations. 
  • after the end of the period, give a workshop / seminar for course providers about initiatives and experiences. 

Workshops and working methods, etc. which are developed within the framework of this initiative will function as inspiration and support for teachers in doctoral education at KI and promote future pedagogical development by disseminating experiences. The aim of the call is to pave the way for good examples, "best practice", which can benefit the entire KI. 

Funding of approximately 10% of the corresponding full-time at KI for one year will be added and paid out via the doctoral education programme or research school to which the pedagogical ambassador is attached. 

Criteria and assessment

Applications received are reviewed by an assessment group appointed by the Academic vice president of doctoral education. Selection and granting of funds are based on the following assessment criteria: 

  • The quality of the project and anticipated results 
  • How realistic the project is in terms of implementation and resources 
  • The applicant's pedagogical merits and ambitions 
  • The ability to disseminate results and supervise colleagues 

Pleast note that a maximum of one application will be granted from each doctoral programme / research school. 


Application and assessment work follows the schedule below. 

  • 20 August 2021 - call for proposals deadline 
  • 21 August - 1 September 2021 - applications assessed 
  • The decision on granting is made by the Academic vice president for doctoral education in September
  • Project start in October 


The application is sent to no later than 20 August 2021. 

The application must consist of a CV (maximum 2 pages), motivation letter with a short account of the intended pedagogical project / activity as pedagogical ambassador. Anchoring with doctoral programme / research school must be in place. 


Event type
Dissertation Alexander Juto

18-06-2021 9:00 am Add to iCal
Karolinska University Hospital, Solna
Lecture hall Clarence Crafoord, Eugeniavägen 3, Solna

Title: Anti-CD20 therapy in multiple sclerosis - Clinical and paraclinical outcomes


Main Supervisor 

Professor Fredrik Piehl, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet


Med. dr. Tobias Granberg, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet

Associate Professor Thomas Frisell, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet


Professor Øivind F. Grytten Torkildsen, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen

Examination board 

Associate Professor Charlotte Dahle, Department of Clinical and experimental medicine, Linköping University

Associate Professor Aleksandra Antovic, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet

Associate Professor Niaz Ahmed, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet


Event type
ISP-seminars: Laura Danti and Baris Yasar

17-06-2021 2:00 pm Add to iCal

Welcome to ISP seminars at the Department of Biosciences and Nutrition!

Laura Danti
“Human pluripotent stem cells as a model for ovarian development and function”

Baris Yasar
“Advanced chromosomal testing tools for embryo quality and fetal health”


Main supervisor:

Juha Kere

Join on Zoom

Meeting ID: 660 2237 3106

Passcode: 225677



Event type
Admission seminars
ISP seminar at MMK

16-06-2021 3:30 pm Add to iCal
Karolinska University Hospital, Solna
Online via Zoom

Presentation of Individual Study Plan, ISP seminar, by:


Ana Carasel

Clinical and epidemiological studies of adrenal tumors

Ann Mari Svensson

Inflammatory response in the lung parenchyma: Clinical-radiological- and pathological correlations/ Lungans inflammatoriska svar vid COVID-19 och interstitiell lungsjukdom: Klinisk-radiologisk och patologisk korrelation

Aron Skaftason

Deciphering the transcriptomic landscape of lymphoproliferative malignancies


Published: 2021-06-07 14:32 | Updated: 2021-06-08 10:33

Call for pedagogic course development project proposals within doctoral education 2021/2022

The Course and Programme Committee (under the Committee for Doctoral Education) announces funding regarding digitalisation and pedagogical development of existing doctoral courses. Deadline for applications is 20 August.

To enhance the quality of education at KI and support competent and committed teaching teams in their development of courses using modern pedagogy and digital tools, the Course and Programme Committee (KPK) now announces funding to be used during 2021/2022.

This initiative provides the resources necessary for financing of both time for course development for the teaching team and support from the Teaching and Learning Unit (TL). Courses developed within the framework of this initiative shall serve as inspiration in general for teachers within doctoral education at KI and promote future educational development through the dissemination of experiences. This call for proposals aims to pave the way for, for example, best practices, the benefits of which will be enjoyed by the entire KI.

The Course and Programme Committee has allocated about 600,000 SEK to be distributed between the applications that have the highest priority in the assessment.

Each project should preferably incorporate one or more generic competencies such as research communication, internationalisation, sustainable development, ethics and equal opportunities. Should any of the above be of relevance to the course content, it must be stated in the application form.

Criteria and assessment

Prerequisites to apply are:

  • The application concerns an existing doctoral course and the course director must have been involved in the implementation of the course as a course director on at least one previous occasion
  • Application is done by a teacher team, not a single course director

Applications received are reviewed by an assessment group appointed by the Course and Program Committee. After an initial assessment and selection, a furhter assessment is made of selected applications together with Teaching and Learning (TL). Selection and granting of funds is based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Project quality and anticipated results
  • The realistic expectations of the project in terms of implementation and resources
  • Opportunities for dissemination of results (best practice)
  • Opportunities for follow-up/evaluation of results


The application and assessment process follow the schedule below. The funds granted for the initiation of a project will be made available once a decision has been made.

20 August – call for proposals deadline 

23 August – 22 September - applications assessed by a panel of assessors

30 September - the Course and Programme Committee decides on the awarding of funds


The application is to be sent to no later than 20 August.

Please use the application form below.


Published: 2021-06-04 09:50 | Updated: 2021-06-04 11:04

New thesis about neuroinflammation and its resolution in Alzheimer's disease

Hi there, Ying Wang, PhD student at the Division of Neurogeriatrics! On June 23 you will defend your thesis “Neuroinflammation and its resolution in Alzheimer's disease". What is the main focus of your thesis?

Picture of Ying Wang in front of Aula Medica.
Ying Wang, PhD student at the Division of Neurogeriatrics, NVS. Photo: Private.

Chronic inflammation is one of the major characteristics of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which may be due to insufficient resolution, the end stage of inflammation that leads to restoration of homeostasis. The main focus of my thesis is to investigate alterations in protein and lipid mediators related to inflammation and its resolution in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of AD patients and how they are associated with cognition and AD biomarkers, and to investigate potential beneficial effects of the pro-resolving lipid mediator maresin 1 (MaR1) on AD-like neuroinflammation in microglia.  

Which are the most important results?

I found that the profile of protein and lipid mediators in the CSF of AD patients indicated a shift to a more inflammatory profile which was associated with markers of AD molecular pathology, and that this profile is strongly affected by co-morbidities. The results also show marked reduction in pro-resolving mediators in AD, supporting a compromised resolution of inflammation in the AD brain. Furthermore, in human microglial models, we found that MaR1 attenuated AD-like neuroinflammation by downregulating immune-related gene transcription and NF-kB activation, stimulating uptake of ß-amyloid (Aß) peptide and reducing Aß-induced cell death.

How can this new knowledge contribute to the improvement of people’s health? 

CSF profiles of protein and lipid mediators related to inflammation and its resolution can be of importance for development of new diagnostic tools for AD, and thereby differentiate between those that will develop AD or not. The reduced levels of pro-resolving mediators in AD together with the beneficial effects of MaR1 indicate the potential of stimulating resolution of inflammation as a promising therapeutic strategy in AD, a disease with chronic unresolved inflammation in the brain.

What's in the future for you? Will you keep on conducting research? 

My plan is to work as a physician and scientist in a hospital and try to translate my future research findings into clinical use. 


Event type
Half-time controls
Half-time seminar: Diego Yacamán-Méndez's

15-06-2021 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Add to iCal
Online via Zoom, For those who can't join via Zoom: Meeting room "Tensta", floor 6, Solnavägen 1E, Torsplan.

Title: Epidemiology and prevention of type 2 diabetes: addressing the heterogeneity of risk factors.

A photo of Diego Yacamán-Méndez's
Diego Yacamán-Méndez's. Photo: Private


  • Anton Lager, Affiliated to research, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, SLSO and Karolinska Institutet.
  • Ylva Trolle-Lagerros, Affiliated to research, Obesity Centre, SLSO and Karolinska Institutet.
  • Yvonne Forsell, Adjunct professor, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine and Karolinska Institutet.
  • Antonio Ponce de Leon, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, SLSO



Half-time board:

  • Ilona Koupil, Affiliated to research, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University 
  • Ana Carolina Sepúlveda, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) 
  • Ulrik Sartipy, Adjunct professor, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Univesity Hospital


Join Zoom Meeting.


Published: 2021-06-03 13:05 | Updated: 2021-06-18 09:42

New thesis about access to health care for victims of sexual violence

Hi there, Gita Rajan, PhD student at the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care! On June 22 you will defend your thesis “Sexual violence - epidemiology, treatment and access to health care". What is the main focus of your thesis?

Gita Rajan, PhD student at the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, NVS. Photo: Peter Cohn.

The main focus of my thesis is on victims of sexual violence, and on different perspectives of their health care needs and health care access. The thesis has a translational and human rights based (HRBA) approach. 

Which are the most important results?  

The most alarming result is that non-emergency care for victims of sexual violence today is insufficient, both in terms of volume and content. This violation of a universal human right hinders progression towards gender-equal health careaccess.That the risk of suicide attempts among young girls exposed to sexual violence increase after contact with healthcare is, for example, both terrible and unacceptable. 

The new method for treating PTSD after rape, where 70% of the participants got rid of their PTSD diagnosis after one treatment of two hours is important and promising. More studies are needed, but the method and results may eventually change how we view PTSD. The proposed gatekeeping model for the analysis of factors that hinder or increase access to good quality healthcare for victims of sexual violence is also important. 

How can this new knowledge contribute to the improvement of people’s health?

The new PTSD-method needs to be further tested, but may eventually change our perspective on PTSD-treatment, and increase access and lower costs for good quality healthcare for victims of sexual violence. The gatekeeping model can also be used to increase access to good quality health care. Meanwhile, it is important to be honest and humble in face of the fact that existing health care for victims of sexual violence is insufficient and edged by gatekeeping mechanisms.

Vad ska du göra nu? Kommer du fortsätta att forska?  

I will definitely continue conducting research. The NGO WONSA - World of No Sexual Abuse, who financed my research, Stora Stiftelsen Sköndal and Ersta Bräcke Sköndal Högskola recentely signed a collaboration agreement, for research and treatment development for victims of sexual violence. That is where you will find me! 


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