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2nd Annual Mayo Clinic and Karolinska Institutet Breast Cancer Research Symposium: Applying New Methodologies for Basic Discovery and Translational Science.

07-10-2021 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Add to iCal
Online meeting
Four flags: the Swedish, The United States, Maoy Clinic and also Karolinska Institutet.
Samverkan mellan Karolinska Institutet och Mayo Clinic. Foto: KI

The second joint Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Cancer Research KI symposia will be arranged on the 7th of October 2021 at 16.00-19.00. This will be a zoom event you can register by e-mail to johanna.furuhjelm@ki.se. The programme can be found on the homepage for Cancer Research KI.


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Online workshop on sustainable developement - Stockholm-Tokyo University Partnership

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

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.


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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Health Equity and Pandemics – a Moonshot for Sustainable Health

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

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.


Prof. Ole Petter Ottersen, President Karolinska Institutet

State of the SDG:s, Gapminder update

Mr. Ola Rosling, President Gapminder

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.

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

Prof. Mariana Mazzucato, University College London (UCL)

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

Ms. Melinda French Gates

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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    Developing Brains 2021

    01-09-2021 to
    02-09-2021 Add to iCal
    Campus Solna
    Biomedicum, Solnavägen 9, and online
    Brain in different colors in slime.
    Built by Clara Castelo-Branco using slime.

    How can a single cell give rise to complex structures such as the central (brain/spinal cord) and enteric (brain in the gut) nervous systems? This is the overarching question in neural development; understanding how such intricate structures are assembled gives not only crucial knowledge about these nervous systems, but also important insight to the etiology of some of our most common diseases.


    The 8th edition of the KI Conference “Developing Brains" gathers some of the leading scientists working on critical questions ranging from transcriptional heterogeneity of neural cell types, their specification and maturation, to migration, myelination and creation of mature neural circuits.

    Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will take place on a hybrid format, both online and in person. Lectures are scheduled for 1-2 September between 14.00-18.30 CET (Stockholm).


    Register now

    Registration is free of charge. Closer to the date, you will receive the final programme and a link for the lectures.

      Welcoming address
      Elucidating novel roles of oligodendrocyte precursor cells in the CNS

      Tim Czopka, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh UK

      Local control of protein synthesis in cortical wiring (online)

      Oscar Marin, King’s College London, London, UK


      Networking and interaction with the speakers at the REMO platform

      Molecular recognition codes for neuronal synapses

      Andrea Gomez, University of California, Berkeley, USA

      The developmental origins of neuropsychiatric disorders (online)

      Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


      Networking and interaction with the speakers at the REMO platform

      The thalamus that speaks to the cortex: spontaneous activity in sensory areas development and plasticity (online)

      Guillermina Lopez-Bendito, Instituto de Neurociencias, Alicante, Spain

      About time: the temporal control of cell fate in the developing neural tube (online)

      James Briscoe, Crick Institute, London, UK


      Networking and interaction with speakers at the REMO platform.

      Transcriptional control of neuronal diversity in the dorsal neural tube (online)

      Jane Johnson, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

      Microglia as dynamic regulators of neural circuit plasticity (online)

      Anna Victoria Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco, USA

      Concluding Remarks

      Networking and interaction with the speakers at the REMO platform.

      The Speakers

      Tim Czopka, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK: “Elucidating novel roles of oligodendrocyte precursor cells in the CNS”

      Dr. Tim Czopka studied Biology and obtained his PhD in Neuroscience in 2009 from the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). Following his postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh (UK), he became a Principal Investigator in 2015 at the Technical University of Munich (Germany), as a Emmy Noether Fellow and being awarded a European Research Council Starting grant. In 2020 his group moved to the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh (UK), being nominated Chancellor’s Fellow. The Czopka lab aim to understand how oligodendrocytes communicate with neurons, and how these interactions affect the brain. Oligodendrocyte precursor cells tile the brain throughout life and sense nervous system activity and represent the cellular source for new myelin during long-term development, plastic adaptations, and CNS regeneration. However, there are many more oligodendrocyte precursors than ever differentiate, but which still constantly communicate with surrounding neurons and other CNS cells. How this cell population can be triggered to produce new myelin, and how the non-myelinating oligoendrocytes affect nervous system function, remains unclear. To address this, the Czopka lab uses zebrafish as model organism and a wide range of complementary methods including high-resolution optical microscopy of live cell reporters, optophysiology and biomolecular sensor imaging, cellular genetic manipulations, and behavioural analysis.

      Selected publications

      Oligodendrocyte precursor cells sculpt the visual system by regulating axonal remodeling.
      Xiao Y, Petrucco L, Agirre E, Hoodless LJ, Castelo-Branco G, Portugues R, Czopka T.
      BioRxiv 2021

      Functionally distinct subgroups of oligodendrocyte precursor cells integrate neural activity and execute myelin formation.
      Marisca R, Hoche T, Agirre E, Hoodless LJ, Barkey W, Auer F, Castelo-Branco G, Czopka T
      Nat Neurosci 2020 03;23(3):363-374

      Individual oligodendrocytes have only a few hours in which to generate new myelin sheaths in vivo.
      Czopka T, Ffrench-Constant C, Lyons DA
      Dev Cell 2013 Jun;25(6):599-609

      Oscar Marín, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom: “Local control of protein synthesis in cortical wiring”

      Oscar Marín is Professor of Neurobiology, Director of the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. He graduated in Biology from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, where he also obtained a PhD in Neuroscience, followed by a postdoc with John Rubenstein at UCSF. He was a group leader at the Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante prior to joining King’s College in 2014. In 2005, he was selected as one of the founding members of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, where he served until 2010. He is an EMBO member and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Currently, he is Wellcome Trust Investigator and an ERC Advanced Grant Awardee. Oscar serves in several editorial boards, including the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science, and has received multiple prizes, including the Rey Jaime I Award in Biomedicine and the Cajal Medal from the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.

      Selected publications

      Subcellular sorting of neuregulins controls the assembly of excitatory-inhibitory cortical circuits.
      Exposito-Alonso D, Osório C, Bernard C, Pascual-García S, Del Pino I, Marín O, Rico B
      Elife 2020 12;9():

      Pyramidal cell regulation of interneuron survival sculpts cortical networks.
      Wong FK, Bercsenyi K, Sreenivasan V, Portalés A, Fernández-Otero M, Marín O
      Nature 2018 05;557(7707):668-673

      Early emergence of cortical interneuron diversity in the mouse embryo.
      Mi D, Li Z, Lim L, Li M, Moissidis M, Yang Y, Gao T, Hu TX, Pratt T, Price DJ, Sestan N, Marín O
      Science 2018 04;360(6384):81-85

      Andrea M. Gomez, University of California, Berkeley, US: “Molecular recognition codes for neuronal synapses”

      Andrea Gomez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gomez received her Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics from New York University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Her work is devoted to understanding the instructive cues that sculpt patterns of brain activity. Her efforts led to the discovery of RNA-based programs that are critical for synaptic plasticity. Her lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to decode the brain’s modular nature, including molecular biology, electrophysiology, and functional imaging.

      Selected publications

      Neurexins: molecular codes for shaping neuronal synapses.
      Gomez AM, Traunmüller L, Scheiffele P
      Nat Rev Neurosci 2021 03;22(3):137-151

      Control of neuronal synapse specification by a highly dedicated alternative splicing program.
      Traunmüller L, Gomez AM, Nguyen TM, Scheiffele P
      Science 2016 May;352(6288):982-6

      Synaptic plasticity and cognitive function are disrupted in the absence of Lrp4.
      Gomez AM, Froemke RC, Burden SJ
      Elife 2014 Nov;3():e04287

      Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles, USA: “The developmental origins of neuropsychiatric disorders”

      Dr. Geschwind is the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, Neurology and Psychiatry at UCLA. In his capacity as Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Precision Health, he founded and leads the Institute for Precision Health (IPH) at UCLA, where he oversees campus precision health initiatives. Dr. Geschwind is a pioneer in autism genetics and the functional genomic analyses of the nervous system. His laboratory showed that gene co-expression has a reproducible network structure that can be used to understand neurobiological mechanisms in health and disease, an approach that has been widely applied to define the molecular pathology of neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism. Dr. Geschwind has also been an early and persistent advocate for data sharing, having developed several resources housing patient genetic and phenotype data, including the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) and currently is the chair of the PsychENCODE consortium. He is the Co- Chair of the Genetics and Genomics Section of the Faculty of 1000 and serves on the editorial boards of Cell, Neuron and Science. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine.

      Selected publications

      Long-term maturation of human cortical organoids matches key early postnatal transitions.
      Gordon A, Yoon SJ, Tran SS, Makinson CD, Park JY, Andersen J, Valencia AM, Horvath S, Xiao X, Huguenard JR, Pașca SP, Geschwind DH
      Nat Neurosci 2021 03;24(3):331-342

      The Dynamic Landscape of Open Chromatin during Human Cortical Neurogenesis.
      de la Torre-Ubieta L, Stein JL, Won H, Opland CK, Liang D, Lu D, Geschwind DH
      Cell 2018 01;172(1-2):289-304.e18

      Genetic Control of Expression and Splicing in Developing Human Brain Informs Disease Mechanisms.
      Walker RL, Ramaswami G, Hartl C, Mancuso N, Gandal MJ, Torre-Ubieta L, Pasaniuc B, Stein JL, Geschwind DH
      Cell 2020 Apr;181(2):484

      Integrative functional genomic analyses implicate specific molecular pathways and circuits in autism.
      Parikshak NN, Luo R, Zhang A, Won H, Lowe JK, Chandran V, Horvath S, Geschwind DH
      Cell 2013 Nov;155(5):1008-21

      Guillermina López-Bendito, Instituto de Neurociencias, Alicante, Spain: ”The thalamus that speaks to the cortex: spontaneous activity in sensory areas development and plasticity”

      Dr. Guillermina López Bendito is a CSIC Investigator and group Leader at the Developmental Neurobiology Unit in the Institute of Neuroscience (IN) of Alicante, Spain. During her PhD, she worked on the role and precise cellular and subcellular localization of neurotransmitter receptors during pre- and postnatal development of the cerebral cortex. Subsequently, as a postdoctoral researcher she joined the laboratory of Dr. Zoltán Molnar in the Department of Human Anatomy & Genetics at Oxford University (UK) from 2001-2004 where she trained in axon guidance mechanisms and the development of the thalamocortical connectivity. In 2004, she obtained a prestigious “Ramón y Cajal” semi-independent position at the IN in Alicante in the laboratory of Prof Oscar Marin where she started to develop her own research line on the mechanisms involved in thalamocortical axon circuitry formation. Since 2008, she is group leader at the IN where her team runs several related projects to uncover the principles underlying thalamocortical axonal wiring, maintenance and ultimately the rewiring of connections, through an integrated and innovative experimental program. The central hypothesis of her laboratory is that thalamocortical input determines several aspects of the development of sensory cortical areas and underlaying circuits. Her research is supported by grants from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Innovation, and the European Research Council. She is the recipient of awards including ‘IBRO- KEMALI prize 2017, Joseph Altman prize 2018, ‘Alberto Sols Award 2021. She is an EMBO Member and a FENS-Kavli alumni.

      Selected publications

      Astrocytes and neurons share region-specific transcriptional signatures that confer regional identity to neuronal reprogramming.
      Herrero-Navarro Á, Puche-Aroca L, Moreno-Juan V, Sempere-Ferràndez A, Espinosa A, Susín R, Torres-Masjoan L, Leyva-Díaz E, Karow M, Figueres-Oñate M, López-Mascaraque L, López-Atalaya JP, Berninger B, López-Bendito G
      Sci Adv 2021 Apr;7(15):

      Prenatal activity from thalamic neurons governs the emergence of functional cortical maps in mice.
      Antón-Bolaños N, Sempere-Ferràndez A, Guillamón-Vivancos T, Martini FJ, Pérez-Saiz L, Gezelius H, Filipchuk A, Valdeolmillos M, López-Bendito G
      Science 2019 Jun;364(6444):987-990

      Prenatal thalamic waves regulate cortical area size prior to sensory processing.
      Moreno-Juan V, Filipchuk A, Antón-Bolaños N, Mezzera C, Gezelius H, Andrés B, Rodríguez-Malmierca L, Susín R, Schaad O, Iwasato T, Schüle R, Rutlin M, Nelson S, Ducret S, Valdeolmillos M, Rijli FM, López-Bendito G
      Nat Commun 2017 02;8():14172

      James Briscoe, Crick Institute, London, UK: “About time: the temporal control of cell fate in the developing neural tube”

      James Briscoe is a senior group leader at The Francis Crick Institute. He obtained a BSc in Microbiology and Virology from the University of Warwick, UK. Following his PhD research in Ian Kerr’s laboratory at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, he undertook postdoctoral training at Columbia University, New York, USA, with Thomas Jessell, first as a Human Frontiers Science Program Fellow then as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. In 2000 he moved to the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research to establish his own research group and in 2001 he was elected an EMBO Young Investigator. He was awarded the EMBO Gold Medal in 2008 and elected to EMBO in 2009. In 2018 he became Editor in Chief of Development, a journal published by the Company of Biologists, a notfor- profit scientific publisher. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2019. His research interests include the molecular and cellular mechanisms of graded signaling by morphogens and the role of transcriptional networks in the specification of cell fate. To address these questions his lab uses a range of experimental and computational techniques with model systems that include mouse and chick embryos and embryonic stem cells.

      Selected publications

      Temporal patterning of the central nervous system by a shared transcription factor code.
      Sagner A, Zhang I, Watson T, Lazaro J, Melchionda M, Briscoe J.
      bioRxiv 2020.11.10.376491

      Precision of tissue patterning is controlled by dynamical properties of gene regulatory networks.
      Exelby K, Herrera-Delgado E, Perez LG, Perez-Carrasco R, Sagner A, Metzis V, Sollich P, Briscoe J
      Development 2021 02;148(4):

      Establishing neuronal diversity in the spinal cord: a time and a place.
      Sagner A, Briscoe J
      Development 2019 11;146(22):

      Jane Johnson, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, US: ”Transcriptional Control of Neuronal Diversity in the Dorsal Neural Tube”

      Dr. Johnson obtained her B.S. in Chemistry (1983) and her Ph. D. in Biochemistry (1988) at the University of Washington in Seattle studying muscle development with Dr. Stephen Hauschka. Postdoctoral research with Dr. David Anderson at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena led to the discovery of ASCL1 (previously MASH1), an essential transcription factor in neural development. She joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in December 1992 where she is currently a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Neuroscience, and holds the Shirley and William S. McIntyre Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience. The research in the Johnson lab focuses on understanding how transcription factors regulate neuronal differentiation and neuronal subtype diversity, work that has direct implications for stem cell biology and cancer.

      Selected publications

      Repression by PRDM13 is critical for generating precision in neuronal identity.
      Mona B, Uruena A, Kollipara RK, Ma Z, Borromeo MD, Chang JC, Johnson JE
      Elife 2017 08;6():

      Crossinhibitory activities of Ngn1 and Math1 allow specification of distinct dorsal interneurons.
      Gowan K, Helms AW, Hunsaker TL, Collisson T, Ebert PJ, Odom R, Johnson JE
      Neuron 2001 Aug;31(2):219-32

      Ptf1a determines GABAergic over glutamatergic neuronal cell fate in the spinal cord dorsal horn.
      Glasgow SM, Henke RM, Macdonald RJ, Wright CV, Johnson JE
      Development 2005 Dec;132(24):5461-9

      Anna Victoria Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco, USA: "“Microglia as dynamic regulators of neural circuit plasticity”

      Dr. Anna Molofsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), part of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The Molofsky lab investigates the molecular mechanisms of synapse formation during brain development, with a focus on glial cells and innate immune signals that regulate synapse remodeling. The lab’s long-term goal is to define the homeostatic roles of innate immunity in the developing brain, and their impact in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Molofsky trained in stem cell biology with Dr. Sean Morrison and in glial biology with Dr. David Rowitch. She completed medical training and residency at UCSF and is also a practicing psychiatrist. She is the recipient of awards including a Pew Biomedical Scholar Award, an NIH New Innovator Award, and the Freedman Prize in Basic Research from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

      Selected publications

      A type I interferon response defines a conserved microglial state required for effective phagocytosis
      Dorman LC, Nguyen PT, Caroline C. Escoubas CC, Vainchtein ID, Xiao Y, Lidsky PV, Wang EY, Taloma SE, Nakao-Inoue H, Rivera BM, Condello C, Andino R, Nowakowski TJ, Molofsky AV

      Microglial Remodeling of the Extracellular Matrix Promotes Synapse Plasticity.
      Nguyen PT, Dorman LC, Pan S, Vainchtein ID, Han RT, Nakao-Inoue H, Taloma SE, Barron JJ, Molofsky AB, Kheirbek MA, Molofsky AV
      Cell 2020 07;182(2):388-403.e15

      Astrocytes and Microglia: In Sickness and in Health.
      Vainchtein ID, Molofsky AV
      Trends Neurosci 2020 03;43(3):144-154

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      European Paediatric Psychology Conference 2021

      04-10-2021 1:00 pm to
      06-10-2021 5:30 pm Add to iCal

      Building the future of paediatric psychology through science and collaborations!


      EPPC 2021 is arranged by the European Paediatric Psychology Network (EPPN) in collaboration with the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP-USA).

      The Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 

      EPPC 2021

      For three days, researchers and clinicians within the field of paediatric psychology will meet to learn, share findings and create new collaborations.

      An outstanding program has been taking form, including keynote lectures from field leaders Andrea Evers, Christopher Eccleston, and Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth.

      To date we have 14 symposia, with high quality presentations covering a wide variety of topics within paediatric psychology.

      Also, 30 flash talks from different presenters will bring you the most recent findings from current research in the field.

      Furthermore, the editors of the Journal for Pediatric Psychology (Tonya Palermo), and Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology (Jennifer Schurman) will host sessions to introduce the journal, including the scope, future directions and thoughts on how to prepare a successful submission.

      In addition, the EPPC will provide plenty of opportunities to network, catch up and meet colleagues with shared interests in the work, including early career/trainee & mentoring sessions, and happy hours with topical digital rooms.


      Registration for the EPPC 2021 conference opens on Monday, August 30, on europedpsych.com.


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      Network Medicine and Big Data Day

      20-10-2021 Add to iCal
      Campus Solna
      Online and at Campus Solna

      This fall the Network Medicine Alliance at (KI NMA) will host a day all about Network Medicine and Big Data. With introductory seminars about network medicine in the morning and invited keynote lectures followed by panel debates in the afternoon. So please book the 20th of October in your calendar and we will be back with more information soon.


      Preliminary schedule

      Morning session (online)

      • Introduction on basic concepts
      • Old meets the new - How technologies can be integrated
      • What is needed to work in a multi-disciplinary team?

      Afternoon session (campus Solna)

      • The potential of network medicine and big data - future strategies
      • Implementation in health care


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      NorPEN 2021

      10-11-2021 to
      12-11-2021 Add to iCal
      Campus Solna
      to be posted
      NorPen 2021
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      The 13th Annual Nordic Pharmacoepidemiological Network (NorPEN) meeting. Hosted by the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology at Karolinska Institutet.


      Theme: Sustainability of Nordic Collaboration

      November 11-12th 2021

      Hosted by the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology at Karolinska Institutet

      Questions? Contact us at norpen@meds.ki.se


      Registration is now open!

      For more information visit:https://ki.se/en/meds/norpen-2021


      The NorPEN 2021 meeting will be held online with live participation capability by attendees


      • Abstract submissions for the 10-minute oral presentations and 3-minute PharmacoepiSLAMs are now welcome
      • The submission form is available here https://ki.se/en/meds/norpen-2021
      • Deadline Friday September 10th

      Pre-conference course: A general overview of G methods in relation to pharmacoepidemiology

      Wednesday November 10th 2021, afternoon, time: TBA

      Funded by SFO Epi (The Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, KI)

      *Note that registration for the course is separate from the conference


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      Launch of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health

      16-09-2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Add to iCal

      Please join us for the interactive digital launch of the centre on the 16th of September, 2021! Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University in Uganda have jointly established the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health. The aim of the centre is to develop capacity and mobilise actions to drive the agenda for sustainable health.

      KI’s President Ole Petter Ottersen and Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor at Makerere University sign agreement on 29 January 2021.
      President Ole Petter Ottersen and Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwes. Photo: Ulf Sirborn, Bildmakarna

      Highlights of the programme

      We will together with moderators, keynote speakers and project team explore:

      • Challenges and opportunities for sustainable health 

      • Why the centre has been established? What do we want to achieve? What has been achieved so far?

      • The role of academia and partnerships in achieving sustainable health

      There will be reflections and discussions with Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, president of Karolinska Institute and Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, vice chancellor of Makerere University.

      The event will be moderated by Erika Bjerström, Senior Foreign News Correspondent with National Swedish Television (SVT) and Roy Mayega, lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the School of Public Health, Makerere University.

      Date and time

      16 September 2021. Time: 13:00 -14:30 Swedish time / 2 p.m. – 3. 30 p.m. East African time.


      There is no cost to attend. The event will be held in Zoom. Register here.


      Giulia Gaudenzi. Photo: N/A

      Giulia Gaudenzi

      Giulia Gaudenzi is an affiliated researcher at the Department of Global Public Health and a postdoctoral fellow at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Division of Nanobiotechnology at SciLifeLab. Her research is focusing on the development of point-of-care diagnostics for low-resource settings. 

      Rawlance Ndejjo. Photo: N/A

      Rawlance Ndejjo

      Rawlance Ndejjo is a researcher at Makerere University School of Public Health with over 8 years' experience in teaching and public health research. He coordinates work of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health at Makerere University. 

      Tobias Alfvén. Photo: Andreas Andersson.
      Tobias Alfvén. Photo: Andreas Andersson

      Tobias Alfvén

      Tobias Alfvén is project manager of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health. He works as senior clinical lecturer at the Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet and as a pediatrician at Sachs’ children and youth hospital in Stockholm. 

      Rhoda Wanyenze. Photo: N/A

      Rhoda Wanyenze

      Rhoda Wanyenze is a professor and dean of Makerere University School of Public Health and deputy project manager of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health. She has vast experience in infectious diseases research, capacity building and program management, especially in the area of HIV and TB, and has also conducted several studies in maternal and child health.


      Erika Bjerström. Photo: Victor Brott

      Erika Bjerström

      Erika Bjerström is a senior foreign news correspondent at Swedish Television (SVT), Sweden’s national public service broadcaster. She is SVT’s Global Climate Correspondent and one of Sweden’s most experienced journalists. She has been a tv-correspondent covering EU, Africa and the USA and has worked in over 100 countries globally. She has also written several books, ”The New Africa” and ”Climate Crisis in Sweden” being her latest. 

      Roy William Mayega. Photo: N/A

      Roy William Mayega

      Dr. Roy William Mayega is a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the School of Public Health, Makerere University, teaching Epidemiology and Research Methodology to both graduate and undergraduate students.

      Preliminary agenda

      Time Topic Speaker
      13:00 - 13:10 Introduction Bjerström/Mayega
      13:10 - 13:30 Challenges and opportunities for sustainable health Ndejjo/Gaudenzi
      13:35 - 13:55 About the centre Alfvén/Wanyenze
      14:00 - 14:25 Role of academia and partnerships in achieving sustainable health Nawangwe/Ottersen
      14:25 - 14:30 Summary Mayega


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      2nd KI Conference on Sustainable Development

      17-11-2021 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Add to iCal
      Campus Solna
      Online & on campus: Eva & Georg Klein Lecture Hall, Biomedicum

      From basic science to better health for all
      - making innovations reach those in need.


      Welcome to the 2nd KI Conference on Sustainable Development!

      Hybrid conference: on campus Solna and online (registration will open in September).

      • Increase your knowledge and understanding of the Agenda 2030.
      • Get information and inspiration on how you can address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your research activities.
      • Participate in scientific presentations and workshops discussions.

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      2nd KI Conference on Sustainable Development

      17-11-2021 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm Add to iCal
      Campus Solna
      Eva & Georg Klein Lecture Hall, Biomedicum, Solnavägen 9

      From basic science to better health for all
      – making innovations reach those in need.


      Welcome to the 2nd KI Conference on Sustainable Development!

      When: 17th November 2021
      Time: 13.00-18.00, followed by poster session.
      Where: Hybrid conference. 

      Online: registration will open in September 2021.
      On campus: Eva & Georg Klein Lecture Hall, Biomedicum, Solnavägen 9, Karolinska Institutet, Campus Solna.

      • Increase your knowledge and understanding of the Agenda 2030.
      • Get information and inspiration on how you can address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your research activities.
      • Participate in scientific presentations and workshops discussions.
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