Press releases


New honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet

29 February, 2012 - Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet’s board of research has appointed three new honorary doctors, who will have their doctorates formally conferred at a ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall on 25 May 2012, when they will receive their hat, diploma and ring from the Dean of Research as testimony to their status. Every year, Karolinska Institutet awards honorary doctorates to people who have made vital contributions to the university.

Top talents at Karolinska Institutet receive ERC grant

13 September, 2011 - Karolinska Institutet

Three researchers at Karolinska Institutet are to receive a Starting Independent Researcher Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The highly prestigious Starting Grant is awarded to particularly outstanding junior researchers.

Brain cell transplants win Fernström Prize

12 September, 2011 - Lunds universitet

This year’s Fernström Foundation Nordic Prize, with prize money of SEK 1 million, goes to Professor Anders Björklund from Lund University, Sweden. He is a neurology researcher focusing on neurodegenerative diseases, diseases in which the nerve cells die. Professor Björklund’s research group is trying to develop customised stem cells to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Customized information before radiation therapy helps cancer patients cope with their new life situation

25 August, 2011 -

Small details in the information and how the information is communicated are important to cancer patients. The patients experience lack of knowledge about their illness and the radiotherapy. The situation is cause for strong emotions, but with customized information it can be changed to an ability to master the situation. This is demonstrated in radiation therapist Mariette Abrahamsson’s master’s thesis at NHV – Nordic School of Public Health.

Patient participation is necessary within rehabilitation

25 August, 2011 -

Results from an MPH thesis show that patients want to participate in planning their own rehabilitation, together with therapists and clinicians. This ensures them control and overview during their rehabilitation process. “Professionals should give the patient room for participation,” says Hanne Vest Hansen, nursing specialist.

Child protection workers lack a blueprint

24 August, 2011 -

The decisions child protection workers make are complicated and are based partly on their own investigations, partly on cooperation with, and experience of, other local government officers.
”My master’s thesis shows that even the more experienced child protection workers are uncertain about what decisions are the correct ones in individual cases,” says Arve Lerum at the Nordic School of Public Health (NHV).

New Members Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

20 January, 2011 - Göteborgs universitet

Professors Kerstin Johannesson and Deliang Chen of the University of Gothenburg are two of the twelve outstanding scientists who were recently elected members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

2,5 million euro for research into the chemistry of the brain

4 January, 2011 - Göteborgs universitet

Professor Andrew Ewing at the University of Gothenburg is using bioanalytical chemistry to understand how the nerve cells of the brain communicate with each other and how they build neural networks. He has now been awarded 2,5 million euro from the European Research Council to continue the work and expand it to include the biochemistry of stem cells.

Sebastian Westenhoff – Future research leader

21 December, 2010 - Göteborgs universitet

Sebastian Westenhoff, biophysicist at the University of Gothenburg, is one of 18 successful young researchers that the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research today has presented as future research leaders. The presentation is accompanied by a research grant of SEK 10 million, which may have great significance not only in the development of new drugs but also for the design of nanotechnology products.

Close-ups of snowflakes win Lennart Nilsson Award

24 October, 2010 - Karolinska Institutet

The Lennart Nilsson Award for 2010 is to be awarded to the US physicist Kenneth Libbrecht. He is awarded the prize, which is worth SEK 100,000, for his images of snowflakes – images that open our eyes to the beauty of nature. The award ceremony will take place in Stockholm’s Berwald Hall on 3 November 2010 in connection with the ceremonial installation of professors at Karolinska Institutet. Lennart Nilsson himself will be in attendance.