"Green Light" introduced to ensure quality in doctoral education
Doctoral education. The doctoral supervision training programme introduced at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in 2008 has proved successful. A comparison of exit polls conducted since 2008 shows that doctoral candidates are increasingly satisfied with their education. Now, directors of doctoral studies are to provided with their next quality-assurance tool: At the turn of the year, Green Light will be introduced.
KI placed 15th among the world’s best universities for medicine
Ranking. Times Higher Education places Karolinska Institutet at number 15 among the world’s best universities for medicine (pre-clinical, clinical studies and health sciences) in this years ranking. Among European universities, KI finished in 5th place.
Harder for T cells to fight cancer in absence of VEGF-A
Study. Contrary to what was previously believed, the immune system’s cancer-killing T cells are more effective in a tumour’s anoxic environment when they have access to growth factor VEGF-A. In a study from Karolinska Institutet published in Cancer Cell, the researchers show how the T cells not only survive in this oxygen-depleted micro-environment with the help of transcription factor HIF-1a but also become more effective at killing cancer cells inside it.
New doctors and jubilee doctors honoured in the Blue Hall
Ceremony. During a festive and solemn ceremony in the City Hall, Karolinska Institutet's new doctors and jubilee doctors were celebrated on 10 November. In his speech, the new vice-chancellor Ole Petter Ottersen, emphasized the importance of knowledge and critical thinking for the university and society as a whole.
Older people with bowel disease receive older medicines
Study. Inflammatory bowel disease is common amongst older people and there are big differences in the choice of treatment for different age groups. Patients over the age of 60 often receive cortisone drugs instead of more modern medicines that target the immune system. This according to a large registry study from Karolinska Institutet published in Gastroenterology.
High impact publications
Recent publications in high impact journals where researchers from Karolinska Institutet are main authors.
An HIF-1α/VEGF-A Axis in Cytotoxic T Cells Regulates Tumor Progression
Palazon A, Tyrakis PA, Macias D, Velica P, Rundqvist H, Fitzpatrick S, Vojnovic N, Phan AT, Loman N, Hedenfalk I, Hatschek T, Lövrot J, Foukakis T, Goldrath AW, Bergh J, Johnson RS, Cancer Cell (2017) Online 13 November. Article.
Prevalence of cerebral palsy in Uganda: a population-based study
Kakooza-Mwesige A, Andrews C, Peterson S, Wabwire Mangen F, Eliasson AC, Forssberg H, Lancet Global Health (2017) Online 25 October. Article.
Less dementia with oral anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation
Friberg L, Rosenqvist M, European Heart Journal (2017) Online 25 October. Article.
Stable high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T levels and outcomes in patients with chest pain
Roos A, Bandstein N, Lundbäck M, Hammarsten O, Ljung R, Holzmann MJ, JACC (2017) Online 23 October. Article.
KI in the media
Improving anaesthesia care for children
Per-Arne Lönnqvist’s research aims to improve anaesthesia care for children. He has helped to develop the use of ultrasound for improving the precision of local anaesthetic administration and has been a pioneer in the use of alpha-2 agonists in paediatric anaesthesia and intensive care.
Reducing risk during pregnancy and childbirth
Anna-Karin Wikström researches pregnancy-related complications, especially preeclampsia. Two important lines of her research involve registry studies of risk factors during pregnancy and childbirth, and MRI studies of the placenta and the maternal brain during preeclampsia.