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Research at Karolinska Institutet. 2010. Karolinska Institutet A leading medical university. Dedicated to improving people’s health through research and higher education. The largest centre for medical education and research in Sweden. Research – from molecule to patient. 22 departments

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karolinska institutet a leading medical university
Karolinska InstitutetA leading medical university

Dedicated to improving people’s health through research and higher education

research from molecule to patient
Research– from molecule to patient
  • 22 departments
  • 600 research groups
  • 1,500 researchers/teachers including 328 professors
  • 2,000 doctoral students
traditions and innovations
Traditions and innovations

A few examples of our notable research


  • SR – sedimentation rate
  • Purification of insulin and heparin
  • Sulphasalazin
  • Antibodies from plasma cells
  • Seldinger catheter
  • Pacemaker
  • Gamma knife
  • Growth hormones

Nanna Svartz, the first female

professor at Karolinska Institutet

1937-1957, developed one of

the first anti-inflammatory drugs

for rheumatoid arthritis

swedish nobel prize laureates in physiology or medicine 5 of 8 are from karolinska institutet
Swedish Nobel Prize Laureates in Physiology or Medicine – 5 of 8 are from Karolinska Institutet:
  • 1955 Hugo Theorell, - the oxidation enzymes
  • 1967 Ragnar Granit, - the visual processes
  • 1970 Ulf von Euler,

- noradrenaline

  • 1982 Sune Bergström & Bengt Samuelsson,

- prostaglandins

scientific publications 2009
Scientific publications 2009
  • About 3,000 original articles and 1,000 other publications were written by researchers at Karolinska Institutet 2009
  • 60 per cent have co-authors outside Sweden
  • Cited approx 50 per cent more often than the global average (2008)
Board of Research


Research funding and recruitment

Research networks

Centres of excellence

Core facilities

Junior faculty

Biosafety and ethics

Veterinary unit

22 Departments


Doctoral education


Fields of research

  • Cancer
  • Circulation and respiration
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Infection
  • Inflammation and immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Public and international health
  • Reproduction, growth and development
  • Tissue and motion
nationally funded centres of excellence linn
Nationally funded Centres of Excellence (Linné)
  • Centre of Excellence in Developmental Biology for Regenerative Medicine
  • STARGET – a cancer research network
  • Center for Research on Inflammation and Cadiovascular Disease, CERIC
  • The Human Regenerative Map
  • Linné Centre for Prevention of Breast and Prostate Cancer
other nationally funded centres of excellence
Other nationally funded Centres of Excellence
  • Aging Research Centre
  • Centre for Allergy Research
  • Centre for Health Equity Studies
  • Centre for Infectious Medicine
  • Stockholm Brain Institute
  • Strategic Research Centre for Studies of Integrative Recognition in the Immune System
  • Structural Genomics Consortium
  • Swedish Brain Power
core facilities in many areas
Core facilities in many areas
  • KI Biobank
  • Registers
  • Bioinformatics and biostatistics
  • Clinical trial centres
  • Experimental models
  • Expression analysis
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Visualisation techniques
strong research potential basic research and clinical research come together
Strong Research Potential Basic Research and Clinical Research Come Together

Translational Research

research profile epidemiology
Research profileEpidemiology
  • KI Biobank - core facility for all research
    • contains samples of tissue, blood, serum,

plasma, DNA and other biological specimens

  • Twin Registry – the largest in the world
    • invaluable resource when correlating between genes, lifestyle and environment
  • Medical informatics
    • strong competences in health informatics and biostatistics
research profile cellterapy from stem cell to therapy
Research profileCellterapy – from stem cell to therapy

Advanced stem cell research

  • Strong clinical expertise in cell therapy and transplantation medicine
  • International leadership in developmental biology
  • Embryonic stem cell lines

Research focus on

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Musculature disease
  • Tissue impairment after cardiac infarction
research profile neuroscience
Research profileNeuroscience
  • Approx. 20 per cent of all research at Karolinska Institutet is in neuroscience

Three world-leading research centres

  • Spinal Cord Research Centre
    • Gather about 10 research groups
  • Stockholm Brain Institute
    • Interdisciplinary research in neuroscience, psychology and computer science
  • Alzheimer Centre
    • Translational research in brain aging, dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Research profileInfectious diseases and immunology

  • Leading researchers in virology, bacteriology, parasitology and immunology
  • Neighbouring the largest infection clinic in Sweden
  • Advanced laboratory facilities
  • Strong international collaborations

Research focus

  • Global infections – HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia
  • Basic immunology, inflammation and infection medicine

Research profileCancer

  • Basic research in the emergence/origin and development of cancer
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Therapy research, e.g. hormone, immune, and gene therapy
  • Optimizing of radio therapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Quality of life

Research profileInflammatory diseases and allergy

  • Reumatoid arthritis
  • Multipel sclerosis
  • Nerve and muscle inflammation
  • Immune defects
  • Autoimmunity
  • Allergies and eczema
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Atherosclerosis

Research profileMetabolic diseases

  • Obesity
    • Advanced research in adult and child obesity
    • Close clinical collaboration
  • Diabetes
    • Basic research in diabetes research
    • Treatment research
    • Stem cell research
  • Cardiovascular research
    • Inflammatory factors
    • Cholesterol metabolism
    • Gender aspects in diagnosis and care

Research profileAging research

  • Aging Research Centre
    • Research from a medical, psychological and socioeconomic perspective
  • Dementia
    • Early diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment
    • Alzheimer Centre
  • Swedish Brain Power
    • A national research consortium in neurodegenerative diseases

Research profileGlobal health

Partnerships on all continents

Research focus on poverty and health

Vaccines – HIV, malaria, tuberculosis

  • Reproductive medicine
  • Occupational medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Geriatrics
  • Humanitarian disaster assistance
research collaborations
Research collaborations
  • Health care sector
  • Swedish and foreign universities
  • Industrial partners
  • International agreements with organizations in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia
  • Offices in China and Singapore
karolinska institutet innovation from brains to business
Karolinska Institutet Innovation- from brains to business
  • Promotes the results of biomedical research to be developed into new products and applications
  • Provides the means for researchers to develop their research results commercially
  • Offer project management, funding for patent protection, legal advice and business development
  • Allows researchers access to an extensive network of contacts within the international pharmaceutical industry
karolinska institutet innovation
Karolinska Institutet Innovation
  • Reviewed more that 1 100 academic inventions
  • More than 40 companies formed since 1996
  • 35 license agreements concluded
  • The system’s portfolio companies own about 100 patents
  • 30 development project are in its portfolio pipeline