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Announcement of funding for financing of doctoral students in Neuroscience within the KI-NIH doctoral programme

Wednesday June 28th, 2017 07:18:31 AM
Clara Ersson

The Board of Doctoral Education invites applications for grants for partial financing of doctoral students within the KI-NIH (National Institutes of Health in USA) Doctoral Partnership Programme in Neuroscience.

Please note that it is mandatory for applicants to have obtained a ’green light’ by the latest on 15 September, to be eligible.

Application period: 26 June – 15 September 2017.

More information about the announcement and the application procedure

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Acupuncture does not increase fertility in women with PCOS

Tuesday June 27th, 2017 03:05:00 PM

Acupuncture has no effect on involuntary childlessness caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most effective treatment for PCOS being the drug chlomiphene, a joint international study conducted at Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, China, reports. The study, which involved the participation of researchers at Karolinska Institutet, is published in JAMA.

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have high levels of male sex hormone in their blood, causing irregular ovulation and difficulties conceiving. Earlier studies have shown that acupuncture reduces high levels of male sex hormone and produces more regular ovulation.

A new study conducted by an international team of researchers has examined whether acupuncture also increases the number of pregnancies and the number of babies born to women with PCOS who are trying to become pregnant. Their aim was to study if acupuncture can be used as an alternative to chlomiphene stimulation, a treatment that while effective also produces adverse reactions.

1,000 women in a clinical trial

The study was carried out at Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine by researchers from China, the USA, Hong Kong and Sweden in 2012–2015 and involved 27 hospitals.

1,000 women were divided into four groups, two of which received active acupuncture treatment in combination with either chlomiphene stimulation or placebo, the other two receiving a control treatment involving fewer needles inserted superficially without active stimulation, again with either chlomiphene stimulation or placebo.

Few negative side-effects

The results show that acupuncture is not an effective infertility treatment for women with PCOS who are trying to become pregnant, nor did it have any impact on chlomiphene stimulation.

“This is important information, as many women want to use acupuncture to become pregnant,” says Elisabet Stener-Victorin, docent and researcher at Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and former visiting professor at Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. “If you have PCOS and want to become pregnant, then drug treatment is the most effective way forward. But for women who don’t wish to become pregnant yet but who have irregular ovulation and other symptoms related to high levels of male sex hormone, acupuncture can be used to relieve the symptoms as the method has no negative side-effects.”


”Effect of Acupuncture and Clomiphene in Chinese Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – A Randomized Clinical Trial”
Xiao-Ke Wu, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Hong-Ying Kuang, Hong-Li Ma, Jing-Shu Gao, Liang-Zhen Xie, Li-Hui Hou, Zhen-Xing Hu, Xiao-Guang Shao, Jun Ge, Jin-Feng Zhang, Hui-Ying Xue, Xiao-Feng Xu, Rui-Ning Liang, Hong-Xia Ma, Hong-Wei Yang, Wei-Li Li, Dong-Mei Huang, Yun Sun, Cui-Fang Hao, Shao-Min Du, Zheng-Wang Yang, Xin Wang, Ying Yan, Xiu-Hua Chen, Ping Fu, Cai-Fei Ding, Ya-Qin Gao, Zhong-Ming Zhou, Chi Chiu Wang, Tai-Xiang Wu, Jian-Ping Liu, Ernest HY Ng, Richard S. Legro, Heping Zhang for PCOSAct Study Group
JAMA, online 27 June 2017

Många kvinnor vill använda akupunktur för att bli gravida. Foto: iStock Many women want to use acupuncture to become pregnant. Photo: iStock 
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Research News June 2017 published

Tuesday June 27th, 2017 12:16:44 PM
Katarina Sternudd

Research News is published about once a month during the semester period and targets researchers at KI mainly, from doctoral student to professor emeritus. This month’s newsletter includes, among other things, information about the ongoing work in the Board of Research to improve gender equality and equal terms, and an invitation to workshops about infrastructure in September.  

Read Research News June 2017

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Archive – find old newsletters

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Final decision on electronic research documentation

Monday June 26th, 2017 01:51:52 PM

As of 1 January 2019, electronic documentation of research will be mandatory at KI. The first option for this documentation should be the KI ELN system. This was decided by the acting Vice-Chancellor Karin Dahlman-Wright just before Midsummer.

The Board of Research will be responsible for the overall development and implementation of electronic research-documentation, supported by the University Administration. The Head of departments are responsible for the implementation at their departments respectively.

The purpose of making electronic research documentation mandatory is that this increases traceability, transparency and information security in the research, and makes it easier to follow the rules for research documentation at KI. 

More about KI ELN – why and how

KI News on electronic research documentation

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Four appointments for leading positions extended

Monday June 26th, 2017 01:38:30 PM

Three Head of departments and one Director at KI have had their appointments extended for yet another contract period, according to a recent decision by acting Vice-Chanellor Karin Dahlman-Wright.

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Longer processing times at Wallenberg laboratory due to summer holidays

Monday June 26th, 2017 01:29:18 PM
Komparativ medicin

The summer vacation period is starting and KM Wallenberg, KIMM and KCTT administrate requests as usual; however the vacation period will affect the daily work. Please be aware that:  

  • New accesses to KM-W will be limited during July until August 11th
  • Establishment of new groups will be limited during July until August 11th
  • Biopsies may be a little delayed (if you have strains that it is crucial that they are biopsied at the date of weaning please inform us with a motivation)
  • Transports will be limited during July until August 11th; in particular during the period July 24th - August 11th
  • Import submissions, rederivation requests etc. via KIMM will have a longer processing time-limit (up to 3-4 weeks)
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SEK 138 million in grants to systems biology research

Monday June 26th, 2017 12:44:12 PM
Helena Mayer

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, has decided to give KI four grants of a total of SEK 138 million in a call within systems biology research. This is a multidisciplinary grant which requires collaboration between biologists, clinicians, mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists and others. 

Projects are funded with SEK 29-35 million during a five-year period (2017-2021).

Researchers/projects at Karolinska Institutet receiving grants

  • Jonas Frisén – Nervcells Development and Networking in the Adult Brain (KI together with KTH and SciLifeLab)
  • Olli Kallioniemi – Precision medicine for optimization of therapies in AML
  • Sten Linnarsson – Cellular reprogramming for stem cell therapy
  • Staffan Strömblad – Microbased system biologic analysis of cell migration (KI together with Uppsala and Lund University)

In addition, KI is part of a project concerning new treatment strategies for brain cancer led by Uppsala University.

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Summer greetings from the Biomedicum project

Monday June 26th, 2017 08:27:43 AM
Karolina Wichman

Get an overall view of the latest news from the Biomedicum project by reading the Summer greetings. 

Biomedicum News Summer 2017


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The presence of the protein KIF1Bβ can play a central role for the outcome of a neuroblastoma diagnosis

Monday June 26th, 2017 07:43:03 AM
John Sennett

A high percentage of KIF1Bβ means a greater chance of the tumour spontaneously regressing and disappearing. These are the results of a study by Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd. The study is to be published in the scientific journal Genes and Development.

Neuroblastoma is the third most common form of childhood cancer and causes almost 15 per cent of all cancer-related deaths in children. This high mortality fully reflects both the aggressive nature of the disease and that it often gives rise to secondary tumours (metastases). Paradoxically enough, neuroblastoma also has the highest spontaneous regression frequency of all tumoural diseases.

In the present study, the researchers showed that absence of KIF1Bβ contributes to normal neuroblasts not maturing into nerve cells and to a more immature neuroblastoma with a poorer prognosis.

This article continues here

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Contact with NVS management during the summer

Friday June 23rd, 2017 01:15:33 AM
Selma Wolofsky

E-mails to the NVS management is best sent to During the summer, the following persons will serve as the Head of department resp. the Head of Administration at NVS.

Week 25

Acting Head of Department, Kristina Johnell

Acting Head of Administration, Mona Hellstadius

Week 26

Head of Department, Maria Eriksdotter

Acting Head of Administration, Mona Hellstadius

Week 27

Acting Head of Department, Maria Ankarcrona

Acting Head of Administration, Minna Öqvist

Week 28

Head of Department, Maria Eriksdotter

Acting Head of Administration, Maria Eriksdotter

Week 29

Head of Department, Maria Eriksdotter

Acting Head of Administration, Maria Eriksdotter

Week 30

Acting Head of Department, Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund

Head of Administration, Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund

Week 31

Acting Head of Department, Ann-Langius-Eklöf

Head of Administration, Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund

Week 32

Acting Head of Department, Kristina Johnell

Head of Administration, Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund

Week 33

Head of Department, Maria Eriksdotter

Head of Administration, Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund

Week 34

Head of Department, Maria Eriksdotter

Head of Administration, Ulla Cronfalk-Hernlund 

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