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June 2020


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Cancer Research KI Reference Group


The reference group is composed of representatives from all KI departments and serves to add the perspectives from their department to the Cancer Research KI organization and to inform their departments about Cancer Research KI. This group should also utilise this forum for discussion about the organisation’s devevelopment and strategies, and relay ideas/suggestions to the steering group, as well as propose active members for the different working groups of the organisation.The reference group also elects an election committee that suggests members to serve in the executive board. The Reference group meets 4-6 times per year and regularly invites the Cancer Research KI Working Group leaders and directors.


More information about the members of the Reference Group and their role can be found here

Cancer Researcher Portrait

by Cancer Research KI


"It's not only about getting the treatment right; we also need personalised cancer care."

In our second virtual interview we sat down with Kamila Czene to discuss her unusual and successful path within academia, her determination to become a researcher from a young age, as well as examples of being an active and engaged member of our institute.

Kamila Czene


Dept of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

“I always wanted to be a researcher”. A strong opinion statement from Kamila Czene as we start our conversation together. In fact, as a young girl living in the Czech Republic this was her life dream- not knowing however in what yet. Fast forward to right after the completion of her undergraduate studies in nuclear engineering (1992) in Prague, difficulties finding a sustainable funding stream within nuclear physics led to a move into medicine. As she explains, “I figured-out that research in medicine will always be needed”, which led to a PhD from KI on mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis that cemented her path in cancer research...

Read the full interview with Kamila Czene on our home page

Read more about Czene's research here

In KI-news


First in Sweden to have OECI accreditation as Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital are the first institutions in Sweden to be accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Centre by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI).

Read more here

Joint effort to develop whole-genome sequencing for patients with acute leukemia

A new study has been initiated to evaluate whole-genome and RNA-sequencing as a first line diagnostic approach for patients in Sweden with acute leukemia.


Read more here



Mentor4Research (M4R) program is aimed for researchers who are interested in learning more about the commercialization or implementation of research and collaborating with the business community. KI Innovations AB (KIIAB) will run a mentorship program for cancer, stem cells and regenerative medicine researchers at KI in collaboration with Cancer Research KI and StratRegen.


For more information about the programme, and registration details for the upcoming info-meeting on the 25 August 2020 please click here.

Grant Announcements


REMINDER: Collaborative Call for Breast Cancer Applications: 2020 Karolinska Institutet and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Karolinska Institutet are pleased to announce the 2020 Request for Applications (RFA) within the area of breast cancer. Having created a unique network, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Karolinska Institutet are in an excellent position to leverage this relationship to make a global impact on cancer through research focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of breast cancer.

Up to two individual projects will be awarded for one year with a second year of recommended funding contingent on satisfactory progress in the first year. To facilitate new collaborations, we are offering help in finding partners at both institutes. Please write a short description of the perceived project and send this to Johanna Furuhjelm at Cancer Research KI. We will do our best to find the contact details of researchers in the appropriate area of breast cancer research and facilitate the initiation of fruitful collaborative discussions.

Further information available here

Deadline: 15 July, 2020

Recent Research Publications

Dhifaf Sarhan (Dept. of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell biology) Article

Mesenchymal stromal cells shape the MDS microenvironment by inducing suppressive monocytes that dampen NK cell function. JCI Insight. (2020); 5(5):e130155.

Gabriele Girelli (Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics) Article

GPSeq Reveals the Radial Organization of Chromatin in the Cell Nucleus. Nat. Biotechnol. (May 2020; online ahead of print)

Hjalmar Wadström (Dept. of Medicine Solna) Article

Risk of breast cancer before and after rheumatoid arthritis, and the impact of hormonal factors. Ann Rheum Dis. (2020); 79(5):581-586

Jordan E Axelrad (Dept. of Medicine Solna) Article

Inflammatory bowel disease and risk of small bowel cancer: a binational population-based cohort study from Denmark and Sweden. Gut. (2020); gutjnl-2020-320945

Laura Fusco (Dept. of Environmental Medicine) Article

Graphene and other 2D materials: a multidisciplinary analysis to uncover the hidden potential as cancer theranostics. Theranostics (2020); 10(12):5435-5488

Joonas Kauppila (Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Surgery) Article

Medical and Surgical Complications and Health-related Quality of Life After Esophageal Cancer Surgery. Ann Surg. (2020); 271(3):502-508

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Open Positions


1-2 Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Molecular Breast Cancer Epidemiology at the Dept of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (SOLNA CAMPUS)

Please send us your open positions for Master projects, PhD candidates and postdocs so that we can advertise them to our Cancer Research KI community.

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Cancer Research KI is an overarching umbrella organisation and single point of entry to cancer research at Karolinska Institutet, conducted by some 250 research groups at multiple campuses and departments. The aim is to combine cancer research with clinical oncology by bringing together top level cancer scientists from different disciplines, with the overall goal to generate new scientific discoveries that can be rapidly translated into clinical practice for the benefit of patients and society.

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