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September 2022


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Cancer Research KI updates and upcoming events


Blue Sky Grant 2022 for

Innovative Cancer Research & Technology


Cancer Research KI announces up to six project grants in cancer research for well-defined innovative pilot projects that aim to demonstrate proof of principle. The Blue Sky grant call is aimed for research projects relevant to the cancer field.

The project should be of a "high risk – high reward" type that cannot yet attract funding from conventional funding agencies. The aim should be to obtain proof of principle and thereby provide the basis to obtain other funding. The project should not be a continuation or expansion of already funded projects. All the details and application procedure can be found here.

The deadline is the 17th of October 2022 at 2 pm.

Photo: Liza Simonsson

Call for nomination to the Cancer Research KI Executive Board


In Autumn 2022, Cancer Research KI will elect three or four (3-4) members to the CRKI Executive Board and the CRKI Nomination Committee hereby open the call for nominations.

The CRKI Nomination committee welcome you to nominate one or more candidates to join the CRKI Executive Board. You can submit your nomination to any of the members of the nomination committee (contact details below) by September 15th, 2022 (today). Please specify which position you propose for your nominee, their KI- department, position at KI and a year of PhD graduation. You are also welcome to discuss this election further with any of us.

The following positions are open for election:

Co-director (3 yrs, starting January 2023)
Member (3 yrs, starting January 2023)
Member (1 yr, starting January 2023)
Currently pending election: Co-director (2 yrs, starting January 2023)

The CRKI Nomination Committee:

Ola Hermanson,, Dept. of Neuroscience
Ann Langius-Eklöf,, Dept. of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Chunde Li,, Dept. of ClinSciences and Education, Södersjukhuset
Thuy Tran,, Department of ClinNeurosci & Oncology-Pathology
Staffan Strömblad, chair,, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition

For more information on the CRKI activities and current members please visit our website. To learn more about the CRKI vision and missions please check out the ppt available for download also on our website under 'About'.

CRKI presents the updated map of cancer researchers at KI


Cancer Research KI aims to increase the visibility of cancer researchers to attract internal, international, industrial collaborations and funding, and to maps cancer researchers at KI. On our website, we updated the information that KI cancer PIs/ group leaders provided in the spring semester. Check out the new visualisations and database!

If you are a principal investigator (PI) or a group leader engaged in some form of cancer research and your name is not listed in the database, feel free to reach out to us.

En dag för cancerforskning, Karolinska Institutet

 16 november 2022


This event will be held in Swedish. Registration is open now!

Vi kommer interaktivt att presentera spetsforskning inom cancerområdet och fokusera på ämnen som molekylär diagnostik, stress och cancer, precisionsmedicin, unga med cancer, bröstcancerprevention.

"In search of the Achilles heel of tumours"


Radiumhemmets forskningsfonder interviewed Martin Enge, a KI researcher from the Dept. of Oncology-Pathology. Please check it out. (The interview is in Swedish)

Seminars and Workshops


Industry-academia collaborations, seminar series by Cancer Research KI on the 12th of October

This year, Cancer Research KI launched a seminar series on Industrial Collaboration. We discuss topics such as legal issues, commission, and collaboration. There is also a chance to get inspired by researchers who have already collaborated with the industry. The third seminar focuses on intellectual property (IP).

For the programme visit the CRKI website.

Registration is required by the 10th of October.

Cancer workshop for patient organisations

This joint workshop between Cancer Research KI and RCC Stockholm-Gotland aims to address opportunities for interaction and communication between different patient organisations, researchers and the general public.

This event will be held on the 7th of October 2022 via Zoom. All presentations and discussions will be in Swedish. For more information and the programme please visit our website.

Virtual workshop arranged by Cancer Core Europe’s Imaging Task Force in collaboration with Education & Training Task Force

RECIST – What should I know as radiologist and oncologist?

Date: Oct 6, 2022 Time: 13:00 – 16:30 CEST


Dr Chikako Suzuki, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm
Dr Ferry Lalezari, National Cancer Institute, Amsterdam
Dr Vitali Grozman, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm
Prof Lennart Blomqvist, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

For the link please contact Cancer Research KI.

Save the date: 16-17th of May 2023

 6th Cancer Swedish Research Meeting


The meeting is open to all clinical, preclinical researchers and others with an interest in cancer research from the organizing universities.

Venue: Karolinska Institutet, Aula Medica, Erling Persson-salen, Nobels väg 6, 171 65 Solna
Host: Cancer Research KI
Organizers: U-CAN from Uppsala/Umeå Universities, LUCC (Lund University Cancer Centre), University of Gothenburg, and Cancer Research KI from Karolinska Institutet.

Recent Research Publications


Jordi Gonzalez-Molina et al., (Dept. of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology & Dept. of Oncology-Pathology) Mechanical Confinement and DDR1 Signaling Synergize to Regulate Collagen-Induced Apoptosis in Rhabdomyosarcoma. Cells. Adv Sci (Weinh), August 2022.

Arian Lundberg et al., (Dept. of Oncology and Pathology) Reclassifying tumour cell cycle activity in terms of its tissue of origin. NPJ Precision Oncology, August 2022.

Qianwei Liu et al., (Institute of Environmental Medicine) Cancer risk in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Ann Oncol, July 2022.

Anna Forsberg et al., (Dept. of Medicine Solna) Once-only colonoscopy or two rounds of faecal immunochemical testing 2 years apart for colorectal cancer screening (SCREESCO): preliminary report of a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol., June 2022

Yizhou Hu et al., (Dept of of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics) Neural network learning defines glioblastoma features to be of neural crest perivascular or radial glia lineages. Sci Adv, June 2022.

Vera V. Grinkevich et al., (Dept. of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology) Novel Allosteric Mechanism of Dual p53/MDM2 and p53/MDM4 Inhibition by a Small Molecule. Front. Mol. Biosci., June 2022.

Karolina Eklöv et al., (Dept. of Clinical Science and Education) Trends in Treatment of Colorectal Cancer and Short-term Outcomes During the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sweden. JAMA Network Open, May 2022.

Jiayao Lei et al., (Dept. of Laboratory Medicine & Dept. of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Human Papillomavirus Infection Determines Prognosis in Cervical Cancer. J Clin Oncol, May 2022.

Karolina Eklöv et al., (Dept. of Clinical Science and Education) Colon cancer treatment in Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic: A nationwide register-based study. Colorectal Dis., April 2022.

Any cancer-related publications from a KI-based researcher (corresponding author must be from KI) that you wish to be advertised through our newsletter please send in the format shown above to our email:

Open Positions


A postdoc position at Joanna Zawacka-Pankau's group.


Arne Östman'group has an open postdoc position in dynamic project on fibroblast subsets in colon cancer. Studies exploits novel methods for multiplex staining and digital image analyses applied to clinical samples. A key resource for the study is a highly competitive tumor collections, also including tissue from liver metastasis, provided by partner Prof. Pia Österlund. Ongoing related studies are exemplified by lung cancer study just published in JNCI. Anyone interested is most welcome to contact

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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