Last Newsletter in 2021

NUMBER 6 2021


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MedH News  Department of Medicine, Huddinge


Dear MedH friends!

It's time for the last newsletter of the year. Just like last year, 2021 has been a year of concern with a pandemic that hangs on. Expected from what we know about virus spread and immunity and from previous pandemics, but nevertheless distressing. New restrictions aside, I hope that we're overall entering a phase of Covid-19, characterized by increased vaccination coverage and consequently less and milder disease in those that are nevertheless affected.

But 2021 has also been a very good year for MedH! Our strategy work MedH 2025 has engaged many of you, and I'm grateful to all who contributed to its development! Together, we have set the stage for the coming years by identifying a series of goals and actions we can adhere to in our future work.

Postponing the launch party was necessary, but we will soon set a new date with the hopes of being back later in the spring! We will of course finalize the strategy document integrating the comments we have gotten since the Zoom meeting a few weeks ago. You find the latest MedH 2025 Strategy documents on the MedH Staff Portal.

When it comes to scientific activity, grants in particular, we can also look back on a great year. Only counting awarded grants from Vetenskapsrådet, Cancerfonden, Hjärt-Lungfonden and KI, MedH researchers were awarded grants worth close to 55 million SEK, a fantastic result! Most were general project grants, but several long-term positions and larger grants for clinical trials were also awarded.

Congratulations to all who were successful this year! To all who didn't succeed, there will always be new opportunities. Patience is a scientist's best virtue!

Under the lead of our GUA; Agneta Månsson-Broberg, we work hard moving towards the new 6 year curriculum for the medical training. Our application for course responsibility has been handed in and we collaborate with the other hospitals to create a modern and harmonized medical training that is similar all over Stockholm. With the new curriculum, we will need dedicated teachers more than ever, and work is underway to set a stage for the coming years. As a clinical department, active clinicians interested in teaching are particularly needed. But following one of our goals; integrated teaching and research activities, we also require more basic scientists to take part in training our future medical doctors and dentists.

Together with my leadership group, I now wish you all very happy holidays and hope to see you again in January with new strengths and inspirations for the next year!

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

/Head of Department, Petter Höglund



Government grant 2018-2020: MedH now on second place among all KI:s departments!

The distribution of resources (the government grant) was presented last week. It's based on our activity for the years 2018-2020 and shows that MedH has advanced from fourth place to second place among all KI:s departments! Congratulations to us all!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for another fantastic year, especially in the light of this different time we all have experienced for almost two years now.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

/Head of Administration, Klas Karlsson

Ps. Go ahead and open a 'lucka' in
Yvonne Hedlund's Adventcalendar!


Welcome to MedH:s new HR-partner Jenna Almosawi!

Jenna Almosawi started December 13th and is working parallelly with Anna Heinerö until January 2022, when Anna goes on maternity leave. Jenna will work broadly with HR-related tasks, such as competence-based recruitment and managerial support.

"I''m super enthusiastic about working as HR -partner in such an exciting environment as MedH. I also look forward to learn more about research, education and the medicine field".

Read the full interview with Jenna on the MedH staff portal.



Undergraduate education

Courses in Team Based Learning (TBL) - spring 2022

UoL (Undervisning och lärande/Teaching and learning) is now offering three online courses on Team Based Learning TBL, starting in January 2022. The courses offered within the Medical program (Läkarprogrammet) at KI, are in TBL-format on Zoom. Anyone involved in teaching are encouraged to attend! Each course is a half day (three hours); Introduction to TBL and an Advanced Course. Warmly welcome to register (in Swedish)


Postgraduate education

Congratulations to the MedH doctoral students that defended their thesis this semester!

Peter Benedek, Endocrinology:

"Familial hypercholesterolemia in Sweden: Genetic and clinical studies"

Main Supervisor: Professor Mats Erikson

Helena Bergsten, CIM:

"Streptococcal and Staphylococcal Tissue Infections: Therapeutic Challenges and Opportunities"

Main Supervisor: Professor Anna Norrby-Teglund

Javier Torralba Raga Lamberto, HERM:

"Genetic predisposition to immune cell malfunction and inflammation"

Main Supervisor: Professor Yenan Bryceson

Katarina Widgren, Infection:

"The epidemiology of varicella zoster virus disease in Sweden - before and after vaccination"

Main Supervisor: Adjunct Professor Lars Lindqvist



Are you searching for participants for your research studies..?

If you're looking for people to participate in clinical research studies, why not try social media! Instead of placing paper posters around the hospital, you could give digital advertising a go and get a much higher percentage of participants! KI can help you!

Feel free to contact Communications Officer Elena Krivovyaz

..try digital advertising instead of paper posters!


A tips! - Career support for postdocs and researchers

For those of you who are pursuing a career within academia, and have missed KI Career Service, we would like to recommend you to check out what they can do for you! KI Career Service provides support in career related topics such as grant writing, networking, CV and interview training, career planning and much more.






Center for Infectious Medicine (CIM)

Time at MedH:

Since February 2020

What is your role at MedH?

Currently I work to establish my own independent research line as Team Leader within the Jenny Mjösberg group.

With the research, we aim to understand how Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) adapt their metabolism to the local tissue environment. Previously, I was working to understand the role of ILCs across intestinal compartments.

Why did you want to become a researcher?

The immune system has always fascinated me ever since I was introduced to it as a student in high school. The system that allows us to adapt and shape the most appropriate immune response, I find to be deeply intriguing.

What is the best part of your job?

The teamwork and all the amazing people I get to work alongside.

What are your interests/hobbies?

Being Scottish I always love exploring mountains and hiking.

Any plans for Christmas?

It will be my first time going home to Edinburgh in two years, so I'm very excited to catch up with family and friends! It will also be my sambo’s first Scottish Christmas, so that will be an interesting cultural exchange.



Take a course in Office 365!

KI offers plenty of online courses for staff, where you can learn more about programs such as Teams and Power Point. Courses are given In English and in Swedish!

Free online courses:

Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Office 365/Teams

See the KI Staff Portal for upcoming course dates in 2022!

“I can highly recommend Birgitta’s Microsoft courses. I attended all of the available courses and found them very helpful indeed. Both Excel courses were particularly useful to me, and have made working with large groups of data a lot easier. So either if you’re new to the Office suite, or a regular user - I’m sure these courses can teach you something new!”

Paul Ratcliffe, Hematology. MedH



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