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Nr. 4, 2022

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Dear MedH friends!

This time of the year, some of us rejoice and some despair depending on the outcome of the major grant decision announcements. As a Department Head, I share the joy with those whose applications are approved. This year MedH researchers were very successful in the VR application round and Cancerfonden – congratulations to you all!
I also share the disappointment with those with rejected applications. A rejection letter may feel like a matter of life or death, particularly early in the career, and we tend to imagine the worst for the future. But we must not be personally affected if our grants aren't approved. A rejection decision does not have anything to do with the person behind the application. It's about the project being less competitive than the rest.

There are always ways to improve. The best advice I can give, is to seek input and feedback from your colleagues, peer review will makeyour project better. Next time your message will be clearer, the arguments sharper and feasibility unquestionable. Soon your first VR grant will be approved and the one lost will come back!

Future work in several areas lies ahead

Next year will be tough with rent increase, more expensive reagents and high inflation. KI is allocating some extra funds to the departments for next year, which is welcome. MedH is also in a good position to manage less happy days. Together with Johanna, I have had a series of talks with our unit heads to plan for our future recruitment strategy. We will also be able to allocate some extra central funding this year to allow purchase of strategically needed equipment. Despite difficult times, we must nevertheless look ahead to the bright future that belongs to MedH.

We continue to work with our strategy implementation in MedH 2025, focusing on platforms for scientific and social exchange, mentoring programs and sustainability issues. Next in line will be our communication, with the aim of improving our international and national visibility. Keep up the good work and see you around!

Best regards/Head of Department, Petter Höglund



Some good news regarding KI economy

As you all know the inflation is affecting the whole society, KI and our department. The rent will increase with 260 SEK next year; 3085 SEK/square meter and year. But recently we have also received some good news, that a one time allocation of 30 MKR will be distributed to the departments through the resource allocation (based on the activity).

Further good news is that the central university INDI percentage will stay the same during 2023. We will now start the count on how much the department part will be, I will let you know the result as soon as we have it. The LKP (fringe benefits) will decrease with 1 % and will be 54% during 2023. The IT fee will stay the same as in 2022, which is 10 400 SEK/person and year.

MedH is a stable department. Therefore, I'm sure we will manage the financial challenges we're facing due to the uncertain and changing economic environment and keep deliver high quality research!

/Acting Head of administration, Johanna Sandelius


New travel agency from December 1, 2022

KI will change travel agency to GBT-AMEX (Amex Global Business Travel).
Before December 1, you need to create a new profile. Check the KI staff page for more information.


Seminar: Creating an inclusive workplace - focusing on social norms and physical and psychological disorders in academia

December 8 at 9:00-10:00. Online. all to a seminar with Kristina Palm, Senior Researcher at KI/ Professor at Karlstad university. Topics on inclusion at work will be discussed:

How we can create an inclusive work environment.
Which social habits we need to adjust for a more inclusive workplace.


Environment and sustainability news

MedH:s Environmental and sustainability representative, Sara von Bahr Grebäck is currently working with new labelling of the trash cans in Neo.

Does lables like these make it easier to sort the waste correctly?

Should the lables be implemented also in ANA Futura and at the hospital?

Let the work group for environment and sustainability know what you think! All suggestions appreciated!

Meeting to discuss sustainability at MedH

Everyone at MedH is welcome to join the meeting on November 24 at 10:00 in Leukocyte 7118 in Neo, 7th floor.



New web page for the MedH core facility SICOF

The Single Cell Core Facility for Flemingsberg campus (SICOF has a new page page. Check it out and learn about their services!


Webinars for researchers

December 1 at 10:00-11-15: Annonsera efter studiedeltagare i sociala medier - så funkar det. Seminarium för forskare på KI
December 1 at 15:00-16:15: How to recruit study participants via campaigns in social media in a fast and cost-efficient way

Joanna Zawacka-Pankau - new docent in Medical Biotechnology with focus on Biochemistry

What does it mean to be appointed docent?

It's a great privilege and an important milestone in my career. It's also a responsibility; to perform even higher-quality research and to enable the sustainable development of my group members.

What is your research about?

I study new ways of pharmacological reactivation of p53 tumor suppressor for improved cancer therapy. p53 is a disordered protein and the structural data is limited, making the drug discovery process challenging. Using biophysical and biochemical assays and bioinformatic analysis, we are extending the universe of feasible p53-drug interactions. We validate our findings in lung and hematological malignancies, yet also in breast cancer and study the role of p53 protein changes in longevity.

Joanna Zawacka-Pankau
Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine

What are your upcoming plans?

I wish to further contribute to MedH:s activities, by continuing our endeavors towards establishing improved therapy in solid and hematological tumors. Also, we are extending our network of international collaborators. Doing so we can contribute to MedH:s internalization and the MedH 2025 strategy. I hope that we'll be able to participate in teaching and training students, an activity in which we have a broad experience.

Niklas Mejhert - new docent in cell and molecular biology

What does it mean to be appointed docent?

To be appointed docent has been on my radar since I came back to KI from Harvard University. It basically verifies that the research, teaching and administrative work I have conducted throughout my career, follows a clear path and is of sufficient quality.

What is your research about?

My group is trying to uncover mechanisms regulating cellular lipid turnover.
This is an important aspect of cell biology because the ability of cells to store and release energy is a prerequisite for life.

Niklas Mejher
Endocrinology Unit

What are your upcoming plans?

There are many examples of diseases characterized by altered lipid turnover, including obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis. However, the mechanisms allowing cells to sense and adapt to varying levels of energy storage has not yet been identified. Therefore I will look at how energy metabolism at the cellular levels is impacted by health and disease. I also look forward to continuing and extending collaborative efforts with other groups at Campus Flemingsberg.

Magnus Tobiasson - new docent in hematology

What does it mean to be appointed docent?

Being appointed docent inspires me to continue working with our current exciting research projects.

What is your research about?

My research focuses on how to implement modern genetic methods in the clinical care of patients with the disease myelodysplastic syndrome. A particular focus is on understanding how the genetic methods can be used on patients that are undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

What are your upcoming plans?

I will be initiating Part 2 of the clinical trial NMDSG14B, where we test whether the use of individualized genetic markers can lead to fewer relapses after transplantation.

Magnus Tobiasson
Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (HERM)



Upcoming dissertations

Johanna Emgård, CIM, November 25 at 09:30
Title: Innate Lymphocyte Responses in Inflammatory Diseases.

Ece Somuncular, HERM, December 12 at 09:00
Title: Understanding the heterogeneity of the hematopoietic stem cells.

Webinar: Bites of Learning 14/12: How should we meet students with neurodevelopmental disorders?

December 14 at 12:15-13:00
Webinar on how students with neurodevelopmental disorders can be treated during their studies, simplifying and complicating factors as well as suggestions for support during teaching.

Grand Round seminar series

The Grand Round seminar series at MedH invites you to take part in interesting presentations on a variety of themes covering Cardiology, Hematology, Liver/pankreas, Infection and much more!


KI courses and seminars - tips from KIB!

KIB Workshop: Publish with impact - How to avoid questionable journals, November 17 at 13:00-14:00 online
KIB Workshop: Using sources effectively and avoiding plagiarism, November 18 at 9:00-12:00 online



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