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The Nobel Prize

Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Alfred Nobel had an active interest in medical research. Physiology or medicine was the third prize area Nobel mentioned in his will. The Medicine Prize has subsequently highlighted a number of important discoveries including penicillin, genetic engineering and blood-typing. Of the eight Swedes who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, five were from Karolinska Institutet.

Education at Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet offers more than twenty undergraduate programmes. Several of the programmes include clinical training or other training within the healthcare system. The close proximity of the Karolinska University Hospital and other teaching hospitals in the Stockholm area thus plays an important role during the education. Approximately 6,000 students take educational and single subject courses at Bachelor and Master levels at Karolinska Institutet.

Teachers at Karolinska Institutet often carry out research in parallel with teaching. This ensures that students are involved in the latest advances within the medical field. Ambitious students, teachers and researchers together create an interesting and stimulating environment.

Nearly half of the PhDs in medical science in Sweden have graduated from Karolinska Institutet. The Board of Doctoral Education strives to offer an individualised high qualitative research education where the doctoral student and the supervisors together have a central role in designing such an integrated with research projects. The Board also invests in doctoral education programmes, doctoral schools and doctoral supervision training.

Basic and translational research

Research at Karolinska Institutet spans the entire medical field, from basic experimental research to patient-oriented and health care science research. The research is conducted in 22 departments, most of which are situated in or adjacent to Stockholm's teaching hospitals. This creates great opportunities for translational research in which new experimental results are rapidly implemented for patient benefit, and where clinical observations provide a basis for new research ideas.

Many of the discoveries made at Karolinska Institutet have been of great universal significance, including the pacemaker, the gamma knife, the sedimentation reaction (ESR), the Seldinger technique, and the preparation of chemically pure insulin.

Extensive international collaboration

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet collaborate with colleagues around the world, which is essential for the transfer of knowledge and successful scientific inquiry. Each year, researchers at Karolinska Institutet co-publish around 3 500 scientific articles with researchers outside Sweden. The majority of co-publications are authored with researchers in the USA. Karolinska Institutet also has a very large number of co-publications with the larger European nations and Sweden’s Nordic neighbours. In Asia, most research collaborations take place with Singapore and China.


© Photo: Amina Manzoor (Statue of Nobel, outside Nobel forum)
© Photo: Camilla Svensk

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