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Karolinska Institutet

The Centre for Allergy Research
The Department of Medicine Solna

Brief Overview

The Centre for Allergy Research is a centre of excellence at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Its mission is to increase the understanding of the causes of asthma, allergic diseases and COPD. The centre runs several collaborative research projects, and has extensive international collaborations.
The Department of Medicine Solna at KI is responsible for education for bio(medical) students, post-graduate education, and research in different areas of biomedicine. The Pulmonomics Research group in the Respiratory Medicine Unit focuses on molecular sub-phenotyping of obstructive lung diseases using systems medicine approaches, including multi-omics integration workflows using molecular characterization from multiple molecular levels and anatomical locations.

Research Areas

Asthma\Biomarkers\COPD\Environmental medicine and lung diseases\Pharmacology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)\ European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

The Centre for Allergy Research (CfA) coordinates core facilities for animal models and platforms for biomarker analysis (by mass spectrometry for lipidomics, proteomics, metabolomics), genomics and transcriptomics, imaging. There is also a close collaboration with both primary and specialist care facilities, providing access to patients participating in research projects. The Pulmonomics Research group is also part of the Center for Molecular Medicine, which provides a range of additional state-of-the-art core facilities.

Research funding/Resources

Resources and funding are available through grants from national funding bodies, EU funding and through collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry.

Links to non-academic sector

KI has close links to the SciLifeLab, a national resource of unique technologies and expertise available to life scientists, closely intertwined with the community of researchers in biomedicine, ecology and evolution. The CfA has established research collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry, both through independent contracts, and through the Innovative Medicines Initiative.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

A great number of post docs have been hosted and trained receiving competitive grants, including previous ERS (RESPIRE) fellowships, Marie Curie, etc. There are several comprehensive and mandatory training programmes available and specific networks for post docs in different sub-disciplines. There are post doc networks and junior faculty programmes. There are close links with other Swedish universities through the SciLifeLab collaboration, as well as with industrial partners.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award

In the process of applying