About us

Medicor's Editorial Board in black and white

Medicor is Medicinska Föreningen Stockholm’s official magazine. It is the only student magazine at the Karolinska Institute and also the largest medical student-union newspaper in Sweden, with approximately 3 000 subscribers and many more readers. It is written in English, as this broadens the scope of the readers, owing to the international character and nature of the Karolinska Institute.

As one of Sweden’s most prominent magazine for students, Medicor especially focuses on inspiring and engaging students at the Karolinska Institute. The magazine consists of five main sections: Campus, Science, Global Focus, Culture and Insight. In these different sections, the reader encounters thought-provoking analyses and new approaches on present developments and news. Each number features a cover story, including a longer interview with interesting individuals relevant to science or medicine. Earlier cover stories include Hans Rosling on global health, Katarina Gospic on the brain and Christer Fuglesang on space and how our body functions in microgravity. We have also met a number of Nobel laureates and cutting-edge scientists. In addition to great content, we put a lot of emphasis on creating modern layouts and eye-catching photography.

Every student from the Karolinska Institute is welcome to join Medicor and help is always appreciated. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in joining our great team.

The Editorial Board of Medicor

Editor-in-Chief: Isabelle Wema

In a nutshell: Medicine student, Tree-Hugger and Malmöit. When I’m not blogging for Karolinska Institutet or contributing to Medicor, I enjoy photography, eating vegan and using public transportation. You can find me bouncing around KI Campus Solna or Södersjukhuset, looking for the latest and greatest stories to tell – I’m all ears.

Associate Editor: Paula Valente-Silva

Originally from Portugal, but have lived in Sweden long enough to become a little “Swedified” (minus the actual Swedish, impossible language!). Currently pursuing a PhD degree in Exercise Physiology at Karolinska Institutet; when I am not in the lab you will most likely find me “practicing what I preach” at the gym, or trying out the latest sport I suddenly became obsessed with!

Reading and writing have always been a passion of mine – and I say it proudly: I have read “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in less than 24 hours. I am eager to read your story ☺

Campus Editor: Lauren Lyne

Medical student with a soft spot for putting pen on paper. I also consider myself an aquanaut aspiring to be an eco-nut and I’m sketchy only in the sense that what I draw might not resemble reality. I’ve heard that I tend to fly rather than walk but I promise that I’ll always stop to listen to your latest scoop.

Culture Editor: Yolanda Rao

Chinese-Canadian pursuing a master’s degree in the Biomedicine Program at KI. Aspiring to become a geriatrician and conduct research in Alzheimer’s disease, while continuing to indulge in music, hiking, and the culinary arts.

Science Editor: Patrik Bjärterot

Studying the master’s program in Molecular Techniques in Life Science, I am interested in all science in general, and cancer genetics in particular. When you don’t find me at campus or in the lab, I am most likely watching hockey or soccer. I am very excited to hear your stories!

Global Focus Editor: Millie Cepelak

A language loving Brit studying Speech Therapy. When I’m not huddled over a book somewhere on campus, you can find me furiously defending my high score on Duolingo (c’est vrai, je suis un géni) and reluctantly training for “fun runs” that other people sign me up for. I can’t wait to read your story!

Graphic Designer (Vacant)

A good image says more than a thousand words. Your job will be to create images and graphics for the magazine and website, helping Medicor present the best original content on all platforms. You will both have the opportunity to collaborate with writers, editors and photographers and work independently. Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator or similar is recommended.

Enticed? Email your CV and a short personal letter to [email protected]

The Online Team of 2018

Facebook and LinkedIn Manager: Theresa Mader

Pursuing Science I moved from Germany to beautiful Sweden some years ago. Now, as a PhD student, I am very closely bound to Karolinska Institutet and its Solna campus. At times were i don’t try to unveil the mysteries of human diseases, you find me one hand buried in planting soil and with the other eating a cupcake. I also love meeting new people and sharing good stories. For me this is just extended in social media which allows us to communicate different interests across borders.

Facebook and Instagram manager: Maria-Nefeli ChristakopoulouProfile picture of Maria-nefeli

Born in Greece and raised in Sweden, my passion for science brought me to KI to study the Bachelor’s programme in Biomedicine. Being a millennial, my passion for social media and their ability to bring people together encouraged me to work for Medicor as a social media manager. Representing Medicor across the different social channels involves promoting our magazine articles and events as well as engaging with our readers online. When I have some spare time, I enjoy travelling around Sweden and Europe, staying active by playing tennis and reading novels.

Instagram and Twitter Manager: Chaitra Srinivas

I am a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate from India, who is now pursuing MPH-Epi (Master’s in Public Health Sciences – Epidemiology) at Karolinska Institutet. Before setting my feet in Sweden, I have experience working with a multinational pharmaceutical company as a safety associate and a clinical pharmacist at two hospitals in India. Also, I have recently worked as a content writer for a non-profit organization based out of Berlin.

On the personal front, I occasionally escape into an artsy oblivion with a brush and a canvas by indulging myself in colours! My professional exposure has oft emphasized the importance of social media in today’s fast-paced world.

Each day, we are hit with an information overload, avalanching over us. With more news to digest than we truly can, social media handlers have a responsibility to carefully craft and communicate their views/news. Therefore, with the objective of having to rightly captivate the interests of the audiences, I’ve been assigned the task of being one of the social media managers for Medicor MF.

Social Manager: Irina Polishchuk

A Biomedicine student born in the Russian Far East and raised in Finland. Reading, writing and languages in general have always been a huge passion of mine. When there is a spare minute, I like to take a pen and write down what is currently on my mind. Apart from being fascinated by and learning more about science every day, I enjoy meeting people and discovering new places around Stockholm. Cooking international food, travelling, acrobatics and painting are also hobbies very close to my heart. I am looking forward to organizing many interesting and informative events to expand the Medicor community.

Website Designer: Jonny Nordström

In contrast to many other students at KI, my path towards becoming a medical student was neither a clear nor a direct one, but started with a delightful sejour into the world of computer science and many years working as a developer, culminating in a desire to find a way to combine the two fields. As such, with a still passionate interest in IT, I’ve also made the decision to help Medicor move towards the digital age and improve the foundations of this website. Additionally, I much enjoy watching sci-fi and fantasy movies, reading non-fictional books or graphical novels, learning new stuff and being outdoors.

Other Contributions

No time for a more extensive commitment but still interested in contributing? We are always looking for writers, photographers, proofreaders and story suggestions. No previous experience required! Join our Facebook group “Medicor Contributors”, reach out to us on any of our digital platforms, send an email to [email protected] or grab any member of the team in person.

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