Author Archives: Medicor Team

The Union House – Time for renovation

Medicinska Föreningen Union House is planned to get renovated and a fundraiser is in place

Nobels väg 10 has been the home of Medicinska Föreningen (MF) for over 60 years. Over the years we at MF have grown quite fond of the house, especially since the addition of our Aula in 1985. Since then, our union house has taken a lot of wear and tear when hosting students and guests, including Nobel laureates and royalty. ...

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The History of Medicinska Föreningen

The History of MF goes back 140 years

By Pontus Dannberg The student union, Medicinska Föreningen (MF) just turned 140 years but Karolinska Institutet (KI) has been around a bit longer. Founded in 1810 by then-reigning King Charles XIII on December 13, with the purpose of educating surgeons for the military, KI quickly grew larger. By 1861 it was given the right to give out degrees, standing as an ...

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“Except for my work, I have one big passion which is…”

Björn Kull, Head of KI Grants Office

As head of the Grants Office at KI, Björn is involved in the contact between researchers and funders. “The researcher usually wants money to conduct his or her research, but the funder wants something else. We are here to help so in the end, we get the results that were expected from both sides.” Next to this, Björn is also ...

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No One Gets Me Like Siri Does – the rise of emotionally intelligent technology

Words are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to communication. The tone of your voice and your fleeting facial expressions are essential tools when expressing your emotional state and feelings. Current technology eliminates these elements, leaving only words and a collection of emoji to get your message across. And yet, what technology takes away from us, it ...

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“Pupils should learn more about what we don’t know than what we do know”

“Honestly, what is needed at KI is to make education more prestigious, and I don’t say this only to you, it’s a message I report to everybody.” Ole Petter Ottersen, the new Vice-Chancellor of KI, feels very strongly about education. His own path to science started with a biology book he read as a kid. “This book was brilliant because ...

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Humans of KI – a series of interviews celebrating our diversity

To highlight the Humans of KI, we will share the stories and glimpses of daily lives of people working or studying at the Karolinska Institute and University Hospital.

Have you ever walked around the campus of Karolinska Institute or at the Karolinska University Hospital and wondered what all of those people are doing there? We start a new series that we call "Humans of KI", where we will highlight the Humans of KI by sharing the stories and glimpses of daily lives of people working or studying at the Karolinska Institute and University Hospital. Follow the series here or on our website!

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Illuminating the Union

President`s word from medicinska föreningen's president and vice president

President’s word Medicinska Föreningen (MF) has always been a home away from home for us, as it has for many students over the past 140 years. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for all. Over the years, we have heard quite a few students complain that MF is not welcoming or open to changes. The feeling that MF is not ...

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What Makes A Scientist

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and the lenses that changed our view of the world

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and the lenses that changed our view of the world By Caitrin Crudden Scientists do science. Artists make art. Writers write. Right? You cannot get scientific credit without the long slog through a lengthy education, and dodging the daily struggles of academia. Or can you? What happens when contributions come from an “outsider”? What makes a scientist? ...

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Introduction to Swedish Literature

11 Swedish literary treasures you must read this winter

Joanne Bakker It is said that the best way to get to know a country is to read its literature. Actually, that is not a saying yet, but it should be one! Because what can be more informative than what a nation’s finest have put in print? When asked what Swedish books they know, many people will probably only come ...

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Global Mental Health

The convergence of a historic conflict would hopefully lead to developments By Ronan McCabe The cliché of globalisation has harkened to the dawn of a new age in Global Health. Once restricted to the area of infectious, or communicable, diseases other areas of affliction have since come to the fore. One of the most recent and underrepresented is that of ...

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