Upcoming Events


CMM Seminar

23 September

12:00 - 13:00

Title: Pasteur meets Darwin: human immunology through the lens of evolution


Speaker: Professor Lluis Quintana-Murci, Institut Pasteur and Collège de France



Andre Ortlieb Guerreiro Cacais, PhD Karolinska Institutet, CNS

Nicolas Ruffin, PhD Karolinska Institutet, CNS

Link: Meeting ID: 617 0390 7635
Passcode: 424694


Dr. Quintana-Murci, presently Professor at the Collège de France and Institut Pasteur, earned his PhD in Population Genetics at the University of Pavia (Italy), and his MSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain). He heads the Unit of Human Evolutionary Genetics in the Institut Pasteur since 2007, and he was Scientific Director of the Institut during 2016-2017. He is a population geneticist whose research focuses on understanding the demographic and adaptive past of human populations, with a strong focus on Africa and the Pacific. He is also interested in how pathogens have exerted selective pressures on the human genome. In this context, his research focuses on the study of the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors driving variation in human immune responses, as this helps to lay the foundations of precision medicine related to infectious and immune-related disorders. He has co-authored over 200 publications on fundamental population genetics as well as evolutionary genetics of infection and systems immunology. He is a member of EMBO, the Academia Europaea, and the French Academy of Sciences.


Selected publications

New insights into human immunity from ancient genomics.

Kerner G, Patin E, Quintana-Murci L. Curr Opin Immunol. 2021 May 13;72:116-125. doi: 10.1016/j. coi.2021.04.006. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33992907 Review.


Genomic insights into population history and biological adaptation in Oceania.

Choin J, Mendoza-Revilla J, Arauna LR, Cuadros-Espinoza S, Cassar O, Larena M, Ko AM, Harmant C, Laurent R, Verdu P, Laval G, Boland A, Olaso R, Deleuze JF, Valentin F, Ko YC, Jakobsson M, Gessain A, Excoffier L, Stoneking M, Patin E, Quintana-Murci L. Nature. 2021 Apr;592(7855):583-589. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03236-5. Epub 2021 Apr 14. PMID: 33854233


Dangerous liaisons: human genetic adaptation to infectious agents.

Quintana-Murci L. C R Biol. 2021 Feb 4;343(3):297-309. doi: 10.5802/crbiol.30. PMID: 33621457


Defining the genetic and evolutionary architecture of alternative splicing in response to infection.

Rotival M, Quach H, Quintana-Murci L. Nat Commun. 2019 Apr 11;10(1):1671. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09689-7. PMID: 30975994 Free PMC article.


Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain 2021 Conference

7-8 October

Camilla Svensson, Professor and CMM Group Leader, is part of the organizing committee, and invites you to participate in this external event:

Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP) 2021 Conference


Welcome to the Virtual conference of SASP October 7-8, 2021




There is so much we still don’t know about the
phenomenon of pain, but there is also a lot that
we do know. Learn about the latest from expert
speakers on the topics of:

• Sleep and pain
• Widespread pain
• Pain rehabilitation
• Glial cells and pain
• Visceral pain

New: The abstract deadline is extended to September 20, 2021.


Awards (€100) will be given to two posters. Prize winners will be asked to hold 10-minute presentations at the conference.


Conference starts October 7, 2021 at 10 am CET


Register for free by sending an email to: (confirmation will be sent within 24 hours)

Scientific program committee :

SASP board members
Camilla I Svensson (Karolinska Institute)
Emmanuel Bäckryd (Linköping University)


Linghua Kong

15 October

Title: Prenatal metabolic risks for offspring neurodevelopmental and
psychiatric disorders


Speaker: Linghua Kong


Renee Garder, Karolinska Institutet

Main supervisor:
Catharina Lavebratt, Karolinska Institutet

Yvonne Forsell, GPH, Yajun Liang GPH, Ida Nilsson KI, Xinxia Chen Shandong University

Examination Board:
Kristiina Tammimies, Karolinska Institutet
Ann Nordgren, Karolinska Institutet
Merja Laine, University of Helsinki

Zoom and CMM Lecture Hall


CMM Seminar

21 October

12:00 - 13:00

Title: Neurobiological mechanisms of anorexia nervosa


Speaker: Ida Nilsson, Associate Professor Karolinska Institutet, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Team leader, The Neurobiology of Anorexia Nervosa, Responsible for Spatial Biology - KIGene at CMM


CMM Seminar

18 November

12:00 - 13:00

Title: Update on SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19


Speaker: Jan Albert, Professor, MD, Dept of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet Dept of Clinical Microbiology, Karolinska University Hospital

Host: Anna Fogdell-Hahn, Docent, Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Clinical Neuroscience


The CVP/CVR and Heart and Vascular Theme Joint Meeting 2021

29-30 November

CMMers Anton Gisterå and Carolina Hagberg, are part of the organizing committee, and invite you to participate in this external event:


NOVEMBER 29-30th

in Sune Bergström's Aula and via Zoom

We are planning for a hybrid meeting, changes may occur according to current Covid-19 recommendations.

To register:
• Register and send abstract to (Registration
is free of charge)
• Please state your academic position and if you intend to participate in
person or online.
• For short talks and poster presentations, abstracts should be 100-250
words and include author names and affiliations, otherwise any format is




Scientific Program 29/11
13:00-13.10 Welcome address: Ulf Hedin & John Pernow

Atherosclerosis and Vascular Biology
13:15-13:45 Magnus , Karolinska Institutet
13:45-14:00 Short talk 1
14:00-14.15 Short talk 2
14:15-14:45 David Erlinge, Lund University
14:45-15.15 Coffee break & poster setup

Heart failure and Arrythmia
15:15-15:45 Lars Lund, Karolinska Institutet
15:45-16:00 Short talk 1
16:00-16:15 Short talk 2
16:15-16:45 Kristina Haugaa, University of Oslo
16:45-18:00 Poster session and drinks

Scientific Program 30/11
Diabetes and metabolism
9:00-9:30 Jan Eriksson, Uppsala University
9:30-9:45 Short talk 1
9:45-10.00 Short talk 2
10:00-10:30 Niklas Mejhert, Karolinska Institutet
10:30-11.00 Coffee and mingle

Inflammation in cardiovascular disease
11:00-11:30 Mia Philipsson, Uppsala University
11:30-11:45 Short talk 1
11:44-12:00 Short talk 1
12:30-13.00 TBA
12:30-12.45 Closing remarks

Organizing committee: Anneli Falkevall, Erika Folestad, Cecilia Morgantini, Luise Zeigler, Eva Svenneberg, Anton Gisterå, Carolina Hagberg

CMM Seminar

9 December

12:00 - 13:00

Title: To be announced


Speaker: Charlotte Hedin, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna

Host: Eduardo Villablanca, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna