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Pseudo-science meets pseudo-political power: the celebration of nonsense

The Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin is probably doing the best she can to handle the controversy of a popular “stem-cell therapy”, invented by the psychologist Davide Vannoni, who gained national notoriety thanks to unwise media hype in Italy. Vannoni’s…

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Queerolinska brings “gay science” on stage

The LGBTQ student association of Karolinska Institutet announces the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Science Symposium ever hosted in Stockholm. The appointment is for November 20, at Medicinska Föreningen, Nobels Väg 10, Solna Campus. Visa större karta Queerolinska is…

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Did KI Working Groups become more English-friendly?

Maybe not all the the 2.300 PhD students at Karolinska Institutet knows that they are officially represented by the Doctoral Student Association (DSA) of Medicinska Föreningen. This section has the legal mandate to represent doctoral students in front of KI, and…

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Lettera al Ministro della Salute Beatrice Lorenzin – AllTrials

Gentile Ministro, So che è molto impegnata in questi mesi: deve tenere a bada i possibili tagli alla salute pubblica e fronteggiare i delusi per il mancato finanziamento a cure sperimentali che cercavano di saltare la fila… Robe serie. Ma…

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BigPharma fights against clinical data disclosure – AllTrials updates

The head of Europe’s pharmaceutical industry body has threatened “a series of lawsuits” in case the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will go ahead with plans to publish more of the clinical trial information it holds, AllTrials campaigners says. Particularly, the debate is whether…

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Karolinska at Pride Parade? Not a big deal…

If it didn’t occurred to you yet, Karolinska Institute participated to Stockholm Pride Parade, on August 4th. At the Parade, hundreds of thousand people flooded into the heart of the city not only in support to the LGBTQ community, but also…

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Letter to the European Medical Agency: release clinical trials data

Clinical trials are the very heart of modern medicine. Every time we want to know if a new drug discovered in labs is effective, we conduct a “simple” Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), a fascinatingly basic experiment known to humans since biblical time….

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Defending animal science: what’s the next step?

Animal rights activists will march to Karolinska Institutet to demonstrate against non-human primate research during the International Primate Day, this Sunday. The walk is organized by Djurrättsalliansen (Animal Rights Alliance) that launched the initiative through their webpage, and likely will bring numerous people on the street….

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Basel Declaration Award goes to an italian researcher

The second Award for Education in Animal Research created by the Basel Declaration Society goes to Chiara Ruzza, PhD in pharmacology and molecular oncology, who is currently completing her studies at the University of Ferrara, Italy. The aim of the Basel Declaration is…

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Who’s afraid of GBS?

This month, PLoS dedicates quite much attention to the topic of infection disease in newborns. A post written by Beth Skwarecki opens with the dilemma: good or not good? Which microbes do we have to combat and which we shouldn’t? Excluding the…

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