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Anna Martling

  • Professor of Surgery at Karolinska Institutet
  • Senior Consultant Surgeon, Karolinska University Hospital
  • World-leading expert in bowel cancer
  • Swedish Surgical Society´s Major Research Prize in 2013
  • Swedish Cancer Researcher of the year” in 2021
  • Dean, Karolinska Institutet

Carl Johan Sundberg

  • Professor in Physiology at Karolinska Institutet
  • Research focus on human genetics, genomics and epigenetics in relation to exercise in elite athletes, in non-athlete populations and in patients
  • H.M the King of Sweden’s medal for “significant contributions to research and science communication within the area of exercise and health” in 2022
  • European Commission’s Descartes Communication 50 000 € Prize for Excellence in Science Communication in 2005
  • Has authored several text-books in biology for 12-19 year-olds and popular science books on the biology of exercise, including “Health on Prescription , “Strong all your life” and “Manager health – for physically active work places”
  • Founding member and former chair of the Swedish Professional Associations for Physical Activity and member of the steering Group of Generation Pep (a part of the Swedish Crown Princess Couple’s Foundation)

Jessica Norrbom

  • PhD in physiologist and researcher in the field of molecular exercise physiology at Karolinska Institutet
  • Research focus on exercise adaptation in healthy adults and children in relation to disease and disease prevention
  • Program director of a global master’s program in translational physiology and pharmacology
  • Has written several popular scientific books on health, nutrition and exercise, runs a popular health and wellbeing podcast
  • Awarded “Enlightener of the Year” by the Swedish Sceptics Association in 20XX 

Kay Sundberg

  • PhD, researcher and a senior lecturer in nursing at Karolinska Institutet
  • Study director for the Research School of Health Science at Karolinska Institutet
  • PhD thesis focusing on the quality of life and influence of childhood cancer on young adult life (year?)
  • Current research area: Health interventions for cancer patient-reported outcomes with a focus on symptoms and symptom management with a special interest in individuals’ participation and own resources for handling their situation are underlying concepts
  • Has written a review and several book chapters about Sense of Coherence (SOC) 

Lina Martinsson

  • Specialist in psychiatry, MD PhD, senior physician
  • Head of Operations at Psychiatry South West, Karolinska Huddinge Hospital
  • Nominated for this year’s thesis at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience: EINAR prize (excellence in neuroscience research) with her PhD Thesis on “Biology of Lithium treatment in Bipolar Disorder – genetic mechanisms and telomeres“ (2016)
  • Responsible researcher in the Braining project, Stockholm.
  • Several commissions of trust: Expert group Mental health pharmaceuticals committee, Chairman FOU group for Center for Psychiatry Research, Karolinska Institutet.

Mai-Lis Hellenius

  • Professor of Cardiovascular Prevention at Karolinska Institutet
  • World-leading expert in the field of prevention with a focus on physical activity and eating habits
  • Over 30 years of experience as a clinically active doctor and researcher
  • Has written several popular science books
  • Requested lecturer internationally and nationally
  • Award-winning for her scientific efforts and public health work

Tommy Cederholm

  • Professor emeritus at Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Department of Public Health and Care Sciences Uppsala University
  • Researcher at the Department of Neurobiology, Care and Society, Karolinska Institutet
  • Senior physician at ME Aging, Theme Inflammation & Aging, Karolinska University Hospital
  • Over 40 years of experience as a clinically active doctor and researcher
  • World-leading expert in the field of food and exercise for healthy ageing
  • Active in several scientific academies and leader in international development projects