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Innovation for life

Since the founding of Karolinska University Hospital, together with Karolinska Institute, we have contributed to improving the health of millions of people over the years. Hear our researchers talk about their work in the new series "Innovation for life".

Part 1: Kerstin Hagenfeldt and Kristina Gemzell Danielsson.

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Kerstin Hagenfeldt and Kristina Gemzell Danielsson – two doctors who have together contributed to women's health worldwide through the development of, among other things, the copper intrauterine device (IUD), the abortion pill, and international guidelines for contraception through their work at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Part 2: Nanna Svartz and Johan Askling.

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Nanna Svartz and Johan Askling - two researchers whose work has contributed to significantly improved survival opportunities for patients with rheumatic diseases today.

Part 3: Sven-Ivar Seldinger and Staffan Holmin.

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Sven-Ivar Seldinger's discovery made it possible to introduce instruments into the vascular system, which has revolutionized healthcare in various fields. Now, Staffan Holmin is working on an inverted Seldinger technique, for example, to deliver medications directly to specific organs and perform gentler biopsies.

Part 4: Ulrika Ådén and Tore Curstedt.

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Tore Curstedt and Ulrika Ådén, two researchers who have contributed to making Sweden a world leader in neonatal care. Tore, along with his colleague Bengt Robertsson, achieved a revolutionary breakthrough with surfactant treatment, significantly increasing the survival rate of prematurely born infants. Ulrika's research has focused on how caregiving can promote healthy brain development in children, both in the short and long term. These innovations have opened doors for further research and have contributed to giving more and more children the opportunity for a good life.