Encouraging research collaboration a part of the President of Iceland´s official visit to Sweden


"The science behind healthy youth"

Dr. Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir, professor at RU's Department of Psychology, participated in an official event in Stockholm yesterday which was part of the President of Iceland's official visit to Sweden. The event was held at the renowned Karolinska research institute and was hosted by the Nobel Assembly. In attendance were the President of Iceland and their majesties the King and Queen of Sweden.

Two Icelandic scientists were involved in the programme along with their Swedish counterparts. Also giving a talk at the event, named Encouraging collaboration between Iceland and Sweden in research and education, was Unnur Anna Valdimarsdóttir, professor at the School of Medicine at University of Iceland. Inga Dóra and Unnur Anna have both been awarded grants from the European Research Council, operated by the EU.

Dr. Sigfusdottir has received great attention in recent years, both in Iceland and internationally, for her research on adolescent health. In the past twenty years, Iceland has had great success with steering young people from drink and substance abuse. For two decades, Dr. Sigfusdottir has been gathering data regarding the wellbeing of Icelandic teenagers. The successful prevention model takes into account applied methods based on her research. Her talk at the Karolinska Insitute yeasterday was titled The science behind healthy youth.

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About Karolinska and the Nobel Assembly

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.