Every year, the Board of Research at Karolinska Institutet awards honorary doctorates to people who have made vital contributions to the university. This year’s honorary doctors will be formally appointed at a ceremony in the Stockholm City Hall on 7 May.
This year honorary doctorates will be awarded, among others, to Andrew P. Feinberg, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and founding father of cancer epigenetics, who is to be made honorary doctor of medicine. Feinberg is currently foreign adjunct professor at the Karolinska, where he has been involved in the formation of Epicenter, an epigenetic profiling platform at the Centre for Molecular Medicine.
Barbro and Bernard Osher are also to be made honorary doctors of medicine. Barbro Osher is Sweden’s Consul General in San Francisco and chairperson of the Pro Suecia Foundation and the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Oshers have supported Karolinska for many years, including the founding of the Osher Centre for Integrative Medicine, which conducts research in the interface between physiology and behavioural science.
Anthony Pawson, one of the pioneers of cellular signal transduction, is also to be made honorary doctor of medicine, along with Stefan Persson, chairman of the clothing retailer H&M. Persson is founder and chairperson of the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and contributed to the creation of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, a joint venture between the Karolinska Institutet, the Royal Institute of Technology, the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University and the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.