The SIMSAM node Upper Gastrointestinal Research (UGIR) at Karolinska Institutet

Upper Gastrointestinal Research is a SIMSAM node at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery at Karolinska Institutet, whose research focuses on diseases and surgery of the upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver and bile ducts) with a focus on three public health concerns: cancer, obesity and gastro-oesophageal reflux. The node includes 40 members at two co-located research groups, including professors, junior researchers, postdocs, PhD students, biostatisticians, and project administrators.

We use registry data to improve knowledge about these public health concerns, with the aim of longer life, reduced morbidity, and better quality of life from these diseases or their treatment. We have a strong clinical profile in our research, and several of our scientists are specialists in surgery and perform surgery in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

In the comprehensive evaluation of Karolinska Institutet's research recently carried out by international experts (External Research Assessment = ERA) the group got the highest possible rating, "outstanding" in the research field of cancer. 

More information related to the The SIMSAM group Upper Gastrointestinal Research at Karolinska Institutet can be obtained by contacting:

Jesper Lagergren, Professor of Surgery, Karolinska Institutet
(, +46 8 517 760 12, or

Pernilla Lagergren, Professor of Surgical Care Science, Karolinska Institutet
(, +46 8 517 75984, or

Karl Wahlin, Biostatistician, Karolinska Institutet (for issues related to data/statistics)
(, +46 8 517 761 45)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want more information or if you are interested in research collaboration!