Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s foremost medical universities. Our vision is to make a significant contribution to the improvement of human health; our mission is to conduct research and education and to interact with the community.
As a university, KI is Sweden’s single largest centre of medical academic research and offers the country’s widest range of medical courses and programmes.
Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems) started as a project in 1995 and today is an educational resource and research center for prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. Organizationally we are part of the Center for Psychiatry Research (CPF), which is a working collaboration between Stockholm County Council and Karolinska Institute.
STAD’s activities, with a focus on prevention of alcohol and drug abuse, consist of five strategic areas:
• Method development
• Method Implementation
STAD’s work is characterized by a systematic approach, i.e. that successful prevention efforts should be based on interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration between key operators who work together to influence the availability and demand for alcohol and drugs in society.
STAD's activities are research driven. The prevention methods STAD works with have been developed and implemented with close collaboration between research and working practice. Assessment is of paramount importance to STAD and ensures that the use of prevention is as effective as possible. Assessments are both formative and cumulative, i.e. they systematically investigate both implementation processes and final results of the prevention activities STAD performs in society. Another integral part of STAD’s work is publicizing our findings on prevention and preventative action. This is done through comprehensive training and educational activities.
Dr. Johanna Gripenberg is the Director and researcher at STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems). STAD is a research and development unit within the Stockholm County Council and the Karolinska Institutet. At STAD Johanna initiated the "Clubs against Drugs" program in Stockholm, which is a community-based illicit club drug prevention program with the goal of reducing problems related to club drug use in the nightlife scene in Stockholm. Johanna has also been involved in and published articles on the prevention of alcohol-related problems at licensed premises. Her research focus is to study the prevalence of drugs in the nightlife setting, and to study the effects of the "Clubs against Drugs" as well as the effects of other alcohol- and drug prevention programs.
Olof Beck is a professor at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Karolinska Institute. Some of Prof Beck’s research has focused on analytical toxicology, substance abuse and exhale breath. Recently, Prof Beck invented a new technique for assessing drug use by exhale breath samples, which have shown to be a valid method. Prof Beck also participated in a study conducted by STAD, by analyzing oral fluid samples to detect drug use among club-goers at electronic dance music events at cruise ships. Further, Prof Beck is involved in a collaboration project (STRIDA-project) with different agencies in order to keep track of yet unregulated novel psychoactive substances, where new techniques to assess the occurrence of such products in plasma and urine samples have been developed.