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What is it like to work here? Could this be the place for your international experience? We asked three employees why they choose to work at the Institute of Medicine.

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Bright Nwaru.
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Interview with Bright Nwaru

Associate Senior Lecturer at Krefting Research Centre, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition.

Hello Bright, tell us about your background and your current position!
"I was born in Nigeria and I have studied and worked in Europe for the last 18 years, since 2017 in Sweden. I conduct asthma and allergy research at Krefting Research Centre within the framework of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine (WCMTM)."

What is unique about working at the Institute of Medicine? 
“The Institute of Medicine conducts a wide range of research, from diabetes, pulmonary medicine to global public health and has a robust platform for research collaborations. Also, as a researcher at Krefting Research Centre you have the whole spectrum of scientific investigation into asthma and allergy at one place, from animal models, to clinical and population-based studies. Great opportunities to interact with other researchers using different approaches than you!”

How has this international experience contributed to your career development? 
“It has really helped me! Sweden is a country where excellence in science is held high and widely promoted. My time here has inspired me in so many ways, for instance how the industry and the academia work together and how to continuous ensure that our research findings benefit the society. Also, it has inspired me to always strive for excellence in my own research.”

Any tips for fellow researchers who are thinking about moving to Sweden and our Institute to work? 
“I love it here, it’s a great place for both living and working! There are good services for researchers to help you with your applications and funding. And as a researcher at Krefting Research Centre you have a big advantage – Krefting Foundation’s major financial support to the centre."

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Angela Molinaro
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Interview with Angela Molinaro

PostDoc at Wallenberg Laboratory, Department of Molecular och Clinical Medicine.

Hello Angela, tell us about your background and your current position!
"I was born in Italy and studied Medical Biotechnologies in Rome. I did my PhD at the Institute of Medicine and I’m currently a PostDoc at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and working at Wallenberg Laboratory."

What is unique about working here? 
"The working environment allows the employee to perform their work without complications. In addition, the infrastructure is one of nicest and well updated I have worked in. The unions are also very efficient in helping the workers in case of any problems. There are good benefits for families, such as paternity or maternity leave, sick leave and the possibility to work from home. It is a very international environment and even outside work all Swedish people speak English quite well so it is possible to communicate easily."

Was there anything that surprised you when first started here?
"Yes. I started as a PhD student so I had to do all the courses and complete the credits required which are not the easiest but the PhD students are supported by the University. In addition, the financial compensation as PhD and PostDoc has allowed me to conduct a comfortable lifestyle without problems."

How has this international experience contributed to your career development?
“In every scientific carrier it is very important to have an international experience. I believe that studying here and now working here, will be very helpful if I decide to continue in the academic field, but not only, considering the connections with different companies present in Sweden.”

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About the Department
The Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts research in several different areas, such as endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, hypertension, respiratory medicine and allergology, and clinical nutrition focusing on body composition and energy metabolism. The research is conducted in close collaboration with health care at both the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Mölndal Hospital.

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About the Department
The Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts translational research primarily on metabolism, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease in order to improve health and healthcare in the community. The overall goal is to create an excellent translational research environment of a very high international standard.

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About the Department
At the Department of Rheumatology and Inflammation Research, at the Institute of Medicine, the main research areas are inflammation and inflammatory diseases irrespective of whether they are caused by allergies, infections or are autoimmune diseases. The aim is to investigate the underpinning mechanisms behind the inflammation. Several of our researchers also work as senior consultants at the clinics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, which is a great advantage especially for translational research.

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About the Department
The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, at the Institute of Medicine, conducts extensive education and research in global public health, general medicine, occupational medicine, environmental medicine, social medicine, medicine use and pharmaceutical policy. We also conduct education and research within nutritional epidemiology, insurance medicine, innovation and utilization, health economics, biostatistics and register epidemiology.

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