(1.)Basic Information

   Prof.Rikard Holmdahl

Swedish, graduated from Uppsala University, with both a PhD (1985) and a MD (1987) exam. His research focus was studies of chronic inflammation, in particular the use of animal models for autoimmune diseases. In 1994 he became a professor at Lund University, Sweden, and built the Medical Inflammation Research (MIR) laboratory. In 2008 he became a professor at Karolinska Institutet and moved the MIR laboratory to Stockholm. Since 2014 he is a member of the Nobel assembly.
Rikard Holmdahl is an international leader in the research using animal models for autoimmune disease and has developed and characterized several models for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis arthritis and multiple sclerosis. He also introduced the identification of genes underlying complex inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and encephalomyelitis in animals. He is also a scientific advisor and consultant for biotech and biomedical companies. He has published approximately 450 peer-reviewed papers and 50 reviews in scientific journals.


1993-2008      Professor in Medical Inflammation Research, Lund University

2008-              Professor in Medical Inflammation Research, Karolinska Institutet

2006-     Guest professor at Xian Jiao Tong University

2014-             Member of the Nobel Assembly

2016-             Adjunct member of the Nobel commite for physiology or medicine

2017-             Member of the The Royal Swedish Academy of Science (Kungliga vetenskapsakademin)


1977-1987       Medical education 5.5 years (Uppsala University),

1981-1985       PhD education

1985                PhD (Uppsala University)

1987                MD (Uppsala University)


1988 The Benzelius prize, Royal Science Society, Uppsala

1989 The Craaford prize, Anna Greta Craaford foundation for rheumatology research.

1992 The Fernström prize, Eric Fernström foundation for medical research

1994 The Göran Gustafsson prize in medicine, Göran Gustafsson foundation, Royal Science Academy, Stockholm, Sweden

2002 The European Descartes prize (shared with Lars Fugger, Yvonne Jones and Colin Watts)

2003 The SalusAnsvar Nordic Medical prize (shared with Andrej Tarkowski)

2005 The European Federation of Immunological Societies, Lecture award, DfGI/SSI Kiel

2006 Research group Medical Inflammation Research selected as an Excellence center for rheumatology research by EULAR (the European Rheumatology Association)

2011 Selected with highest possible marks, “Outstanding” by the International evaluation of Karolinska Institutet 2011 (ERA).

(5.)Scientific Research


  • To identify and functionally analyse the genes that control animal models for chronic inflammatory diseases, mainly using models for rheumatoid arthritis


  • To use the animal models not only for understanding the basic mechanism of autoimmune disease and for developing new diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic strategies


  • To understand the role of MHC class II genes in explaining the immune specificity of autoimmune disease



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Visiting address

Solnavägen 9, 9D, 17177 Stockholm


Postal address

C2 Medicinsk biokemi och biofysik, C2 Medicinsk inflammation Holmdahl, 171 77 Stockholm