Course leaders for doctoral supervisor courses
The course leaders contribute to an open discussion climate and a good dialogue between course participants, lecturers and course leaders by explaining the terms and setup of the course.
The course leaders at Karolinska Institutet’s doctoral education courses are researchers with personal experience of supervising doctoral students.
The course leaders are operatively responsible for the course and that the course is carried out in agreement with the intended learning outcomes in the course syllabus. The course leaders are present during the whole course and are responsible for the constructive alignment of the course as well as making sure that the course’s focus is on the role as supervisor at KI. The course leader contributes to an open discussion climate and a good dialogue between course participants, lecturers and course leaders by explaining the terms and setup of the course.
- The Introductory doctoral supervisor course, which is held several times per year, is led by Helena Karlström, Markus Moll and Kent Jardemark.
- The course Pedagogy for doctoral supervisors is led by Juha Nieminen and Maria Hagströmer.
- The course Leadership for research group leaders is led by Helena Karlström, Markus Moll and Kent Jardemark.
Kent Jardemark is Associate Professor of Pharmacology. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.
In terms of research supervision, I am mostly interested in the relationship between student and tutor. A good relationship between them will help both the student and the tutor to fully develop as a researcher and an individual. Their relationship needs to be based on a clear and direct communication, flexibility and commitment.
My view of a good supervisor
A good research supervisor ensures that the doctoral student develops into a competent researcher. The most important factor in this process is that the student and the supervisor have an open and frequent recurrence of communication so that the doctoral student receives a clear feedback in her/his effort to achieve the specific aims in her/his graduate studies. Here, it is important that the supervisor has time for, and a willingness to get to know, the doctoral student. Not least, it is important to convey a positive feeling for the research to the student.
My main tasks
I am currently the main supervisor of one PhD student. I have been main- and co-supervisor for ten PhD students. I am also responsible for courses in pharmacology and neuropsychopharmacology at the bachelor and doctoral levels. I am also a member of KFU and Director of Doctoral Studies. These tasks mean that I need knowledge about the rules and regulations in a number of different issues related to graduate education - from admission to graduation.
My research focuses on the pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. We try to understand the mechanisms behind how antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs modulate various neurotransmitter systems (e.g. dopamine and glutamate) in brain. The studies will hopefully contribute to new and more effective treatments of these diseases
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