Marie Holmqvist, Docent Senior Lecturer Reader Karolinska Institutet

Marie Holmqvist

Principal researcher

About me

Senior lecturer/docent/reader at Karolinska Institutet and physician at the rheumatology department at Karolinska University Hospital.

My research team conducts research aiming to understand the rare and severe diseases systemic sclerosis and myositis. 

If you want to contribute to our research via Karolinska Institutet, swish to 123 202 32 08 or deposit money via Bank giro 5310-6217. Mark your swish or bank payment with Team Holmqvist MedS and the money will reach Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medicine Solna and our team. 

If you wish to direct your donation to systemic sclerosis, mark your deposit Team Holmqvist MedS SSc.

If you wish to direct your donation to myositis, mark your deposit Team Holmqvist MedS myositis

All donations will be used directly to our research.

Research description

My team and I are researching comorbidities and prognosis of patients with rheumatic diseases, with a particular focus on systemic inflammatory diseases such as idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (myositis), and systemic sclerosis. Our aim is to decrease our patients burden of disease and identify strategies that will prolong their lives. 

Our current projects are clustered around two main areas:

1. Cancer and the connection between cancer and autoimmunity/inflammation. We recently initiated a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Lund University and Oslo University, with projects where the overarching aim is to explore molecular pathways that could be of interest in cancer in inflammatory diseases. This project involves genetics, autoimmune profiling, proteomics and genomics in combination with information on clinical phenotype. 

2. Comorbidities and causes of death. These projects mainly explore the risk of other diseases in relation to myositis and systemic sclerosis as well as their causes of death, with the overarching aim to reduce the risk of these comorbidities and thereby potentially prolong their lives. 


The translational research team consists of rheumatology specialists Karina Gheorghe, Karin Gunnarsson and Nancy Vivar, research nurses Elisabet Dyrsmeds and Ingrid Gerhardson, research physiotherapist Henrik Pettersson, postdoc epidemiologist Karina Patasova, postdoc physician Karin Wadström, PhD student Weng Ian Che. We collaborate with immunologists, geneticists and clinical researchers in other fields in our projects. 

Research nurses and physicians in the Systemic sclerosis team