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Vinko Palada

Affiliated to research

Research description

My research at KI is focused on mechanisms behind transition from transient acute to persistent chronic pain in patients with osteoarthritis and low back pain. I combine sensory and clinical profiling with molecular analysis of patient tissues and functional validation in animal models to identify novel targets for pain relief. I am particullary interested in role of epigenetics and pain comorbidities in pain chronification.

Teaching portfolio

Lecturer at the following courses:

  • Frontiers in translational medicine; Lecture title: Molecular Pain and Gender Medicine
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology; Lecture title: Alzheimer´s disease: Pathogenesis and Pharmacology
  • Pain Mechanisms: From molecules to treatment; Lecture title: Peripheral and central sensitization

Course coordinator for doctoral course Pain mechanisms: From molecules to treatment, KI and University of Minnesota, June 2019


December 2013 - March 2017 Dr.rer.nat. in biochemistry, Charité and Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

October 2004 - October 2010 in molecular biology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Fellowship awards:

John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship Award, International Association for the Study of Pain (2019) 

IBSA Fellowship Award in Pain Medicine, IBSA Foundation (2018)

Research grants:

Petrus and  Augusta Hedlunds Foundation to Vinko Palada (2019) Ulla and Gustaf af Uggla Foundation to Vinko Palada (2018) Karolinska Institute Rheumatology Foundation to Vinko Palada (2018) Lars Hiertas Minne Foundation to Vinko Palada (2018)




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