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Sten Orrenius, M.D., Ph.D.


Corresponding Council Member



Sten Orrenius received his Ph.D. from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1965 and his M.D. from the same institute in 1967. He has been on the staff of Karolinska Institutet in various positions since 1967. He was Professor of Forensic Medicine from 1971 – 1984 and Professor of Toxicology from 1984 – 2004, when he became Professor Emeritus. He was also Dean of the Karolinska Institutet Medical School 1980 – 1987.

Dr. Orrenius holds honorary memberships in the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Society of Toxicology (USA), as well as the Italian and Swedish Societies of Toxicology. He is also a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Academia Europeae as well as a Foreign Associate Member of the Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. Dr. Orrenius has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Stockholm, Turin, Konstanz, Buenos Aires, Paris V and Milan.

Sten Orrenius´ research has focussed on Cell Biology and Molecular Toxicology, most recently on mechanisms of apoptosis and other modes of cell death and the implications thereof for human disease. He was presented the Merit Award by EUROTOX, the Association of European Toxicologists and Societies of Toxicology, in 1997 and was the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Lifetime Toxicology Scholar Award by the Society of Toxicology (USA). In 2003, Dr. Orrenius received the first ECDO Career Award for Excellence in Cell Death Research by the European Cell Death Organization.