The Karolinska Institute is trying to restore its reputation after a scandal involving one of its top researchers, Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini. Macchiarini had gained a reputation as a leading specialist in windpipe transplants, but two of his patients died and he was later accused of falsifying his work record.
Harriet Wallberg and Anders Hamsten, two judges who lost their positions on the Nobel panel in the wake of the ensuing scandal, had previously served as heads of the Karolinska Institute, and were among several individuals suspected of ignoring warnings about Macchiarini.
While the surgeon continues to deny the allegations against him, the row hangs over the panel of judges as they deliberate over the next award. The panel will be hoping for more positive headlines in the days to come.