About the Institute of Environmental medicine
The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is a research department at Karolinska Institutet, with activities within the broad field of environmental medicine - how risk factors in the environment can affect health. Focus is on chemical, physical and life style factors.
Research at IMM is carried out in four major areas:
- environmental and occupational medicine.
IMM also provides authorities in Sweden and EC as well as international organizations like The World Health Organization (WHO) with expertise, support and advice regarding environmental health risk assessments.
IMM has about 350 employees.
Professor Ulla Stenius
Professor Alicja Wolk, Vice Chair
Associate Professor Marika Berglund, Vice Director
Professor Göran Pershagen
Professor Irene Jensen
Professor Johan Frostegård
Henrik Jonsson, deputy head of administration
Address: Box 210, SE-171 77 Stockholm
Visiting address: Nobels väg 13, Karolinska Institutet, Solna
Phone number: +46 8 524 800 00 (Karolinska Institutet), Fax number: +46 8 336 981
Board of Directors
A board of directors comprising representatives from a number of Swedish Government Authorities.
Members of the board 2014-2016
|Anders Tegnell, Chair||Public Health Agency of Sweden|
|Anna Bessö||Public Health AGency of Sweden|
|Bert-Ove Lund||Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate|
|Vacant||National Board of Health and Welfare|
|Kristina Einarsson||National Board of Housing, Building and Planning|
|Per Bergman||National Food Administration|
|Martin Eriksson||Swedish Environmental Protection Agency|
|Marie Wahren-Herlenius||Karolinska Institutet|
|Jens Åhman||Swedish Work Environment Authority|
|Susanne Zakrisson||Medical Products Agency|
|Johan Friberg||Swedish Radiation Safety Authority|
Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute (KI) has its origins in the Public hygiene department at the former National Institute for Public Health, which was established over seventy years ago. Since then both the organization and the responsible authorities for the state environmental medicine have changed several times before the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) was added as special department at KI in 1988.
IMM of today was established in 1993 through a merger between SML and KI institutions for toxicology and hygiene. During last years research groups in occupational toxicology, lung and allergy research has been transferred to IMM, from among others the National Institute of Working Life and Stockholm County Council.
Previous heads of IMM
- Professor Anders Ahlbom 2009-2013
- Professor Göran Pershagen 2000-2008
- Professor Sten Orrenius 1988-1999
- Professor Lars Friberg 1957-1987
|1939||The public hygiene department for the National Institute for Public Health|
|1972||Environmental health department at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency|
|1980||State Environmental Health Laboratory (SKL)|
|1988||SML is incorporated with KI and the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) is established|
Common organization for IMM and the departments for toxicology and hygine at Karolinska Insitutet
Genetic toxicology, occupational toxicology and epidemiology research groups are transferred to IMM from the National Institute of Working Life
Lung- and allegry research-and health risk assessment groups are transferred from the national Institute of Working Life to IMM
Working medicine research groups are transferred from the Stockholm County Council to IMM