About the Institute of Environmental medicine

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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:

  • epidemiology
  • toxicology
  • physiology
  • 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.

Organization

Management

The research at IMM is led by a chair and the applied activities are led by a director. Both positions are held by the same person.

Chair/Director

Professor Ulla Stenius

E-post: ulla.stenius@ki.se

Management group

Professor Alicja Wolk, IMM  Professor Alicja Wolk, Vice Chair

Docent Marika Berglund  Associate Professor Marika Berglund, Vice Director

Preofessor Göran Pershagen, IMM  Professor Göran Pershagen

Professor Irene Jensen, IMM  Professor Irene Jensen

Professor Johan Frostegård  Professor Johan Frostegård

Henrik Jonsson  Henrik Jonsson, deputy head of administration

Contact

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

Search staff at IMM/KI

Prefektsekreterare

Irene Tjernberg

Telefon: 08-524 800 06
Enhet: Administration
E-post: Irene.Tjernberg@ki.se

Communication/Media contact

Informatör

Anna Persson

Telefon: 08-524 875 05
Enhet: Ledningskansli
E-post: Anna.Persson@ki.se

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
Ulla Stenius IMM
Anna Bessö Public Health AGency of Sweden
Bert-Ove Lund Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate
Sven Ohlman National Board of Health and Welfare
Kristina Einarsson National Board of Housing, Building and Planning
Anders Glynn National Food Administration
Martin Eriksson Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Vacancy Karolinska Institutet
Jens Åhman Swedish Work Environment Authority
Susanne Zakrisson Medical Products Agency
Johan Friberg Swedish Radiation Safety Authority

History

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
1993

Common organization for IMM and the departments for toxicology and hygine at Karolinska Insitutet

1997

Genetic toxicology, occupational toxicology and epidemiology research groups are transferred to IMM from the National Institute of Working Life

2002

Lung- and allegry research-and health risk assessment groups are transferred from the national Institute of Working Life to IMM

2009

Working medicine research groups are transferred from the Stockholm County Council to IMM

 

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