Cancer Risk Assessment

Course dates

The course is given every second year. The latest course was on May 18-22, 2015. Next course dates will be announced here later.

Course organiser

The course is organised by the Advanced International Training Programme in Health Risk Assessment at IMM in collaboration with the Doctoral programme Environmental Factors and Health (EFH) at Karolinska Institutet, course number 2467 and the Executive and Professional Education Office at Karolinska Institutet. 

Course credits

The course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits. 

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student will have acquired knowledge and understanding about mechanisms involved in chemical carcinogenesis. The student will be familiar with the methods used to generate data for chemical cancer risk assessment. The student will be able to locate and gather relevant data used for chemical hazard identification. After the course the student will be able to evaluate and discuss scientific data used in chemical hazard identification and cancer risk assessment.


Molecular mechanisms for chemical carcinogenesis will be presented. Experimental test models and epidemiological methods to identify carcinogens and to assess the potency of carcinogens will be discussed. Methods and policies used in carcinogen risk assessment will be discussed in connection with group work. The students will perform practical risk assessment in groups.

Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of lectures, group seminars and group work presentations.

Course programme

The course programme for the previous course on May 18-22, 2015 is available here.

Target group

The course is intended for PhD students and other participants from academia as well as participants from authorities and industry.

Course fee

There is no course fee for PhD students. The fee for participants from academia (except PhD students), from authorities and from industry will be announced later. Course fee includes course material, coffee breaks and a get together reception. Payment of course fee can only be accepted from the participant’s employer, not from individuals.

The participants must cover their costs for travel and accommodation.

Course application

Information on application procedure to the next course will be available later. 

Course leaders

Ilona Silins and Kristian Dreij, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.


Senior lecturer

Johanna Zilliacus

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 835 44
Organizational unit: Biochemical toxicology

Health risk assessment