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About me

Professor of Epidemiology with focus on nutrition and toxicology, 2015

Senior Lecturer; Epidemiology, 2013

Associate professor; Nutritional Epidemiology, 2007

PhD; Environmental Medicine, 2000

Research description

Preventing or delaying chronic disease, and reducing ill health, so that people remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible, is one of society's great challenges. This requires comprehensive knowledge of factors affecting diseases incidence. The overall aim of our research is to increase knowledge about how dietary and lifestyle habits as well as various environmental pollutants affect our health. We combine epidemiology – the science of disease occurrence in the population in relation to the complex relationships and interactions between genetics, environment, diet and lifestyle and social and behavioral factors, with expertise in nutrition, toxicology and environmental medicine. By establishing this new area of research, we can further improve the understanding of factors of importance for the prevention of major chronic diseases.

Selected publications

Low-risk diet and lifestyle habits in the primary prevention of myocardial infarction in men: a population-based prospective cohort study.
Akesson A, Larsson S, Discacciati A, Wolk A
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014 Sep;64(13):1299-306

Go nuts and go extra virgin olive oil! Mediterranean diets reduce blood pressure.
Åkesson A
Hypertension 2014 Jul;64(1):26-7

Dietary exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls is associated with increased risk of stroke in women.
Bergkvist C, Kippler M, Larsson S, Berglund M, Glynn A, Wolk A, et al
J. Intern. Med. 2014 Sep;276(3):248-59

Ascorbic acid supplements and kidney stone incidence among men: a prospective study.
Thomas L, Elinder C, Tiselius H, Wolk A, Akesson A
JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar;173(5):386-8

Dietary cadmium exposure and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer: a population-based prospective cohort study.
Julin B, Wolk A, Bergkvist L, Bottai M, Akesson A
Cancer Res. 2012 Mar;72(6):1459-66

Long-term cadmium exposure and the association with bone mineral density and fractures in a population-based study among women.
Engström A, Michaëlsson K, Suwazono Y, Wolk A, Vahter M, Akesson A
J. Bone Miner. Res. 2011 Mar;26(3):486-95

Long-term dietary cadmium intake and postmenopausal endometrial cancer incidence: a population-based prospective cohort study.
Akesson A, Julin B, Wolk A
Cancer Res. 2008 Aug;68(15):6435-41

Combined effect of low-risk dietary and lifestyle behaviors in primary prevention of myocardial infarction in women.
Akesson A, Weismayer C, Newby P, Wolk A
Arch. Intern. Med. 2007 Oct;167(19):2122-7

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