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Emma Patterson

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Visiting address : Solnavägen 1 E 113 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Postal address : Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS), K9, Social Medicin, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Norrbackagatan 92 113 41 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I trained as a dietitian and nutritionist in Ireland, and, after moving to Sweden, completed a doctorate in medical sciences and postgraduate training in nutritional epidemiology and public health sciences.

I am currently employed at the Centre for Epidemiology and Social Medicine at the Stockholm County Council, and am affiliated with the research group Community Nutrition and Physical Activity here at the Dept. of Public Health Sciences.

Education

BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Trinity College Dublin & Dublin Institute of Technology (conjoined course), Ireland (2004)

PhD Medical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet (2010)

Research description

My research is focused on the importance of diet for health and for sustainable public health. I work mainly with an innovative system for evaluating school meals and how it can help lead to improved school meal quality.

In the project "Fostering healthy and sustainable dietary habits through optimised school meals", with funding from the Swedish research council Formas, we are looking at ways to enhance school meals with respect to nutrition, climate impact, cost and acceptability. The collaborators are the National Food Agency and Metropolitan University Copenhagen. The project will run until 2019.

In summary, my research interests lie broadly along this spectrum:

Dietary assessment -> School meals -> Nutritional epidemiology -> Children's diets -> Public health nutrition -> Sustainable diets

Teaching portfolio

Co-supervisor for doctoral student (registered 2017).

Supervisor for final year student projects within Nutrition (B), Dietary science (A), Public Health (A) and Global Health (A) programmes.

Lecturer on the programmes Public Health (A), Nutrition (B), Physiotherapy (B) and Health Sciences (A) on courses Applied Epidemiology, Nutrition Epidemiologi and Health Promotion. I give lectures mainly on the topics of nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition and dietary assessment methods, in both English and Swedish.

B=Basic level, A=Advancerad level

Publications

Global region of birth is an independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes in Stockholm, Sweden
Elinder Ls, Hakimi S, Lager A, Patterson E
European journal of public health 2017;27(3):447-453

Preschool and School Meal Policies: An Overview of What We Know about Regulation, Implementation, and Impact on Diet in the UK, Sweden, and Australia
Lucas Pj, Patterson E, Sacks G, Billich N, Evans Cel
Nutrients 2017;9(7):-

The intake of selected foods by six-year-old Swedish children differs according to parental education and migration status
Säfsten E, Nyberg G, Elinder Ls, Norman Å, Patterson E
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 2016;105(4):421-6

Dietary fiber intake and its association with indicators of adiposity and serum biomarkers in European adolescents: the HELENA study
Lin Y, Huybrechts I, Vereecken C, Mouratidou T, Valtuena J, Kersting M, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2015;54(5):771-82

Improvements in school meal quality in Sweden after the introduction of new legislation-a 2-year follow-up
Patterson E, Elinder Ls
European journal of public health 2015;25(4):655-60

[Sweden needs a national strategy for nutrition and physical activity]
Elinder Ls, Patterson E, Nyberg G, Säfsten E, Sundblom E
Lakartidningen 2015;112():-

Longitudinal changes in health behaviours and body weight among Swedish school children--associations with age, gender and parental education--the SCIP school cohort
Elinder Ls, Heinemans N, Zeebari Z, Patterson E
BMC public health 2014;14():640-

More physically active and leaner adolescents have higher energy intake
Cuenca-garcía M, Ortega Fb, Ruiz Jr, Labayen I, Moreno La, Patterson E, et al
The Journal of pediatrics 2014;164(1):159-166.e2

Nutrient intake of European adolescents: results of the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study
Diethelm K, Huybrechts I, Moreno L, De Henauw S, Manios Y, Beghin L, et al
Public health nutrition 2014;17(3):486-97

Association between dairy food consumption and risk of myocardial infarction in women differs by type of dairy food
Patterson E, Larsson Sc, Wolk A, Åkesson A
The Journal of nutrition 2013;143(1):74-9

Association between self-reported sleep duration and dietary quality in European adolescents
Helena Study Grp, Bel S, Michels N, De Vriendt T, Patterson E, Cuenca-garcia M, et al
BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2013;110(5):949-59

Breakfast consumption and CVD risk factors in European adolescents: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study
Hallström L, Labayen I, Ruiz Jr, Patterson E, Vereecken Ca, Breidenassel C, et al
Public health nutrition 2013;16(7):1296-305

Design, testing and validation of an innovative web-based instrument to evaluate school meal quality
Patterson E, Quetel Ak, Lilja K, Simma M, Olsson L, Elinder Ls
Public health nutrition 2013;16(6):1028-36

Breakfast habits among European adolescents and their association with sociodemographic factors: the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) study
Hallström L, Vereecken Ca, Labayen I, Ruiz Jr, Le Donne C, García Mc, et al
Public health nutrition 2012;15(10):1879-89

European adolescents' level of perceived stress is inversely related to their diet quality: the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence study
Helena Study Grp, De Vriendt T, Clays E, Huybrechts I, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Moreno La, et al
BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2012;108(2):371-80

Validation of personal digital photography to assess dietary quality among people with intellectual disabilities
Elinder Ls, Brunosson A, Bergstrom H, Hagstromer M, Patterson E
JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH 2012;56(2):221-6

Adolescents' perceptions of food healthiness and food intake patterns: results from the HELENA study
Santaliestra-pasias Am, Bel-serrat S, Mouratidou T, Beghin L, Nagy E, Widhalm K, et al
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY 2011;:S164-S164

Assessment of folate and vitamin B12 intake in European adolescents
Iglesia I, Mouratidou T, Gracia-marco L, Widhalm K, Patterson E, Manios Y, et al
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY 2011;:S156-S156

Breakfast habits and factors influencing food choices at breakfast in relation to socio-demographic and family factors among European adolescents. The HELENA Study
Helena Study Grp, Hallstrom L, Vereecken Ca, Ruiz Jr, Patterson E, Gilbert Cc, et al
APPETITE 2011;56(3):649-57

Evaluation of iron status in European adolescents through biochemical iron indicators: the HELENA Study
Helena Study Grp, Ferrari M, Mistura L, Patterson E, Sjostrom M, Diaz Le, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 2011;65(3):340-9

Body fat and dairy product intake in lactase persistent and non-persistent children and adolescents
Almon R, Patterson E, Nilsson Tk, Engfeldt P, Sjöström M
Food & nutrition research 2010;54():-

Congestion Road Tax and Physical Activity
Bergman P, Grjibovski Am, Hagstromer M, Patterson E, Sjostrom M
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2010;38(2):171-7

Dietary energy density as a marker of dietary quality in Swedish children and adolescents: the European Youth Heart Study
Patterson E, Warnberg J, Poortvliet E, Kearney Jm, Sjostrom M
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 2010;64(4):356-63

Sources of saturated fat and sucrose in the diets of Swedish children and adolescents in the European Youth Heart Study: strategies for improving intakes
Patterson E, Warnberg J, Kearney J, Sjostrom M
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 2010;13(12):1955-64

INTERNET-BASED NETWORKING TO FURTHER PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION: THE YOUNG PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION NETWORK (YPHN)
Lachat C, Scholtens S, Matthys C, Patterson E, Nymoen L, Candeias V
ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM 2009;:425-425

MEAL PATTERNS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN SWEDEN: THE EUROPEAN YOUTH HEART STUDY
Patterson E, Warnberg J, Kearney J, Sjostrom M
ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM 2009;:154-155

The tracking of dietary intakes of children and adolescents in Sweden over six years: the European Youth Heart Study
Patterson E, Warnberg J, Kearney J, Sjostrom M
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 2009;:91-

Dietary energy density as a marker of dietary quality in Swedish children and adolescents
Patterson E, Warnberg J, Poortvliet E, Keamey J, Sjostrom M
ANNALS OF NUTRITION AND METABOLISM 2007;:132-132

Homocysteine levels in children and adolescents are associated with the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677C > T genotype, but not with physical activity, fitness or fatness: The European Youth Heart Study
Ruiz Jr, Hurtig-wennlof A, Ortega Fb, Patterson E, Nilsson Tk, Castillo Mj, et al
BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 2007;97(2):255-62

The European Youth Heart Study (EYHS)
Sjostrom M, Bergman P, Hagstromer M, Hurtig-wennlof A, Oja P, Ortega F, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2006;:22-22

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