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Education

  • MD, PhD

Research description

Psychological stress and its related health outcomes

We are interested in both the short- and long-term health consequences of severely stressful life events, e.g., loss of a significant other, cancer diagnosis, and natural disaster. For instance, we study whether there are unrecognized health consequences immediately following a cancer diagnosis, and whether experience of severe psychological stress after cancer diagnosis influences cancer prognosis. These studies are primarily based on the health registers as well as ongoing large scale cohort studies in Sweden, United States, and Iceland.

Neurological diseases

We are interested in studying the risk factors as well as prognostic indicators for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Our research questions include for example whether lipid metabolism modulates the risk of ALS and its progression after diagnosis.

Current doctoral students

Former PhD students

Current post docs

Current research grants (as PI)

My research work has been supported by Vetenskapsrådet (VR), Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap (FAS), Hjärnfonden, Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning (SSMF), Chinese Scholarship Council and Karolinska Institutet.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Publications

Association of fractures with the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Peters Tl, Weibull Ce, Fang F, Sandler Dp, Lambert Pc, Ye W, et al
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration 2017;18(5-6):419-425

Beta-Blocker Drug Use and Survival among Patients with Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma
Udumyan R, Montgomery S, Fang F, Almroth H, Valdimarsdottir U, Ekbom A, et al
Cancer research 2017;77(13):3700-3707

Blood biomarkers of carbohydrate, lipid, and apolipoprotein metabolisms and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A more than 20-year follow-up of the Swedish AMORIS cohort
Mariosa D, Hammar N, Malmström H, Ingre C, Jungner I, Ye W, et al
Annals of neurology 2017;81(5):718-728

Body Mass Index and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Study of US Military Veterans
Mariosa D, Beard Jd, Umbach Dm, Bellocco R, Keller J, Peters Tl, et al
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2017;185(5):362-371

Clinical Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Before Cancer Diagnosis-Reply
Lu D, Valdimarsdóttir U, Fang F
JAMA oncology 2017;3(4):566-

Dog Exposure During the First Year of Life and Type 1 Diabetes in Childhood
Wernroth Ml, Svennblad B, Fall K, Fang F, Almqvist C, Fall T
JAMA pediatrics 2017;171(7):663-669

First-onset mental disorders after cancer diagnosis and cancer-specific mortality: a nationwide cohort study
Zhu J, Fang F, Sjölander A, Fall K, Adami Ho, Valdimarsdóttir U
Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology 2017;28(8):1964-1969

Maternal Cancer During Pregnancy and Risks of Stillbirth and Infant Mortality
Lu D, Ludvigsson Jf, Smedby Ke, Fall K, Valdimarsdóttir U, Cnattingius S, et al
Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2017;35(14):1522-1529

Neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases among families with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Longinetti E, Mariosa D, Larsson H, Ye W, Ingre C, Almqvist C, et al
Neurology 2017;89(6):578-585

Occupational exposures and the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Peters Tl, Kamel F, Lundholm C, Feychting M, Weibull Ce, Sandler Dp, et al
Occupational and environmental medicine 2017;74(2):87-92

Occupational exposures and the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Peters Tl, Kamel F, Lundholm C, Feychting M, Weibull Ce, Sandler Dp, et al
OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2017;74(2):87-92

Parental antibiotics and childhood asthma-a population-based study
Örtqvist Ak, Lundholm C, Fang F, Fall T, Almqvist C
The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice 2017;5(5):1451-1454.e4

Physical and cognitive fitness in young adulthood and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at an early age
Longinetti E, Mariosa D, Larsson H, Almqvist C, Lichtenstein P, Ye W, et al
European journal of neurology 2017;24(1):137-142

Stress resilience and cancer risk: a nationwide cohort study
Kennedy B, Fang F, Valdimarsdóttir U, Udumyan R, Montgomery S, Fall K
Journal of epidemiology and community health 2017;71(10):947-953

Time-dependent risk of depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders in patients with invasive and in situ breast cancer
Yang H, Brand Js, Fang F, Chiesa F, Johansson Al, Hall P, et al
International journal of cancer 2017;140(4):841-852

Treatment Restarting After Discontinuation of Adjuvant Hormone Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients
He W, Smedby Ke, Fang F, Olsson H, Margolin S, Hall P, et al
Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2017;109(10):-

Vagotomy and Parkinson disease: A Swedish register-based matched-cohort study
Liu B, Fang F, Pedersen Nl, Tillander A, Ludvigsson Jf, Ekbom A, et al
Neurology 2017;88(21):1996-2002

Waiting time for cancer treatment and mental health among patients with newly diagnosed esophageal or gastric cancer: a nationwide cohort study
Song H, Fang F, Valdimarsdottir U, Lu Dh, Andersson Tml, Hultman C, et al
BMC CANCER 2017;:2-

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis among cross-country skiers in Sweden
Fang F, Hållmarker U, James S, Ingre C, Michaëlsson K, Ahlbom A, et al
European journal of epidemiology 2016;31(3):247-53

A Two-Stage Method to Estimate the Contribution of Road Traffic to PM₂.₅ Concentrations in Beijing, China
Fang X, Li R, Xu Q, Bottai M, Fang F, Cao Y
International journal of environmental research and public health 2016;13(1):-

Bayesian model averaging method for evaluating associations between air pollution and respiratory mortality: a time-series study
Fang X, Li R, Kan H, Bottai M, Fang F, Cao Y
BMJ open 2016;6(8):e011487-

Bereavement Is Associated with an Increased Risk of HPV Infection and Cervical Cancer: An Epidemiological Study in Sweden
Lu D, Sundström K, Sparén P, Fall K, Sjölander A, Dillner J, et al
Cancer research 2016;76(3):643-51

Blood levels of trace metals and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Peters Tl, Beard Jd, Umbach Dm, Allen K, Keller J, Mariosa D, et al
Neurotoxicology 2016;54():119-126

Clinical Diagnosis of Mental Disorders Immediately Before and After Cancer Diagnosis: A Nationwide Matched Cohort Study in Sweden
Lu D, Andersson Tm, Fall K, Hultman Cm, Czene K, Valdimarsdóttir U, et al
JAMA oncology 2016;2(9):1188-96

Depression in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Roos E, Mariosa D, Ingre C, Lundholm C, Wirdefeldt K, Roos Pm, et al
Neurology 2016;86(24):2271-7

Early-Life Factors and Risk of Parkinson's Disease: A Register-Based Cohort Study
Liu B, Chen H, Fang F, Tillander A, Wirdefeldt K
PloS one 2016;11(4):e0152841-

Injuries before and after diagnosis of cancer: nationwide register based study
Shen Q, Lu D, Schelin Me, Jöud A, Cao Y, Adami Ho, et al
BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 2016;354():i4218-

No association between hair cortisol or cortisone and brain morphology in children
Chen Rq, Muetzel Rl, El Marroun H, Noppe G, Van Rossum Efc, Jaddoe Vw, et al
PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY 2016;:101-110

Reduced incidence of Parkinson's disease after dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors-A nationwide case-control study
Svenningsson P, Wirdefeldt K, Yin L, Fang F, Markaki I, Efendic S, et al
Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society 2016;31(9):1422-3

Response to the letter 'Type 2 diabetes and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis'
Mariosa D, Fang F
European journal of neurology 2016;23(4):e26-

Sexually transmitted infections after bereavement - a population-based cohort study
Bond E, Lu D, Herweijer E, Sundström K, Valdimarsdóttir U, Fall K, et al
BMC infectious diseases 2016;16(1):419-

Sibship size, birth order and risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma and infectious mononucleosis: a nationwide study in Sweden
Liu Z, Fang F, Chang Et, Adami Ho, Ye W
International journal of epidemiology 2016;45(3):825-34

Snus use, smoking and survival among prostate cancer patients
Wilson Km, Markt Sc, Fang F, Nordenvall C, Rider Jr, Ye W, et al
International journal of cancer 2016;139(12):2753-2759

Socioeconomic status in relation to Parkinson's disease risk and mortality: A population-based prospective study
Yang F, Johansson Al, Pedersen Nl, Fang F, Gatz M, Wirdefeldt K
Medicine 2016;95(30):e4337-

Stress-Related Signaling Pathways in Lethal and Nonlethal Prostate Cancer
Lu D, Sinnott Ja, Valdimarsdóttir U, Fang F, Gerke T, Tyekucheva S, et al
Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research 2016;22(3):765-772

Association between diabetes and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Sweden
Mariosa D, Kamel F, Bellocco R, Ye W, Fang F
European journal of neurology 2015;22(11):1436-42

Cancer risk in the relatives of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma—a register-based cohort study in Sweden
Liu Z, Fang F, Chang Et, Ye W
British journal of cancer 2015;112(11):1827-31

Childhood injury after a parental cancer diagnosis
Chen R, Regodón Wallin A, Sjölander A, Valdimarsdóttir U, Ye W, Tiemeier H, et al
eLife 2015;4():-

Early Exposure to Dogs and Farm Animals and the Risk of Childhood Asthma
Fall T, Lundholm C, Örtqvist Ak, Fall K, Fang F, Hedhammar Å, et al
JAMA pediatrics 2015;169(11):e153219-

Hepatitis B virus infection and risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in southern China
Ye Yf, Xiang Yq, Fang F, Gao R, Zhang Lf, Xie Sh, et al
Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology 2015;24(11):1766-73

Is a cancer diagnosis associated with subsequent risk of transient global amnesia?
Zhu J, Lu D, Sveinsson O, Wirdefeldt K, Fall K, Piehl F, et al
PloS one 2015;10(4):e0122960-

Occupational Exposure to Electric Shocks and Magnetic Fields and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Sweden
Fischer H, Kheifets L, Huss A, Peters Tl, Vermeulen R, Ye W, et al
Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) 2015;26(6):824-30

Parental cancer diagnosis and child mortality--a population-based cohort study in Sweden
Chen R, Sjölander A, Valdimarsdóttir U, Varnum C, Almqvist C, Ye W, et al
Cancer epidemiology 2015;39(1):79-85

Physical activity and risk of Parkinson's disease in the Swedish National March Cohort
Yang F, Trolle Lagerros Y, Bellocco R, Adami Ho, Fang F, Pedersen Nl, et al
Brain : a journal of neurology 2015;138(Pt 2):269-75

Predictors of Discontinuation of Adjuvant Hormone Therapy in Patients With Breast Cancer
He W, Fang F, Varnum C, Eriksson M, Hall P, Czene K
Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2015;33(20):2262-9

Psychiatric disorders and suicide attempts in Swedish survivors of the 2004 southeast Asia tsunami: a 5 year matched cohort study
Arnberg Fk, Gudmundsdóttir R, Butwicka A, Fang F, Lichtenstein P, Hultman Cm, et al
The lancet. Psychiatry 2015;2(9):817-24

Risk factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Ingre C, Roos Pm, Piehl F, Kamel F, Fang F
Clinical epidemiology 2015;7():181-93

Stress and cancer: Nordic pieces to the complex puzzle
Fang F, Fall K, Valdimarsdóttir U
European journal of epidemiology 2015;30(7):525-7

The autoimmune spectrum of myasthenia gravis: a Swedish population-based study
Fang F, Sveinsson O, Thormar G, Granqvist M, Askling J, Lundberg Ie, et al
Journal of internal medicine 2015;277(5):594-604

Evaluation of plasma Epstein-Barr virus DNA load to distinguish nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients from healthy high-risk populations in Southern China
Ji Mf, Huang Qh, Yu X, Liu Zw, Li Xh, Zhang Lf, et al
CANCER 2014;120(9):1353-60

Loss of a parent and the risk of cancer in early life: a nationwide cohort study
Kennedy B, Valdimarsdóttir U, Sundström K, Sparén P, Lambe M, Fall K, et al
Cancer causes & control : CCC 2014;25(4):499-506

No association between biopsy-verified celiac disease and subsequent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--a population-based cohort study
Ludvigsson Jf, Mariosa D, Lebwohl B, Fang F
European journal of neurology 2014;21(7):976-82

Parkinson's Disease and Cancer: A Register-based Family Study
Wirdefeldt K, Weibull Ce, Chen Hl, Kamel F, Lundholm C, Fang F, et al
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2014;179(1):85-94

Spousal Loss and Cognitive Function in Later Life: A 25-year Follow-up in the AGES-Reykjavik Study
Vidarsdottir H, Fang F, Chang M, Aspelund T, Fall K, Jonsdottir Mk, et al
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2014;179(6):674-83

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and cancer: a register-based study in Sweden
Fang F, Al-chalabi A, Ronnevi Lo, Turner Mr, Wirdefeldt K, Kamel F, et al
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration 2013;14(5-6):362-8

Pancreatic cancer risk after loss of a child: a register-based study in Sweden during 1991-2009
Huang J, Valdimarsdóttir U, Fall K, Ye W, Fang F
American journal of epidemiology 2013;178(4):582-9

Severe head injury and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Peters Tl, Fang F, Weibull Ce, Sandler Dp, Kamel F, Ye W
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration 2013;14(4):267-72

Suicide and suicide attempt after a cancer diagnosis among young individuals
Lu D, Fall K, Sparén P, Ye W, Adami Ho, Valdimarsdóttir U, et al
Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology 2013;24(12):3112-7

Two Epstein-Barr virus-related serologic antibody tests in nasopharyngeal carcinoma screening: results from the initial phase of a cluster randomized controlled trial in Southern China
Liu Z, Ji Mf, Huang Qh, Fang F, Liu Q, Jia Wh, et al
American journal of epidemiology 2013;177(3):242-50

CNS infections, sepsis and risk of Parkinson's disease
Fang F, Wirdefeldt K, Jacks A, Kamel F, Ye Wm, Chen Hl
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2012;41(4):1042-9

Head injury and Parkinson's disease: A population-based study
Fang F, Chen Hl, Feldman Al, Kamel F, Ye Wm, Wirdefeldt K
MOVEMENT DISORDERS 2012;27(13):1632-5

Interval cancers in nasopharyngeal carcinoma screening: comparing two screening intervals after a negative initial screening result
Chen F, Huang Qh, Fang F, Liu Zw, Liu K, Xie Sh, et al
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCREENING 2012;19(4):195-200

No association between DNA repair gene XRCC1 and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Fang F, Umbach Dm, Xu Zl, Ye Wm, Sandler Dp, Taylor Ja, et al
NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING 2012;33(5):1015.e25-6

Season and weather patterns at time of birth in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Pamphlett R, Fang F
AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS 2012;13(5):459-64

Suicide and Cardiovascular Death after a Cancer Diagnosis
Fang F, Fall K, Mittleman Ma, Sparen P, Ye Wm, Adami Ho, et al
NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 2012;366(14):1310-8

Suicide and Cardiovascular Death after a Cancer Diagnosis REPLY
Fang F, Fall K, Valdimarsdottir U
NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 2012;367(3):277-277

Energy intake during pregnancy in relation to offspring gender by maternal height
Lagiou P, Samoli E, Lipworth L, Lagiou A, Fang F, Rossi M, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2011;26(1):39-44

Focal Prostate Atrophic Lesions and Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Davidsson S, Fiorentino M, Andren O, Fang F, Mucci La, Varenhorst E, et al
LABORATORY INVESTIGATION 2011;:187A-187A

Focal Prostate Atrophic Lesions and Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer.
Davidsson S, Fiorentino M, Andren O, Fang F, Mucci La, Varenhorst E, et al
MODERN PATHOLOGY 2011;:187A-187A

Infection of the Central Nervous System, Sepsis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Fang F, Chen Hl, Wirdefeldt K, Ronnevi Lo, Al-chalabi A, Peters Tl, et al
PLOS ONE 2011;6(12):e29749-

Inflammation, Focal Atrophic Lesions, and Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia with Respect to Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Davidsson S, Fiorentino M, Andren O, Fang F, Mucci La, Varenhorst E, et al
CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY BIOMARKERS & PREVENTION 2011;20(10):2280-7

Maternal Bereavement and Childhood Asthma-Analyses in Two Large Samples of Swedish Children
Fang F, Hoglund Co, Arck P, Lundholm C, Langstrom N, Lichtenstein P, et al
PLOS ONE 2011;6(11):e27202-

Prediagnostic Plasma Vitamin D Metabolites and Mortality among Patients with Prostate Cancer
Fang F, Kasperzyk Jl, Shui I, Hendrickson W, Hollis Bw, Fall K, et al
PLOS ONE 2011;6(4):e18625-

Risk of Infection-Related Cancers after the Loss of a Child: A Follow-up Study in Sweden
Fang F, Fall K, Sparen P, Adami Ho, Valdimarsdottir Hb, Lambe M, et al
CANCER RESEARCH 2011;71(1):116-22

Vitamin D Receptor Protein Expression in Tumor Tissue and Prostate Cancer Progression
Hendrickson Wk, Flavin R, Kasperzyk Jl, Fiorentino M, Fang F, Lis R, et al
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY 2011;29(17):2378-85

An estimate of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis heritability using twin data
Al-chalabi A, Fang F, Hanby Mf, Leigh Pn, Shaw Ce, Ye W, et al
JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY NEUROSURGERY AND PSYCHIATRY 2010;81(12):1324-6

Association Between Blood Lead and the Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Fang F, Kwee Lc, Allen Kd, Umbach Dm, Ye Wm, Watson M, et al
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2010;171(10):1126-33

Depression and the Subsequent Risk of Parkinson's Disease in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study
Fang F, Xu Q, Park Y, Huang Xm, Hollenbeck A, Blair A, et al
MOVEMENT DISORDERS 2010;25(9):1157-62

Hospitalization for osteoarthritis and prostate cancer specific mortality among Swedish men with prostate cancer
Fang F, Valdimarsdottir U, Mucci L, Sparen P, Ye Wm, Fall K
CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY 2010;34(5):644-7

Immediate Risk of Suicide and Cardiovascular Death After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Cohort Study in the United States
Fang F, Keating Nl, Mucci La, Adami Ho, Stampfer Mj, Valdimarsdottir U, et al
JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE 2010;102(5):307-14

Re: Immediate Risk of Suicide and Cardiovascular Death After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Cohort Study in the United States Response
Fang F, Fall K, Valdimarsdottir U
JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE 2010;102(18):1448-1448

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Sweden, 1991-2005
Fang F, Valdimarsdottir U, Bellocco R, Ronnevi Lo, Sparen P, Fall K, et al
ARCHIVES OF NEUROLOGY 2009;66(4):515-9

Familial Aggregation of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Fang F, Kamel F, Lichtenstein P, Bellocco R, Sparen P, Sandler Dp, et al
ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY 2009;66(1):94-9

Immediate Risk for Cardiovascular Events and Suicide Following a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: Prospective Cohort Study
Fall K, Fang F, Mucci La, Ye Wm, Andren O, Johansson Je, et al
PLOS MEDICINE 2009;6(12):e1000197-

Workplace Exposures and the Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Fang F, Quinlan P, Ye W, Barber Mk, Umbach Dm, Sandler Dp, et al
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES 2009;117(9):1387-92

Loss of a child and the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Fang F, Ye W, Fall K, Lekander M, Wigzell H, Sparen P, et al
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2008;167(2):203-10

Maternal age, exposure to siblings, and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Fang F, Kamel F, Sandler Dp, Sparen P, Ye Wm
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2008;167(11):1281-6

Suicide among patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Fang F, Valdimarsdottir U, Furst Cj, Hultman C, Fall K, Sparen P, et al
BRAIN 2008;:2729-33

Smoking, snuff dipping and the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - A prospective cohort study
Fang F, Bellocco R, Hernan Ma, Ye Wm
NEUROEPIDEMIOLOGY 2006;27(4):217-21

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