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About me

I am an adjunct professor in Public Health Sciences at the Department of Public Health Sciences and leader of the research group “Community nutrition and physical activity”. I am also employed at the Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Stockholm County Council.

After taking my PhD in medical biochemistry, I joined Karolinska Institutet as a researcher in the area of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. In 1998, I joined the Swedish National Institute for Public Health as head of the Unit for Diet and Physical Activity. I was engaged in the development of the Swedish Public Health Policy adopted in 2003.

In 2006, I joined the Centre for Public Health, Stockholm County Council as head of the Unit for Applied Nutrition. In 2009, I returned to Karolinska Institutet as vice head for the Division of Intervention and Implementation Research, Department of Public Health Sciences.  In 2013, I became adjunct senior lecturer in intervention and implementation research and in 2017 I became adjunct professor in Public Health Sciences.

Education

Master degree in Experimental biology from Odense University, Denmark, and a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from Århus University and the Academy of Technical Sciences, Denmark.

Research description

My research group focuses on three main areas:

  • Epidemiological studies of dietary habits and physical activity and their upstream determinants in relation to health outcomes
  • Multidisciplinary research on the development, implementation and evaluation of tools and interventions to promote health and prevent obesity and chronic diseases
  • Commissioned assignments within the group’s research competence.

Teaching portfolio

Main activities:

  • Intervention and Implementation Research course 2454 (third cycle). Co-course leader, lecturer and examiner (7.5 ECTS).
  • Lecturer in the Master of Public Health track

 

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Publications

Definitions, measurement and prevalence of sedentary behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities - A systematic review
Melville Ca, Oppewal A, Schäfer Elinder L, Freiberger E, Guerra-balic M, Hilgenkamp Ti, et al
Preventive medicine 2017;97():62-71

Development of evidence-based practice in occupational health services in Sweden: a 3-year follow-up of attitudes, barriers and facilitators
Brämberg Eb, Nyman T, Kwak L, Alipour A, Bergström G, Elinder Ls, et al
International archives of occupational and environmental health 2017;90(4):335-348

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

Psychometric Properties of a Scale to Assess Parental Self-Efficacy for Influencing Children's Dietary, Physical Activity, Sedentary, and Screen Time Behaviors in Disadvantaged Areas
Norman Å, Bohman B, Nyberg G, Schäfer Elinder L
Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education 2017;():1090198117699506-

Effectiveness of a universal parental support programme to promote health behaviours and prevent overweight and obesity in 6-year-old children in disadvantaged areas, the Healthy School Start Study II, a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Nyberg G, Norman Å, Sundblom E, Zeebari Z, Elinder Ls
The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity 2016;13():4-

Low socio-economic status associated with unhealthy weight in six-year-old Swedish children despite higher levels of physical activity
Beckvid Henriksson G, Franzén S, Elinder Ls, Nyberg G
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 2016;105(10):1204-10

One size does not fit all-qualitative process evaluation of the Healthy School Start parental support programme to prevent overweight and obesity among children in disadvantaged areas in Sweden
Norman Å, Nyberg G, Elinder Ls, Berlin A
BMC public health 2016;16():37-

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

Effectiveness of a universal parental support programme to promote healthy dietary habits and physical activity and to prevent overweight and obesity in 6-year-old children: the Healthy School Start Study, a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Nyberg G, Sundblom E, Norman Å, Bohman B, Hagberg J, Elinder Ls
PloS one 2015;10(2):e0116876-

Effectiveness of universal parental support interventions addressing children's dietary habits, physical activity and bodyweight: A systematic review
Kader M, Sundblom E, Elinder Ls
Preventive medicine 2015;77():52-67

Factors influencing the implementation of a school-based parental support programme to promote health-related behaviours--interviews with teachers and parents
Bergström H, Haggård U, Norman Å, Sundblom E, Schäfer Elinder L, Nyberg G
BMC public health 2015;15():541-

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

Stuck in a vicious circle of stress. Parental concerns and barriers to changing children's dietary and physical activity habits
Norman Å, Berlin A, Sundblom E, Elinder Ls, Nyberg G
Appetite 2015;87():137-42

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

Barriers and facilitators in health education for adults with intellectual disabilities--a qualitative study
Bergström H, Elinder Ls, Wihlman U
Health education research 2014;29(2):259-71

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-

Promoting physical activity and healthy dietary behavior: the role of the occupational health services: a scoping review
Kwak L, Hagströmer M, Jensen I, Karlsson Ml, Alipour A, Elinder Ls
Journal of occupational and environmental medicine 2014;56(1):35-46

Validity and Reliability of a Parental Self-Efficacy Instrument in the Healthy School Start Prevention Trial of Childhood Obesity
Bohman B, Nyberg G, Sundblom E, Elinder Ls
HEALTH EDUCATION & BEHAVIOR 2014;41(4):392-6

A multi-component universal intervention to improve diet and physical activity among adults with intellectual disabilities in community residences: a cluster randomised controlled trial
Bergström H, Hagströmer M, Hagberg J, Elinder Ls
Research in developmental disabilities 2013;34(11):3847-57

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

Measuring the food and built environments in urban centres: Reliability and validity of the EURO-PREVOB Community Questionnaire
Pomerleau J, Knai C, Foster C, Rutter H, Darmon N, Brazdova Zd, et al
PUBLIC HEALTH 2013;127(3):259-67

Psychometric evaluation of a scale to assess satisfaction with life among people with intellectual disabilities living in community residences
Bergström H, Hochwälder J, Kottorp A, Elinder Ls
Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR 2013;57(3):250-6

A participatory and capacity-building approach to healthy eating and physical activity- SCIP-school: a 2-year controlled trial
Elinder Ls, Heinemans N, Hagberg J, Quetel Ak, Hagströmer M
The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity 2012;9():145-

Trajectories of weight disturbances during adolescence in relation to gender in a Swedish cohort
Rosendahl Ki, Sundblom E, Elinder Ls
ACTA PAEDIATRICA 2012;101(3):300-7

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

A healthy school start-Parental support to promote healthy dietary habits and physical activity in children: Design and evaluation of a cluster-randomised intervention
Nyberg G, Sundblom E, Norman A, Elinder Ls
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;:185-

Low Physical Activity Is a Predictor of Thinness and Low Self-rated Health: Gender Differences in a Swedish Cohort
Elinder Ls, Sundblom E, Rosendahl Ki
JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH 2011;48(5):481-6

Obesity and chronic diseases, whose business?
Elinder Ls
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;21(4):402-3

Promoting a healthy diet and physical activity in adults with intellectual disabilities living in community residences: Design and evaluation of a cluster-randomized intervention
Elinder Ls, Bergstrom H, Hagberg J, Wihlman U, Hagstromer M
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;:761-

Obesogenic environments - aspects on measurement and indicators
Elinder Ls, Jansson M
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 2009;12(3):307-15

[Obesity can be prevented--but strong measures are necessary!]
Elinder Ls, Von Haartman F
Lakartidningen 2007;104(3):108-9

Obesity, hunger, and agriculture: the damaging role of subsidies
Elinder Ls
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL 2005;331(7528):1333-6

Lower serum levels of beta-carotene in Lithuanian men are accompanied by higher urinary excretion of the oxidative DNA adduct, 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine: The LiVicordia study
Kristenson M, Kucinskiene Z, Schafer-elinder L, Leanderson P, Tagesson C
NUTRITION 2003;19(1):11-5

Ultrasound determined carotid and femoral atherosclerosis in Lithuanian and Swedish men: the LiVicordia study
Kristenson M, Lassvik C, Bergdahl B, Kucinskiene Z, Aizieniene L, Bo Z, et al
ATHEROSCLEROSIS 2000;151(2):501-8

Antibodies against lysophosphatidylcholine and oxidized LDL in patients with SLE
Wu R, Svenungsson E, Gunnarsson I, Andersson B, Lundberg I, Elinder Ls, et al
LUPUS 1999;8(2):142-50

Antibodies to adult human endothelial cells cross-react with oxidized low-density lipoprotein and beta(2)- glycoprotein I (beta(2)-GPI) in systemic lupus erythematosus
Wu R, Svenungsson E, Gunnarsson I, Haegerstrand-gillis C, Andersson B, Lundberg I, et al
CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL IMMUNOLOGY 1999;115(3):561-6

Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) induces proinflammatory cytokines by a platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor-dependent mechanism
Huang Yh, Schafer-elinder L, Wu R, Claesson He, Frostegard J
CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL IMMUNOLOGY 1999;116(2):326-31

[Atherosclerosis not caused by overindulgence only. Infection may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease]
Schäfer Elinder L, Frostegård J
Lakartidningen 1998;95(19):2203-6

Lysophosphatidylcholine is involved in the antigenicity of oxidized LDL
Wu Rh, Huang Yh, Elinder Ls, Frostegard J
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THROMBOSIS AND VASCULAR BIOLOGY 1998;18(4):626-30

Antioxidant state and mortality from coronary heart disease in Lithuanian and Swedish men: Concomitant cross sectional study of men aged 50
Kristenson M, Zieden B, Kucinskiene Z, Elinder Ls, Bergdahl B, Elwing B, et al
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL 1997;314(7081):629-33

Cytokine-stimulatory properties of phospholipids and oxidized LDL are mediated by the PAF receptor
Elinder Ls, Huang Yh, Frostegard J
ATHEROSCLEROSIS 1997;134(1-2):283-283

Expression of phospholipase A(2) isoforms in human normal and atherosclerotic arterial wall
Elinder Ls, Dumitrescu A, Larsson P, Hedin U, Frostegard J, Claesson He
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THROMBOSIS AND VASCULAR BIOLOGY 1997;17(10):2257-63

The effect of probucol on low density lipoprotein oxidation and femoral atherosclerosis
Regnstrom J, Walldius G, Nilsson S, Elinder Ls, Johansson J, Molgaard J, et al
ATHEROSCLEROSIS 1996;125(2):217-29

EFFECT OF THE ANTIOXIDANT PROBUCOL ON TRANSPLANT ARTERIOSCLEROSIS IN AORTA ALLOGRAFTED RABBITS
Andersen Ho, Holm P, Nordestgaard Bg, Hansen Bf, Kjeldsen K, Elinder Ls, et al
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR CARDIOLOGY 1995;27(8):1561-71

LOWERING OF HDL(2B) BY PROBUCOL PARTLY EXPLAINS THE FAILURE OF THE DRUG TO AFFECT FEMORAL ATHEROSCLEROSIS IN SUBJECTS WITH HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - A PROBUCOL QUANTITATIVE REGRESSION SWEDISH TRIAL (PQRST) REPORT
Johansson J, Olsson Ag, Bergstrand L, Elinder Ls, Nilsson S, Erikson U, et al
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THROMBOSIS AND VASCULAR BIOLOGY 1995;15(8):1049-56

PROBUCOL TREATMENT DECREASES SERUM CONCENTRATIONS OF DIET-DERIVED ANTIOXIDANTS
Elinder Ls, Hadell K, Johansson J, Molgaard J, Holme I, Olsson Ag, et al
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THROMBOSIS AND VASCULAR BIOLOGY 1995;15(8):1057-63

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