About the Centre for Allergy Research

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The Centre for Allergy Research is a centre of excellence at Karolinska Institutet, operating on both national and regional levels to develop and support allergy research. The long term goal is to eradicate all symptoms of allergy and to improve quality of life for children and adults with allergies.

Our vision is that every child and adult should live a healthy life, symptom free of asthma and allergy

Asthma and allergies are the largest group of common diseases in Sweden, affecting almost a third of the population together. These diseases often make their debut at an early age and remain a life-long handicap for those afflicted. Furthermore, these chronic diseases are a huge burden to society, costing in the region of 75 billion SEK a year. The last few decades have seen improvements in treatment, however, despite these advances, a significant proportion of individuals with asthma and allergy are still unable to maintain control over their disease. There is a great need for new treatments and diagnostic methods in order to improve the lives of these individuals. Only through truly translational research between basic scientists and clinicians, may we achieve this. Thus, the CfA has brought together the leading research groups in Sweden within the field of allergy research and encompasses a multitude of disciplines, who have together contributed significantly to progress in all of these areas. With this world-class expertise and scientific competence, CfA has the potential to progress even further to achieve its aims.

CfA, an overview

Mission: To initiate and support research in order to increase knowledge about the causes of allergic disease and thus help to improve the care, treatment and prevention of asthma and allergy.

Background: The Centre for Allergy Research is a national centre of excellence at Karolinska Institutet, established in 1999 as a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm County Council and the Vårdal Foundation. 

Active research groups: more than 25

Number of members in the network: around 250

Number of departments at KI participating in CfA: 11 (of a total of 22)

Research disciplines: allergology, molecular biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, biostatistics, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, environmental medicine, genetics, neurology, lung medicine, ear-nose-throat medicine, dermatology, paediatrics, nursing, psychology, IT and more 


CfA is directed by Professor Sven-Erik Dahlén and Professor Gunilla Hedlin and is administered by the Institute of Environmental Medicine. Its offices are located at the Retzius Laboratory, Scheeles väg 1 at KI Campus Solna.

CfA Board of Directors

The CfA Board of Directors is chaired by Professor Carl-Johan Sundberg and meets several times a year. The Board has representatives from the Stockholm County Council, KI and patient organisations. 

The CfA Board of Directors currently consists of:

  • Professor Carl-Johan Sundberg, KI, chair
  • Professor Kai-Håkon Carlsen, Oslo University
  • Professor em Sabina Rak, Gothenburg University
  • Associate Professor Anders Ekblom, Stockholm
  • Ulf Brändström, Stockholm (Asthma and Allergy Foundation)
  • Anna Nergårdh, Stockholm County Council
  • Associate Professor Erik Melén, KI (Junior Faculty)
  • PhD student Katarina Lyberg, KI

CfA Steering Committee

 The CfA Steering Committee consists of the CfA directors, personnel and CfA researchers who represent different research areas. 

The Steering Committee consists of:

  • Sven-Erik Dahlén, Director
  • Gunilla Hedlin, Director Clinical Research
  • Catarina Almqvist Malmros
  • Mats Holmström
  • Ingvar Krakau
  • Gunnar Nilsson
  • Björn Nordlund
  • Jennifer Protudjer
  • Cilla Söderhäll
  • Roelinde Middelveld, Project Manager CfA



Sven-Erik Dahlen

Phone: 08-524 872 03
Organizational unit: Experimental asthma and allergy research
E-mail: Sven-Erik.Dahlen@ki.se


Professor Gunilla Hedlin

Dept. of Women's and Children's Health, and Astrid Lindgrens' Children Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital




Project manager

Roelinde Middelveld

Phone: 08-524 874 15
Organizational unit: Experimental asthma and allergy research
E-mail: Roelinde.Middelveld@ki.se