Strategic Research Programme in Epidemiology
Internationally, the Nordic countries have been known as a "goldmine" for epidemiological research, particularly due to our systems of individually unique personal registration numbers, access to national demographic and health registries, and health care, predominantly funded by public sources, of high and uniform quality. Karolinska Institutet's vision is to further develop and integrate the unique resources for epidemiological research in Sweden such as biobanks, longitudinal cohorts, and newly available data sources such as computerized patient systems, the multigeneration- and prescription registries.
The strategic research programme in Epidemiology will be the necessary third leg of the scientific tripod of medical research - basic sciences, epidemiology, and clinical research. Its mission is to identify associations between exposures and adverse health outcomes on the population level leading to the formulation of new etiological hypotheses; to be a bridge between basic science and the clinic in order to improve the understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms in etiological research; to test etiological hypotheses forwarded in the basic sciences on the human population level; to identify both primary and secondary prevention strategies; and to evaluate different interventions both with regards to efficacy and safety.
The ultimate goal is to face new challenges necessitated by the demographic transformations that will occur globally in the forthcoming years. New epidemics, aging of populations, changes in climate, lifestyles and new technologies will impact on health, the effects of which are already detectable.
- Human interaction with microorganisms
- Molecular, genetic and clinical epidemiology: steps toward translational epidemiology
- Lifespan approach to health and disease
Current events at SFO epi.
Sfo is constantly working on and planning interesting events to promote coorporation between the different epidemiology units at Karolinska Institutet.
The next one is a workshop on epidemiologic research on inflammatory diseases.