Lectures and seminars

Plenary talk Professor Emeritus Olli S Miettinen “On Excellence of Epidemiologic Academia”

2018-02-2314:00 to 15:00 Wallenbergsalen, Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, Campus SolnaCampus Solna


Presentation slides

Exemplary excellence is expected of the epidemiologic segment of this august Institute. To measure up to this expectation, the academics within this segment of the KI need a tenable conception of what in principle constitutes excellence of epidemiologic academia. This need is now made quite pressing -- and challenging -- by the fact that epidemiologic academia at large now is seriously confused and conflicted about its conceptual underpinnings, starting from the very essence of epidemiology -- the confusion deepened by the recent, broad-based entry of 'clinical epidemiology' into medical academia. Once having successfully dealt with this pressing challenge -- that is, upon the epidemiologic segment of the KI medical faculty having reached a tenable conception of the excellence that is to characterize its prospective education and research -- another orientational challenge flows from this: the need to gain a tenable conception of the leadership functions that flow as obligations of the nobility of excellence in the conceptual fundamentals of epidemiologic academia. My proposals for these fundamentals of epidemiologic academia I outline in this lecture -- culminating in my vision of the epidemiologic segment of the KI leading the development and maintenance of a global inter-institutional program of research for the development of the requisite, scientific knowledge-base of medicine -- clinical medicine as well as community medicine. 


Olli S Miettinen, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

About the speaker

Olli S Miettinen was born in Finland in 1936. He obtained his MD from the University of Helsinki and the MPH and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health from 1974 to 1986, and a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health and at the Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1985 to 2016. He is the author of several textbooks and a veteran of extensive teaching internationally. For further information, please see an interview by James A. Hanley published in Epidemiology 2012;23:495-99 (full interview available here) and the paper by Dr. Miettinen in European Journal of Epidemiology in 2017


This plenary talk is organized with financial support from the Strategic Research Program in Epidemiology (SFO Epi) at Karolinska Institutet, the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet and SINGS (the Swedish Interdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-based Research within SIMSAM).

Light refreshments are served after the talk.

Organizers: Anders Ahlbom and Anita Berglund, Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet



No registration is required.

Contact person: Anita Berglund