Research Units at IMM

Biochemical toxicology

The research is focused on cancer and involves risk assessment, mechanisms and prevention.


The unit is actively involved in the development and application of statistical methods that may help improve each and every step and thus contribute toward solving health problems.

Cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology

The primary objective of the scientific program is to understand the causal relations between nutrition, as well as other lifestyle factors and major chronic diseases. The aim is also to investigate mechanisms, find biomarkers and study risk factors that are involved in the pathogenesis of various inflammatory diseases.

Environmental epidemiology

The activities of the unit are focused on following major themes: Causes of asthma and allergy, Health effects of air pollution, Health risks related to noise, Molecular epidemiology and Health risk assessment.


The general objective of the research is to improve the understanding of the influence of environmental and lifestyle factors on the risk of disease, particularly cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Experimental asthma and allergy research

With a physiological and integrative approach the research is focused on mechanisms relevant to the occurrence, diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other diseases in which activation of mast cells has a central role.

Immunology and chronic disease

The research focuses om protective role and mechanisms of the natural, innate antibodies against oxidation-related epitopes on phospholipids; such as phosphorylcholine (PC) and others.

Integrative epidemiology

The main goal is to improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of ill health and disease, with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders, and cancer.

Integrative toxicology

Basic, mechanistic research in cell systems, over computer modeling and applied research with human volunteers to practical applications, and research to increase knowledge in occupationally and environmentally related diseases, risk factors and prevention.

Intervention and implementation research

The aim is to explore and understand the association between the working environment and health. The research focuses on prevention, rehabilitation and health economics.

Lung and airway research

The aim of the research is to increase knowledge of mechanisms behind different forms of environmental impact on host defense in chronic lung diseases.

Metals & health

The aim of the research is to identify toxic effects of metals, and further, to understand causal relationships between metal exposure and various diseases, and how susceptibility factors influence these relationships.

Molecular toxicology

The research aims to identify and characterize molecular and biochemical processes that are induced by exposure to toxic substances including engineered nanomaterials. We are also engaged in studies of the process of inflammation and in cancer research.

Occupational medicine

Identification and prevention of chemical, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial health risks in the work environment.

System toxicology

The aim of the research is to understand the interaction between environmental exposures, the immune system and human health.


The research focuses on implication of toxicology in different aspects of cancer biology, such as various cell death modalities, tumor cell metabolism as well as different protein degradation pathways.