Paediatrics - Inger Kull

The overall focus in the research group is to identify factors of importance for improved care of allergic disease, with a special focus on severe disease, gender differences, and the transition from childhood to adulthood.

A strength of the research is the possibility to combine quantitative methods, based on advanced statistical analyses, with qualitative methods, such as focus group interviews. The research is performed in a multidisciplinary environment, with a mix of researchers, pre- and post-doctoral students from various research fields, and clinically active health care professionals.

Research group leader

Inger Kull


Group members

Maria Ödling, PhD-student, Specialist nurse

Susanne Lundin, PhD-student, Specialist nurse

Charlotta Flodström, MD, PhD-student

Niklas Andersson, Statistician

Marina Jonsson, PhD, Specialist nurse

Elin Dahlén, Post doc, Pharmacist

Ann-Charlotte Sundqvist, Specialist nurse, Research nurse


The group have established extensive national and international collaborations in the asthma and allergy field.


BAMSE – a population-based cohort

A part of the research is based on data from the birth cohort BAMSE (Children, Allergy, Environment, in Stockholm, an epidemiological study). The cohort was initially designed to study risk factors for asthma, allergic diseases and lung function in childhood, and to study factors of importance for prognosis at already established disease. The ongoing cohort have followed the participants since birth with repeated follow-ups, and the latest follow-up were at 24 years of age. PIs Erik Melén, Anna Bergström and Inger Kull. Web page BAMSE Project.

Asthma in adolescents and young adults – with focus on the transition process

The focus is on adolescents and young adults with asthma – in relation to severity of disease, healthcare and pharmacological treatment during the transition process. The overall purpose of the projects is to identify factors that are important for improved care of adolescents and young adults with asthma.

Eczema- Treatment and consequences

The overall aim of the research is to achieve increased knowledge about treatment and consequence of eczema from childhood to adulthood. This will be examined in relation to different phenotypes of eczema, using data from questionnaires, clinical examinations, individual interviews and with data from regional and national registers.

Perinatal dietary interventions and allergic outcome in the child – long term follow-ups and transgenerational effects

The overall purpose of the project is to evaluate the importance of food allergen exposure during the last trimester and the development of allergic diseases during childhood to early adulthood. Furthermore, to evaluate the development of allergic diseases over three generations. The follow up is based on data from questionnaires, clinical examinations and analysis of IgE - sensitization in blood tests. 

Research support

Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association

The Swedish Research Council


Prevalence of severe childhood asthma according to the WHO.
Nordlund B, Melén E, Schultz ES, Grönlund H, Hedlin G, Kull I
Respir Med 2014 Aug;108(8):1234-7

Asthma during adolescence impairs health-related quality of life.
Jonsson M, Bergström A, Egmar AC, Hedlin G, Lind T, Kull I
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract ;4(1):144-6.e2

Medicine use and disease control among adolescents with asthma.
Dahlén E, Wettermark B, Bergström A, Jonsson EW, Almqvist C, Kull I
Eur. J. Clin. Pharmacol. 2016 Mar;72(3):339-47

"Healthcare seems to vary a lot": A focus group study among parents of children with severe allergy.
Lagercrantz B, Persson Å, Kull I
J Asthma 2017 Sep;54(7):672-678

Experiences of Daily Life Among Adolescents With Asthma - A Struggle With Ambivalence.
Jonsson M, Schuster M, Protudjer JLP, Bergström A, Egmar AC, Kull I
J Pediatr Nurs ;35():23-29

Does asthma affect school performance in adolescents? Results from the Swedish population-based birth cohort BAMSE.
Nilsson S, Ödling M, Andersson N, Bergström A, Kull I
Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2018 03;29(2):174-179

Use of emollients and topical glucocorticoids among adolescents with eczema: data from the population-based birth cohort BAMSE.
Lundin S, Wahlgren CF, Bergström A, Johansson EK, Dahlén E, Andersson N, et al
Br. J. Dermatol. 2018 09;179(3):709-716

Milk and egg intervention during pregnancy and allergic disease in offspring up to 30 years of age.
Flodström C, Bergström A, Nopp A, Lilja G, Kull I
Allergy 2019 02;74(2):402-405

Characterization of asthma in the adolescent population.
Ödling M, Andersson N, Ekström S, Melén E, Bergström A, Kull I
Allergy 2018 08;73(8):1744-1746

Lost in the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare? Experiences of young adults with severe asthma.
Ödling M, Jonsson M, Janson C, Melén E, Bergström A, Kull I
J Asthma 2019 Jul;():1-9