Current research

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As our name suggests, the main focus for our research are epidemiology and biostatistics. Within these two areas of research, our researchers study a wide range of medical issues and biostatistical analysis and methodology. If you want to read more, below you find a brief description of a selection of current areas and research projects.

There are many more ongoing projects in the department, and if you are interested in a particular area, you can always contact our researchers to find out more. Please note that some projects can be found in several areas of research and that information about completed projects can be found on a separate page. Some projects may have a Swedish only web page.

Ageing

Researcher: Nancy Pedersen

Researcher: Sara Hägg

Biostatistics

The MEB Biostatistics Group is involved in a wide variety of research projects, including population-based cohort and case-control studies, twin and family studies, survival analyses, predictive modeling, molecular and genetic epidemiology, and bioinformatics and high-throughput data analyses.

Cancer epidemiology

Researcher: Hans-Olov Adami

Researchers: Hans-Olov Adami and Kamila Czene

Researchers: Hans-Olov Adami and Weimin Ye

Researcher: Lisen Arnheim Dahlström

Researcher: Katarina Bälter

  • Lifestyle factors and prostate cancer: A project to study the importance of modifiable lifestyle factors for prevention of prostate cancer as well as for survival after a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Researcher: Kamila Czene

Researcher: Fang Fang

Researcher: Henrik Grönberg

Researcher: Per Hall

  • The Karma project: The study aims to reduce the mortality and incidence of breast cancer by focusing on prevention.

Researcher: Mats Lambe

Researcher: Olof Nyrén

Researcher: Pär Sparén

Researcher: Weimin Ye

Children's health

Researcher: Sven Sandin

  • RECAP: A European project combining cohorts of children born pre-term, examining factors predictive for risk and short and long term outcome

Climate epidemiology

Researcher: Katarina Bälter

  • Sustainable lifestyle: We are studying the link between food habits, intake of nutrients, greenhouse gas emission and health related markers.

Cohort studies

Researcher: Nancy Pedersen

  • LifeGene: The projects aim to provide new knowledge about our most common diseases and health problems.

Researcher: Sven Sandin

  • RECAP: A European project combining cohorts of children born pre-term, examining factors predictive for risk and short and long term outcome
  • Women's Lifestyle and Health: A study focusing on cancer, cardiovascular diseases and some chronic diseases.

Genetics/genomics

Researcher: Christina Hultman​

  • The BROAD study: A population-based case-control genetic study of schizophrenia

Researcher: Mikael Landén

  • ANGI: A genetic study about Anorexia Nervosa. (In Swedish)

Researcher: Patrick Sullivan

  • GAPS: A national genetic epidemiology consortium

Gastroenterology

Researcher: Jonas Ludvigsson

  • ESPRESSO: "Epidemiology Strengthened by histoPathology Reports in Sweden" constitutes a novel approach to examine the aetiology and prognosis of gastrointestinal (GI) disease.
  • IBD Alliance: The IBD Alliance at the Karolinska Institutet/Hospital is a network of physicians and researchers (physicians/non-physicians) interested in IBD with the aim to promote the interaction between clinical care and research.

Infections

Researcher: Lisen Arnheim Dahlström

Researcher: Katarina Bälter

  • LIME: A population-based cohort study on lifestyle factors (physical activity, diet, supplements, sleep) and susceptibility to infections.

Molecular epidemiology

Researcher: Sara Hägg

Researcher: Weimin Ye

The microbiome and risk of cancer in the stomach: A study focusing on H. pylori genotypic variation as a predictor of carcinogenicity.

Neurodegenerative diseases

Researcher: Nancy Pedersen

Researchers: Weimin Ye/Fang Fang​

Nutrition

Researcher: Katarina Bälter

Psychiatric epidemiology

Researcher: Cynthia Bulik

Researcher: Fang Fang 

Researcher: Christina Hultman 

 Researcher: Mikael Landén

  • ANGI: A genetic study about Anorexia Nervosa. (In Swedish)
  • PREFECT: A study about electroconvulsive therapy. (In Swedish)

Researchers: Sven Sandin/Christina Hultman

  • PAGES: A study trying to understand the genetic and environmental factors explaining the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 Researcher: Patrick Sullivan

Researcher: Sven Sandin

  • Women's lifestyle and health: a large study focusing on health outcomes such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and some chronic diseases.

Twin studies

Researchers: Hans-Olov Adami/Kamila Czene

Researcher: Paul Lichtenstein 

Researcher: Nancy Pedersen

Women's and children's health

Researcher: Catarina Almqvist Malmros

Researchers: Anastasia Nyman, Sara Öberg and Carolyn Cesta 

  • UppStART: A prospective cohort study of couples undergoing infertility treatment.

Researcher: Sven Sandin​

  • Women's lifestyle and health: WLH is a large study focusing on health outcomes such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and some chronic diseases.
AgeingBiostatisticsCancer and OncologyEpidemiologyGastroenterology and HepatologyGeneticsNeurodegenerative diseasesNutritionPsychiatryTwin research