Catarina Almqvist Malmros

Catarina Almqvist Malmros

Professor/Senior Physician | Docent
Telephone: +46852482220
Visiting address: Nobels väg 12a, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C8 Medicinsk epidemiologi och biostatistik, C8 MEB Almqvist, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Current positions
    - Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet
    - Consultant Pediatrician, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital

    Current commissions of trust
    - Chair, Swedish Twin Registry National Steering Committee
    - Director, Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (SFOepi) at Karolinska Institutet
    - Chair, Research and Education (FoUU-ansvarig), ME/OO2 Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital
    - Vice chair, Karolinska Institutet Nomination Assembly
    - Member, KI/Region Stockholm research council (Forskningsrådet)


  • The major theme of my research is to assess early causes and consequences for asthma, allergic and respiratory diseases in childhood and adolescence, and to study co-morbidity with other common disorders.

    We use information on diagnoses, medication and clinical data from the national health care linked to sociodemographic information. We are especially interested in understanding causality for the associations, especially the role of genes and environment, and use advanced family and twin design. We also address genetic susceptibility (genome-wide association, GWAS and polygenic risk scores) based on clinical twin cohorts. We have large national and international collaborations and contribute towards several consortias.

    To understand more about associations between asthma and anxiety, we have also run clinical trials to investigate treatment of anxiety-related asthma with cognitive behaviour therapy,

    More information can be found on the following websites

  • - Appeasing the wheezing
    - STOPPA
    - Born into Life
    - MANTRA

    Main supervisor of 7 doctoral students who have defended their PhD thesis.
    Co-supervisor of 9 doctoral students who have defended their PhD thesis.
    Current or previous supervisor of 14 post-docs.


  • Main supervisor (14) and co-supervisor (23) for exjobb- and master students in the medical, biomedicine and public health sciences programs 2010-2023. Formal mentor for several doctoral students who defended their thesis 2019-2023.


All other publications



  • Professor/Senior Physician, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, 2013-

Degrees and Education

  • Board certified specialist in Pediatric Allergology, National Board of Health and Welfare, 2020
  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2010
  • Board certified specialist in Pediatrics, National Board of Health and Welfare, 2008
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2002
  • Board certified medical doctor, National Board of Health and Welfare, 1995
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 1993

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Director, Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (SFOepi, Karolinska Institute, 2024-
  • Vice chair, Nomination assembly, Karolinska Institute, 2024-
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Swedish Twin Registry, Karolinska Institute, 2023-
  • Deputy chair, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2019-2021
  • Deputy chair (2022) and executive member, Committee for research, Karolinska Institute, 2019-2022
  • Chair, Research and Education (FoUU) for ME/OO2 ‘Högspecialiserad barnsjukvård, Tema Barn’ at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital, 2017-


  • Örtqvist Anne, Early life origins of asthma - Genetic and environmental factors in twin and kin, 2015
  • Vilhelmina Ullemar, Transmitted and acquired determinants for childhood asthma - from genes to teens, 2016
  • Tong Gong, Epidemiological studies of asthma and neurodevelopmental disorders in children, 2016
  • Rejnö Gustaf, Asthma, anxiety and depression in pregnancy - the impact on pregnancy, delivery and perinatal outcomes, 2018
  • Cecilia Lundholm, Causes and consequences of stress and tobacco exposure in utero on birth size, asthma and academic achievement, 2021
  • Awad Smew, Epidemiological aspects of Type 1 diabetes - early life origins, childhood comorbidities, and adult outcomes, 2023
  • Emma Caffrey Osvald, Appeasing the wheezing: the determinants and outcomes of respiratory disease in childhood, 2024

Committee work

  • Member, KI/Region Stockholm Research council, 2023
  • Member, Regional Ethical Review Board in Stockholm, Sweden, 2017-2019

Editorial work

  • Clinical and Experimental Allergy, Associate editor, 2017-2020

Other expert reviewer/evaluation assignment

  • Evaluator of research applications in national competition, Finnish Research Council, Academy of Finland, 2023
  • Evaluator of research applications in international competition, Expert evaluator of scientific applications, European Commission, 2019
  • Evaluator of major research grant applications in local competition, Grants and positions, Karolinska Institute, 2013

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