Karin Modig

Karin Modig

Senior Lecturer | Docent
Telephone: +46852480153
Visiting address: Nobels väg 13, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: C6 Institutet för miljömedicin, C6 Epidemiologi Modig, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I finished my PhD at the Department of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet in Sep 2010. I did my postdoc at IMM and is currently Associate Professor in Epidemiology and senior Lecturer at the unit of Epidemiology at IMM. My research group, Ageing and Health, perform research about ageing, longevity and the health of the ageing population. I have worked for many years with the national population registers in Sweden and have an interest in the validity of these. I am a member of the steering group for SINGS (The Swedish INterdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-Based Research) and lecture about epidemiological methods and register based research both at graduate and post graduate level.
    I was appointed guest researcher at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany between 2016-2019, and I still have a close collaboration with the institute.


  • The overarching objective of my research endeavors is to comprehensively elucidate the determinants of increased longevity and assess the quality of extended lifespan. Our research encompasses methodological inquiries concerning the utilization of Swedish register data for the study of age-related illnesses. Recognizing aging as a multifaceted and cross-cutting concern, my research strategy incorporates close collaboration with clinicians representing diverse specialties, statisticians, and demographers. Our predominant methodology involves extensive quantitative analysis, characterized by longitudinal investigations and trend analyses. However, recently we have also incorporated qualitative studies either to generate hypotheses or to further understand some of the findings observed from quantitative observational studies.

    I am main supervisor for PhD student Yuge Zhang https://ki.se/en/people/yuge-zhang
    I am co-supervisor for PhD students:
    Katarina Greve
    Hanne Erliner
    Eric Chen
    Hanna Bring

    I am supervisor of postdocs:
    Stina Ek
    Mozhu Ding
    Shunsuke Murata
    Alexandra Wennberg


  • I see teaching and supervision as a natural and important part of being a researcher at a university. Teaching and course directing represents around 30% of my time. I have more than 700 lecture hours in total. In addition to this comes supervision of master students and PhD-students.
    I am currently primarily involved in two educational programs as course director and teacher, the Swedish INterdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-Based Research (SINGS) http://ki.se/en/education/swedish-interdisciplinary-graduate-school-in-register-based-research, and the master program in Public Health Sciences at KI https://education.ki.se/programme-syllabus/4FH19
    In SINGS I am co-director and a member of the steering committee which means that I take a large part in organizing and planning the research school, its courses, and content. I am the course director for three courses within the research school, “Using data from Swedish registers for research purposes”, “Analyses of bias” and “Longitudinal methods”, each 1.5 higher education credits. The main coordinator for SINGS is Anita Berglund, with whom I collaborate closely with.
    In the master program in Public Health I am course director of a 7.5 credit course in the Master in public health at KI, “Epidemiological Methods for studying determinants of Health”. This involves panning the course and setting up its syllabus and curriculum, co-ordinate the content of the course with the other courses in the program, give lectures, seminars and set up as well as correct the examinations. The course has around 50 international students every year.
    In addition to the above-described teaching activities I regularly lecture about epidemiology, study design, methods, registers and more at several educational programs. I also regularly supervise master students for their theses.
    Subject area competence: Epidemiology and epidemiological methods, Swedish registers and register based research, cohort studies, public health.


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  • Senior Lecturer, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2015
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2010


  • Karolina Gustavsson, Muti-omics of aging and risk for dementia, 2024
  • Eric Chen, How are heart failure patients diagnosed and treated in primary care? To what extent are treatment recommendations followed for older multi-diseased heart failure patients? A mixed-methods project in Swedish primary care, 2023
  • Hanna Bring, Potentially preventable emergency department visits in frail older patients in Region Stockholm: trigger factors and variations between primary care practices, 2022
  • Yuge Zhang, Determinants of- and pathways to an exceptionally long life. Analyses of centenarians and non-centenarians in relation to biomarkers, health profiles and disease trajectories.
  • Ehrlinder Hanne, Förmaksflimmer: Risker och vinster med antikoagulation hos äldre
  • Katarina Greve, Hip Fractures in an Aging Population

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