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About me

  • Post-doc researcher in Perinatal Epidemiology, Olof Stephansson's group
  • Specialist doctor in Paediatrics, Astrid Lindgren Childrens' Hospital
  • Former director of studies at the KI/SLL Research School in Epidemiology for Clinicians (generation 11, 2012-2014)


2018             Specialist in Paediatic Medicine, Karolinska Hospital

2011             Doctoral degree (PhD) in Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

2005             Licensed Physician

2001             Medical degree, Karolinska Institiutet

Research description

I work mainly on register-based studies of perinatal risk-factors and outcomes, focusing on near-term and term newborn infants. Specifically, I perform diagnostic studies of the routine examination of newborn infants and cohort studies of neonatal hypoglycaemia treated at the well-baby clinic. As a side-track I am also working with studies on paediatric gastroenterology and neonatal seizures.

I have a great interest in pedagogy and teaching. I still teach at the KI/SLL Research School in Epidemiology and I have organized several epidemiology courses of different formats for other post-graduate students. I am part of the research school steering group, reading applications to the school every year. I also teach medical students at Karolinska Institutet on a regular basis. For the future, I am interested in creating e-learning courses and I have recently taken a course in Open Network Learning.

 I have been visiting professor at Humanitas University in Milan, Italy 2015-2016. This cooperation has led to one manuscript so far. I am also cooperating with SDA Bocconi School of Management and Milano-Bicocca University in Milan. Among other things, I have taught epidemiology at the SDA Bocconi Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP), an international leadership course for physicians at Humanitas/Bocconi and to the medical students at Humanitas. 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2014: Awarded the SLL Postdoktor grant at 50% duty for 4 years


Durations of second stage of labor and pushing, and adverse neonatal outcomes: a population-based cohort study
Sandström A, Altman M, Cnattingius S, Johansson S, Ahlberg M, Stephansson O
Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2017;37(3):236-242

Early Provision of Mother's Own Milk and Other Predictors of Successful Breast Milk Feeding after Very Preterm Birth: A Regional Observational Study
Wilson E, Christensson K, Brandt L, Altman M, Bonamy Ak
Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association 2015;31(3):393-400

Perinatal conditions related to growth restriction and inflammation are associated with an increased risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Eriksson L, Haglund B, Odlind V, Altman M, Ewald U, Kieler H
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 2015;104(3):259-63

Prolonged second stage of labor is associated with low Apgar score
Altman M, Sandström A, Petersson G, Frisell T, Cnattingius S, Stephansson O
European journal of epidemiology 2015;30(11):1209-15

[23 physicians comments on circumcision of small boys: The Swedish Medical Association should take a more humble approach]
Altman M, Altman D, Fischler B, Björkstén B, Bruchfeld A, Böhm F, et al
Lakartidningen 2014;111(11):494-5

Maternal overweight and obesity in early pregnancy and risk of infant mortality: a population based cohort study in Sweden
Johansson S, Villamor E, Altman M, Bonamy Ak, Granath F, Cnattingius S
BMJ (Clinical research ed.) 2014;349():g6572-

Prenatal inflammatory risk factors for development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Eriksson L, Haglund B, Odlind V, Altman M, Kieler H
Pediatric pulmonology 2014;49(7):665-72

Risk factors for acute respiratory morbidity in moderately preterm infants
Altman M, Vanpée M, Cnattingius S, Norman M
Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology 2013;27(2):172-81

Cause-specific infant mortality in a population-based Swedish study of term and post-term births: the contribution of gestational age and birth weight
Altman M, Edstedt Bonamy Ak, Wikström Ak, Cnattingius S
BMJ open 2012;2(4):-

Neonatal Morbidity in Moderately Preterm Infants: A Swedish National Population-Based Study
Altman M, Vanpee M, Cnattingius S, Norman M
JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS 2011;158(2):239-44.e1

Moderately preterm infants and determinants of length of hospital stay
Altman M, Vanpee M, Cnattingius S, Norman M

Shorter hospital stay for moderately preterm infants
Altman M, Vanpee M, Bendito A, Norman M
ACTA PAEDIATRICA 2006;95(10):1228-33

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