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About me

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Researcher at Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine


  • Postdoc, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, 2007
  • PhD in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2006
  • Lic Med in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2005
  • MSc in Nutrition, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, 2002

Research description

My research is aimed at improving the understanding of the etiology of cardiovascular diseases and other aging-related diseases, using epidemiologic and genetic epidemiologic approaches. 



  • Swedish Research Council (VR)
  • Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden)
  • Swedish Stroke Association (STROKE-Riksförbundet)
  • Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte)
  • Strategic Research Area in Epidemiology (SfoEpi) at Karolinska Institutet
  • Karolinska Institutet Research Foundations


Selected publications

Genetic risk, incident stroke, and the benefits of adhering to a healthy lifestyle: cohort study of 306 473 UK Biobank participants.
Rutten-Jacobs L, Larsson S, Malik R, Rannikmäe K, , , et al
BMJ 2018 Oct;363():k4168

Serum magnesium levels and risk of coronary artery disease: Mendelian randomisation study.
Larsson S, Burgess S, Michaëlsson K
BMC Med 2018 05;16(1):68

Nut consumption and incidence of seven cardiovascular diseases.
Larsson S, Drca N, Björck M, Bäck M, Wolk A
Heart 2018 Oct;104(19):1615-1620

Modifiable pathways in Alzheimer's disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis.
Larsson S, Traylor M, Malik R, Dichgans M, Burgess S, Markus H, et al
BMJ 2017 12;359():j5375

Association of Genetic Variants Related to Serum Calcium Levels With Coronary Artery Disease and Myocardial Infarction.
Larsson S, Burgess S, Michaëlsson K
JAMA 2017 Jul;318(4):371-380

Type 2 diabetes, glucose, insulin, BMI, and ischemic stroke subtypes: Mendelian randomization study.
Larsson S, Scott R, Traylor M, Langenberg C, Hindy G, Melander O, et al
Neurology 2017 Aug;89(5):454-460

Stenting for symptomatic vertebral artery stenosis: The Vertebral Artery Ischaemia Stenting Trial.
Markus H, Larsson S, Kuker W, Schulz U, Ford I, Rothwell P, et al
Neurology 2017 Sep;89(12):1229-1236

Overall and abdominal obesity and incident aortic valve stenosis: two prospective cohort studies.
Larsson S, Wolk A, Håkansson N, Bäck M
Eur. Heart J. 2017 Jul;38(28):2192-2197

Alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation: a prospective study and dose-response meta-analysis.
Larsson S, Drca N, Wolk A
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014 Jul;64(3):281-9

Chocolate consumption and risk of stroke in women.
Larsson S, Virtamo J, Wolk A
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2011 Oct;58(17):1828-9

Vitamin B6 and risk of colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis of prospective studies.
Larsson S, Orsini N, Wolk A
JAMA 2010 Mar;303(11):1077-83

Magnesium intake in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in women.
Larsson S, Bergkvist L, Wolk A
JAMA 2005 Jan;293(1):86-9

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2017: Member of AcademiaNet-Outstanding Female Academics (nominated by the Swedish Research Council)

2015: Junior faculty award from the Institute of Environmental Medicine

2012: Junior faculty award from the Institute of Environmental Medicine

2012: Strategic young scholar award in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet

2011: Research award from Karolinska Institutet, senior researcher (2-year position)

2008: Research award from Karolinska Institutet, assistant professorship (4-year position)

2007: Postdoc research award from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

2007: Dimitris N. Chorafas Prize from D. N. Chorafas Foundation for the best PhD thesis of 2006 at Karolinska Institutet 



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