About the Centre for Allergy Research
The Centre for Allergy Research is a centre of excellence at Karolinska Institutet, operating on both national and regional levels to develop and support allergy research. The long term goal is to eradicate all symptoms of allergy and to improve quality of life for children and adults with allergies.
Our vision is that every child and adult should live a healthy life, symptom free of asthma and allergy
Asthma and allergies are the largest group of common diseases in Sweden, affecting almost a third of the population together. These diseases often make their debut at an early age and remain a life-long handicap for those afflicted. Furthermore, these chronic diseases are a huge burden to society, costing in the region of 75 billion SEK a year. The last few decades have seen improvements in treatment, however, despite these advances, a significant proportion of individuals with asthma and allergy are still unable to maintain control over their disease. There is a great need for new treatments and diagnostic methods in order to improve the lives of these individuals. Only through truly translational research between basic scientists and clinicians, may we achieve this. Thus, the CfA has brought together the leading research groups in Sweden within the field of allergy research and encompasses a multitude of disciplines, who have together contributed significantly to progress in all of these areas. With this world-class expertise and scientific competence, CfA has the potential to progress even further to achieve its aims.
CfA, an overview
Mission: To initiate and support research in order to increase knowledge about the causes of allergic disease and thus help to improve the care, treatment and prevention of asthma and allergy.
Background: The Centre for Allergy Research is a national centre of excellence at Karolinska Institutet, established in 1999 as a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm County Council and the Vårdal Foundation.
Active research groups: more than 25
Number of members in the network: around 250
Number of departments at KI participating in CfA: 11 (of a total of 22)
Research disciplines: allergology, molecular biology, biochemistry, epidemiology, biostatistics, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, environmental medicine, genetics, neurology, lung medicine, ear-nose-throat medicine, dermatology, paediatrics, nursing, psychology, IT and more
CfA is directed by Professor Sven-Erik Dahlén and Professor Gunilla Hedlin and is administered by the Institute of Environmental Medicine. Its offices are located at the Retzius Laboratory, Scheeles väg 1 at KI Campus Solna.
CfA Board of Directors
The CfA Board of Directors is chaired by Professor Carl-Johan Sundberg. The Board has representatives from the Stockholm County Council, KI and patient organisations.
CfA Steering Committee
The CfA Steering Committee consists of the CfA directors, personnel and CfA researchers who represent different research areas.
Primary Care Network
CfA coordinates the activities within the Primary Care Network, Allergy Centre Stockholm. The Allergy Centre Stockholm gives support to primary care centres in the Stockholm area regarding the care of patients with asthma and allergies. The aim is to improve the care of those patients, as well as to support the primary care centres in their work with the follow-up of the quality of their care, and to encourage collaboration between primary and specialist care. Read more about the Allergy Centre Stockholm here.
CfA organises seminars on a regular basis, around 1-2 per month, on a range of topics. The seminars have the intention to keep everyone up-to-date on the latest research findings and are a meeting place for researchers. Keep an eye on the CfA calender and CfA newsletter for upcoming seminars. More about the CfA seminars here.
PhD student and Postdoc Network
The CfA PhD student and postdoc network organises activities aimed at PhD students and postdocs in the fields of allergy and asthma. More information is available here.
Professor Gunilla Hedlin
Dept. of Women's and Children's Health, and Astrid Lindgrens' Children Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital