About SFOepi

Internationally, the Nordic countries have been known as a "goldmine" for epidemiological research, particularly due to our systems of individually unique personal registration numbers, access to national demographic and health registries, and health care, predominantly funded by public sources, of high and uniform quality.

At Karolinska Institutet the epidemiological research is spread over several departments. The departments represented in the Executive Group of this strategic research initiative are the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Medicine, Solna, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society.

Researchers from these different departments are working together towards a common goal: to reduce the burden of disease in the community.
In order to achieve this goal we need to face the challenges that will be required due to the global demographic change that we face in the coming years. New epidemics, aging populations, and changes in climate, lifestyle and technology will have an impact on our health - effects that can already be sensed. We work to improve the condition of our health in the future.

Research themes

  • Human interaction with microorganisms
  • Molecular, genetic and clinical epidemiology: steps toward translational epidemiology
  • Lifespan approach to health and disease
Gunilla Sonnebring