This photo is from the small mountain village of Silvia, from a great tour on Sunday. The indigenous people gather here on Sundays.
I am now in Bogotá where I will be visiting Universidad del Rosario for two weeks.
I am epidemiologist. Epidemiology is the science of occurrence of diseases and other outcomes in the population. The derived knowledge is applied to diagnosis, prediction, prevention and treatment of disease.
Originally the focus of epidemiology was on infectious diseases and on effects of nutritious deficiencies. The main challenge in modern epidemiology is the “chronic" diseases, such as cardiovascular, cancer, autoimmune and neurological diseases. Many potential risk factors are affecting us throughout the life-course, contributing to different diseases.
We are at the beginning of a new era in which it will be possible to more closely disentangle the complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors. This will lead to a deeper understanding of disease aetiology and causal mechanisms leading to pathological conditions. This is what epidemiology is about.
Where I work
Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) annually awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and ranks as one of the world's leading medical universities, both in research and teaching. Karolinska Institutet is recognized as a strong player in epidemiological research, including gene-gene and gene-environment interaction.
Sweden has unique possibilities to perform top-quality epidemiological research, much due to the sophisticated Swedish Personal Identity number (PIN) system. It is possible to follow all individuals in the Swedish population from the womb to the grave by using a large collection of available registers, containing details concerning for instance health-related issues (including biological data in biobanks) and socio-economic situations. Generations are also linked via the Multi-Generation Register, providing further contextual background.
There have been registries of the entire population since decades. In addition to several national registries, such as the Total Population Register, the Cancer Register, the Medical Birth Register, the Hospital Discharge Register and the Causes of Death Register, Sweden has the world‘s largest twin registry (with information concerning multiple births since 1886), which is hosted by Karolinska Institutet. Sweden has also a number of National Quality Registries (to date around 120), each focusing on a specific disease or injury.
Current major academic assignments
"The future depends on what we do in the present" (Mahatma Ghandhi)
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" (Albert Einstein)
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change" (Charles Darwin)
"There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance" (Hippocrates)
"Which comes first, the hen (H) or the egg (O)" (Karl Popper)
"Number rules the universe" (Pythagoras)
"That which we must learn to do, we learn by doing" (Aristotle)
"Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself." (Chinese proverb)
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." (Albert Einstein)
Curious, persistent and empathetic.
I am a positive person - there is only possibilities.
I have ping pong-balls in my head; I am constantly trying to understand everyone (including myself) and everything.
It is a challenge to make up with the past, live in the moment and plan for the future. I am good at mindfulness - being in the moment. I am trying to live more, rather than just exist.
I love outdoor activities, especially skiing (backcountry and alpine skiing as well as all sorts of Nordic skiing), mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing and sea kayaking. I need to feel the wind in my face, out on the mountain, in contrast to my busy professional life. I love to travel, experience new cultures and new adventures.