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About me

Head of unit (2017) and deputy head of department (2018)

Professor of Epidemiology with focus on nutrition and toxicology, 2015

Senior Lecturer; Epidemiology, 2013

Associate professor; Nutritional Epidemiology, 2007

PhD; Environmental Medicine, 2000

Research description

The overall aim of our research is to increase knowledge on how diet, lifestyle and environmental pollutants affect our health. We combine epidemiological research with expertise in nutrition, toxicology and environmental medicine. By establishing this new area of research, we can further improve the understanding of factors of importance for the prevention of major chronic diseases and for sustainability.

Selected publications

Persistent Organochlorine Pollutants in Plasma, Blood Pressure, and Hypertension in a Longitudinal Study. Donat-Vargas C, Åkesson A, Tornevi A, Wennberg M, Sommar J, Kiviranta H, et al Hypertension 2018 06;71(6):1258-1268

Dietary polychlorinated biphenyls, long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and incidence of malignant melanoma. Donat-Vargas C, Berglund M, Glynn A, Wolk A, Åkesson A Eur. J. Cancer 2017 02;72():137-143

Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology-Nutritional Epidemiology (STROBE-nut): An Extension of the STROBE Statement. Lachat C, Hawwash D, Ocké MC, Berg C, Forsum E, Hörnell A, et al PLoS Med. 2016 06;13(6):e1002036

Low-risk diet and lifestyle habits in the primary prevention of myocardial infarction in men: a population-based prospective cohort study. Akesson A, Larsson SC, Discacciati A, Wolk A J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014 Sep;64(13):1299-306

Dietary exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls is associated with increased risk of stroke in women. Bergkvist C, Kippler M, Larsson SC, Berglund M, Glynn A, Wolk A, et al J. Intern. Med. 2014 Sep;276(3):248-59

Non-renal effects and the risk assessment of environmental cadmium exposure. Åkesson A, Barregard L, Bergdahl IA, Nordberg GF, Nordberg M, Skerfving S Environ. Health Perspect. 2014 May;122(5):431-8

Ascorbic acid supplements and kidney stone incidence among men: a prospective study. Thomas LD, Elinder CG, Tiselius HG, Wolk A, Akesson A JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar;173(5):386-8

Dietary cadmium exposure and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer: a population-based prospective cohort study. Julin B, Wolk A, Bergkvist L, Bottai M, Akesson A Cancer Res. 2012 Mar;72(6):1459-66

Long-term cadmium exposure and the association with bone mineral density and fractures in a population-based study among women. Engström A, Michaëlsson K, Suwazono Y, Wolk A, Vahter M, Akesson A J. Bone Miner. Res. 2011 Mar;26(3):486-95

Long-term dietary cadmium intake and postmenopausal endometrial cancer incidence: a population-based prospective cohort study. Akesson A, Julin B, Wolk A Cancer Res. 2008 Aug;68(15):6435-41

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