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Anna Bergström

Researcher

About me

  • Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM)
  • Deputy Head at IMM
  • Head at the unit of Environmental Epidemiology, IMM
  • Co-PI of the BAMSE birth cohort

Research description

My research aims to advance the knowledge on how environmental and nutritional factors influence health during the first decades of life, in particular development of asthma and allergies. The majority of the research is conducted within the prospective cohort BAMSE where 4,089 children have been followed repeatedly from infancy (1994-1996).  Extensive information on exposures and health are available from questionnaires, clinical examinations and blood samples. We have recently completed a follow-up of the participants at 24 years of age.

My research focus on health effects of second hand tobacco smoke, indoor environment, obesity and diet. The overall aim is to identify environmental and nutritional factors that can be targeted for disease prevention efforts in patients with asthma and allergies, as well as in the general population. Health risk assessment is an important part of the activity of the research group.

 

Financing

  • The Swedish Research Council (VR)
  • The Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte)
  • The Swedish Research Council Formas
  • Region Stockholm (ALF)
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Teaching portfolio

  • Supervisor of PhD and Master students
  • Teaching master students in toxicology

Education

  • Associate professor in epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2013
  • Post doc fellow at the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, US, 2001-2002
  • PhD in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2001
  • BA in Journalism, Stockholm University. 1992
  • BSc in Biology, Uppsala University, 1991
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