Catarina Almqvist Malmros

Catarina Almqvist Malmros

Professor/senior physician

About me

Current position and commissions of trust

  • Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, KI
  • Consultant Pediatrician, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital
  • Deputy head of department and member of Executive committee MEB, KI
  • Faculty representative Committee for Research, KI

Research description

The major theme of my research has been in assessing early risks and consequences for asthma and other diseases in childhood and adolescence, as well as co-morbidity between disease groups. The research is focused towards combining register-based information with experimental and clinical data, using advanced family and twin design. We also run clinical trials to investigate treatment of anxiety-related asthma with cognitive behaviour therapy, and have large national and international collaborations.

Research projects

Five selected publications

Antibiotics in fetal and early life and subsequent childhood asthma: nationwide population based study with sibling analysis. Örtqvist AK, Lundholm C, Kieler H, Ludvigsson JF, Fall T, Ye W, Almqvist C.  BMJ 2014 Nov;349():g6979

Early Exposure to Dogs and Farm Animals and the Risk of Childhood Asthma. Fall T, Lundholm C, Örtqvist AK, Fall K, Fang F, Hedhammar Å, Kämpe O, Ingelsson E, Almqvist C. JAMA Pediatr 2015 Nov;169(11):e153219

Shared genetic origin of asthma, hay fever and eczema elucidates allergic disease biology. Ferreira MA, Vonk JM, Baurecht H, Marenholz I, Tian C, Hoffman JD, et al Nat. Genet. 2017 Dec;49(12):1752-1757

Longitudinal depression or anxiety in mothers and offspring asthma: a Swedish population-based study. Brew BK, Lundholm C, Viktorin A, Lichtenstein P, Larsson H, Almqvist C Int J Epidemiol 2018 02;47(1):166-174

Targeting excessive avoidance behavior to reduce anxiety related to asthma: A feasibility study of an exposure-based treatment delivered online. Bonnert M, Särnholm J, Andersson E, Bergström SE, Lalouni M, Lundholm C, Serlalchius E, Almqvist C. Internet Interv. 2021;25:100415.

Current postdocs and assistant professors

Current doctoral students

Previous doctoral students


  • Swedish Research Council
  • Swedish Heart Lung Foundation
  • Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association’s Research Foundation
  • Grants provided by the Stockholm County Council (ALF projects)
  • KID and CSTP funding for doctoral students
  • Stiftelsen Frimurare Barnahuset Stockholm

Teaching portfolio

Main supervisor (14) and co-supervisor (21) for exjobb, bachelor and master students in the medical, biomedicine and public health programs 2010-2021.

Formal mentor for several doctoral students who defended their thesis 2019-2021.


  • 1993 MD Karolinska Institutet; Board certified physician 1995
  • 2002 PhD Pediatrics, Karolinska Institutet
  • 2005-2007 Post-Doc Woolcock Inst of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
  • 2008 Board certificated Specialist in Pediatrics
  • 2010 Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet
  • 2020 Board certified Specialist in Pediatric allergology

Academic honours, awards and prizes


  • SFFA (Swedish Medical Association) prize 2021
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