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Gunnar Johanson

Professor, senior

About me

My research interests cover several areas in toxicology, toxicokinetics and health risk assessment, all the way from indoor air quality over work place exposure to chemical disasters and from experimental studies in vitro with Zebrafish embryos and cell cultures to studies in vivo with human volunteers. Much focus is on experimental studies and computer modeling of dermal and inhalation exposures and on acute effects of inhaled chemicals. For example, we were the first to show that skin penetration of certain organic solvents (glycol ethers) increases following dissolution in water and that the uptake of vapors of these solvents is far higher than that via inhalation uptake.

I have served in various expert groups, including the Swedish Criteria Group for OELs (vice chair), the EU SCOEL committee (vice chair), the EU-LCI working group and the AEGL committee. Since 1999, I chair the Nordic Expert Group for Criteria Documentation of Health Risks from Chemicals (NEG).

I received a PhD in toxicology at Karolinska Institutet 1988 and became professor of occupational toxicology and risk assessment at the same institute 1999.

Education

1991 Docent, Occupational and environmental health, Uppsala University

1988 PhD, Toxicology, Karolinska Institutet

1973 BSc, Biology, Uppsala University

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2018 Paper of the year Society of Toxicology, Dermal Toxicology Specialty Section

2013 Best paper honorable mention Society of Toxicology, Biological Modeling Specialty Section

2008 Bästa poster Svensk yrkes- och miljömedicinsk förening

2006 Bästa poster Svenska Läkaresällskapets Riksstämma, Sektionen för arbets- och

2001 HerbertE. Stokinger Award American Conference for Industrial Governmental Hygienists

2001 Bästa poster Svenska Läkaresällskapets Riksstämma, Sektionen för arbets- och miljömedicin

1999 Bästa poster Svenska Läkaresällskapets Riksstämma, Sektionen för arbets- och miljömedicin

1992 Best presentation award 10th Scandinavian Cell Toxicology Congress

1992 Best poster award Society of Toxicology, Risk Assessment Specialty Section

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