Karin Modig

Principal researcher

About me

I finished my PhD at the Department of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet in Sep 2010. I did my postdoc at IMM and is currently a research group leader and an Associate Professor at the division of Epidemiology at IMM. My research group, Ageing and Health, concerns the ageing population, the driving force of longevity and old age health, and the consequences of it. I have worked for many years with the national population registers in Sweden and have an interest in the validity of these. I am a member of the steering group for SINGS (The Swedish INterdisciplinary Graduate School in Register-Based Research) and lecture about epidemiological methods and register based research both at graduate and post graduate level.

Research description

The ageing population - An epidemiologic approach to a fundamental public health issue.

The share of old people is expanding rapidly in most human populations. The phenomenon of population ageing is unprecedented in human history and brings with it many challenges. It has significant implications for health care, living arrangements and pension systems, and raises research issues such as: How long can we expect to live? To what extent have we managed to prolong healthy life years? And how will living arrangements and long-term care of elderly people be shaped in the future?

The anticipated outcome of this project will be knowledge about the ageing process of humans.  With the ageing process I mean the pace with which mortality increases with age, the pattern with which health starts to deteriorate and the selection of which individuals reach very old age, and what shape these trajectories.

We combine epidemiological and demographic methods to explore these research questions.


Members of the research group:

Anna Meyer - PhD-student

Stina Ek - postdoc

Mozhu Ding - postdoc

Marcus Ebeling - postdoc

Alexandra Wenneberg - guest researcher/postdoc

Shunsuke Murata - guest researcher/postdoc

Anders Ahlbom - senior professor

Affiliated to the group:

Glenn Sandström - Umeå University

Terese Sara Høj Jørgensen - Copenhagen University

Sven Drefahl - Stockholm University

Financing (past and current):

The Swedish Research Council


Familjen Kamprads Stiftelse

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

SFO Vård Karolinska Institutet

Åke Wibergs Stiftelse

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

KI fonder



Stockholm Demography Unit, Stockholm University

Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

Aging Research Center (ARC) Stockholm University

Umeå University  


MSc, Stockholm University 2002 (Economics)

PhD, Karolinska Institutet Sep 2010 (Epidemiology)

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Docent), Karolinska Institutet  Feb 2015

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Appointed guest researcher at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Reaserch, Rostock, germany. Research Group on Mathematical and Actuarial Demography headed by Professor Roland Rau. 

Nominated by KI as a candidate for Pro Futura. Selecetd by the international evaluation committee to the second round and received a  research grant from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond of 1 million Swedish kronor.