Dr. Manzur Kader

Manzur Kader

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher in Football Epidemiology
PhD (Physiotherapy), Lund University,
MPH (Public health nutrition), Karolinska Institutet,
MSc (Global health), Uppsala University.
BPT, Bangladesh.

About me

I am a Postdoctoral researcher investigating the health outcomes of Swedish footballers later in life. I am also an affiliated researcher investigating the associations between shift work and adverse health outcomes in Swedish healthcare employees at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. I teach and supervise at the postgraduate level in Sweden and overseas.

I have extensively worked with large-scale Swedish register data used in population-based studies. I have led several large-scale research projects, including prospective cohorts, national-level surveys, and Clinical Trials, and collaborated on several projects resulting in 35+ publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including 25+ articles as the first, last/senior, or corresponding author. Skills in epidemiological study designs, writing systematic reviews, psychometric studies, and advanced statistical analysis using different software like SAS, R, and SPSS.

My research interests are in the broad areas of Public Health, Epidemiology, large-scale data, Shift work/working hours, Sports Medicine, Non-communicable diseases, Nutrition, Women's and Children's health, and Physiotherapy, as well as psychometric analysis of a questionnaire/scale.

I enjoy engaging myself in diverse and challenging tasks with a passion for problem-solving.

Research description

Postdoc position, Dept. of Medicine, March 2022-ongoing:  Project: Neurodegenerative Disease and Psychiatric Disorders among Elite, Amateur, and Youth Football Players in Sweden: Register-based Cohort Studies

Aims Repetitive minor head trauma, e.g., through the heading of a football, has been suggested to increase the risk of neurodegenerative disease and certain psychiatric disorders. This has led to much concern regarding the safety of football, a sport played by over 250 million people worldwide. Collaborating with the Swedish Football Association, we will perform epidemiological studies on neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorders among footballers. The project aims to establish the largest cohort of football players in the world, including both elite/professional male footballers, and female and male amateur and youth football players of various levels and types using the nationwide health and administrative registers, including the Total Population Register, the Patient Register, the Cause of Death Register and the Prescribed Drug Register.

The overall aim is to improve the health of elite, amateur, and youth football players and avoid these players suffering from neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorders by providing data that could inform decisions regarding rules, practice guidelines, and risk-benefit trade-offs associated with participation in the sport. The project PI is Peter Ueda and is funded by the Swedish Brain Foundation (Hjärnfonden), The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science, Folksam Research Foundation, and Karolinska Institutet. 

Affiliated to Research, Occupational Medicine, IMM, 2022-2024: As a co-recipient of research funding awarded by FORTE, I am involved in a project “Night work, working hours and common mental disorders (PATOHS)” (2022-2024), led by Theo Bodin, which is an extension of the previous project- “Working hours and health (ATHOS).

Postdoc position, Occupational Medicine, IMM, 2018-2021: Recently completed a postdoctoral position in Occupational medicine investigating the impact of shift/night work, and long working hours on the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, and pregnancy outcomes among Swedish health care employees; the ATHOS project. 

Honorary Assistant Professor, 2022- ongoing: Jessore University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.

Teaching portfolio

I am a teacher, examiner, and supervisor in professional master's programs, such as "Public Health Epidemiology" and "Occupation and Health" at Karolinska Institutet. I also teach and supervise students in Epidemiology, Occupation and Health, and Global Health in other universities in Sweden and abroad. I have been invited as a teacher/speaker at various national and international events, for example,

- Invited teacher in a course of Epidemiology arranged by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), held in Sonderborg, Denmark, where the participants were from 14 different nationalities. 


PhD- with specialization in Physiotherapy, Lund University, Sweden, 2018.

MPH- Public Health Nutrition,  Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2012.

MSc- Global health, Uppsala university, Sweden, 2010.

BPT- Physiotherapy, Bangladesh.

I have received further advanced education and training in several topics, for instance, Sports Medicine, Epidemiology, Statistics, Degenerative diseases, and Autism spectrum disorders.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

I have won several grants, scholarships, and awards for his work, some examples are:

FORTE Research Grant, Sweden- 3.8 million SEK, October 2021. To study “Night work, working hours and common mental disorders" (co-recipient, the main recipient: Theo Bodin).

The Faculty of Medicine Research Grant, Lund University, Sweden- 11500 USD (90300 SEK). November 2017. For academic excellence in doctoral work.

Neuro Foundation Research Grant, Sweden- September 2017. To study “Perceived walking difficulties and need for mobility devices among people with Parkinson's disease" .

MultiPark Conference Grant, Multidisciplinary Research in Parkinson's disease (MultiPark), Lund University, April 2017. To attend “the 21st International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders”, Vancouver BC, Canada.

SWEAH Conference Grant,  Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health (SWEAH), April 2016. To attend "the 4th World Parkinson Congress", Portland, Oregon, USA.

Norrbacka-Eugenia Foundation Research Grant, Stockholm, September 2015. To study “Accessibility problems, fall-related activity avoidance and the need for mobility devices among people with Parkinson's disease".

Conference Grant,  Dept. of Health Sciences, Lund University, Sweden,  April 2015. To attend the “Nordic Conference on Advances in Health Care Sciences”, Stockholm.

MultiPark Grants, Lund University, Sweden, January 2015. To attend a course "Parkinson's disease and atypical Parkinsonism" at the Dept. of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Lund University Grant, The Faculty of Medicine, Sweden, February 2015. To attend a course at Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden.