Michael Fored

Senior lecturer/senior physician

About me

I am Senior Lecturer and Consultant at the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, and the Director of Research Education at the Department of Medicine, Solna with more than 200 doctoral candidates.

A great variety of research is performed at my department, and I get insights in laboratory- as well as clinical research, and research education. My vocational training is Nephrology.

I am running the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm County Council's Research School for Clinicians in Epidemiology and am the chairman of its steering committee.

From 2008 to 2013 I was one of the KI Central Directors of Research Education with co-responsibility of management of student issues, and development of the research education.


Head of operations (verksamhetschef), Clinical Epidemiology at Karolinska University Hospital 2015 – Research group leader, Clinical Epidemiology, Dept. of Medicine, Solna, KI 2015 – Director of research education, Dept. of Medicine, Solna, KI 2009 – Chairman, KI/SLL clinical research school for clinicians 2014 – Chairman, Research intern physician steering group 2015 -

Present commissions of trust

Board member / teachers’ representative, Board of research education, KI 2015 – Member of the Docent committee, KI 2011 – Member of steering group for research resident physicians, SLL 2015  

Some thoughts on research education

To me, it seems as when teaching and learning are core values in the discovery efforts among curious researchers eager to learn, the research education is at its best. I find such permissive attitudes towards learning and teaching important throughout the organisation in which the research education takes place. I strive to communicate this attitude as the director of research education, and find a pragmatic and pedagogical approach to both supervisors and doctoral students being successful in the administrative tasks of a director.

I believe the administration of research education should facilitate the learning processes while considering both the students and the supervisors. The overall goal should be a continuous improvement of the quality of the graduating new researchers.  

Research description

Clinical Epidemiology

Collaborating as knowledgeable in epidemiology methods in clinical research projects within a broad range of medical conditions (i.e. nephrology, rheumatology, dermatology, odontology, pharmacology, cardiology, infectious diseases, occupational medicine, and health informatics).


Mainly acting as a senior scientific advisor in post-marketing safety surveillance projects of novel pharmacological treatments of inflammatory diseases. Studies at the Karolinska Institutet Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology.

Transportation Safety Epidemiology

Introducing register-based epidemiology in the rather unexplored area of “risk factor research” in road traffic, in particular among motorcyclists.


MD 1988

License to practice medicine 1990

Board certified nephrologist 1994

PhD 2003

Docent 2011