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Associate professor of clinical epidemiology, team leader at the Centre of Translational Microbiome Research.

Nele Brusselaers

Assistant professor

Associate professor of clinical epidemiology, team leader at the Centre of Translational Microbiome Research.

About me

I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology (Docent) at Karolinska Institutet, and Assistant Professor (FoAss) and team leader of the Epidemiology team at the Centre for Translational Microbiome Research, Karolinska Insitutet. Although I have a broad interest and experience in different clinical topics; my main focus is to investigate the long-term effects of commonly prescribed drugs on female health, cancer and diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, through potential drug-mediated alterations of the microbiome.

I also teach and supervise students from undergraduate to doctoral level, and I am course organiser of 1 course at doctoral level (How to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses, course 2790).

I am also a member of the steering board of SFO epidemiology and the Nordic Research School in Registry Based research (NordForsk).

Research description

I am the principal investigator of 3 large cohorts:

- Chemoprevention of cancer cohort (aim: to assess the impact of commonly prescribed drugs on the development of cancer)

-  The Swedish Maternal Microbiome (SweMaMi) project (aim: to assess how the microbiome affects pregnancy outcomes and the health of the offspring) www.swemami.se

- Medication and the Maternal Microbiome (MediMami) project (aim: to assess the impact of commonly prescribed drugs during pregnancy, through potential microbiome alterations)

 

Teaching portfolio

Course organiser:

- How to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses (KI PhD course 2790), yearly since 2014

- Study design in clinical research (KI PhD course 1794), 2013-2015

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Karolinska Institutet and Ghent University, total > 800 hours (including supervision): including study design, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and other basic and advanced topics within epidemiology and clinical research.

Education

  • Master in Medicine (MD), Ghent University (Belgium), 2008.
  • PhD in Medical Sciences, Thesis: "Severe burn injury: Some determinants of epidemiological and surgical outcomes, Ghent University, Belgium, 2010.
  • Master in Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control, Ghent University (Belgium), 2010.
  • Master in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom), 2015.
  • Docent in Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2015.
  • First post-doc: Dept of Internal medicine and Infectious diseases, Ghent University, Belgium (2010-2012)
  • Second post-doc: Upper-gastrointestinal surgery, Dept of Molecular medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Insitutet (2012-2016)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Awarded research funding as prinicipal investigator:

  • SFO: Strategic Funding in Epidemiology (Karolinska Institutet): Young Scholar Grant (2014) (http://ki.se/en/research/the-strategic-research-area-in-epidemiology-sfoepi)
  • Julin funding (2014)
  • Bengt Ihres Fond (Svenska Läkaresällskapet) (2014, 2017, 2018)
  • KI fonder (2014-2019)
  • Svenska Läkaresällskapet (2015, 2018)
  • KID funding: Karolinska Insitutet delfinansiering för nya doktorander (2015)
  • Shizu Matsurais foundation (2017)
  • Gastroenterolgisk forskningsfond (2017, 2018)

Awarded research funding as co-applicant

  • KID funding: Karolinska Insitutet delfinansiering för nya doktorander (2014)
  • SIMSAM (Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences) (2014-2018)

 

Awards:

  • Best European Abstract - European Burn Association (EBA- 2009);
  • Investigators award at the Congress of the Belgian Society of Internal Medicine (2010);
  • Best abstract - European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM – 2010);
  • Best abstract/4th best oral presentation (EBA - 2011).
  • Selected as representative from KI to attend the Global Young Scientist Summit in Singapore (2014)

 

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