Medical Epidemiology

The Medical Epidemiology research group is based at the EpiHub (map), an office and network for epidemiological research within the the Disciplinary domain of Medicine and Pharmacy at Uppsala University. This facilitates fruitful interaction with different research groups aiming to jointly build a long term foundation for advanced epidemiological research.

X-ray picture of a hip fracture. Photo: Karl Michaëlsson
Hip fracture. Photo: Karl Michaëlsson

Our main research concern diseases and conditions in the ageing population, including fragility fractures, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, but we are involved in other areas of epidemiological research as well. We combine traditional epidemiological methods with modern causal inference methods in observational studies and perform randomised intervention studies. Find out more about our research by browsing through our publication list.


Karl Michaëlsson, head of Medical Epidemiology, is also director for the national research infrastructure SIMPLER, Swedish Infrastructure for Medical Population-Based Life-Course and Environmental Research ( and much of our research is based on the cohorts included in SIMPLER. Since the end of 2018 the infrastructure is managed by a consortium consisting of Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet, Chalmers University of Technology and Örebro University in collaboration with the County Councils in Uppsala, Västmanland and Örebro County. 

The infrastructure's mission is to provide national and international researchers with data for studies on how dietary and lifestyle factors and genetics affect our health, especially during the latter part of life. The knowledge can for example be used to develop recommendations on diet and lifestyle, develop new markers fore easier and more accurate diagnosis of chronic diseases and their precursors and to develop new individualized treatments.


The research group has received funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, the Swedish Cancer Society, Hjärnfonden, and ALF.

Members of the group

The Medical Epidemiology research group is headed by Karl Michaëlsson, Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Senior Consultant in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Group members (contact information)

John Baron, professor
Hannah Brooke, associate professor, researcher
Liisa Byberg, professor
Marina Mola Caminal, biobank manager
Carina Fredriksson, research nurse
Emerald Heiland, postdoc
Jonas Höijer, statistician
Anna-Karin Kolseth, project coordinator SIMPLER
Susanna Larsson, associate professor, senior lecturer
Eva Warensjö Lemming, associate professor, researcher
Karl Michaëlsson, professor
Erika Olsson, postdoc
Eva Strandberg, research nurse
Bodil Svennblad, statistician
Stanley Teleka, postdoc
Olga Titova, researcher

PhD students

Mohammad Kharazmi: Bisphosphonate associated atypical fractures of the human skeleton
Anna Sprinchorn: Peroneus brevis and longus tendon tears – anatomy, injuries and treatment


Rui Zheng (2022): Metabolomics, body composition and fracture
Mikael Karlsson (2021): Diet and sarcopenia: Swedish cohort studies in ageing populations
Erika Olsson (2021): Dietary patterns, food groups and vitamin D in relation to dementia, cognitive impairment and Parkinson’s disease
Adam Mitchell (2020): The role of diabetes and glycemic traits in diabetic bone disease
Karl Stattin (2020): Physical activity and risk of fragility fractures
Björn Knutsson (2015): Body mass index and lumbar spinal stenosis 
Breiffni Leavy (2015): Fall-Related Hip Fracture: Predisposing and Precipitating Factors
Helena Hallström (2013): Coffee Consumption in Relation to Osteoporosis and Fractures: Observational Studies in Men and Women 
Helene Wagner (2012): Genetic and environmental influences on osteoporosis and fractures
Greta Snellman (2011): Boning up on vitamin D: Observational studies on bone and health 
Bengt Östman (2009): Influence of oxidative stress on muscle and bone 
Hans-Olov Hellström (2007): Bone and aluminium 

CourseS AND seminars

We are giving two annual research training courses in medical epidemiology: a basic level course (Introduction to epidemiology, 1.5 hp, course leader Hannah Brooke) and a course at an intermediate to advanced level (Medical epidemiology, 1.5 hp, course leader Liisa Byberg). With Prof John Baron as main teacher we provide an additional course aimed at clinical epidemiology and clinical trials (Clinical Trials Epidemiology, course leader Liisa Byberg). Information on the courses is available at:

We host methodological seminars aimed at PhD stuents at Uppsala University. Attendance to 10 seminars merits 1 hp. The schedule and information on the seminars (and how to subscribe to the email list) can be found here.  


We administrate a multidisciplinary network of epidemiologists at Uppsala University. The Network for senior resarchers is at the moment active only in the form of an email list (subscribe or unsubscribe here). 


All publications can be viewed in Diva, the 50 most recent publications are listed below.

Karl Michaëlsson

Professor at Department of Surgical Sciences, Medical epidemiology


50 most recent publications

Last modified: 2022-11-08