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Research within Occupational and Environmental Medicine

There are four research areas within Occupational and Environmental Medicine:

  • Epidemiology and inflammation research
  • Sound/noise environment and health
  • Work capacity, ergonomics and organization
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health

Read about them here below and also find more information on their webpages that you find in the menu.

Epidemiology and inflammation research

This research area consists of two groups:

Epidemiology and insurance medicine

Lead by prof Kjell Torén.

The research team evaluates the risk of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease and stroke in relation to occupational and environmental exposure, including psychosocial stress.

Exhaled breath analyses and airway inflammation

Lead by assoc prof Anna-Carin Olin.

The research team is developing and validating non-invasive methods for early detection and further investigtion of airway inflammation, especially in the small airways.

Sound/noise environment and health

Lead by prof Kerstin Persson Waye.

The research team studies how and to what extent human health is affected by the sound in different environments and contexts, taking into account factors such as psycho-acoustics, stress and individual sensitivity. The research aims to prevent the negative impact of noise on sleep and recovery, learning opportunities in schools and preschools, and hearing-related disorders.

In our sound environment lab we are studying which kind of sounds and vibrations that lead to negative impacts on, for example, sleep and learning.

Work capacity, ergonomics and organization

Within this research area, we have two different teams with different specializations:

Work ability and ergonomics

Lead by prof Mats Hagberg

The research team aims to create sustainable health and work ability through innovative research and to transfer research results into practice.

The research is focused on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, nerve damage, vibration damage, stress and depressive symptoms.

Security, organization and leadership

Lead by prof Marianne Torner

The research team studies how different aspects of safety is affected by psychological and social factors in intercommunion with the organization and the physical environment in working life.

Environmental Health and Toxicology

Lead by prof and 1.e. occupational and environmental hygienist Gerd Sällsten

The reasearch team identifiesy exposures in the surrounding environment and its impact on human health.


Page Manager: Ann-Sofie Liljenskog Hill|Last update: 2/3/2016

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