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Karolinska Institutet:Professor of Epidemiology and Head of the Unit of Epidemiology
Plenary by Maria Feychting & Florence Poulletier De Gannes
Maria Feychting is Professor of Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine, and Head of the Unit of Epidemiology. Her research is focused on risk factors for chronic diseases, primarily cancer but also other chronic diseases. She has a specific interest in childhood cancer and adult brain tumors, both in terms of risk factors such as environmental and genetic factors, and factors affecting survival, as well as long-term socioeconomic consequences of childhood cancer. She has conducted research on potential health effects of non-ionizing radiation since the late 1980s, and she is the PI for the Swedish parts of the Interphone study, the Cefalo study, the Sotan study and the COSMOS study. She has extensive experience from register based research utilizing nationwide health data registers and combining data from the Nordic countries. She has published around 300 original scientific articles, brief communications, review articles, editorials, letters, and book chapters, including 208 articles listed in PubMed (WoS h-index 51). She is currently the PI of several registry based studies on brain tumors, childhood cancers, and genetic syndromes, funded by the main Swedish national research councils, the Swedish Cancer Society, and Nordforsk. She has been invited expert in several health risk assessment expert groups, e.g. for the WHO, and other international and national scientific committees.
Since May 2012, she is the vice Chairman of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an independent body suggesting science based guidelines for non-ionizing radiation protection. She teaches advanced epidemiology courses at the Karolinska Institutet PhD program in epidemiology, and the Master of Public Health Program “Public Health Epidemiology”.