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Ilona Koupil is Professor of Health Equity Studies/Public Health Medicine at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) of Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet and Guest Professor in Social Epidemiology, especially Children and Adolescents, at the Department of Public Health Sciences of Karolinska Institutet. Ilona’s background is in paediatrics, epidemiology and public health. Before joining Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet, Ilona had worked as a research student and a post-doctoral fellow at the Uppsala University and as a clinical senior lecturer in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ilona’s current and recent research activities are in the field of social and life course determinants of health and the developmental origins of health and disease. Ilona is the principal investigator of the “Uppsala Birth Cohort Multigenerational Study” and a co-investigator within the “SIMSAM Lund” project and the “Mothers and Their Children’s Health” (MaTCH) study at the University of Queensland. She also co-ordinates the work of Swedish researchers within the EU funded “Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies” (ATHLOS) project. Ilona has been contributing to initiatives on social determinants of child health coordinated by WHO and UNICEF and is extensively involved in teaching social and life course epidemiology at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet.