Migrants constitute a considerable and growing proportion of the Swedish population. Sweden’s current immigrant population represents about 15% of the working population between the ages of 15 and 64 years. Also, about 8% of the Sweden-born population age 16+ years has at least one parent born abroad.

Studies of migrant populations have been particularly fruitful in investigating risk discrepancies in different diseases since the risk of the disease in a given migrant population might be compared with the risk in the host population (similar environment, different genetics) and with the population living in the place from which the migrants originally came (similar genetics, different environment). They can be also used to compare the risk in the migrants with that in their offspring, who have lived in the new environment throughout life.

Tahereh Moradi and her research group at Karolinska Institutet investigate different health outcomes such as cancer, childhood diabetes, childhood obesity and cardiovascular diseases incidence, mortality, survival, treatment and health management among different immigrant groups and their offspring in Sweden in comparison with native Swedes. Most of the studies are based on information available in a recently developed, nationwide, prospective dataset – The Migration and Health Cohort (The M&H Co), where data from sixteen national, longitudinal and clinical, health and sociodemographic registers has been compiled. Some of the results from studies conducted so far will be presented at the seminar.

Tahereh Moradi is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor, based at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.

Date: 2012-09-12
Time: 13.30
Place: CHESS library, Sveaplan, 5th floor