Published: 16-06-2016 13:57 | Updated: 13-10-2016 09:37

IMM Conference: Application of “Big Data” in Environmental Medicine

October 20, 2016, 9.30-17.00 at Aula Medica, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

The Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet is organizing a conference of application of “Big Data” in environmental medicine. The goal is to discuss challenges for using large-scale data analysis and technology, in vitro and in vivo, in environmental medicine. Internationally renowned scientist experts have been invited to share their knowledge, results and their view on the way forward. A final panel discussion aims to allow the speakers and participants to come to shared conclusions and opinions.


Participation in the conference is free of charge, but participants need to register. REGISTER HERE.


9.30-10.00 COFFEE SERVED

SESSION 1 - Chair Roland Grafström, IMM

Opening and introduction; program and speakers
Roland Grafström, IMM.

In utero exposures and DNA methylation profiles in offspring: maternal smoking as a test case
Stephanie London, Senior Investigator and Deputy Chief, Epidemiology Branch, NIEHS, USA

Exploring the genetics of COPD susceptibility using the UK Biobank population
Ian Hall, Director, Centre of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK

SciLifeLab infrastructures and generation of big data
Annika Jenmalm-Jensen, Infrastructure Director at SciLifeLab, and Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Multi-omics data integration - a case study at Scilifelab
Mikael Huss, professor at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

11.50-13.10 LUNCH (sandwiches served to participants)

SESSION 2 - Chair Karin Broberg, IMM

The multi-dimensional exposome a Big-Data opportunity to improve public health
Roel Vermeulen, Associate Professor, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University and Public Health department at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

The PRECISESADS Project: Towards a new molecular classification of Autoimmune Diseases by use of Big Data
Marta Alarcon Riquelme, Visiting professor, IMM, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Centre for Genomics and Oncology, Pfizer Center-University of Granada, Spain

Disease trajectories, time ordered comorbidities and the human genome
Sören Brunak, Prof., Research director, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

14.40-15.15 COFFEE SERVED

SESSION 3 - Erik Melén and Johan Frostegård, IMM

Making big sense from big data in toxicology
Thomas Hartung, Director, Center for Alternatives to Animals Testing, and Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA

16.00 -16.45
Panel Discussion with the invited Speakers

Closing of Meeting
Ulla Stenius, Chair of IMM

For further information about the conference, please contact:

Roland Grafström, e-mail:, phone: +46 70 733 55 85.