Conference on using quality registers in research – 23 May at Arlanda

The annual conference "Kvalitetsregister för forskning" will be held 23 May, 2018, 9 am – 5 p.m. at Arlanda Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel. The aim of the conference is to increase the competence in issues related to research using quality registers.

Conference fee: 650-900 SEK
Registration deadline: 16 May, 2018
Language: Swedish

Link to additional information and registration


Interactive tool to facilitate ordering of register data launched by SoS

”Socialstyrelsens interaktiva variabelväljare” (SIV) contains information about the registers, such as available annual information, quality information about the variables together with advice and recommendations from the administrators. In three simple steps it is possible to select registers, outputs and variables, next SIV generates a variable list. SIV also contributes to increased quality of the delivery and reduced processing time as the tool generates SAS code, which the administrator uses to retrieve data.

After having downloaded SIV, data sets at SoS can be explored and shared with colleagues for future projects. After having made the data selection, a copy of SIV is to be saved and sent via e-mail to SoS accompanied by relevant order forms and documents.

Find SIV by clicking "Download variable selector" ("Hämta variableväljare") via

Link to SIV instruction film


Call for papers to “Second Annual Forte EpiDem Network Juniors Conference” 180412-13, application deadline 20 Feb 2018

The Forte EpiDem network for epidemiology and demography, coordinated by Jonas Björk, will be holding a two-day conference for PhD students in Höllviken April 12 – 13. The conference is on the same format as the Mölle conferences held by the Research School in Economic Demography at the Centre for Economic Demography in Lund. For those unfamiliar to this format, it is a meeting where 10 – 12 PhD candidates are selected to present their work in a non-confrontational, constructive atmosphere where they receive ample time to present and discuss each paper (~50 minutes per paper). A number of senior researchers from throughout Scandinavia are invited to comment on the papers, which raises the level and increases the depth of the discussion.

The network covers all costs associated with the conference (food, lodging, etc.), but travel costs must be covered by the home institution.

Submission/application deadline – 20 February, 2018

Additional information and how to submit/apply

Organizing committee: Jonas Björk, Kirk Scott, Siddartha Aradhya.

Please spread this information to relevant PhD candidates.

Course on Occupational Hazards and Reproductive Health, 16-19 April in Malmö

Reproductive health receives much attention in the general population, especially relative to conditions that may impact negatively on fertility and pregnancy. Even if most inhabitants of reproductive age hold a job in the Nordic countries, little is known about the work environment relative to reproductive function and the topic does not receive much attention by the work authorities.

Occupational health and safety professionals, occupational physicians, researchers, PhD-students and prevention personnel are invited to a course aiming to update participant’s knowledge on occupational reproductive health hazards required for understanding and preventing risks to pregnancy and fertility, as well as providing insight into the possibilities for further study within this field.

Link to additional information about the course and how to register

The course will be held 16-19 April 2018 in Malmö

Registration deadline 8 February, 2018

Faster delivery of SoS data due to abolished confidentiality agreement

The National Board of Health and Welfare (SoS) will no longer apply the previously used confidentiality agreement for data requests from authorities with statistics privacy (such as state universities). Therefore SoS data can be delivered faster. Read (and share) the information about this on Linkedin:

Related questions can be posed to

SAVE THE DATE: 10-year symposium of SIMSAM 16th May 2018, ‘The future of Swedish register-based research’

By the end of 2018 the Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social And Medical Sciences (SIMSAM), funded by the Swedish Research Council, has been active for 10 years. This will be acknowledged by an open national one-day symposium in Stockholm 16 May reflecting on how the achievements and experiences of SIMSAM and other parties engaged in register-based research can help develop register-based research in Sweden in the future.

In addition to SIMSAM presentations, challenges and possibilities related to register-based research will be highlighted by members of the scientific advisory board of SIMSAM and by representatives of the National Board of Health and Welfare, Statistics Sweden and the Swedish National Data Service.

Link to preliminary program

Anyone with an interest in register-based research is warmly invited to attend this inspiring event, which will take place Wednesday 16th May (9.00-17.20) at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna (Eugeniahemmet). The symposium is jointly arranged by the SIMSAM nodes SUNDEM at Stockholm University and SIMSAM UGIR at Karolinska Institutet.

Registration for the symposium will open early 2018, so please save the date 16th May 2018 in your calendar!

Link to symposium web site where information about registration etc. will be posted at  as soon as possible.

2 million NOK from NordForsk to Anita Berglund (KI) for a Nordic graduate education course in register-based research

Anita Berglund (Karolinska Institutet, PI of SINGS) has been granted 2 million NOK from NordForsk's Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare for a Nordic graduate course entitled “Key concepts and principles for design and critical interpretation of Nordic register-based studies”.

Link to the call

Link to information about additional related courses funded by NordForsk

Open positions:

StatFinn and EPID Research merged their operations in January 2017 and as one company offer a full range of services in Clinical Trial Biostatistics and Data Management, Epidemiology and Real-World Evidence that covers the drug development life cycle – from Phase I to Phase IV and beyond. The company is offering an opportunity to work with the leading international healthcare organizations and the latest international healthcare trends in a dynamic and flexible environment of a growing expert company.

Pharmacoepidemiologist – Gothenburg, Sweden
Research Assistant – Gothenburg, Sweden
Senior Statistician – Gothenburg, Sweden

Link to additional information about the positions and how to apply

Deadline for applications – 8 December 2017


SND activities 14-15 November in Gothenburg

SND workshop for researchers 15 November
The theme of this year's workshop is research infrastructures or cohorts with large amounts of personal data. Discussions will focus on how SND in the future can assist in data management, storage and transmission of data with the aim of making as much data as possible available and reusable.

Link to more information and registration to the workshop

SND Forum 14 November: "The Road to FAIR Data":
At this forum reliable methods and standards for producing "FAIR data" will be presented and discussed.
The FAIR principles have quickly become widely recognized as a framework for making research data available and possible to identify, harmonize and reuse also in the future. But what is done to make Swedish research data "FAIR"?

Link to more information and registration to the forum

Both activities are free of charge (lunch and coffee included)

Deadline for registration to both events: 6 November 2017.


SIMSAM UGIR participation at the 21st International Epidemiological Association (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE2017)

We attended the 21st International Epidemiological Association (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE2017) held from August 19th to 22th  2017 in Saitama, Japan. The theme of the conference was “Global/Regional/ Local Health and Epidemiology in a Changing World.”  There were interesting symposia on various topics and our personal highlights were “Cancer data for cancer action”, “Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21st century”, and “Use of big data and cohorts to uncover causes of non-communicable diseases”.

Each of us participated in the presentation sessions. Eva Doorakkers had an oral presentation on August 21st on the topic “Helicobacter pylori eradication and the risk of gastric cancer: a population-based cohort study”.  The study shows a decreased risk of gastric cancer with longer time after eradication treatment for Helicobacter pylori in the Swedish population. Poorna Anand had a poster presentation on the topic “Nutrition impact symptoms as a determinant of quality of life and mortality after surgery for esophageal cancer”. The study shows that nutrition symptoms are associated with poor social, emotional and global quality of life, and poorer 5-year overall survival.  Qiaoli Wang had a poster presentation on the topic “Tobacco smoking cessation and risk of esophageal cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis”. The study found a gradually decreased risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma after tobacco smoking cessation, especially in Western populations, while smoking cessation had limited effects on preventing esophageal adenocarcinoma.

By attending the conference, we enhanced our knowledge in epidemiological methodology and applications of large-scale registers for cancer research. The conference also provided excellent opportunities to network with epidemiologists from all over the world.

We are grateful to our funders: Svenska Läkaresällskapet, Radiumhemmets Forskningsfonder and Karolinska Institutet fonder, for giving us the opportunity to attend this conference.



   Eva Doorakkers
   Poorna Anand
   Qiaoli Wang

   Doctoral students from the
   Department of Molecular
   Medicine and Surgery
   Karolinska Institutet