KI course ” Pharmacoepidemiology – drug use and safety” open for registration 16 April – 15 May

This free course, funded by NordForsk, will provide knowledge in methodology and hands-on experience on conducting register-based research across the Nordic countries with a focus on pharmacoepidemiology.

Target group: PhD students and junior researchers.

Participants can apply for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses.

The course will be held at Karolinska Institutet 26-30 November, 2018 and 4-8 March, 2019 .

Registration is open 16 April – 15 May 2018.

Link to additional information about the course and how to register


LUPOP – Lund University Population Research Platform

LUPOP – Lund University Population Research Platform – was initiated in 2017 in order to promote and strengthen research using individual-level data linked with registers. LUPOP is an open resource available for all researchers at Lund University, irrespective of faculty. LUPOP has three aims: To provide study support to researchers at Lund University, to facilitate data storage and sharing, and to spread information regarding population based research to employees, students, media, and the public. For additional information, please visit

Save the dates! Workshop “Causal Mediation and Interaction Analysis” with Tyler J. VanderWeele 17-18 May, KI

Instructor: Tyler J. VanderWeele, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public, Boston, MA, USA

Date and time: May 17 (09:00-17:00) and May 18 (09:00-13:00), 2018

Venue: Elite Hotel, Carolina Tower (next to Karolinska Institutet)

Target group: Doctoral students, Postdoctoral fellows, Junior and Senior researchers, primarily from Karolinska Institutet.

Link to additional information about the instructor and topics

No workshop fees, lunch is not included.

More information and instructions on how to register will be available later on.

Format: The workshop will consist mainly of lectures. There will be open discussions and software codes will be provided. Specific sets of problems will be distributed; solutions will be given but these will not be discussed in detail in class.

Host: Anita Berglund, Head Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.

This workshop is organized with financial support from the Strategic Research Program in Epidemiology (SFO Epi) at Karolinska Institutet and the Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet.

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