Per Gustavsson is the Head of the Unit of Occupational Medicine at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet and the Head of the Clinic of Community Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital. He received his M.D. degree in 1979 and was appointed as an Associate Professor of occupational and environmental medicine in 1996 and a Full Professsor in 2009. His research group, which was formed in 2002, is focused on identification of chemical and physical health hazards in the work environment, for risk assessment and prevention. The group employs epidemiological methods in the search for causes of cancer and cardiovascular disease. A central research topic is health effects of exposure to particles. Ongoing studies investigate the effects of particles from various sources, like organic and inorganic particles, small versus large particles, combustion versus noncombustion generated particles, and so forth. One group of studies deal with the increased risk of cancer and myocardial infarction in various occupational groups like chimney sweeps and professional drivers. A series of register-based studies deal with causes of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, malignancies of the blood, skin, endocrine organs, and breast. The research group is composed both of epidemiologists and occupational hygienists, aiming to improve the methods for assessment of chemical and physical exposures. They develop and apply job-exposure matrices, use expert assessment methods, and combinations of these. Using effective epidemiological methods in linking exposure to diseases is a high priority. The group also performs field studies of exposure conditions in various occupational environments.
Biography Updated on 29 December 2009