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Main research

Cardiovascular epidemiology, cohort studies, register studies. Member of steering committee for several large international observational studies such as INTERHEART, INTERSTROKE and PURE, and takes part in SCAPIS. For links, please see below.

Current research

Cardiovascular epidemiology

A great challenge within CVD epidemiology is the marked and rapid changes over time in prevalence, incidence, mortality and clinical presentation.
Specific aims for our studies include:

  • Description and analysis of changes in risk factors and CVD prevalence and incidence for men and women in Sweden and in Gothenburg.
  • Effects of risk factors such as obesity and psychosocial factors for the development of various manifestations of CVD in men and women.
  • Trends in incidence, mortality and survival in CVD
  • CVD in the young
  • The study of the influence of societal and individual factors on the development of CVD

GOCARTs (GOthenburg CArdiovascular RegisTry Studies), initiated in 2014 at the Sahlgrenska Academy, capitalizes on the strong tradition of collaboration between clinical research and cardiovascular epidemiology in Gothenburg to create a unique platform for register based research in cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and diabetes. By maximizing the potential of Swedish registers, we aim to gain new insights into clinical presentation, social distribution, management, complication rate and prognosis in various manifestations of CVD, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, grown-up congenital heart disease (GUCH), and diabetes.
We have a well developed ongoing international network:

  • PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiologic study) is a prospective cohort study coordinated from McMaster’s University, Hamilton, Canada, (PI professor Salim Yusuf) with ongoing data collection in 17 countries, chiefly low- and middle income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Ours is the only European data collection centre (Gothenburg and Skaraborg). The PURE study aims to determine individual and societal determinants for chronic diseases in a study population of over 200,000 people in over 20 countries
  • INTERHEART and INTERSTROKE is are global case-control studies of patients with acute myocardial infarction or stroke.
  • Swedish IMPACT model in collaboration with professor Simon Capewell, University of Liverpool aims to quantify the relative contributions of changes in risk factors and medical treatment for the reduction in CHD mortality.


Contact Information

Annika Rosengren

Wallenberg Laboratory, SU/Sahlgrenska, SE-413 45 Göteborg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Bruna Stråket 16

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