To open up the "black box"

Many social determinants affect health in the population. Often these are just considered to be in a black box. My research is devoted to open up this black box and unveil its contents and to understand how social factors could be linked to health. To do this in international collaborations is what my research is all about.

It all started with interdisciplinary research

 I studied Sociology, Social Policy and Political Science and graduated for Bachelor of Arts (B A). During my PhD-student period I specialised in Medical Sociology and Epidemiology. I presented my PhD Thesis, a monograph entitled; "Social stratification and ill-health - in the Study of Men Born in 1913". The thesis was based in the field of Medical Sociology and Social Epidemiology and published both at the Philosophical Faculty at Linköping University and the Medical Faculty at Uppsala University.

From Primary Care to international research collaboration

I was for a long period participating in international collaborations with many comparative studies published, not least with the Clinic of Family and Social Medicine at the University of Crete in Greece. This has been supported by the Socrates fund and also other funds (FP7-Health) from the EU Commission. I also had some collaboration with the international pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Since ten years back I am leading an interdisciplinary research group directed towards community medicine and health and society; the “Twincities Research Group” including almost 20 researchers from different disciplines as members. In later years I have been involved in the development of a new biomarker for measuring prolonged stress, “cortisol in hair”. This new stress marker is now applied in several on going research projects, not least In analysis of data from the prospective ABIS-study.

Scientifically, I have now a publication list of over 150 publications (around 70 listed in PubMed) with different topics in public health, community medicine and social epidemiology, from internationally publications in “The Lancet” to Swedish text books (monographs) for university students.

I have been acting as scientific referee for several international medical journals for many years.

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Publications

2018

A. Kamekis, A. Bertsias, J. Moschandreas, E. Petelos, M. Papadakaki, V. Tsiantou, A. Saridaki, E. K. Symvoulakis, K. Souliotis, N. Papadakis, Tomas Faresjö, Åshild Olsen Faresjö, L. Martinez, D. Agius, Y. Uncu, T. Sengezer, G. Samoutis, J. Vlcek, A. Abasaeed, B. Merkouris, C. Lionis

Patients intention to consume prescribed and non-prescribed medicines: A study based on the theory of planned behaviour in selected European countries

In Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Article in journal

2017

Carina Wennerholm, Catherine Bromley, AnnaKarin Johansson, Staffan Nilsson, John Frank, Tomas Faresjö

Two tales of cardiovascular risks-middle-aged women living in Sweden and Scotland: a cross-sectional comparative study

In BMJ Open

Article in journal

Kate Marie Lewis, Milagros Ruiz, Peter Goldblatt, Joana Morrison, Daniela Porta, Francesco Forastiere, Daniel Hryhorczuk, Oleksandr Zvinchuk, Marie-Josephe Saurel-Cubizolles, Sandrine Lioret, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Martine Vrijheid, Maties Torrent, Carmen Iniguez, Isabel Larranaga, Margreet W. Harskamp-van Ginkel, Tanja G. M. Vrijkotte, Jana Klanova, Jan Svancara, Henrique Barross, Sofia Correia, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Anja Taanila, Johnny Ludvigsson, Tomas Faresjö, Michael Marmot, Hynek Pikhart

Mothers education and offspring asthma risk in 10 European cohort studies

In European Journal of Epidemiology

Article in journal

From Primary Care to international research collaboration

I was for a long period participating in international collaborations with many comparative studies published, not least with the Clinic of Family and Social Medicine at the University of Crete in Greece. This has been supported by the Socrates fund and also other funds (FP7-Health) from the EU Commission. I also had some collaboration with the international pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Since ten years back I am leading an interdisciplinary research group directed towards community medicine and health and society; the “Twincities Research Group” including almost 20 researchers from different disciplines as members. In later years I have been involved in the development of a new biomarker for measuring prolonged stress, “cortisol in hair”. This new stress marker is now applied in several on going research projects, not least In analysis of data from the prospective ABIS-study.

Scientifically, I have now a publication list of over 150 publications (around 70 listed in PubMed) with different topics in public health, community medicine and social epidemiology, from internationally publications in “The Lancet” to Swedish text books (monographs) for university students.

I have been acting as scientific referee for several international medical journals for many years.

Research to understand health inequalities is important to me

Tomas Faresjö, professor

CV

1978       BA Sociology

1989       PhD in Medical Sociology

1997       Associate professor/Reader in Medical Sociology

2011       Professor in Medical Sociology

Field of Teaching

Today I teach mainly in the Medical Programme at Linköping university.

I have given lectures in the field of Medical Sociology, Social Epidemiology and Public Health. In 1997 I was appointed as associate professor in Medical Sociology at the Faculty of Health Sciences in Linköping. For a while I was engaged as Associate Professor in Community Medicine at The Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden. For six years I was full time engaged as Director of Studies for all inter-professional learning at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Linköping university.

The years at the inter-disciplinary department of TEMA, Linköping University, has given me a broad insight and practice of inter-disciplinary research and collaboration. Problem-based learning as a pedagogical method is very familiar for me. As director of studies I was responsible for the pedagogical development of the programme integration and inter-professional learning at the Faculty of Health Sciences. I have participated in many examination committees in the Faculty for PhD dissertations. 

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