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Emily Sonestedt, associate professor, PI

Emily Sonestedt has a MSc in nutrition from Stockholm University and PhD (2008) in public health and nutritional epidemiology from Lund University. She is associate professor in nutritional epidemiology, and has funding from the Swedish Research Council, Swedish society for medical research (SSMF), Heart and Lung Foundation, Crafoord foundation, Påhlsson foundation, ALF and creative environment (MedFak). Emily has previously been a visiting researcher at Children´s Hospital oakland Research Instittue, CA, US and has been main supervisor for one PhD student. Until October 2016 she has published 103 papers (h-index 26, Web Of Science).

Academic degree

MSc in Nutrition (nutritionist), University of Stockholm, 2003.

PhD, Faculty of Medicine (public health, nutritional epidemiology), Title: Plant foods, plasma enterolactone and breast cancer - with a focus on estrogen receptor status and genetic variation, Lund University, 2008.

Current position

Associate professor (docent)

Postdoctoral research fellow (forskarassistent)

Research interests

Her current research interest includes the interaction between genes and dietary factors for obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. Emily´s main focus is to clarify the importance of carbohydrate quality, especially sugar consumption, on human health. Emily is also involved in international collaboration on gene-environment interaction analyzes.

Ongoing proects

  • Role of sugar consumption for development of cardiometabolic risk: clarifying the long-term effect by taking genetic factors and objective markers into account (grant support: Swedish Research Council 2017-2020, Crafoord 2016, Påhlsson 2015, ALF 2015-2018, MedFak 2014-2017).
  • Role of genetic variation in the salivary amylase gene (AMY1) and starch intake on obesity and cardiometabolic risk (Swedish Research Council 2017-2020, Crafoord 2016).
  • Dairy products and cardiovascular disease.

Selected publications

Warfa K, Drake I, Wallström P, Engström G, Sonestedt E: Association between sucrose intake and acute coronary event risk and effect modification by lifestyle factors: Malmö diet and cancer cohort study. Br J Nutr 2016

Lachat C, Hawwash D, Ocké MC, Berg C, Forsum E, Hörnell A, Larsson C, Sonestedt E, Wirfält E, Åkesson A, Kolsteren P, Byrnes G, De Keyzer W, Van Camp J, Cade JE, Slimani N, Cevallos M, Egger M, Huybrechts I: Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology—Nutritional Epidemiology (STROBE-nut): An Extension of the STROBE Statement. PLoS Med 2016 Jun 7;13(6):e1002036

Hellstrand S, Ericson U, Schulz CA, Drake I, Gullberg B, Hedblad B, Engström G, Orho-Melander M, Sonestedt E: Genetic susceptibility to dyslipidemia and incidence of cardiovascular disease depending on a diet quality index in the Malmö Diet and Cancer cohort. Genes Nutr 2016

Mandalazi E, Drake I, Wirfält E, Orho-Melander M, Sonestedt E: A High Diet Quality Based on Dietary Recommendations Is Not Associated with Lower Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in the Malmö Diet and Cancer Cohort. Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Jun 8;17(6)

Sonestedt E, Hellstrand S, Schulz CA, Wallström P, Drake I, Ericson U, Gullberg B, Hedblad B, Orho-Melander M: The Association between Carbohydrate-Rich Foods and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Is Not Modified by Genetic Susceptibility to Dyslipidemia as Determined by 80 Validated Variants. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 21;10(4):e0126104

Brunkwall L, Ericson U, Hellstrand S, Gullberg B, Orho-Melander M, Sonestedt E: Genetic variation in the fat mass and obesity-associated gene (FTO) in association with food preferences in healthy adults. Food Nutr Res. 2013 Apr 12;57. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v57i0.20028.

Sonestedt E, Lyssenko V, Ericson U, Gullberg B, Wirfält E, Groop L, Orho-Melander M: Genetic Variation in the Glucose-Dependent Insulinotropic Polypeptide Receptor Modifies the Association between Carbohydrate and Fat Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in the Malmo Diet and Cancer Cohort. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 May;97(5):E810-8

Sonestedt E, Overby NC, Laaksonen DE, Birgisdottir BE: Does high sugar consumption exacerbate cardiometabolic risk factors and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease? Food Nutr Res 2012;56 Epub 2012 Jul 30 (review article)

Sonestedt E, Wirfält E, Wallström P, Gullberg B, Drake I, Hlebowicz, Nordin Fredrikson G, Hedblad B, Nilsson J, Krauss RM, Orho-Melander M: High disaccharide intake associates with atherogenic lipoprotein profile. Br J Nutr 2012 Apr;107(7):1062-1069

Sonestedt E, Wirfält E, Wallström P, Gullberg B, Orho-Melander M, Hedblad B: Dairy products and its association with incidence of cardiovascular disease – the Malmö Diet and Cancer cohort. Eur J Epidemiol 2011 Aug;26(8):609-18

Sonestedt E, Roos C, Gullberg B, Ericson U, Wirfält E, Orho-Melander M: Fat and carbohydrate intake modify the association between genetic variation in the FTO genotype and obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Nov;90(5):1418-25


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Emily Sonestedt
E-mail: emily [dot] sonestedt [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se


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