Novel methods for assessment of risk of cancer from occupational and environmental exposures

In order to improve cancer prevention, which is becoming increasingly important as the incidence of cancer increases, it is important that clinicians, researchers and other professionals working with cancer issues keep up with developments in the field. There is relatively good access to basic epidemiological methods, but there is a need for a wider dissemination of knowledge of new methodological achievements, both in terms of exposure classification and epidemiological analysis including biological markers of exposure and effect. This course aims to cover this important area of knowledge.


This course has been accepted as a theoretical course (8 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.

Course objectives

The course aims to give an overview of current knowledge on occupational and environmental cancer, recent developments in methods for exposure classification and epidemiological analysis, use of biomarkers for exposure and effect, use of experimental test systems, risk assessment, and aspects of prevention.

Target group

Residents in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, occupational hygienists, epidemiologists, statisticians from OEM clinics, university departments, doctoral students.

Course outline

Lectures, group work, individual studies on beforehand.

Main topics

  • Occupational and environmental cancer – systematic review and lack of knowledge
  • Measuring and assessing exposure in occupational settings and in the environment – focus on new methods
  • Biomarkers of exposure and effect of occupational and environmental carcinogens
  • Occupational exposure limits (OEL) for carcinogenic agents – SCOEL, NEG, etc
  • Environmental quality standards (EQS) for carcinogenic agents
  • Occupational and environmental cancer epidemiology – study design, bias, cofounding, dose-response
  • Cancer mechanisms – experimental systems, DNA damage and epigenetics
  • Experimental test systems – cell systems, comet assay, etc
  • Risk assessment and risk management – hazard identification (IARC, Grade) and hazard quantification (PAF, societal costs)
  • Cancer prevention in occupations and in the general population
  • Emerging risks – new chemicals, engineered nanoparticles, multiple exposure
  • Group work on OEL and EQS for carcinogens
  • Participants' personal presentations on hot topics in occupational and environmental cancer

Registration deadline

Registration is closed.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 450 and

2) The day package fee of EUR 200

  • Day package

    The day package price is 200 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinner and mingle.

    The total price of the course is EUR 650 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 200).


  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 14th – 16th of May 2018 at Elite Palace Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly from the hotel through phone +46 (0) 855 901 750 or through email using the booking number 4543632 (available until 3.4.2018).

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 1590 (approx. EUR 162)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 3rd of April 2018 so we recommend you make a reservation as soon as possible.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by March, 16th 2018: full refund
    Cancellations received after March, 16th 2018: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Pernilla Wiebert
PhD, Occupational hygienist
Karolinska Institutet

Project Manager
Cecilia Weckman
mobile: +358 40 1258 748

Course venue

The venue of the course, Centrum för arbets- och miljömedicin CAMM, Solnavägen 4, 113 65 Stockholm, is located here.

If you are flying to Stockholm, the easiest way to reach the venue is by taking the airport bus (Flygbussarna) from the airport to the bus stop named Karolinska sjukhuset Eugeniavägen (Karolinska hospital). From there it is a 3 minute walk to Solnavägen 4. For timetables and more information please visit:

From the city center you can take bus nr 3, 67, 6 and 77 to Torsplan. You can also take the metro toS:t Eriksplan or the commuter train to Odenplan. For more detailed travel information, please visit the travel planner.

From Elite Palace Hotel it is a 7 minute walk to the course venue.

Course program


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Course Leader


Gunnar Johanson
Johan Högberg
Karin Broberg
Maria Albin
Per Gustavsson
Tom Bellander
Ulla Birgitte Vogel

General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation Fore more information about accommodation options please see the…

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