Dr. Sundström’s research focuses on causes and consequences of hypertension. He is Professor of Epidemiology at Uppsala University; Conjoint Professor at The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales; and a clinical specialist in the internal medicine and cardiology at Department of Cardiology, Uppsala University Hospital. He also heads the university’s Clinical Epidemiology research group.
Dr. Sundström is interested in using big data to create value for patients and populations and developing methods for risk estimation, treatment decisions and evaluation of treatment effects, risks and costs. In addition to creating data sources such as clinical trials and cohorts, he develops methods for emerging ones such as electronic health records and digital patient-generated data. He has made important contributions to the understanding of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, with a focus on high blood pressure, and his work is cited in several international cardiovascular prevention and hypertension guidelines. At the George Institute for Global Health at Sydney University, he initiated a series of studies in the Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration investigating optimal targeting of blood pressure-lowering treatment. He is currently contributing with unique research of the potential for “precision medicine”in cardiovascular disease.