Established in 1863, JIM has developed into a highly successful journal since it was launched in its revised form in 1989. With an Impact Factor of 7.980, JIM now ranks 10th among the 154 journals in the General & Internal Medicine category. It features original clinical articles from all over the world within the broad field of general and internal medicine and its sub-specialties. JIM also supports and organizes scientific meetings in the form of symposia, such as the one featured in this website.
ARC belongs to the Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society of KI, Sweden’s single largest centre of medical academic research and one of the world’s foremost medical universities. Three major disciplines are represented by the different units comprising ARC: psychology, social gerontology, and medicine. This enables studying the aging process in its complexity and combining different perspectives, which has positioned ARC at a unique standpoint both nationally and internationally. The research group on multimorbidity coordinated by Prof Laura Fratiglioni has led and leads pioneering epidemiological work on multimorbidity patterns, multidimensional trajectories of multimorbidity, frailty and disability, and mechanisms and impact of neuropsychiatric and cardiovascular multimorbidity.
The University of Exeter is a university in the South West of England and is part of the select Russell Group of research intensive universities in the United Kingdom. The University of Exeter Medical School has been consistently amongst the top medical schools in the country. The Health Services & Policy Research Group led by Prof Jose M Valderas has led international research on multimorbidity in the areas of conceptual models and models of care, epidemiology, impact on use, quality and safety of health services, the development of patient centred interventions for improving care for people with multimorbidity and, more recently, in medicines management for people with multimorbidity.
Threads and yarns is a research network which draws together primary care researchers across several European countries with a common interest in research for informing the provision of best health care for people with a complex clinical status. “Threads and yarns” is the image that Prof Barbara Starfield proposed for the study of multimorbidity (Starfield B, Ann Fam Med, 2006): “As any weaver knows, the elegance of a fabric lies in the yarns, not the threads. The whole is lots more than the sum of its parts. In health services, the threads are the diagnoses on which interventions are based. How these threads are spun into yarn (the underlying biodynamic of the tapestry of health) is poorly understood, to the detriment of efforts to understand the genesis of health problems and the interventions associated with them”.
SfoEpi brings together the epidemiological research carried out across different departments at KI (i.e. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Medicine in Solna, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society), though a grant from the Swedish Research Council Strategic Research Initiative. The goal for the SfoEpi is to face new challenges necessitated by the demographic transformations that will occur globally in the forthcoming years. New epidemics, aging of populations, changes in climate, lifestyles and new technologies will impact on health, the effects of which are already detectable. SfoEpi works to improve the condition of our health in the future.