Originally from Iceland, Magnus Gottfredsson, MD, PhD has developed a close working relationship with Fogarty over the past few years.
Dr. Gottfredsson received his MD and PhD from the University of Iceland and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Duke University. Now based at Landspitali Hospital in Reykjavik, his busy schedule is split between clinical work, teaching, and research.
Why study population health in Iceland? “Iceland is a fascinating example of a relatively isolated and sparsely-populated island with a long history of carefully recorded demographic, disease, and genealogy data. Therefore, itit is an ideal place for the population-level study of a variety of illnesses.”
At the NIH, Magnus initially partnered with Mark Miller, MD and researchers from NICHD on a joint project on the late sequelae of invasive meningococcal disease, the results of which will be published this fall in Clinical Infectious Diseases, and then collaborated with Fogarty researchers on the analysis of historical influenza data from Iceland. This work then led to an extended visit at the “Stone House”, during which he continued his collaborations at NICHD and FIC. He is currently completing a paper comparing the seasonality of influenza in Iceland to the US and Northern Europe over the past 100 years. The data from this study has allowed him to study the determinants of global disease spread in the context of changing international travel patterns.
Always adventurous, Magnus spends his free time reading, hiking, mountain-climbing, running, and skiing. During his time in the DC, he particularly enjoyed visiting a number of the Smithsonian museums. “I turned into a curious ten-year-old every time I visited them.”