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Rino Bellocco




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Associate Professor
Professional address:
Department of Statistics and
Quantitative Methods
University of
Via Bicocca
degli Arcimboldi 8,
U7, 20126 Milan, Italy
+39 02 64485831
+39 02 64485899
E-mail: [email protected]

Rino Bellocco, Sc.D.
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Karolinska Institutet
Tel: +46-8-5248 6183
Fax: +46-8-31 4975

Short presentation of current research

Previous and Current research

My interest in applying statistical methods to medical research started with the study of the epidemiology of HIV infection and AIDS. The statistical problem was to estimate the current HIV incidence and prevalence, based on the observed temporal distribution of AIDS cases. This problem was well known in other scientific settings, under the statistical common term of ill-posed conditions. Statistical models, mainly an extension of GLM, within smoothing splines techniques were proposed and adapted to Italian and American Data.

My interest moved towards cancer epidemiology and other chronic diseases once I joined to Karolinska Institutet. I have been mainly involved in etiology research, by using invaluable data from the Swedish population based registries. The statistical analysis of case-control and cohort studies to assess the possible causal effects of well-defined risk factors on both cancer incidence and death has represented my main duty. Furthermore, I have been involved in analyzing longitudinal data, where both exposure and outcome have been measured repeatedly over time. Leukemia, Lymphoma, Breast, Prostate and Ovarian cancer where are some of the malignancies I have been focusing on.

Since 2005, I have been involved in the statistical analysis of the Swedish National March Cohort, based on almost 50,000 individuals who participated at the cancer day in 1997.

In 2006 I moved to Italy to Milano-Bicocca and one important new interest focused on causal inference in observational studies; in this perspective I am the coordinator of the Italian Working Group on Causal Inference (ICE), togheter with Dr.Richiardi from University of Turin.

Teaching activity

I am responsible, together with colleagues from my unit, for teaching basic and advanced courses in Biostatistics in Milano-Bicocca. I am teaching applied generalized models, introduction to survival analysis and longitudinal data.

I teach logistic regression for epidemiologists at the Karolinska Institutet where I also organize other biostatistical courses; I am responsible for the same course (Logistic Regression) offered at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, within a master on Applied Statistics to Clinical questions (School of Medicine) directed by Dr.Damico.

I am the course director, togheter with Dr. Pagano from Harvard University and Dr.Bonetti from the Bocconi University, of the Summer School in Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.


Sc.M., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston 1995

Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston 1998