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NordicEPI 2017

13-15 September


Karolinska Institute, Sweden

“Harnessing the power of genetically informed designs: Unraveling gene-environment interplay”

Nancy Pedersen’s research is focuses, among other things, on using twins in the Swedish Twin Registry to study the relative importance of genetic and environmental influences on characteristics and diseases and whether there are interactions between genes and environmental effects. She has published more than 550 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is an international leading researcher whose studies have attracted much attention.


Max Planck Inst for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

"Family structure and health"

Mikko Myrskylä is Executive Director in Rostock and Professor at the University of Helsinki. His work focuses on population health, analysis of contemporary fertility trends, and demographic forecasting. In terms of health, his interests lie largely in the area of the impacts of early-life adversity on old-age health as well as investigating the effects of delayed childbearing on health and other outcomes of the children. Myrskylä’s research has been published widely in both demographic and epidemiological journals.

Institute for Global Health, Barcelona, Spain

“Current trends in cancer epidemiology”

Manolis Kogevinas is Head of ISGlobal's Cancer Programme. Among others, he worked at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO), Lyon, and at the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM), Barcelona. He served in several WHO and other expert committees evaluating the toxicity of chemicals such as dioxins and drinking water contaminants and in EU research evaluation committees. He has published more than 400 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Utrecht University, Holland

“Exposome; New approaches to decoding the complexity of environmental exposures and interactions”

Roel Vermeulen’s research focuses on occupational and environmental risk factors for cancer, asthma and neurological diseases. He uses novel molecular and statistical approaches to assist in exposure assessment for epidemiological research and risk assessment. He has an extensive international portfolio of research projects in the field of chemical exposures in the workplace. He published over 340 peer-reviewed papers.

Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Danmark

“How we in the Nordic can advance our understanding of causality by combining resources within our national registries and biobanks”

Mads Melbye is Chief Executive Officer at Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark and, among others, he has positions as professor at Copenhagen University and at Stanford University School of Medicine, US. He has an extreme width in his research which has generated more than 550 peer-reviewed papers and numerous prestigious awards.

Professor IRMA ELO
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Irma Elo is a demographer with a passion for health-related issues. While the socioeconomic gradient in health is a well-known phenomenon, Professor Elo’s research delves into the mechanisms underlying this gradient. She is currently studying how socioeconomic inequalities affect differences in health and mortality throughout the life course. Indicitive of her position as a cross-over researcher, Elo has published in the leading journals in demography, epidemiology, and public health.