Environmental Epidemiology Group – University of Copenhagen

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Environmental Epidemiology Group

The Environmental Epidemiology group is headed by professor Zorana Jovanovic Andersen.

Staff, Environmental Epidemiology Group.

The Environmental Epidemiology group conducts research and teaching in general epidemiological methods based on the use of Danish health registers and clinical databases, with specific research focus on environmental epidemiology, cancer screening evaluation, human biomonitoring, and occupational epidemiology.

The group conducts epidemiological research to examine health effects of environmental exposures: air pollution, road traffic noise, wind turbine noise, built environment, green- and blue- spaces, etc. Health outcomes include mainly chronic diseases in the aging population: chronic respiratory (asthma and COPD) and cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung and breast cancer, diabetes, dementia, all-cause mortality, etc.

The group utilizes unique possibilities of combining data from large Danish cohorts and nationwide administrative data, with historical exposure data based on residential address history and health data from national registries. Research with these large and complex data characterized with multiple environmental exposures that change over time and which are highly correlated with each other, demands advanced epidemiological and statistical methods. Environmental epidemiology group also conducts research in occupational epidemiology, specifically in examining health effects related to night shift work.

The group hosts a research group on screening, with focus on breast cancer and cervical cancer, under leadership of Elsebeth Lynge. This research seeks to provide a comprehensive framework and evidence base for decision making about screening possibilities, and has developed an expertise in epidemiological and statistical methods in analyses of complex screening data. 

Professor Lisbeth E. Knudsen is a Danish contact person for the large European project Human Biomonitoring for Europe (HBM4EU) where she leads a Task 1.5 on ‘Legal, IPR and ethics framework’ and participates in the development of training programs for the consortium. Lisbeth also participates in development of monitoring programs for exposure to anilines and paracetamol in general population and at work in relevant occupational groups. Lisbeth’s laboratory activities are conducted by associate professor Line Mathiesen under the supervision of professor Peter Moller.