Research – University of Copenhagen

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The Section's research address public health in a life course perspective focusing on social determinants and consequences of disease. Specific health problems in the foetal stage, in childhood and adolescence, in midlife and in old age, and across generations are object of research. The synergies in combining an individual perspective and a population perspective on health and disease are exploited, as well as the the synergies in combining basic etiological analysis with applied rehabilitation and prevention research.

The research is organised within seven groups and a network for young researchers:

Perinatal, obstetric and pediatric epidemiology (POPE): Focus on health effects of early exposures.

Psychosocial Epidemiology: Health effects of psycho-social stress exposures and the social, behavioural, psychological and biological mechanisms.

Rehabilitation and clinical social medicin: Research with focus on municipal rehabilitation and return to the labour market.

Copenhagen Life Course Epidemiology in Aging and Rehabilitation (CLEAR): Life course influences on marks of early ageing, mechanisms behind early ageing, risk factors for functional decline among older people, and evaluation of prevention- and rehabilitation initiatives.

Reproductive health: Focussed on prevention and consequences of infertility and assisted fertilisation.

Prevention research: Focus on measures towards social inequality in health and tools for health planning

Stress, work and health: Causal relationship and prevention of diseases in the interplay between society, the individual and health in Danish population

Germination box: a unique network for young researchers at the Section of Social Medicine