Forskningsgruppen CLEAR – University of Copenhagen

The CLEAR research group
(Copenhagen Life Course Epidemiology in Aging and Rehabilitation)

The overall purpose of the research conducted in the CLEAR group at the Section of Social Medicine is to study what leads to disease and functional decline across the life course, how to delay disease and decline in old age, and how to secure effective rehabilitation in case of disease or disability.

We use a range of biological markers (e.g. inflammatory markers such as interleukins, hsCRP, TNF-α), markers of deteriorating physical and cognitive function, data on mortality, and data on psychosocial factors to address this question.

We have a special focus on three overall research programs.

1. Life course and aging

2. Risk factors for disease and functional decline among older people

3. Rehabilitation in older people

Core Group

Associate Professor Rikke Lund, Associate Professor Charlotte Juul Nilsson, Data Administrator Drude Molbo, PhD student Else Foverskov, Project Coordinator Eva Jepsen, PhD student Gitte Lindved Petersen, Postdoc Gunhild Tidemann Christensen, Associate Professor Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, Postdoc Jolene Lee Masters Pedersen, PhD student Nete Dissing, PhD student Stine Harrsen Bachkati, PhD student Terese Sara Høj Jørgensen, Associate Professor Ulla Christensen.

Our research is based on longitudinal studies where repeated measures of the variables of interest have been collected over the life course. This means that the direction of causality in the studied associations can be supported by the temporal order of events. We utilize data from a number of sources including Danish birth cohorts and observational studies, large scale international studies, and national registries:

Data Ressources

Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank
The Metropolit 1953 Cohort
The Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health
The Copenhagen Perinatal Cohort
The Danish Intervention Study on Preventive Home Visits
The Danish Conscription Database
The 1914 Birth Cohort
Twin studies (SDU)
Copenhagen School Health Records Registry
Ældredatabasen (SFI)
Women’s Health Initiative
Danish National registries


Rikke Lund, associate professor