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Rikke Lund

Rikke Lund

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My research focuses primarily on the correlation between social relations and health, with special interest in understanding the biological, behavioral and psychological mechanisms for explaining these relations. In addition I have a specific interest in studying how social conditions over the life course affect health and early ageing .

In my research I have further focused on validating measures for social relations using qualitative as well as quantitative analytical methods.

I am currently co-pl on the project Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank (CAMB) and I am affiliated Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen as part time researcher

Current research

My current research addresses the relation between negative aspects of social relations and health problems later in life. The research  is based on several large Danish prospective cohorts - COMPI, Metropolit, The Danish Longitudinal study on work, unemployment and health and The Østerbro Survey). In addition, bio markers for ao. low grade inflammation and stress are studied as potential  mediators of the relation between negative social relations and health. This is studied in a CAMB subproject  on stress and health (N~200), but will later be possible to carry out on the full CAMB dataset of N~6000.

In 2013 we are initiating the project Social Fabric in collaboration with a number of Faculties at University of Copenhagen and Danish Technical University. We will collect data on social networks and behavior such as alcohol intake, smoking behavior, drug and medicine use as well as sleep patterns by mobilphones and survey data. The project offers an unique opportunity to study how behaviors spread through social networks among 1000 freshmen at DTU followed for 12-24 months with montly follow-up for information on behaviors, an full time information on social networks recorded by mobilphones.

I projektet Social Fabric støttet af KU's 2016 fond indsamles i efteråret 2013 data via mobiltelefoner og survey til belysning af adfærds (herunder medicinforbrug, søvn, stress, alkoholindtag, tobaksforbrug og stofmisbrug) spredning gennem sociale netværk blandt 1000 nyindskrevne studerende. Vi benytter helt ny teknologi til denne dataindsamling og har unik mulighed for at studere ændringer med tætte opfølgninger blandt deltagerne.


I am head of the course in Medical Sociology at MSc Medicine and course leader of elective course in Lifecourse epidemiology MSc in Public Health Science. I supervise bachelor- and masterprojects  on the BSc and MSC Public Health as well as  BSc and MSc in Medicine.

I teach medical sociology and an elective course in gerontology and supervise bachelor and master theses at the Master of Science in Medicine programme.

I teach on the course on Social Epidemiology and Public health BSc Public Health programme, and supervise master theses on the master of public health programme

I am member of the board of studies for the medical education and member of the master committee of this same board. In addition I am member of the teaching committee at the Department of Public Health.

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