Johan Lerbech Vinther

Johan Lerbech Vinther

PhD fellow

I'm a PhD Student in the Perinatal, Obstetric, and Pediatric Epidemiology (POPE) research group at Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, lead by Professor Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen.

My PhD project examines the association between preterm birth and offspring obesity in childhood and adolescence, focusing on the longitudinal influencial effects of familial characteristics and conditions (such as socioeconomic status, living arrangement, family size and residential area).

The primary data-sources in the PhD project comes from Danish National Birth Cohort (currently up to 18-years follow-up) and Danish Registry Data. Also, I'm involved in the European LifeCycle Project and the EUCAN-Connect Project - hence, I study this association across Europe, Australia and Canada using longitudinal data from multiple cohorts.

The PhD project is primarily epidemiological, however as my background and primary research interest lies in between the fields of (BSc, MSc) Sociology and (MSc) Epidemiology, I have a particular focus on the dynamics of social inequity/inequality in health over the life-course, incl. integenerational inequality.

Besides the PhD project, I am involed in The European LifeCycle Project (, a EU-funded Horizon2020-project across Europe, whose overarching concept is to establish the EU Child Cohort Network and conduct research on the role of novel integrated markers of early-life stressors that influence health across the lifecycle.

Specifically, I'm involved in multiple workpackages in LifeCycle, including the ones involving integration and harmonization of data in the Cohort Network, and the integration of early life stressors (e.g. socio-economic and lifestyle), and development of life-course cardio-metabolic health trajectories - each in collaboration with research groups across Europe.

Also, I'm involved in the EUCAN-Connect Project (, which brings together science from Europe and Canada to improve the quality of health care through a more efficient use of data. The project aims to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary research in high-value cohort and molecular data on large scale.


As an experienced Sociologist and Epidemioloigst, I have a demonstrated history working with quantitative and (although to a lesser extent) qualitative methods and analyses. I am skilled in the studies of Sociology and Epidemiology having great experience working with survey design, medical sociology, statistics in social and medical sciences. In addition, I've gaind solid knowledge and experience with intervention science and research being part of (and developed) a RCT-study on smoking in Danish vocational schools. 

Since 2013, I haved first authored published research in international peer-review and recognized journals within social and medical science, respectively. This has brougt a great sence of knowledge, experience and understanding of research production and dissemination. The paper in Social Science & Medicine (2015) is published upon my Dissertation at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with co-authors from Centre for Diet and Activity Research at University of Cambridge, where I was a visiting research student.

Furthermore, I've been affiliated with research centres in Glostrup (DK) and Copenhagen (DK) on a range of research projects. A general theme was social inequality in health - in regard to prevention, treatment and interventions using qualitative and quantitative analyses,respectively.

I am a determined energetic person, driven by personal and professional challenges in stimulating environments. I have a critical, analytical mind-set giving me a curiosity and the ability to solve complex social problems of smaller and larger scale, e.g. related to inequality or marginalization. 

I find explicit joy working with people across professional and social layers and cultures. This has inspired me to unique personal and professional challenges in San Diego, London and Cambridge. This has given me a very strong analytic, methodological & research profile with extensive knowledge and a wide international network within the fields of social and health science. 


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