Social inequalities in ageing. Copenhagen Life Course Epidemiology in Aging Research (CLEAR)

Our purpose is to study social inequalities in health and aging in a life course perspective, and to explore the pathways through and interactions with psychosocial, psychological and biological factors. We want to inform policy makers on intervention possibilities aiming at reducing social inequality in health among middle-aged and older adults.

To inform intervention strategies a better understanding of life course social determinants of aging as well as their interplay with psychological, behavioural and biological factors is of huge importance in today’s aging society. Knowledge about risk factors and development of interventions in the most vulnerable older citizens will add important new knowledge to this area.




















AHEAD is an acronym for Arbejdsmiljø, Hovedpine og Evnen til at Arbejde i Danmark (Working environment, Headache and the Ability to Work in Denmark)

Headache disorders are the most prevalent neurological disorders, and among primary headaches migraine and tension-type headache are the most frequent. Among occupationally active individuals in Denmark, 10% of the men and 24% of the women report migraine or frequent headache.

Despite the high number of people with headache disorders, surprisingly few studies have investigated the causes and consequences of headache in an occupational health perspective. Consequently, the adverse effects of headache on sickness absence, work ability and—not least—quality of life are often unnoticed.

Together with our collaborators, we are investigating causes and consequences of headache, and how these consequences can be mitigated among employees in Denmark.

Currently, with support from Helsefonden we are studying the demand-specific work ability among people with from migraine or frequent headache and among people with possible medication-overuse headache.

Publications from the project

Urhammer et al., J Occup Environ Med 2020: The effect of psychosocial work factors on headache: results from the PRISME cohort study

Appel et al. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2020: The longitudinal association between shift work and headache: results from the Danish PRISME cohort

Jakobsen et al., Ergonomics 2017: The association between shift work and treatment-seeking migraine in Denmark 


  • The Danish Knowledge Center for Headache
  • The National Research Centre for the Working Environment
  • The Danish Committee for Health Education







  • Nordeafonden STRIT 8.8 mio DKK (STRIT)
  • Nordeafonden Center for Sund Aldring 3 mio. DKK (CAMB2)
  • Nordforsk (Social inequalities in Ageing)
  • Beckettfonden 100.000 kr. (CAMB2)
  • Ensomme gamles værn 300.000 kr. (STRIT)

Research Group Leader
Rikke Lund

Phone: +45 35 32 79 92
Mobile: +45 24 66 05 35

Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Brønnum-Hansen, Henrik Associate Professor +4535327974 E-mail
Christensen, Ulla Associate Professor +4535327663 E-mail
Foverskov, Else Assistant Professor   E-mail
Jørgensen, Terese Sara Høj Associate Professor +4535335886 E-mail
Kalvåg, Cecilie Kivikoski Student +4535332751 E-mail
Lund, Rikke Professor, Head of Section +4535327992 E-mail
Molbo, Drude Data Administrator +4535326736 E-mail
Nilsson, Charlotte Juul Associate Professor +4535327122 E-mail
Srivarathan, Abirami Postdoc +4535334443 E-mail