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Associated professor at Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. For many years director of the programme for register-based research on selected diseases and health problems at the National Institute of Public Health in Denmark until the closing down of the programme in April 2011. Since 2015 chair of the Public Health Database at the department, which is a research infrastructure comprising about 50 projects utilising linked register data placed on a server at Statistics Denmark.
He has studied the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular diseases on the basis of registers, and been engaged in risk factor epidemiology, research on social inequality, life and health expectancy, public health modelling, and quantitative health impact assessment. Has joined European and international research activities on life and health expectancy, Nordic co-operation on Multiple Sclerosis Epidemiology, European collaboration on Public Health Models, and collaborative register research. Has published more than 130 scientific peer reviewed articles (more than 45 as first or single author), editorials and letters in scientific journals, and several book chapters, minutes and reviews.