Forskningsgruppen CLEAR – University of Copenhagen

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

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 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. Natural experiments and Intervention studies

Data Ressources 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:

Core Group:
Associate professor Rikke Lund, associate professor Charlotte Juul Nilsson, associate professor Ulla Christensen, associate professor Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, postdoc Jolene Lee Masters Pedersen, PhD student Else Foverskov, PhD student Gitte Lindved Petersen, PhD student Nete Dissing, PhD student Stine Harrsen Bachkati, PhD student Terese Sara Høj Jørgensen, research assistant Jimmi Mathisen, research assistant Sissel Skogstad, data administrator Drude Molbo, project coordinator Eva Jepsen.

Rikke Lund, associate professor