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Silje Katrine Robinson/UiB
  • E-mailane.johannessen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 60 22
  • Visitor Address
    Alrek helseklynge, 3 etasje blokk D, Årstadveien 17
    5009 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

I am professor of epidemiology at Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care where I hold two 50% positions:

As head of TVEPS I have a particular research focus on interprofessional collaboration. I research interprofessional collaboration both in a pedagogical perspective investigating learning outcomes for students and health personnel, and in a public health perspective investigating the potential value of interprofessional collaboration in the health and social care services for patients and society. 

As head of the research group for greenness, air pollution and health at Centre for International Health, my research focus is on epidemiology. A number of health outcomes are investigated in association with environmental exposures and lifestyle factors through large international population surveys. 

I publish approximately 15 scientific papers each year, and have extensive supervisory activities with regard to both PhD fellows and master students. 

As head of the Centre for Interprofessional Workplace Learning (TVEPS), teaching is a large and integrated part of my worklife. My teaching is embedded in a personal desire to share knowledge to our future health and social care workers: to teach students how to collaborate across professions and to increase their interprofessional competencies. The underlying aims are to teach students the value of other health professions, to help them understand the enormous potential of collaboration, and to enable them to view the whole patient in an interprofessional perspective rather than only the parts of the patient most adapted to their professional perspectives.

At TVEPS, final-year students from 17 different education programs within the health and social care sciences engage in interprofessional collaboration training. The students in TVEPS are placed in interprofessional groups with 4-5 students from different education programs, and each group focuses on solving a interprofessional task in a municipal work place related to the primary health sector or schools/kindergartens. TVEPS practice entails 20 hours work for the students, and almost a thousand students engage in this kind of interprofessional collaboration training each year with us in TVEPS. We are in contact with more than hundred different workplaces in this context, mainly in the municipalities Bergen and Øygarden. 


Below is an overview of my scientific publications (scientific papers and textbook chapters). In addition I have had numerous lectures and poster presentations in national and international conferences during the last decades, as well as popular scientific communication through interviews, podcasts and news articles. 

  • Show author(s) (2022). The effect of farming environment on asthma; time dependent or universal? European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). 779-788.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Parental Prepuberty Overweight and Offspring Lung Function. Nutrients.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Cohort profile: the multigeneration Respiratory Health in Northern Europe, Spain and Australia (RHINESSA) cohort. BMJ Open. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The risk of respiratory tract infections and antibiotic use in a general population and among people with asthma. European Respiratory Journal Open Research (ERJ Open Research). 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Respiratory symptoms and respiratory deaths: A multi-cohort study with 45 years observation time. PLOS ONE. 1-14.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Prevalence, progression and impact of chronic cough on employment in Northern Europe. European Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Prenatal and prepubertal exposures to tobacco smoke in men may cause lower lung function in future offspring: a three-generation study using a causal modelling approach. European Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Nasal symptoms increase the risk of snoring and snoring increases the risk of nasal symptoms. A longitudinal population study. Sleep and Breathing. 7 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Maternal preconception occupational exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants and offspring asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 422-431.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Lifelong exposure to air pollution and greenness in relation to asthma, rhinitis and lung function in adulthood. Environment International. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Cross-sectional study on exhaled nitric oxide in relation to upper airway inflammatory disorders with regard to asthma and perennial sensitization. Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
  • Show author(s) (2021). CT-defined emphysema in COPD patients and risk for change in desaturation status in 6-min walk test. Respiratory Medicine. 8 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Bronchodilator response and lung function decline: Associations with exhaled nitric oxide with regard to sex and smoking status. World Allergy Organization Journal. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Breathlessness across generations: Results from the RHINESSA generation study. Thorax. 172-177.
  • Show author(s) (2021). A prospective study on the role of smoking, environmental tobacco smoke, indoor painting and living in old or new buildings on asthma, rhinitis and respiratory symptoms. Environmental Research. 1-10.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Smokers with insomnia symptoms are less likely to stop smoking. Respiratory Medicine. 1-6.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Sleep time and sleep-related symptoms across two generations – results of the community-based RHINE and RHINESSA studies. Sleep Medicine. 8-13.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Sex differences between women and men with COPD: A new analysis of the 3CIA study. Respiratory Medicine. 1-7.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Physical activity and lung function-cause or consequence? PLOS ONE. 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Parents’ smoking onset before conception as related to body mass index and fat mass in adult offspring: Findings from the RHINESSA generation study. PLOS ONE. 1-20.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Parental occupational exposure pre- and post-conception and development of asthma in offspring. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1856-1869.
  • Show author(s) (2020). One Year Change in 6-Minute Walk Test Outcomes is Associated with COPD Prognosis. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 662-671.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Insomnia associated with traffic noise and proximity to traffic-a cross-sectional study of the respiratory health in northern Europe III population. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM). 545-552.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Incremental costs of COPD exacerbations in GOLD stage 2+ COPD in ever-smokers of a general population. Respiratory Medicine: X. 1-7.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Evidence of validity for the Norwegian version of the interprofessional collaborative competency attainment survey (ICCAS). Journal of Interprofessional Care. 1-8.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Does parental farm upbringing influence the risk of asthma in offspring? A three-generation study. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1874-1882.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Describing the status of reproductive ageing simply and precisely: A reproductive ageing score based on three questions and validated with hormone levels. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Dampness and mold at home and at work and onset of insomnia symptoms, snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. Environment International. 1-8.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Body mass index and weight change are associated with adult lung function trajectories: The prospective ECRHS study. Thorax. 313-320.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Associations of preconception exposure to air pollution and greenness with offspring asthma and hay fever. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). 1-14.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Tverrprofesjonell samarbeidslæring - TVEPS-praksis. 375-383. In:
    • Show author(s) (2019). Eldreboken: Diagnoser og behandling. Fagbokforlaget.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Prevalence and prognostic ability of the GOLD 2017 classification compared to the GOLD 2011 classification in a Norwegian COPD cohort. The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 1639-1655.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Pharmacological treatment of asthma in a cohort of adults during a 20-year period: Results from the european community respiratory health survey I, II and III. European Respiratory Journal Open Research (ERJ Open Research). 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Is atopic sensitization associated with indicators of early vascular ageing in adolescents? PLOS ONE. 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Incident chronic rhinosinusitis is associated with impaired sleep quality: Results of the RhiNE study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM). 899-905.
  • Show author(s) (2019). External Validation and Recalculation of the CODEX Index in COPD Patients. A 3CIAplus Cohort Study. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 8-17.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Exogenous female sex steroids may reduce lung ageing after menopause: A 20-year follow-up study of a general population sample (ECRHS). Maturitas. 29-34.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Epigenome-wide association of father's smoking with offspring DNA methylation: A hypothesis-generating study. Environmental Epigenetics. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Determinants of fractional exhaled nitric oxide in healthy men and women from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey III. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 969-979.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis. European Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Being overweight in childhood, puberty, or early adulthood: Changing asthma risk in the next generation? Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Atopy Modifies the Association Between Inhaled Corticosteroid Use and Lung Function Decline in Patients with Asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 1-19.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Asthma and selective migration from farming environments in a three-generation cohort study. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). 601-609.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Agreement of offspring-reported parental smoking status: the RHINESSA generation study. BMC Public Health. 1-9.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Zoonotic helminth exposure and risk of allergic diseases: A study of two generations in Norway. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 66-77.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Residential air pollution does not modify the positive association between physical activity and lung function in current smokers in the ECRHS study. Environment International. 364-372.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Periodontal Health status and lung function in two Norwegian cohorts. PLOS ONE. 1-15.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Large-scale external validation and comparison of prognostic models: An application to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BMC Medicine. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Change in the prevalence asthma, rhinitis and respiratory symptom over a 20 year period: Associations to year of birth, life style and sleep related symptoms. BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 1-8.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Betydningen av å utvikle tverrprofesjonell samarbeidskompetanse: Efaringer fra TVEPS som arena for tverrprofesjonell utdanning . Omsorg: Nordisk tidsskrift for Palliativ Medisin. 20-25.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Airway responsiveness to methacholine and incidence of COPD: An international prospective cohort study. Thorax. 825-832.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Agreement in reporting of asthma by parents or offspring - the RHINESSA generation study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 1-10.
  • Show author(s) (2018). A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1106-1117.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Women with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea than men. Sleep Medicine. 17-22.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Validation of maternal reported pregnancy and birth characteristics against the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. PLOS ONE. 1-12.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Unemployment in chronic airflow obstruction around the world: Results from the BOLD study. European Respiratory Journal. 1-12.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Physical activity and asthma: A longitudinal and multi-country study. Journal of Asthma. 938-945.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Multiple Score Comparison: a network meta-analysis approach to comparison and external validation of prognostic scores. BMC Medical Research Methodology.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Menopause is associated with accelerated lung function decline. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1058-1065.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Indicators of residential traffic exposure: Modelled NOX, traffic proximity, and self-reported exposure in RHINE III. Atmospheric Environment. 416-425.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Clinical markers of asthma and IgE assessed in parents before conception predict asthma and hayfever in the offspring. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 627-638.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Bronchodilator response in FVC is larger and more relevant than in FEV1 in severe airways obstruction. Chest.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Absolute values of lung function explain the sex difference in breathlessness in the general population. European Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2017). A simple algorithm for the identification of clinical COPD phenotypes. European Respiratory Journal. 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Validation of self-reported figural drawing scales against anthropometric measurements in adults. Public Health Nutrition. 1944-1951.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Association of gum bleeding With respiratory Health in a population based study from Northern Europe. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Self-reported exposure to traffic pollution in relation to daytime sleepiness and habitual snoring: a questionnaire study in seven North-European cities. Sleep Medicine. 93-99.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Oxygen desaturation in 6-min walk test is a risk factor for adverse outcomes in COPD patients. European Respiratory Journal. 82-91.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Menopause as a predictor of new-onset asthma: A longitudinal Northern European population study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 50-57.e6.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Incidence of utilization- and symptom-defined COPD exacerbations in hospital- and population-recruited patients. The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2099-2108.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Global lung function initiative 2012 reference equations for spirometry in the Norwegian population. European Respiratory Journal. 1602-1611.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Functional gastrointestinal symptoms are associated with higher serum total IgE levels, but less atopic sensitization. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 189-197.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Father’s environment before conception and asthma risk in his children: a multi-generation analysis of the Respiratory Health In Northern Europe study. International Journal of Epidemiology. 235-245.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Diffusion capacity and CT measures of emphysema and airway wall thickness – relation to arterial oxygen tension in COPD patients. European Clinical Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Bronchodilator response in FVC is larger and more relevant than in FEV1 in severe airflow obstruction. Chest. 1088-1098.
  • Show author(s) (2016). A clear urban–rural gradient of allergic rhinitis in a population-based study in Northern Europe. European Clinical Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Seventy years of asthma in Italy: Age, period and cohort effects on incidence and remission of self-reported asthma from 1940 to 2010. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Respiratory health in cleaners in Northern Europe: Is susceptibility established in early life? PLOS ONE. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Mortality prediction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease comparing the GOLD 2007 and 2011 staging systems: A pooled analysis of individual patient data. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 443-450.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Productivity losses in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a population-based survey. BMJ Open Respiratory Research. 1-8.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Predictors of dyspnoea prevalence: Results from the BOLD study. European Respiratory Journal. 1610-1620.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Predictors for PaO2 and hypoxemic respiratory failure in COPD-A three-year follow-up. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 531-538.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Place of upbringing in early childhood as related to inflammatory bowel diseases in adulthood: A population-based cohort study in Northern Europe. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). 429-437.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Longterm follow-up in European respiratory health studies - patterns and implications. BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Folic acid supplementation and interpregnancy interval. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 270-274.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Mortality by level of emphysema and airway wall thickness. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 602-608.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Menstrual Cycle and Respiratory Symptoms in a General Nordic-Baltic Population. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 366-373.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Increased prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a general population. Respiratory Medicine. 1037-1045.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Comparison of 2011 and 2007 global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease guidelines for predicting mortality and hospitalization. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 51-59.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Different COPD disease characteristics are related to different outcomes in the 6-minute walk test. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 227-234.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Association of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in childhood with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory symptoms in adults. Respirology (Carlton South. Print). 499-505.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Excessive costs of COPD in ever-smokers. A longitudinal community study. Respiratory Medicine. 485-493.
  • Show author(s) (2010). alpha(1)-Antitrypsin Protease Inhibitor MZ Heterozygosity Is Associated With Airflow Obstruction in Two Large Cohorts. Chest. 1125-1132.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Socioeconomic risk factors for lung function decline in a general population. European Respiratory Journal. 480-487.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Gender differences in COPD: are women more susceptible to smoking effects than men? Thorax. 480-485.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Case-control studies on risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: how does the sampling of the cases and controls affect the results? Clinical Respiratory Journal. 89-96.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Body composition and plasma levels of inflammatory biomarkers in COPD. European Respiratory Journal. 1027-1033.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Present and future costs of COPD in Iceland and Norway: results from the BOLD study. European Respiratory Journal. 850-857.
  • Show author(s) (2009). How frequently are physiological variables recorded in the emergency room in patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases and pneumonia? Primary Care Respiratory Journal. 95-99.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Case–control studies on risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: how does the sampling of the cases and controls affect the results? Clinical Respiratory Journal.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Aspects of healthcare utilisation in self-reported obstructive lung disease. Clinical Respiratory Journal. 34-41.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Repeatability of health economic data in COPD. Respiratory Medicine. 1556-1562.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Feasible and simple exclusion criteria for pulmonary reference populations. Thorax. 792-798.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Post-bronchodilator spirometry reference values in adults and implications for disease management. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1316-1325.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Mechanisms implicated in the relationship of diet to respiratory disease. Lungeforum. 10-15.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Incidence of GOLD-defined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a general adult population. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 926-932.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Implications of reversibility testing on prevalence and risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a community study. Thorax. 842-847.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

In addition to being head of TVEPS and head of the research group for greenness, air pollution and health I am principal investigator for the following research projects: 

  • The use of ICCAS as an evaluation tool: a research project where different courses within interprofessional education in Norway collect data on students' learning outcomes through the internationally acknowledged questionnaire tool Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey (ICCAS). In addition to data from TVEPS, this research project also includes data from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Arctic University of Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, Stavanger University Hospital, and Oslo Metropolitan University. 
  • Lifespan and inter-generational respiratory effects of exposures to greenness and air pollution (Life-GAP): a research project in the period 2020-2025 funded with 12 mill NOK by the Research Council of Norway (BEDREHELSE program). The project is designed to investigate how proximity to air pollution and green areas may affect respiratory health over time and across generations, and includes two PhD researchers and a postdoctoral researcher in addition to senior researchers and master students. 
  • Respiratory Health in Northern Europe (RHINE) study: This is a longitudinal respiratory research project with > 20 000 participants at startup in 1990, and with follow-up stages in 2000, 2010 and 2020. The participants come from 7 study sites: Bergen (Norway); Gothenburg, Umea and Uppsala (Sweden); Reykjavik (Iceland); Aarhus (Denmark); Tartu (Estonia). I am principal investigator for the Bergen study site, with coordinator responsibility for the whole RHINE study (all 7 sites).