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Cecilie Svanes

Professor, Centre for International Health
  • E-mailCecilie.Svanes@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 83 72+47 908 92 762
  • Visitor Address
    Overlege Danielsens hus, Årstadveien 21
    Room 
    536
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Cecilie Svanes, MD PhD, is a professor at the Centre for International Health at the University of Bergen. She has conceived and now leads the ECRHS/ RHINE based multi-centre generation study RHINESSA (www.rhinessa.net). Svanes has been a member of the Steering Committee of the European Community Respiratory Health Study (www.ecrhs.org) since 1997, and in the ECRHS leads the field of “Early life origins of chronic lung disease”, a field she also leads in the daughter study RHINE (www.rhine.nu).

Svanes is also a specialist in pulmonary and in internal medicine, and work as a consultant in occupational respiratory diseases at the Dept Occupational Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital. She is building the only Norwegian facility for occupational specific inhalation challenges at this department.

Svanes has published a range of much cited publications in high-impact journals. Her most important scientific contribution concerns the early life origins of adult asthma, allergy and lung function. Her current focus is on preconception and transgenerational origins of allergies and lung health.

Read about her work preventing prolific diseases.

  • 2020. Incidence trends of airflow obstruction among European adults without asthma: a 20-year cohort study. Scientific Reports. 1-9.
  • 2019. Second-hand smoke exposure in adulthood and lower respiratory health during 20 year follow up in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Respiratory Research. 15 pages.
  • 2019. Restrictive spirometry pattern is associated with low physical activity levels. A population based international study. Respiratory Medicine. 116-123.
  • 2019. Prevalence of allergic sensitization to storage mites in Northern Europe. Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
  • 2019. Is atopic sensitization associated with indicators of early vascular ageing in adolescents? PLOS ONE. 1-11.
  • 2019. Interaction of glutathione S-transferase M1, T1, and P1 genes with early life tobacco smoke exposure on lung function in adolescents. Chest. 94-102.
  • 2019. Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis in Farmers: Improving Etiologic Diagnosis to Optimize Counselling. Journal of Agromedicine. 1-8.
  • 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.
  • 2019. Epigenome-wide association of father's smoking with offspring DNA methylation: a hypothesis-generating study. Environmental Epigenetics. 10 pages.
  • 2019. Effects of smoking bans on passive smoking exposure at work and at home. The European Community respiratory health survey. Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health. 670-679.
  • 2019. Childhood pneumonia, pleurisy and lung function: A cohort study from the first to sixth decade of life. Thorax. 28-37.
  • 2019. Being overweight in childhood, puberty, or early adulthood: Changing asthma risk in the next generation? Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1-13.
  • 2019. Asthma and selective migration from farming environments in a three-generation cohort study. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). 601-609.
  • 2019. Agreement of offspring-reported parental smoking status: the RHINESSA generation study. BMC Public Health. 1-9.
  • 2018. Zoonotic helminth exposure and risk of allergic diseases: A study of two generations in Norway. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 66-77.
  • 2018. Trends in smoking initiation in Europe over 40 years: A retrospective cohort study. PLOS ONE. 1-14.
  • 2018. Transgenerational and intergenerational epigenetic inheritance in allergic diseases. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 765-772.
  • 2018. Prevalence of asthma-like symptoms with ageing. Thorax. 37-48.
  • 2018. Periodontal Health status and lung function in two Norwegian cohorts. PLOS ONE. 1-15.
  • 2018. Occupational exposures and 20-year incidence of COPD: The European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Thorax. 1-8.
  • 2018. Maternal age at delivery, lung function and asthma in offspring: A population-based survey. 1-11.
  • 2018. In utero exposure to cigarette smoke and effects across generations: A conference of animals on asthma. 1378-1390.
  • 2018. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge. European Respiratory Journal Open Research (ERJ Open Research). 00071.
  • 2018. Environmental grass pollen levels in utero and at birth and cord blood IgE: Analysis of three birth cohorts. Environment International. 295-301.
  • 2018. Environmental Impact on Health across Generations: Policy Meets Biology. A Review of Animal and Human Models.
  • 2018. Critical age windows in the impact of lifetime smoking exposure on respiratory symptoms and disease among ever smokers. Environmental Research. 241-247.
  • 2018. Cleaning at home and at work in relation to lung function decline and airway obstruction. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1157-1163.
  • 2018. Childhood respiratory risk factor profiles and middle-age lung function: A prospective cohort study from the first to sixth decade. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 1057-1066.
  • 2018. Childhood predictors of lung function trajectories and future COPD risk: a prospective cohort study from the first to the sixth decade of life . The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 535-544.
  • 2018. Childhood measles contributes to post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in middle-aged adults: A cohort study. Respirology (Carlton South. Print). 780-787.
  • 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.
  • 2018. Body silhouettes as a tool to reflect obesity in the past. PLOS ONE. 1-13.
  • 2018. Asthma and COPD overlap (ACO) is related to a high burden of sleep disturbance and respiratory symptoms: Results from the RHINE and Swedish GA2LEN surveys. 1-10.
  • 2018. Associations of fathers and their offsprings weight gain With non-allergic asthma.
  • 2018. Are high- and low-molecular-weight sensitizing agents associated with different clinical phenotypes of occupational asthma? Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
  • 2018. Airway responsiveness to methacholine and incidence of COPD: An international prospective cohort study. Thorax. 825-832.
  • 2018. Agreement in reporting of asthma by parents or offspring - the RHINESSA generation study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 1-10.
  • 2018. A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1106-1117.
  • 2017. Validation of maternal reported pregnancy and birth characteristics against the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. PLOS ONE. 1-12.
  • 2017. The effects of growing up on a farm on adult lung function and allergic phenotypes: An international population-based study. Thorax. 236-244.
  • 2017. Risk factors for premenstrual asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. 57-72.
  • 2017. Prevalence of, and work-related risk factors for, hand eczema in a Norwegian general population (The HUNT Study). Contact Dermatitis. 214-223.
  • 2017. Predictors of smoking cessation: A longitudinal study in a large cohort of smokers. Respiratory Medicine. 164-169.
  • 2017. Physical activity and asthma: A longitudinal and multi-country study. Journal of Asthma. 938-945.
  • 2017. Menopause is associated with accelerated lung function decline. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1058-1065.
  • 2017. Effect of season of birth on cord blood IgE and IgE at birth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Environmental Research. 198-205.
  • 2017. Cohort Profile: Melbourne Atopy Cohort study (MACS). International Journal of Epidemiology. 25-26g.
  • 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.
  • 2017. Breast milk polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with adolescent allergic disease and lung function. Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1193-1201.
  • 2017. A follow-up study of airway symptoms and lung function among residents and workers 5.5years after an oil tank explosion. BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 1-9.
  • 2016. Validation of self-reported figural drawing scales against anthropometric measurements in adults. Public Health Nutrition. 1944-1951.
  • 2016. The risk of respiratory symptoms on allergen exposure increases with increasing specific IgE levels. Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 859-868.
  • 2016. The Association of gum bleeding With respiratory Health in a population based study from Northern Europe. PLOS ONE.
  • 2016. Pulmonary illness as a consequence of occupational exposure to shrimp shell powder. Environmental Research. 491-499.
  • 2016. Mother's smoking and complex lung function of offspring in middle age: A cohort study from childhood. Respirology (Carlton South. Print). 911-919.
  • 2016. Menopause as a predictor of new-onset asthma: A longitudinal Northern European population study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 50-57.e6.
  • 2016. Functional gastrointestinal symptoms are associated with higher serum total IgE levels, but less atopic sensitization. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 189-197.
  • 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.
  • 2016. Early smoke exposure is associated with asthma and lung function deficits in adolescents. Journal of Asthma. 662-669.
  • 2016. Early life origins of lung ageing: Early life exposures and lung function decline in adulthood in two European cohorts aged 28-73 years. PLOS ONE.
  • 2016. Changes in IgE sensitization and total IgE levels over 20 years of follow-up. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1788-1795.e9.
  • 2016. A clear urban–rural gradient of allergic rhinitis in a population-based study in Northern Europe. European Clinical Respiratory Journal.
  • 2015. The urban-rural gradient in asthma: A population-based study in Northern Europe. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • 2015. The locus C11orf30 increases susceptibility to poly-sensitization. Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 328-333.
  • 2015. Respiratory health in cleaners in Northern Europe: Is susceptibility established in early life? PLOS ONE. 13 pages.
  • 2015. Predictors of microbial agents in dust and respiratory health in the Ecrhs. BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
  • 2015. Interaction between asthma and smoking increases the risk of adult airway obstruction. European Respiratory Journal. 635-643.
  • 2015. Incidence of rhinitis and asthma related to welding in Northern Europe. European Respiratory Journal. 1290-1297.
  • 2015. House dust-mite allergen exposure is associated with serum specific IgE but not with respiratory outcomes. Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health. 235-244.
  • 2015. En baker med astma. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1263-1265.
  • 2015. Atopic sensitization and functional gastrointestinal symptoms: Is there any relation? Gastroenterology. 778.
  • 2015. Asthma, COPD and overlap syndrome: A longitudinal study in young European adults. European Respiratory Journal. 671-679.
  • 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.
  • 2014. Novel childhood asthma genes interact with in utero and early-life tobacco smoke exposure . Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 885-888.
  • 2014. Longterm follow-up in European respiratory health studies - patterns and implications. BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
  • 2014. Is total immunoglobulin E and atopic sensitization associated with food-related gastrointestinal complaints?
  • 2014. Impact of anxiety and depression on respiratory symptoms. Respiratory Medicine. 1594-1600.
  • 2014. Early-life risk factors for childhood wheeze phenotypes in a high-risk birth cohort. Journal of Pediatrics. 289-294.
  • 2014. Childhood wheeze phenotypes show less than expected growth in FEV1 across adolescence. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1351-1358.
  • 2014. Can an airway challenge test predict respiratory diseases? A population-based international study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 104-110.
  • 2014. Astma og renholdsarbeidere: Resultater fra RHINE-studien. Fagbladet Allergi i praksis. 30-33.
  • 2014. Are total immunoglobulin E and atopic sensitization associated with food-related gastrointestinal complaints? Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 42.
  • 2014. Airway symptoms and lung function among male workers in an area polluted from an oil tank. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 953-958.
  • 2013. The influence of sensitisation to pollens and moulds on seasonal variations in asthma attacks. European Respiratory Journal. 935-945.
  • 2013. Occupational exposure and new-onset asthma in a population-based study in Northern Europe (RHINE). Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 482-492.
  • 2013. Mould and dampness in dwelling places, and onset of asthma: the population-based cohort ECRHS. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 325-331.
  • 2013. Menstrual Cycle and Respiratory Symptoms in a General Nordic-Baltic Population. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 366-373.
  • 2012. To menn som fikk akutte luftveissymptomer under arbeid ved et vannbehandlingsanlegg. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1763-1766.
  • 2012. The role of smoking in allergy and asthma: lessons from the ECRHS. 185-191.
  • 2012. Risk factors for new-onset cat sensitization among adults: A population-based international cohort study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 420-425.
  • 2012. Respiratory health in women: from menarche to menopause. 187-202.
  • 2012. Respiratory health and endotoxin: associations and modification by CD14/-260 genotype. European Respiratory Journal. 573-581.
  • 2012. Pets at birth do not increase allergic disease in at-risk children. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 1377-1385.
  • 2012. Incidence and prevalence of chronic bronchitis: impact of smoking and welding. The RHINE study. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 553-557.
  • 2012. Gender differences in prevalence, diagnosis and incidence of allergic and non-allergic asthma: a population-based cohort. Thorax. 625-631.
  • 2012. Airway symptoms and lung function in the local population after the oil tank explosion in Gulen, Norway. BMC Pulmonary Medicine.
  • 2011. Risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a european cohort of young adults. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 891-897.
  • 2011. Lung function decline in relation to mould and dampness in the home: the longitudinal European Community Respiratory Health Survey ECRHS II. Thorax. 396-401.
  • 2011. Early-life risk factors and incidence of rhinitis: Results from the European Community Respiratory Health Study-an international population-based cohort study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 816-823.
  • 2011. Early age at menarche, lung function, and adult asthma. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 8-14.
  • 2011. Airways symptoms and lung function among male workers in the aftermath of an oil tank explosion.
  • 2010. Risk factors of new-onset asthma in adults: a population-based international cohort study. Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1021-1030.
  • 2010. Respiratory symptoms in adults are related to impaired quality of life, regardless of asthma and COPD: results from the European community respiratory health survey. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.
  • 2010. Early life origins of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax. 14-20.
  • 2010. Asthma in men and women: Treatment adherence, anxiety, and quality of sleep. Respiratory Medicine. 337-344.
  • 2010. Airway symptoms and lung function in the aftermath of an air polluting oil tank explosion.
  • 2009. What defines airflow obstruction in asthma? European Respiratory Journal. 568-573.
  • 2009. Oral contraception, body mass index, and asthma: A cross-sectional Nordic-Baltic population survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 391-397.
  • 2009. Long-Term Outcomes in Mild/Moderate Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 956-963.
  • 2009. Is age at menopause increasing across Europe? Results on age at menopause and determinants from two population-based studies. Menopause. 385-394.
  • 2009. Domestic use of hypochlorite bleach, atopic sensitization, and respiratory symptoms in adults. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 731-738.
  • 2009. Do childhood respiratory infections continue to influence adult respiratory morbidity? European Respiratory Journal. 237-244.
  • 2008. What has the ECRHS told us about the childhood risks of asthma, allergy and lung function? Clinical Respiratory Journal. 34-44.
  • 2008. What can we learn about asthma and allergy from the follow-up of the RHINE and the ECRHS studies? Clinical Respiratory Journal. 45-52.
  • 2008. Hormonal factors and respiratory health in women - a review. Clinical Respiratory Journal. 111-119.
  • 2008. Early life environment and snoring in adulthood. Respiratory Research. 7 pages.
  • 2007. Young maternal age at delivery is associated with asthma in adult offspring. Respiratory Medicine. 1431-1438.
  • 2007. Relationship of fish and cod oil intake with adult asthma. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 1616-1623.
  • 2007. Menstrual irregularity and asthma and lung function. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 557-564.
  • 2006. Hormone replacement therapy, body mass index and asthma in perimenopausal women: a cross sectional survey. Thorax. 34-40.
  • 2006. Do asthma and allergy influence subsequent pet keeping? An analysis of childhood and adulthood. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 691-698.
  • 2006. Distribution and determinants of house dust mite allergens in Europe: the European Community Respiratory Health Survey II. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 682-690.
  • 2005. The association between birth size and atopy in young North-European adults. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 1022-1027.
  • 2005. Latitude, birth date, and allergy. PLoS Medicine. 977-985.
  • 2005. Association of asthma and hay fever with irregular menstruation. Thorax. 793-794.
  • 2004. Parental smoking in childhood and adult obstructive lung disease: results from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Thorax. 295-302.
  • 2004. Obesity and nocturnal gastro-oesophageal reflux are related to onset of asthma and respiratory symptoms. European Respiratory Journal. 116-121.
  • 2004. Is birth weight related to lung function and asthma symptoms in Nordic-Baltic adults? Respiratory Medicine. 611-618.
  • 2004. Influence of early life exposures on incidence and remission of asthma throughout life. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 845-852.
  • 2004. Increase in diagnosed asthma but not in symptoms in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Thorax. 637-638.
  • 2004. An international survey of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in young adults according to GOLD stages. Thorax. 120-125.
  • 2004. A prospective study of asthma incidence and its predictors: the RHINE study. European Respiratory Journal. 942-946.
  • 2000. Reduced adult lung function associated with low birth weight - results from a Nordic multicentre study.
  • 2000. Norwegian population-based studies: risk factors for decrease in lung function; morbidity and mortality for obstructive lung disease. European Respiratory Review. 457-462.
  • 1999. For the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECHRS): Childhood environment and adult atopy: Results from the European Community Health Survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 415-420.
  • 1999. Causes of death in patients with peptic ulcer perforation: a long-term follow-up study. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 18-24.
  • 1999. Causes of death in patients with peptic ulcer perforation: A long- term follow-up study. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 18-24.
  • 1999. Association between birth weight and symptoms of asthma and bronchitis in young adults in Norway. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. S:A132.
  • 1998. Hospitalization for lung disease in early childhood and asthma symptoms in young adulthood. Respiratory Medicine. 1003-1009.
  • 1998. Hospitalisation for lung disease in early childhood and asthma symptoms in young adulthood. Respiratory Medicine. 1003-1009.
  • 1998. Expected survival compared with survival of peptic ulcer patients. Statistics in Medicine. 1189-1199.
  • 1998. Expected survival compared with survival of peptic ulcer patients. Statistics in Medicine. 1189-1199.
  • 1998. Expected survival and survival of peptic ulcer patients. Statistics in Medicine. 1189-1199.
  • 1997. Survival after peptic ulcer perforation. A time trend analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 1363-1371.
  • 1997. Birth weight, gestational age and asthma in young adults. ?. 16-16.
  • 1996. Survival after peptic ulcer perforatum. A time trend analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 1363-1371.
  • 1996. Survival after peptic ulcer perforation: A time Trend Analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 1363-1371.
  • 1996. Survival after peptic ulcer perforation: A time Trend Analysis. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 1363-1371.
  • 1996. Incidence of multiple sclerosis in Møre and Romsdal, Norway from 1950 to 1991. Brain. 203-11.
  • 1996. Cause spesific mortality in patients with pepic ulcer perforation. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Supplement. 12.

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